Image result for maja lundeMaja Lunde (b. 1975) is the most successful Norwegian author of her generation. Her books are translated into 40 languages and has sold more than 2,5 million copies. She is an educated media specialist with a master’s degree from the University of Oslo and works as an author and screenwriter. She has written 12 children’s and young adult books, including “Battle”, “Across the Border” and the series “The Coolest Gang in the World”. Her 2018 children’s book “The Snow Sister” is one of the biggest literary successes in Norway in decades, and was instantly sold to publishing houses throughout the world.

“The History of Bees” (2015) was her first novel for adults. So far, publication rights have been sold in 35 countries and received several prizes, including the prestigious Bokhandlerprisen (Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize). It was the best selling book in any genre in Germany in 2017. Her second novel “Blue”, book two of Lunde’s planned Climate Quartet, was published in October 2017 and is so far sold to 20 territories. Book 3 Przewalskis Horse was published in the fall of 2019, both to equal acclaim.


Lunde was born on July 30th, 1975 and grew up in Bislett in Oslo. She went to Bolteløkka barneskole for elementary school, Ila ungdomsskole for middle school and Fagerborg videregående for high school. From 1992-1993, she had a gap year and sailed with the training ship Christian Radich.

In 1996, she started her studies at the University of Oslo, where she first focused primarily on literature, with subsidiary studies in psychology, and wrote a paper entitled Mass Media, Influence and Aggression. She then majored in media and communications with a specialization in film and film history. Her thesis (2001) was a study of director Nils R. Müller and his film writing.

After graduation, she began working as head of the Amandus Festival in Lillehammer, and as a museum educator at the Film Museum. Following that came a job as cinema manager at Frogner Cinema before she started as a communications advisor at Kulturmeglene AS in 2006, where her work included launching Norwegian feature films.

Outside of work, she began writing screenplays, and in 2009 she took leave from work to write full time. She quickly found work as a screenwriter for Children’s Supershow with NRK Super and eventually the TV series Home and Side by Side on NRK1. At the same time, she worked on manuscripts for several feature films.

In 2011, she won Kosmorama’s pitch competition with the script for the dance film Battle, while also starting to work on turning some of her film ideas into books. In 2012, she debuted with the children’s books Children’s Supershow and Across the Border.

After that came the young adult novel Battle and the series The Coolest Gang in the World. Her first novel for adults, The History of Bees, came out in autumn 2015.

Today, Lunde lives in Godlia in Oslo and is married with three children: Linus (b. 2010), Jens (b. 2008) and Jesper (b. 2004).

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