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A Fool, Free
A Fool, Free

A Fool, Free


448 Pages, 5.5 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $27.95 (US $27.95) (CA $37.95)

Publication Date: September 2015

ISBN 9781781851371

Rights: US & CA

Head of Zeus (Sep 2015)

Price: $27.95


A prizewinning Scandinavian novel of a woman's struggle with the other personalities in her mind

My name is Eli. I am the one telling the story and the one the story is about. The one with the voices in her head.Eli Larsen is a talented author and film-maker. She writes books. She directs films. She wins awards. She is a success. But Eli has a secret. Since she was a child she has shared her life with Espen, Erik, Prince Eugen, and Emil. Sometimes they're friendly, sometimes comforting, but sometimes they want to hurt Eli and the people she loves most. In this candid and beautiful novel, Beate Grimsrud offers an unflinching insight into the secret world of the mind.


"Tugs you into the mind of a schizophrenic – a kaleidoscope of mayhem and misery in which self-destruction is always only an internal whisper away. But it's far from depression, for what shines through is a courageous and imaginative personality, a triumph of optimism over often bitter experience, turning this episodic story of what is a rollercoaster of a life into a page-turner. A bestselling prize winner in author Beate Grimsrud's native Norway, it's waited five years for publication here. You wonder why it took so long." —Daily Mail

"Everyone knows (or thinks they do) what severe mental illness looks like from the outside. This disturbing novel describes the experience from the outside. It's squarely based on the life of the author, who has struggled all her life with the daily challenges of mental illness, and it gives an extraordinarily articulate account of something that is seldom put into words." —the Times

Author Biography

Beate Grimsrud is an award-winning Norwegian author and playwright. She published A Fool, Free in 2010 to rave reviews, winning the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature.