NATURAL SCIENCE – CULTURAL HISTORY

Life on the Edge. How the body copes with extreme conditions /                                     På livets grense. Hvordan kroppen takler ekstrem natur

To be published by Humanist forlag, August 2017

This is a highly original book that combines medicine and anthropology. Around the world, large groups of people have settled in extreme places and there are regular expeditions to the top of Mount Everest. People winter in Antarctica, others dive in the Mariana Trench and refugees cross scorching deserts and deep oceans. We move and live in places where we should not be able to cope.

What happens to the body when it is exposed to extreme cold, heat, altitude and depth? Which challenges are humans exposed to when diving and why do we get altitude sickness? The book looks at how different peoples and individuals have managed to acclimatise to extreme environments, and how we adapt and survive in such conditions. The author describes how our body adjusts, and discusses the more practical aspects, such as clothing and diet. Life on the Edge is a fascinating book that journeys into the body and out into the world, and joins medical knowledge and social anthropology.

The book is illustrated with photographs and instructive drawings.

Erik Sveberg Dietrichs (b.1985) is a medical doctor and scholar. He finished his PhD at the world’s most northerly university, in the Arctic city of Tromsø, in 2015. Dietrichs has written numerous popular science and academic articles about medicine and history, and regularly gives lectures. He has travelled in over 60 countries, and is interested in how people adapt and survive in some of the harshest environments in the world.



                                                                                          HISTORY – CURRENT AFFAIRS


Nick Sitter                                                                                                                          The History of Terrorism: From Bakunin to the Islamic State/                Terrorismens historie. Attentat og terrorbekjempelse fra Bakunin til IS

Published by Dreyers Forlag, 2017

In this comprehensive book Nick Sitter explores and assesses 150 years of terrorism against Western states and empires and the counter-terrorism lessons that can be drawn from this experience. Terrorist groups come in many forms and draw on a range of ideologies – from anarchists, Marxist and right wing extremism to nationalism and religion. They differ widely not just in terms of ideology, but also in terms of whether they seek to change the prevailing world order or join it; whether they use terrorism as one of several tactics or use terrorism as their one and only strategy; whether they operate in isolation from society or can draw on broad public support or sympathy; and whether they strike at a narrow set of targets or define the entire civilian population as a legitimate target for political violence.

The book explores and assesses different kinds of terrorism, including nationalist, extremist and religiously motivated political violence over the last 150 years. The author analyses nationalist campaigns, left and right wing extremism, and terrorism against secular regimes with a focus on Islamist terrorism in the 1980s and the emergence of Al Qaeda and ISIS.  He also discusses terrorism as a strategy, and how different counter-terrorism strategies have dealt with ongoing threats. Most European political leaders are caught between the political imperative to be seen to respond quickly and forcefully to terrorism and the counter-terrorist imperative of developing a robust, long-term strategy for containing terrorism. The book then draw on lessons from the past to assess and evaluate the present terrorist threat in Europe, the USA and the Middle East, and appropriate responses to terrorism.


Nick Sitter has written an important reference book about the origin of the terrorism, terrorists’ different motifs and goals, and advice about how liberal democracies can develop strategies for defeating the current global political Islam terrorism.

Nick Sitter (b. 1969  is Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Law and Governance at the BI Norwegian Business School; and Professor of Public Policy at Central European University. He is also Research Associate at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  He was Head the CEU Department of Public Policy from 2008 to 2011, and Associate Dean for the BI political economy programme 2004-2014. Sitter now runs BI’s security program. He has previously written about terrorism and political violence in many international journals. His books and edited volumes include A Liberal Actor in A Realist World: The EU Regulatory State and the Global Political Economy of Energy (Oxford UP, 2015, co-authored with A. Goldthau), and Energy Union: Europe’s New Liberal Mercantilism? (Palgrave 2017, co-edited with A. Goldthau and S. S. Andersen).



Anne Gunn Halvorsen: LIFE – AND HOW TO LIVE IT

                                                                                           PERSONAL GUIDE

Anne Gunn Halvorsen                                                                                                         LIFE – and how to live it /                                                                                                   LIVET, og korleis leve det

Published by Samlaget, 2017

A wise and humorous introduction to adult life

“I have searched for so many things online during my life: childbirth, moles, tooth development in infants … Yet I have never searched for how to live life. I’ve only done things that seem right, what everyone else does. It’s daring, I think, and gaze at that little semi-detached house of ours. Those sleeping upstairs are my people. It’s so audacious, almost bizarre to invest so much money, so much time, and so much effort without investigating it properly.»

