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Astrid Lindgren - Author

About the Author

Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) is the third most translated writer for children (after Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm), and her books have sold more than 160 million copies worldwide. She became famous in her country almost overnight, with the publication of the first Pippi Longstocking books in 1945, and was awarded numerous honours, including the Hans Christian Andersen medal and the Gold Medal of the Swedish Academy in 1971.

Featured books by Astrid Lindgren

A World Gone Mad The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren, 1939-45

A World Gone Mad The Diaries of Astrid Lindgren, 1939-45

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2016

'A breathtaking read' - Die Welt One of the twentieth century's greatest children's writers - and the creator of Pippi Longstocking -reveals her very personal take on the Second World War Before she became internationally known for her children's books, Astrid Lindgren was an aspiring author living in Stockholm with her family at the outbreak of the Second World War. These diaries, until recently stored in a wicker laundry basket in her Dalagatan home, offer a civilian, a mother, and an aspiring writer's unique account of a world devastated by conflict. In these diaries Lindgren emerges as a morally courageous critic of violence and war, as well as a deeply sensitive and astute observer of world affairs. She provides insights into the Soviet invasion of Finland and the ambiguities of Swedish neutrality, and asks questions about the nature of evil, and our capacity, as individuals, to stand against such malevolent forces. Alongside political events, Lindgren includes delightful vignettes of domestic life: shortages of butter, blackouts, dinner menus and children's birthdays, and moving descriptions of her marriage. And these diaries also reveal her emergence as a writer: the bedtime stories she invented for her daughter during this terrible period eventually became Pippi Longstocking, one of the most famous and beloved children's books of the twentieth century. Posthumously published in Sweden to great acclaim, and now available for the first time in English, illustrated with family photographs, Lindgren's diaries provide an intensely personal and vivid chronicle of Europe at war.

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Other books by Astrid Lindgren

The Children of Noisy Village

The Children of Noisy Village

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2021

Lisa lives in a tiny place called Noisy Village with all her friends, and with so many children living there, it's a very noisy place indeed! Join the children on their adventures as they explore the great outdoors and get up to mischief. In this collection of stories, the children rescue a lonely dog, search for a secret treasure map, and get caught in a snow storm!

Nothing but Fun in Noisy Village

Nothing but Fun in Noisy Village

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2021

Lisa lives in a tiny place called Noisy Village with all her friends, and with so many children living there, it's a very noisy place indeed! Join the children on their adventures as they explore the great outdoors and get up to mischief. In this collection of stories, Lisa and her friends play pirates, take a lamb to school, and camp out under the stars.

Happy Times in Noisy Village

Happy Times in Noisy Village

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2021

Lisa lives in a tiny place called Noisy Village with all her friends, and with so many children living there, it's a very noisy place indeed! Join the children on their adventures as they explore the great outdoors and get up to mischief. In this collection of stories, Lisa and her friends race their sledges on the slopes, hunt for treasure, and keep a watch for pirate ships from their robber's den.

Karlsson on the Roof

Karlsson on the Roof

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Imagine Smidge's delight when, one day, a little man with a propeller on his back appears hovering at the window! It's Karlsson and he lives in a house on the roof. Soon Smidge and Karlsson are sharing all sorts of adventures, from tackling thieves and playing tricks to looping the loop and running across the rooftops. Fun and chaos burst from these charming, classic stories.

The World's Best Karlsson

The World's Best Karlsson

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Smidge is used to Karlsson, the funny little man with a propeller on his back, living on the roof. They are firm friends. Now, anytime Karlsson pops in, Smidge knows that there's fun and adventure in store. In this collection of stories, they flood the bathroom, celebrate Karlsson's birthday, and Karlsson is mistaken for a spy!

Karlsson Flies Again

Karlsson Flies Again

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Smidge is used to Karlsson, the funny little man with a propeller on his back, living on the roof. They are firm friends. Now, anytime Karlsson pops in, Smidge knows that there's fun and adventure in store. In this collection of stories, they gobble cream buns, do their very best to frighten the new housekeeper and almost become television stars!

Lotta Makes a Mess

Lotta Makes a Mess

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Lotta is the little sister who can find trouble anywhere. She and her young siblings get into all sorts of scrapes. In this funny and engaging tale, a very cross Lotta runs away from home and moves in with the old lady next door. But Lotta soon begins to realise that, actually, nowhere is quite as good as home sweet home. A collection of utterly engaging tales from one of the world's best-loved children's authors, re-issued with new illustrations from Mini Grey to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Pippi Longstocking. Perfect for reading alone or for sharing.

