Arne Svingen

A Dog’s Life

This is the story of Basse. He leads something of a dog’s life. There are various explanations why. Firstly, he happens to a be a lazy dog. Secondly, Basse’s best buddy is Narco-Kjell. They live together in the world’s most untidy flat.
One day Gusto knocks on the door - a boy with a very important question.
A question which may change everything.

A Dog’s Life is nothing like any other book you have ever read. Unless you are a dog.


Arne Svingen


Arne Svingen (b. 1967) 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 (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) and graphic novels. A number of Arne Svingens's books have been sold abroad, and he has been translated into fourteen languages. 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. in 2018 he was nominated for the Brage Prize for his YA novel A Sky Full of Clouds.

Rights sold to

Denmark, ABC Forlag

Other titles

The Revolver Kid 2, 2016
Benny-Bob’s Banana Burger, 2015
Making a Run for it, 2015
Primitive Possums, 2014
The Revolver Kid, 2014
Fly Summer, 2013
The Ballad of A Broken Nose, 2012
Some Plan, 2011

Foreign rights

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Edited April 02, 2019 by Gyldendal Agency