In the course of a short period, Anne Gunn Halvorsen has acquired two children, a husband and a semi-detached house. She has accumulated debt, responsibilities and a totally ordinary adult life. One evening as she browses the web, it dawns on her that she has spent more time trying to search for celebrities and fitness tights than life itself. For how can we, as adults, avoid becoming divorced, cranky, burnt out and debt slaves? What you should eat, where you should live, and what you can do to avoid dying?

For a whole year, Halvorsen puts everything else on hold to find answers to these big questions. She guides the readers through financial conferences and relationship workshops, research reports, oil cracks and political history. She travels around in Norway, doing research. All this in order to write a book that can potentially make you wiser, and help you let it all hang out – a bit.

Anne Gunn Halvorsen (b.1984) works as a journalist.

Alfred Fidjestøl: ALMOST HUMAN

                                                                            BIOGRAPHY/NATURAL HISTORY

Alfred Fidjestøl
Almost human – A Biography of Julius the Chimpanzee                                         Nesten menneske. Biografien om Julius                                                                          To be published by Samlaget,  August 2017

Julius the Chimpanzee is the most famous animal in Norway. He was born on Boxing Day 1979, in Kristiansand Zoo in southern Norway. Six weeks old he was rejected by his mother and had to live with a human family for one year. A camera crew followed him during this period and the following TV program made him into a celebrity in Norway. The humans tried to raise him as a regular chimp and in due course he was returned to his own tribe. But he was frequently brought back to the humans and for a long while he was homeless in both worlds. Julius escaped several times from the chimp island in the Zoo. He became dangerous and vicious, attacking humans, which eventually forced them to isolate him in a cage. Only after twenty-five turbulent years his carers managed to make him the leader of the tribe in 2005. Today, Julius lives as a content alpha chimpanzee and father of two within a community of nine chimpanzees. This book tells the remarkable medical history about this unique chimpanzee life.


Using international research on chimpanzees, the author attempts to find out and understand what goes on in the head of chimpanzees like Julius. The book also describes the life of the wild chimpanzees living in the African jungle and expands on research findings from studies on the behaviour of chimpanzees in zoos. Chimps share 98.6 percent of genetic material with humans. The Chimpanzees are intelligent and social animals, they can learn sign language, they can collaborate and plan the future, they can be empathetic and self-sacrificing, and at the same time brutal and completely merciless.

The story of Julius is thus also a story about status and power within a chimpanzee troop, the struggle for food and safety, about longing for love and sex, loneliness, sorrow and death. Julius’ life is unusually well- documented. Using everything from media coverage in newspapers and weekly magazines, private photos and memory books, veterinary reports and the journals of the animal caretaker has made it possible to write about his life.

The book is a biography for adult readers, with the same methodology and documentation requirements expected from a modern biography, but with this tiny exception from the modern standard biography: that the subject of the biography is not and never has been human – only just. ( 228 pages. Illustrated throughout with colour photos.)

Alfred Fidjestøl (b. 1973) has published several critically acclaimed biographies and history books about humans and cultural institutions. In 2014, Fidjestøl became the first nonfiction author ever to receive Gyldendal’s Hunger Award. He has previously been nominated for the Brage Award and The Critics Award. This is his first chimpanzee biography.


                                                                               DOCUMENTARY/CURRANT AFFAIRS

Lene Wold
No Honour in Crime / Ære være mine døtre                                                                  Published by Kagge Forlag,  2017

During the past three years, Lene Wold has spent a considerable amount of time in Jordan with a man who has killed both his mother and one of his two daughters in order to restore his family’s honour. Wold has travelled around Jordan and interviewed a number of people about honour killing. The author portrays the man’s upbringing, culture and dilemmas that shaped him as a person and the choices he made. Wold’s other important source is Amina. This daughter spent several years in prison after the failed murder attempt in order to protect her from her own family. In Jordan, it is the women, the survivors of attempted honour killings, who are imprisoned not the perpetrators.

