My non-fiction books In English and other languages:
Tapestries of Life (Norwegian: På naturens skuldre)
Kagge Forlag 2020, Non Fiction / Nature writing, Popular Science
"Trees clean air and water; hoverflies and bees pollinate our crops; the kingfisher inspired the construction of high-speed trains. In Tapestries of Life, bestselling author Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson explains how closely we are all connected with the natural world, highlighting our indelible link with nature’s finely knit system and our everyday lives.
In the heart of natural world is a life-support system like no other, a collective term that describes all the goods and services we receive – food, fresh water, medicine, pollination, pollution control, carbon sequestration, erosion prevention, recreation, spiritual health and so much more. In this utterly captivating book, Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson sets out to explore these wonderful, supportive elements – taking the reader on a journey through the surprising characteristics of the natural world.
The second book by the bestselling author of Extraordinary Insects"
Extraordinary Insects / Terra Insecta (Norwegian: Insektenes planet)
Non-fiction / Nature. J.M. Stenersens Forlag, March 2018
In 2018 I published a popular science book on insects and their importance, Insektenes planet, nominated for the Brage book award as best popular science book of 2018 and now translated into 23 languages. You can read reviews of the UK editions, out in 2019 (Paperback April 2020) here: Extraordinary Insects
There are more insects on the globe than there are sand grains on all beaches in the US. Most of these insects never bother us - on the contrary, we are completely dependent on them. In the book Extraordinary Insects, Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson tells you why we cannot live without these little creatures. She shows you the bizarre and fascinating world of insects, with far more links to our human world than you probably realize.
Did you know that insects carry their skeleton on the outside of their body, like a coat of armor? That they can have ears on their knees, eyes on the penis and a tongue under their tiny feet? Or did you know that insects, despite a brain the size of a sesame seed, are able to count to four and can recognize faces?
Every other species on the globe is an insect, and they live everywhere: In the freezing cold summits of the Himalayas and in the hot springs of Yellowstone, in baptismal fonts, in naturally occurring petroleum pools in California, in the stomach of horses and in the nostrils of walrus.
Moreover, the insects have been here for a long time. They have, by a wide margin, seen the dinosaurs both come and go. For more than 150 million years, the fluttering wings of insects dominated the air - no one else could fly. Millions of years before we humans set foot on Earth, insects had mastered agriculture: Termites grow fungi for food, and ants keep aphids like dairy cattle.
"It's really the insects that rule the world. Insects are the little ones that make the world tick. We need them for pollination, decomposition and soil formation, to be food for other animals, keep harmful organisms at bay, disperse seeds, help us in the research and inspire us with their smart solutions”, says Sverdrup-Thygeson.
The book recounts both historical and present-day examples of products and ideas stemming from insects. Just think of chocolate. If you like chocolate, you should really love insects. The tiny chocolate midge, no bigger than the size of a pinhead, is the only creature that can pollinate the cocoa flowers - so we get cocoa beans and chocolate.
We should also thank the insects for a number of famous documents, including The Declaration of Independence – written with iron gall ink made from small, apple-like structures on oak trees, induced by a tiny wasp. Today, termites has inspired self-cooling buildings in the tropics, with 90% lower energy consumption than normal. Fruit flies have been involved in six Nobel prizes in medicine. Cockroaches might save people in collapsed buildings, beetles can help us break down plastic and ants can give us new antibiotics.
Although the number of insects seems almost unimaginable, recent studies document a sharp decline in their abundance. While the human population has doubled in the past 35 years, the number of small, spineless critters has decreased by 45 percent. This might have far-reaching consequences. We actually do not know what will happen in a world with collapsing insect populations. Just that it will be very different.
For more info about the book, please see http://norla.no/nb/books/994-terra-insecta-the-little-ones-that-make-the-world-go-round
Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies (Insektenes hemmeligheter)
Non-fiction / Children. Kagge Forlag, August 2019
Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies is aimed at the younger readers, 6-9 (9-12) years. Kids have a natural curiosity when it comes to small critters, and I want to stimulate this interest. My book covers cool and common insects we find all around us. Through facts, fun-facts and colorful illustrations by Nina Marie Andersen at @fabelillustrasjon, the intention is to educate in a fun way. This book stayed on the bestseller list for 5 months after publication and will be published abroad in 2020. Want a look inside? https://issuu.com/kaggeforlag/docs/insektenes_hemmeligheter._snorkelmy/16
The Sloth and the Sloth Moth (Dovendyret og sommerfuglen)
Non-fiction / Children. Ena Forlag, February 2020
This book is aimed at kids 3 to 6 years old. It tells the amazing story of the sloth and the moth that lives in the sloth’s fur – and how the two depend on each other. Full page color illustrations by Bård Sletvold Torkildsen. You can look inside here: https://issuu.com/vigmostadbjorke/docs/dovendyret
Here are links to a few of my ongoing projects that have some info in English... :