The Solitaire Mystery

Twelve-year-old Hans Thomas lives alone with his father, a man who likes to give his son lessons about life and has a penchant for philosophy. Hans Thomas' mother left when he was four (to 'find' herself) and the story begins when father and son set off on a trip to Greece, where she now lives, to try to persuade her to come home. En route, in Switzerland, Hans Thomas is given a magnifying glass by a dwarf at a petrol station, and the next day he finds a tiny book in his bread roll which can only be read with a magnifying glass. How did the book come to be there Why does the dwarf keep showing up It is all very perplexing and Hans Thomas has enough to cope with, with the daunting prospect of seeing his mother. Now his journey has turned into an encounter with the unfathomable...or does it all have a logical explanation

  • Pub date: 01.07.97
  • RRP: $29.99
  • Format: Paperback / softback


Jostein Gaarder

Jostein Gaarder is the author of Sophie's World, the bestselling book in the world in 1995. It has been translated into 55 languages and has sold over 30 million copies. He is the author of many other bestselling, beloved novels including The Solitaire Mystery, The Christmas Mystery, Vita Brevis, Through a Glass Darkly, Maya, The Ringmaster's Daughter, The Orange Girl and The Castle in the Pyrenees. In the UK and Commonwealth alone, his books have sold over 2.5 million copies. He was born in Oslo in 1952 and lives there now with his wife and two sons.

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