From the author of SOPHIE'S WORLD, a modern fairy tale with a philosophical twist.
'My father died eleven years ago. I was only four then. I never thought I'd hear from him again, but now we're writing a book together'
To Georg Roed, his father is no more than a shadow, a distant memory. But then one day his grandmother discovers some pages stuffed into the lining of an old red pushchair. The pages are a letter to Georg, written just before his father died, and a story, 'The Orange Girl'.
But 'The Orange Girl' is no ordinary story - it is a riddle from the past and centres around an incident in his father's youth. One day he boarded a tram and was captivated by a beautiful girl standing in the aisle, clutching a huge paper bag of luscious-looking oranges. Suddenly the tram gave a jolt and he stumbled forward, sending the oranges flying in all directions. The girl simply hopped off the tram leaving Georg's father with arms full of oranges. Now, from beyond the grave, he is asking his son to help him finally solve the puzzle of her identity.
It should be read by all - VOGUE
it should be read by all. - VOGUE
A whimsical, thought-provoking story, with more than one surprise in store. - THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE
A modern fairytale - HEAT
A whimsical, thought-provoking story, with more than one surprise in store - GOOD BOOK GUIDE
A modern fairytale. - HEAT
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.