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An instant #1 New York Times bestseller
The funny, touching and unpredictable new novel from the 13 million copy internationally bestselling author of A Man Called Ove.
'Funny, compassionate and wise . . . an absolute joy' A.J. Pearce, bestselling author of Dear Mrs Bird
'I loved this book. Funny, sad, clever, insightful, surprising and hopeful. Brilliant in every way' Sarah Morgan, bestselling author of One Summer in Paris
In a small town in Sweden it appears to be an ordinary day. But look more closely, and you'll see a mysterious masked figure approaching a bank...
Two hours later, chaos has descended. A bungled attempted robbery has developed into a hostage situation - and the offender is refusing to communicate their demands to the police.
Within the building, fear quickly turns to irritation for the seven strangers trapped inside. If this is to be their last day on earth, shouldn't it be a bit more dramatic?
But as the minutes tick by, they begin to suspect that the criminal mastermind holding them hostage might be more in need of rescuing than they are . . .
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Readers are loving Anxious People!
'Backman never disappoints . . . heartwarming and multi layered' 5***** Reader Review
'As always Backman manages to delight . . . a really satisfying ending that makes you feel better about the world' 5***** Reader Review
'A wonderfully unusual tale, told with flair and finesse that is so wonderful it is sure to cure everything that ails you. Don't miss out on this beautiful book' 5***** Reader Review
'This novel is about humanity at its most raw and at its most wonderful and I LOVED it!' 5***** Reader Review
Perfect for fans of Gail Honeyman's Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine; Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things and Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project, A Man Called Ove is one of the best-loved and most life-affirming novels of the decade.
This multi-million-copy phenomenon is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step.
'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail
'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it' Spectator Books of the Year
At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.
But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible . . .
Look out for ANXIOUS PEOPLE, the new novel by Fredrik Backman and INSTANT #1 New York Times bestseller!
***Beartown is now a MAJOR HBO TV series, coming to UK screens in 2021***
'I utterly believed in the residents of Beartown and felt ripped apart by the events in the book' JOJO MOYES
'I couldn't put it down. Heart-rending and engrossing' 5***** Reader Review
In a large Swedish forest, Beartown hides a dark secret . . .
Cut-off from everywhere else, it experiences the kind of isolation that tears people apart.
And each year, more and more of the town is swallowed by the forest.
Then the town is offered a bright new future.
But it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act.
It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who'll risk the future to see justice done.
Who will speak up?
Could you stand by and stay silent?
Or would you risk everything for justice?
Which side would you be on?
'A mature, compassionate novel' Sunday Times
'You'll love this engrossing novel' People
'You know a book is good when you don't want it to end' 5***** reader review
Fans of Beartown and A Man Called Ove will love this festive novella, from the 13 million copy internationally bestselling author.
It is Christmas Eve and a father and son are meeting for the first time in years.
The father has a story he needs to share before it's too late. As he tells his son about a courageous little girl lying in a hospital bed a few miles away, he reveals even more about himself; his triumphs in business, his failures as a parent, his past regrets, his hopes for the future.
Now, on this night before Christmas, the father has been given the unexpected chance to do something remarkable that could change the destiny of a little girl he hardly knows. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he must find out what his own life has actually been worth, and only his son can reveal the answer.
With humour and compassion, Fredrik Backman's novella The Deal of a Lifetime reminds us that life is a fleeting gift, and our legacies rest in how we share that gift with those we love.
Look out for ANXIOUS PEOPLE, the new novel by Fredrik Backman, the 13 million copy internationally bestselling author of A Man Called Ove.
The captivating and moving follow-up to the international bestseller Beartown.
'I utterly believed in the residents of Beartown, and felt ripped apart by the events in the book' Jojo Moyes on Beartown
Can a broken town survive a second tragedy?
By the time the last goal is scored, someone in Beartown will be dead . . .
Us Against You is the story of two towns, two teams and what it means to believe in something bigger than yourself. It's about how people come together - sometimes in anger, often in sorrow, but also through love. And how, when we stand together, we can bring a town back to life.
Praise for Fredrik Backman:
'A mature, compassionate novel' Sunday Times
'Backman can tickle the funny bone and tug on the heart strings when he needs to, and is a clever enough storyteller to not overindulge in either' Independent
'As popular Swedish exports go, Backman is up there with ABBA and Stieg Larsson' The New York Times Book Review
A must-read for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette
'A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.' Kirkus
Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, by the author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon A Man Called Ove will charm and delight anyone who has ever had a grandmother.
Everyone remembers the smell of their grandmother's house.
Everyone remembers the stories their grandmother told them.
But does everyone remember their grandmother flirting with policemen? Driving illegally?
