Andri Snær Magnason
is one of Iceland’s most celebrated writers. He has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essays
by Astrid Lindgren (1973)
When we are old and grey and name the books that influenced us the most I think everyone will name a few children’s books.
The Chinese Alligator
by John Thorbjarnarson (2010)
John Thorbjarnarson was my uncle, one of the world’s leading experts in crocodilians. He speaks of these creatures with love and affection, with history and mythology included.
The Poetic Edda
The primary source of Nordic mythology, I spent a whole summer guarding this book in the Manuscript Exhibition in Reykjavík. This book has inspired Tolkien, Wagner, Borges, Marvel Comics and countless other works.
Life after God
by Douglas Coupland (1994)
Being very much into fantasy and poetry this book struck a chord. Coupland captures a strange, sincere melancholy with some dread of the zeitgeist but always a twist and some humour.
by Michael Ende (1973)
I remember when the class bully came enlightened to school after reading this amazing book. It happens in a world where some grey men start stealing time and the character finds a way to walk faster if she walks slower.
The English Dane
by Sarah Bakewell (2005)
This book tells the remarkable life story of Jorgen Jorgensen, who washed up on the shores of Iceland in the summer of 1809 and declared independence.
Mountains of the Mind
by Robert Macfarlane (2003)
I brought this with me when I did a trek to Auden’s Col in the Garhwal Himalaya and ended up tearing it in half so that my guide and I could talk about it as we laboured our way up the Rudagaira valley.
The Great Derangement: