The Dialogue Society Book Group – Meeting 51: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend


In this session of the Dialogue Society Book Group, we will explore Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder on Friday, 26th April 2024.


Sophie’s World tells the story of a 14-year-old girl named Sophie who finds herself under the tutelage of a mysterious expert in philosophy by the name of Alberto Knox. With Knox as her guide, Sophie learns the history of European philosophy, from ancient mythologies to the twentieth-century musings of existentialism.

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller, Sophie’s World sets out to draw teenagers into the world of Socrates, Descartes, Spinoza, Hegel and all the great philosophers. A brilliantly original and fascinating story with many twists and turns, it raises profound questions about the meaning of life and the origin of the universe.

Already loved by thousands of readers, it is an inspirational tale of the love, comfort and growth you can find in the pages of a good book.

‘Remarkable…What Jostein Gaarder has managed to do is to condense 3,000 years of thought into 400 pages, to simplify some extremely complicated arguments without trivialising them… Sophie’s World is an extraordinary achievement

Sunday Times

A simply wonderful, irresistible book

Daily Telegraph

‘Sophie’s World is set to become a unique popular classic; a wonderfully engaging mystery story that also forms a completely accessible and lucid introduction to philosophy and philosophers’

The Times

About the Dialogue Society Book Group

The Dialogue Society Book Group explores the capacity of books to provide windows into diverse cultural and intercultural worlds. We will be choosing a series of quality novels to read and then discuss together at relaxed, sociable gatherings at the Dialogue Society. Participants are welcome to suggest books for future sessions.

Participants will need to find a copy of the book chosen for each meeting and will need to read it prior to the meeting.

We will have a conversation about the book and our responses to it. Discussion may cover:

  • the quality of the storytelling
  • the authenticity and accuracy with which a historical/cultural situation is portrayed
  • our personal responses to it

You do not need to be an expert on literature or anything else to join in. The group should be enjoyable for anyone who enjoys a good book and likes discovering new ones.

Prospective books for future sessions (NB we are open to suggestions)

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Wheel of Time: New Spring by Robert Jordan
  • Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed
  • Darius the Great is not Okay by Adib Khorram