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Robert Ferguson is an award-winning writer, translator, and radio dramatist. He is the author of numerous books, including Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North, The Vikings: A History, Henrik Ibsen: A New Biography, and Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsun, which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Best Biography Award and won the University of London J.G. Robertson Award. His translation of Lars Mytting's Norwegian Wood won Non-Fiction Book of the Year in 2016. Born in the UK in 1948, he emigrated to Norway in 1983 and has made his home there since.


'A charming and enhancing yet critical guide to Scandinavia's history and society' * The Times *
'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 *

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