Ære være mine døtre

The author has visited prisons and mosques, searched through newsprints and court archives and contacted imams, village heads and killers. Using a unique source material, Wold illuminates a hitherto unknown aspect of honour killings. The story is told from the perpetrator’s perspective, and Wold shows that honour killings are not about Islam, but about traditions and laws, which must be challenged and changed. No Honour in Crime is a shocking and illuminating tale of how a man chooses inherited culture over the lives of his own children.

Translation rights sold to: Denmark.

Lene Wold (b. 1987) is a journalist and has a degree in social scientist. She has worked for the The Independent and The Centre for Investigative Journalism in England and has lived and worked as a freelancer in the Middle East. She has an MA in Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BA in Development Studies from the University of Oslo. She has also studied Arabic in Lebanon and Jordan.


Bjørn Godøy: DOUBLE GAME

                                                                                 NARRATIV NON-FICTION/HISTORY

 Bjørn Godøy                                                                                                                              Double Game.Love and betrayal in the shadows of World War I /                                  Dobbeltspill. Kjærlighet og forræderi i skyggen av første verdenskrig

Published by Spartacus, 2016

Roger Casement was possibly the most hated man in England during WW I. In 1916, he was hanged for high treason for having sought German support for a rebellion in Ireland. Two years earlier, he had travelled to Berlin just as British men were being massacred on the battle fields in Europe. Flaming Irish nationalism emboldened him to make the fateful trip – along with blind confidence in a young Norwegian sailor.

Eivind Adler Christensen escorted Casement into Germany, and remained to serve as his closest aide and companion. Shortly after his arrival, Casement launched a fantastic offensive designed to bring the British Empire to its knees, using Christensen as his field agent. The plan was to tarnish Britain’s reputation to such an extent that the global community would turn on the self professed world leader.

Still, many in the Irish rebel community wondered why Casement was so dedicated to a man nobody could vouch for. The truth would have shocked them beyond words. Christensen was not only Casement’s assistant, he was also his lover.

Double Game is the incredible story of the unlikely relationship between two men in a ruthless and manly world. It is a story of a lover who mainly loved himself, and of a traitor who ended up being betrayed himself.

From the reviews: “The book presents captivating and multi-faceted narratives exposing the bigger and the smaller aspects of this history … As a study of characters, Double Game is enticing … There is probably a feature film waiting to be made out of Double Game. However, you should not wait to read the book – it will give you a better understanding of human beings, as well as a greater skepticism towards them.” (Morgenbladet)

Double Game is a book with hardly any heroes in it, and the story does not end well for those involved. Still, it is an immensely well-told drama of the destinies of two men, set in the shadow of World War I.” (Dag og tid)

Bjørn Godøy (b. 1969) holds a B.A. in film studies and an M.A. in history. Double Game is his third book. He was nominated in 2014 to the Brage Prize and The Critic’s Prize for best non-fiction, and received wide critical acclaim for his ability to present complex historical subject matter in a crisp and captivating manner, and with a distinct literary quality.



Bjørn Stærk
Å sette verden i brann. En ateist skriver om Jesus
Published by Humanist Forlag, 2016

How well do we actually know the stories about Jesus? And what can we learn from them – in the world of today? Bjørn Stærk, an atheist, writes about Jesus to help us understand him and his idea. Are any of the Christian ideas about sin, faith, humility, charity, and sexual morality relevant to non-believers? Many people think the Gospels portray Jesus as simply a mild moral philosopher who heals people and encourages love of one’s neighbour. But the Gospels are among the most explosive books in history. They tell the story of a radical castigator and preacher who wanted to revolutionize the world.
Who would Jesus be if he showed up today? The author presents a contemporary Jesus, quite different to what we might imagine, presented in this book as the new Messiah incarnate, Mona, a woman.
The book discusses many different religious groupings like Protestantism, Catholicism, Mormons, Jehova’s Witnesses, as well as the history of the Salvation Army.
A critic writes:“… a lapsed Christian, now self-proclaimed atheist, attempts to put forward the best aspects of Christian belief and make them relevant to our time … it is sensational that an atheist can explain Christian logic better than the most schooled theologian.” Vårt Land
“Wandering through Christian history and theology can be compared to searching the chaotic shelves of a second-hand store. Some things are rubbish, other things you want to dust off and make room for on the mantelpiece. In this way people who are modern and enlightened can partake in the Christian cultural heritage. It is not necessary for them to renounce scepticism and accept rituals and a package of teachings, the way religious people must. You can pick and choose what you like. Stærk is therefore free, throughout the book (every page of which is interesting and superbly written), to wander freely in both the stories of the New Testament and the history of Christianity.” Minerva, periodical

