Arne Svingen
Primitive Possums

Dick has decided to set an unbreakable record: He is going to be the most negative person ever. It’s a revolutionary idea. It’s brilliant. And it is incredibly hard to follow through.

Primitive Possums is a book about great ideas, meetings that won’t take place and a party that goes down in history. You’ll split your sides laughing, perhaps shed a tear or two and maybe even grow a little wiser. Meet Dick, Jønna and Vilde – and experience a few days that almost change the course of humanity.

Primitive Possums is an original and hysterically funny novel for young adults, from one of our best children’s book authors.

So good that it should become a series. A hilarious book about a 15-year-old in love.


Great tempo all the way through, with lots of climaxes, tricky choices, complications, and insane incidents ... Do you have a teenage boy who doesn't like to read? Try this one!
6 out of 6 stars


Svingen succeeds phenomenally well ... Maybe his liveliest book so far.

Hamar Arbeierblad

When I read it the other day, I caught my self laughing loudly, almost gasping ... hysterically funny.


Primitive Possums almost boil over with exhuberant writing and humour, but it also has a serious side ... Svingen fully masters the art of portraying hesitant love. It is beautiful, difficult and moving all at once.

Moss Avis

Arne Svingen

Arne Svingen

Arne Svingen is one of our foremost writers for children and young adults. His production spans from easy reads for children, to novels for children and young adults.

He is deeply committed to encouraging children and adolescents to read, and he is a true wizard at using humor and suspense to ensnare his readers. Thematically, his books span from pure entertainment to novels on difficult topics. He has written several novels for adults, radio plays for NRK and graphic novels. A number of Arne Svingens's books have been sold abroad, and he has been translated into Danish, Swedish, German, French and Italian. His breakthrough as a writer of thrillers came with Silent Screams (2001). He was awarded the Brage Prize for his novel Black Ivory in 2005 and was nomiated for the Brage Prize for his novel A Sky Full of Clouds in 2018.

Rights sold to

Denmark, ABC Forlag

Other titles

2019 The Only Thing I Owe You is a Beating
2018 A Sky Full of Clouds
2018 In Mid-Air
2014 The Revolver Kid
2013 Fly summer
2013 The Executioners in the Cemetary
2012 The Ballad of a Broken Nose
2011 Some Plan

Foreign rights

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Edited April 02, 2019 by Gyldendal Agency