Lotta Says 'No!'

Lotta Says 'No!'

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

A collection of fun, engaging and gently humorous stories about Lotta, the little sister who can find trouble anywhere. Join in the fun as she and her young siblings get into all sorts of scrapes-from falling out of their neighbour's windows and running away on a train, to making their own pancake tree. Every day brings a funny new adventure! From one of the world's best-loved children's authors, re-issued with new illustrations from Mini Grey to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Pippi Longstocking. Perfect for reading alone or for sharing.

Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard

Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

This flagship gift edition illustrated by Lauren Child is a glorious celebratory tribute to the strongest girl in the world in her 75th anniversary year. Pippi Longstocking lives in Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. Pippi and her friends Tommy and Annika have the best time together-going to the fair, buying ALL the sweets in the sweet shop, and getting shipwrecked for the weekend. But the fun might stop all too soon if Pippi agrees to go back to sea with her father.

Now that Night is Near

Now that Night is Near

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2020

Come now little one, it's time to go to sleep. All the little children are tucked up in bed. Their mamas and their papas too -- Everyone should go to sleep, now that night is near. It's bedtime, and across the land everyone is settling down to sleep. The cows are lying down in their fields, the rabbits are snug in their burrows, and the birds are resting on their branches. Except someone isn't quite ready to close their eyes just yet... A curious cat gently wanders through midsummer fields, forests and dusky Swedish landscapes as the sun slowly sets. When will he be ready to sleep? Written by Astrid Lindgren, the bestselling author of Pippi Longstocking, and accompanied by luminous artwork from award-winning illustrator Marit Toernqvist, this soothing story is perfect for sharing with young children at bedtime.

Emil's Clever Pig

Emil's Clever Pig

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

Whether he's teaching his pet pig to dance, being chased by a mad cow or wrestling a robber, Emil's adventures never stop. Hens, dogs, little sisters - and adults - all flee his path. But Emil doesn't mean to be bad, it's just that trouble - and fun - follow him wherever he goes. A collection of utterly engaging tales from one of the world's best-loved children's authors.

Emil and the Sneaky Rat

Emil and the Sneaky Rat

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

There's a rat running amok in Emil's house, and he's determined to capture it. But hiding the rat trap just under his father's bed probably isn't ideal . . . That's just the start of Emil's adventures, which, once begun, never stop. Hens, dogs, little sisters - and adults - all flee his path. But Emil doesn't mean to be bad, it's just that trouble - and fun - follow him wherever he goes. A collection of utterly engaging tales from one of the world's best-loved children's authors.

Emil and the Great Escape

Emil and the Great Escape

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2020

Emil doesn't mean to be bad, it's just that trouble - and fun - follow him wherever he goes. In this collection of stories Emil is up to his hilarious best and no-one is safe!

Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard (World of Astrid Lindgren)

Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard (World of Astrid Lindgren)

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

Loved by millions of children around the world Pippi Longstocking is one of the most popular children's characters of all time. This new edition of the classic Pippi story by Astrid Lindgren, contains brand new black and white artwork by award-winning illustrator Mini Grey, introducing Pippi's adventurous spirit to a whole new generation of readers. In Pippi Goes Aboard, Pippi Longstocking is back and as crazy and as funny as ever! But for Tommy and Annika, the fun might stop all too soon if Pippi agrees to go back to sea with her father.

Pippi Longstocking (World of Astrid Lindgren)

Pippi Longstocking (World of Astrid Lindgren)

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

Loved by millions of children around the world Pippi Longstocking is one of the most popular children's characters of all time. This new edition of the classic story by Astrid Lindgren contains brand new black and white artwork by award-winning illustrator Mini Grey, introducing Pippi's adventurous spirit to a whole new generation of readers.

Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas (World of Astrid Lindgren)

Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas (World of Astrid Lindgren)

Author: Astrid Lindgren Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

Loved by millions of children around the world Pippi Longstocking is one of the most popular children's characters of all time. This story sees Pippi, Tommy and Annika go on their greatest adventure yet - to Koratuttutt Island, where Pippi's father is king. This new edition contains brand new black and white artwork by award-winning illustrator Mini Grey.

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