Karin Bojs grew up in a small, broken family. At her mother's funeral she felt this more keenly than ever.
So as part of the healing process, she decided to use DNA research to learn more about herself, her family and the interconnectedness of society. After all, we're all related. And in a sense, we are all family.
My European Family tells the story of Europe and its people through its genetic legacy, weaving in the latest archaeological findings. Karin goes deep in search of her genealogy; by having her DNA sequenced and tested and effectively becoming an experimental subject, she was able to trace the path of her ancestors back, through the Viking age, through the Bronze age to the Neolithic and beyond into prehistory, back even further to a time when Neanderthals ran the European show.
My European Family looks at genetics from a uniquely pan-European perspective, with the author meeting dozens of geneticists, historians and archaeologists in the course of her research. The genes of this seemingly ordinary modern European woman have a truly fascinating story to tell.
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Karin Bojs is an author and science journalist. She was head of the science desk at Dagens Nyheter, the leading daily newspaper in Sweden, for nearly two decades. Karin has an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University, and has received several awards, including the 2015 Swedish August Prize for My European Family. She has published three other books, including The Pickling Handbook and a chapter in The Nobel Banquet (coming in October 2016), and has written articles on a broad range of topics in natural sciences. Her books have been translated into seven languages. Karin lives in Stockholm, but also has a country house where she grows vegetables, keeps bees, ferments cider, and maintains an orchid meadow. As a teenager she was trained as a baker, and still enjoys baking bread every week.