A startlingly original presentation of the Nativity story, woven into an enthralling and mysterious novel.
Fifty years ago a girl called Elisabet Hansen disappeared from her home in Norway. She ran after a lamb - and found herself travelling right across Europe to Palestine and back through 2000 years to meet the Holy Family in Bethlehem. As she ran she met angels, shepherds, wise men and other biblical characters who joined her on her pilgrimage; and she heard of many of the things that happened in the world in the last 2000 years.
In present-day Norway, a boy called Joachim acquires a strange old Advent calendar. Hidden in each of the windows is a tiny piece of paper unfolding Elisabet's story. And it is because of Joachim that we learn what happened to Elisabet and that she returns to Norway at last.
Jostein Gaarder was born in Oslo in 1952.
Sophie's World, the first of his books to be published in English, has been translated into 60 languages and has sold over 40 million copies.
He is the author of many other bestselling, beloved novels and children's books, including The Orange Girl, The Christmas Mystery, The Ringmaster's Daughter and The World According to Anna.
His new novel An Unreliable Man will be published in 2018.
He lives in Oslo with his family.