No, a Hundred Times No

Nina Lykke

52,000 copies printed in Norway
Nominated for the Bonnier Book Clubs’ Book of the Year Prize 2018 (Sweden)
Winner of the Young Readers’ Critics Prize (Norwegian version of Goncourt des lyceens) 2016
Shortlisted for the P2 Listeners’ Novel Prize 2016

Ingrid and Jan have been married for a quarter of a century. They live with their two sons in a large house in a nice Oslo neighbourhood. The boys are big enough to be counted as adults, but they behave like hotel guests. Ingrid has lost all her illusions both about family life and her teacher’s job. Jan, however, is vitalized by his unexpected promotion to sectional director in the government ministry – as well as by the far younger advisor Hanne, who has seen all her friends disappear into regular family lives. It’s time to take action.

No, a Hundred Times No is a sharp, funny and uncomfortable novel about the conditions of the nuclear family in a society where the lust of the moment is the ultimate guiding star and too much is never enough.


Rights sold to

  • Language Foreign publisher
  • DanishRosinante
  • FinnishGummerus
  • GermanNagel & Kimche
  • KoreanMunhaksasang
  • PolishMUZA
  • SwedishWahlström & Widstrand

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Additional info

  • No, A Hundred Times No
  • 2016
  • Forlaget Oktober
  • Fiction
  • 269 pages