Robert Ferguson has lived in Norway since 1983. He is the author of The Hammer and The Cross, and biographies of Ibsen and Henry Miller. He is also the translator of Norwegian Wood by Lars Mytting, which won Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2016.
'A charming and enhancing yet critical guide to Scandinavia's
history and society' The Times.
'Offers a satisfying breadth of historical context that brings life and colour to a myriad of Scandinavian experiences ... Best of all, perhaps, the author has an eye for social and cultural insights. Ferguson stretches wide the fabric of history, his knowledge and insights in the process bringing the varied stories of the Nordic people vividly to life' Irish Times.
'Affectionate and at times wondering survey of this little-known collective culture' TLS.
'A terrific read ... [It] reads like many 19th-century travel books, which also combined wonderful narrative description with bright speculation ... It's this approach that makes the book so thoroughly enjoyable' Literary Review.
'A fascinating blend of social commentary and cultural analysis ... Scandinavians asks a lot of very interesting questions' The Big Issue.
'A leisurely and digressive account, full of personality ... When Ferguson quotes from a Norwegian novel: "History isn't always what you think it was," it's a summary of his own impressive book' All About Health.
'Aside from its stated aim of examining Scandinavian identity, this is a handy introduction to the history of a region which [...] we know nothing about' Sunday Herald.
'Discursive, meandering, sometimes beautifully written, it presents a historical narrative punctuated by reminiscences, conversations retold, snatches of autobiography, fragments of biography and stories added, one suspects, solely for their strangeness' Wall Street Journal.