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.He lives in Oslo with his family.
A marvellously rich book. Its success boils down to something quite simple - Gaarder's gift for communicating ideas - GuardianAn ALICE IN WONDERLAND for the 90s . . . already SOPHIE'S WORLD is being talked up as philosophy's answer to Stephen Hawking's A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME . . . this is a simply wonderful, irresistible book. - Daily TelegraphSophie's World is set to become a unique popular classic: a wonderfully engaging mystery story that also forms a completely accessible and lucid introduction to philosophy and philosophers. - The TimesAn extraordinary achievement. - The Sunday TimesA terrifically entertaining and imaginative story wrapped round its tough, thought-provoking philosophical heart. - Daily Mail