World Book Day UK

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The World Book Day is celebrated on 4th March in the UK, promoting the love of books for everyone.

In collaboration with Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA), we would like to present a very special author who is writing about a subject that is familiar to most of us: insects

Extraordinary Insects is Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson’s debut book, published in 2020 by Harper Collins Publishers. Described as “a journey into the weird, wonderful and truly astonishing lives of the small but mighty creatures who keep the world turning,” it is a fascinating read. Translated to English by Lucy Moffatt, the book was shortlisted to the 2020 Indie Book Awards and became a Sunday Times bestseller.

Listen to a sample of the book below:

Book cover of Extraordinary Insects. Photo by Harper Collins Publishers.

Being an insectologist, Sverdrup has also written books for children on the subject, Beetles, bugs and butterflies (2019) and The Sloth and the Sloth Moth (2020), both on bestseller lists in Norway. She has even done a  TedTalk on the subject, called: Insects Are Extraordinary. And They May Save Your Life:

Sverdrup’s second book for adults, Tapestries of Life , is due to be released this spring and is also translated by Lucy Moffatt – who won NORLA’s Translator’s Award 2020.

Book cover of Tapestries of Life. Photo: Harper Collins Publishers.

The charity World Book Day is funded by publishers and booksellers in the UK and Ireland, and states on their website:

Our mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.

This year the event is celebrated online, with plenty of free events and activities for schools, families and teens.

“Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success and it’s fun for all involved” – The World Book Day charity

For  more information, see What is World Book Day


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