I'm a writer and self-taught car mechanic, born in Favang, Norway, in 1968. When I was commissioned to write NORWEGIAN WOOD, my guide to chopping, stacking and drying wood the Scandinavian way, I had no idea it would turn out to be such an international hit, selling half a million copies across its editions. In the UK it was the 2016 British Book Awards Non-Fiction Book of the Year. My third novel (Svom med dem som drukner, "Swim with those who drown"), to be published in English in 2017 as THE SIXTEEN TREES OF THE SOMME, also hit the bestseller list after one week here at home in Norway, and became the main selection of the largest fiction book club. Film rights have been acquired, and I'll share more news of that as soon as I can. Most recently I've worked with the illustrator Adam Doughty to produce THE NORWEGIAN WOOD ACTIVITY BOOK (November 2016), which is very much in the spirit of the original. My twin daughters, who both love art, have been "stress testing" the images with their pens and I'm happy to say it has their full approval. My hope is that this homage to the original will appeal to all the family.Read more Read less
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