Malmsten is most known in Sweden for her novel 'Den dagen kastanjerna slår ut är jag långt härifrån' or 'The day the chestnut tree blooms I will be far away from here'.
Malmsten grew up with her grandparents in the city of Östersund in central Sweden. She debuted with a children's book in 1970, but has since written both acclaimed novels and poetry.
Her novel The Price of Water in Finistère is the only book that was translated into English. The novel recounts how Malmsten leaves Sweden for France and what it is like to settle in into a new home and deal with things like learning a new language, deal with French bureaucracy and struggle with writer's block. The book was selected as a Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 in 2001.
Anna Tillgren, head of informations at the publishing company Albert Bonniers, worked closely with Malmsten through the years and says that she was like an idol to her.
"She was my first favourite author. I will remember her with joy and warmth. She had a way of expressing both the beautiful and drastic things in life and being socially conscious. She would always find the right words, both in her novels and poetry and more recently on her Twitter page," Tillgren says.