Jan Guillou (born in 1944) is a writer and journalist who published his first book in 1971. Since then almost 50 books have followed. Among them are a series of spy fiction novels with the main character Carl Hamilton and one with historical fiction novels featuring Arn Magnussson, a Swedish Knight Templar.
In 1973 he became famous in Sweden when he together with his colleague Peter Bratt exposed the Swedish government for having a secret intelligence organization which illegally registered the political views of the citizens. After the exposure, both of them were sentenced to prison for espionage. He has also been accused of working together with the Soviet intelligence organization KGB in 1967-1972.
Jan Guillou is also a political activist, engaged in the support for the Palestinian people and the development of the Arab countries. He has written several articles and books on the subjects.
Together with his wife, Ann-Marie Skarp, and the author Liza Marklund, he runs one of Sweden’s largest publishing houses, Piratförlaget (Pirate Publishing).
Several of his books have been filmed, especially the Carl Hamilton novels are been very popular among the audience, both as movies and as a TV series. The first one was filmed in 1989 and the most recent one in 2012.
Jan Guillou has won several prizes, among them the Best Swedish Crime Novel from the Swedish Crime Writers' Academy in 1988, the Prix France Culture from France Culture in 1990 and Author of the Year from the Swedish Union of Local Government Officers in 1998.
Condemned to serve twenty years in the Holy Land.
Trying to survive as a Templar Knight during the Crusade, but still longing to go home.