“Stærk’s discussion about sin, and how far most of us are from living lives where we do not contribute to global injustice and exploitation, is an interesting reminder of how radical Christianity actually is. The explanations of the concepts that form the basic principles of Christianity are on the whole a valuable part of the book”. Klassekampen

Bjørn Stærk (b.1978) has blogged about politics since 2001. His previous book Freedom of Expression was published in 2013. He regularly writes for Aftenposten, Norway’s largest newspaper, and works as a computer programmer.


Bjørn BergeLandene som forsvant. 1840 – 1970
Published by Spartacus, 2016

This is a different kind of world history – told through stamps from countries that have been erased from the map.

terningkast-5   Dagbladet

More than 1000 countries have issued their own stamps during the past 175 years since the first “Penny Black » was introduced in England in 1840. Most of them no longer exist. Some of their names will bring back associations, such as Biafra and “famine” and Bhopal and «environmental disaster.» Others, few of us will associate with anything, like Labuan, Tannu Tuva and Fiume. These lost countries have fascinating stories to tell , whether they were short-lived like Eastern Karelia , which lasted only a few weeks during the winter war of 1922, or more tenacious such as the Orange Free State, a Boer Republic which celebrated 50 years as an independent state in the late 1800s.

The book present fifty of these countries that collapsed. Some of them were independent, while others served as military bridgeheads, bases for raw material or as part of the game between super powers. Traces of some these countries have clear links to the present, such as Hatay, which was formerly a part of Syria and Tripolitania which is currently part of Libya.

The range of countries reflect different aspects of world history during the 19th and 20th centuries, with their ideologies, imperialism, struggle for resources, immigration waves and major and trivial wars. As such, the stamps with their motifs and symbols must be considered as official self-presentations. They were quite precise expressions of the ruling authorities’ desired self-image, positions and ambitions, whether revolutionary or colonial. Besides stamps, the book is based on eyewitness accounts, as well as later historical analyses.

Each vanished country is presented with detailed maps and stamps. Format 24 x 18 cm. World Map on the endpaper.

About the author

Bjorn Berge (b. 1954) is an architect and researcher. He has written and published numerous articles and books in Norway on architecture and building ecology. In English, he has published The Ecology of Building Materials in two editions: Elsevier Science 2000 and Routledge, 2009. This work is used as a teaching resource at universities in many countries.


Rights sold to Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, UK/USA, Russia, Denmark.


eikeneshandbokaomslagHandboka – alt du vil vite om hendene dine
Published by Samlaget, 2016

Your hands are the result of evolution over billions of years. Biologist Åsmund H. Eikenes takes us on a journey from the primordial soup to your hands. How do they work and how do they communicate with the brain? How does the skin protect us from harmful bacteria and viruses? What if we lose a finger, will we be able to produce a new one in the laboratories of the future?

Eikenes relates a host of engaging narratives about recent science, medical breakthroughs and fascinating discoveries, all with your hands as the starting point. This book is a voyage of discovery into biology, a journey back in time, into the body and towards future scientific advances. In this accessible and captivating book you will also become more familiar with your own hands through observations and small experiments.

About the author

Åsmund H. Eikenes (b. 1986) holds a PhD in cellular biology from the Centre for Cancer Biomedicine at the University of Oslo. He has a great ability to impart specialist knowledge to the layman.


Harde tider
Det nye arbeidslivet i Europa
Published by Spartacus, 2014

Ingeborg Eliassen has been travelling reporter in Southern Europe since autumn 2012, covering the Euro crisis. She has witnessed personally how the people and societies in this region are becoming unstable due to the economic crisis. The pattern is the same across all of the Mediterranean: the very foundation of the European social model is crumbling. More…