Breaking into a zoo in the middle of the night? Firing a paintball gun from a balcony in her dressing gown?
Seven-year-old Elsa does.
Some might call Elsa's granny 'eccentric', or even 'crazy'. Elsa calls her a superhero. And granny's stories, of knights and princesses and dragons and castles, are her superpower. Because, as Elsa is starting to learn, heroes and villains don't always exist in imaginary kingdoms; they could live just down the hallway.
As Christmas draws near, even the best superhero grandmothers may have one or two things they'd like to apologise for. And, in the process, Elsa can have some breath-taking adventures of her own . . .
The number 1 European bestseller by the author of New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community, and second chances.
For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, or fussy, or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We're not animals, are we?
But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.
So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.
Things My Son Needs To Know About The World is a tender and funny series of letters from a new father to his son about one of life's most daunting experiences: parenthood.
From the 13 million copy internationally bestselling author of A Man Called Ove.
'You can be whatever you want to be, but that's nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are'
In between the sleep-obsessed lows and oxytocin-fuelled highs, Backman takes a step back to share his own experience of fatherhood and how he navigates such unchartered territory.
Part memoir, part manual, part love letter to his son, this book relays the big and the small lessons in life.
As he watches his son take his first steps into the world, he teaches him how to navigate both love - and IKEA - and tries to explain why, sometimes, his dad might hold his hand just a little bit too tightly.
This is an irresistible and insightful collection from one of the world's most beautiful storytellers - the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown.
Praise for Fredrick Backman:
'A mature, compassionate novel' Sunday Times
'Will, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail
'You'll love this engrossing novel' People
'Backman is a masterful writer' Kirkus Review
Gente ansiosa es una desenfrenada comedia sobre un robo fallido que termina en un grupo de personas siendo mantenidas en cautiverio durante la jornada de puertas abiertas de un apartamento.
Una sola mala idea: una mala idea de verdad. No hace falta más.
Un fallido ladrón de bancos se encierra junto a una agente inmobiliaria excesivamente entusiasta, dos rencorosos adictos a IKEA, una mujer embarazada, un multimillonario suicida y un maldito conejo. Al final, el ladrón se rinde y los deja salir a todos, pero cuando la policía irrumpe en el apartamento… está vacío. Tras una serie de testimonios disfuncionales recogidos más adelante, los testigos cuentan su versión de los hechos, con lo cual se desarrolla una historia policial alrededor de las siguientes preguntas: ¿cómo fue que el ladrón logró escapar? ¿Por qué están todos tan enfadados? Y, ¿qué le pasa a la gente hoy en día?
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove shares an irresistible and moving collection of heartfelt, humorous essays about fatherhood, providing his newborn son with the perspective and tools he’ll need to make his way in the world.
Things My Son Needs to Know About the World collects the personal dispatches from the front lines of one of the most daunting experiences any man can experience: fatherhood.
As he conveys his profound awe at experiencing all the “firsts” that fill him with wonder and catch him completely unprepared, Fredrik Backman doesn’t shy away from revealing his own false steps and fatherly flaws, tackling issues both great and small, from masculinity and mid-life crises to practical jokes and poop.
In between the sleep-deprived lows and wonderful highs, Backman takes a step back to share the true story of falling in love with a woman who is his complete opposite, and learning to live a life that revolves around the people you care about unconditionally. Alternating between humorous side notes and longer essays offering his son advice as he grows up and ventures out into the world, Backman relays the big and small lessons in life, including:
-How to find the team you belong to
-Why airports explain everything about religion and war
-The reason starting a band is crucial to cultivating and keeping friendships
-How to beat Monkey Island 3
-Why, sometimes, a dad might hold onto his son’s hand just a little too tight
This is an irresistible and insightful collection, perfect for new parents and fans of Backman’s “unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness). As he eloquently reminds us, “You can be whatever you want to be, but that’s nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are.”
El autor bestseller del New York Times de los libros titulados A Man Called Ove y My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, vuelve con esta conmovedora historia sobre una mujer que se redescubrió después de una crisis personal. “... los fanáticos de Backman encontrarán otro ganador en estas páginas" (Publishers Weekly).
Britt-Marie no puede soportar la desorganización. Un cajón de cubiertos desorganizado ocupa un lugar destacado en su lista de pecados imperdonables. No es alguien que juzgue a los demás, no importa cuán maleducados, descuidados o moralmente sospechosos puedan ser. Es solo que a veces la gente interpreta sus sugerencias útiles como críticas, lo que ciertamente no es su intención.
Pero oculta en el interior de esta persona incómoda y socialmente torpe, hay una mujer que tiene más imaginación, sueños más grandes y un corazón más cálido de la cualquier persona a su alrededor puede percibir.
Cuando Britt-Marie abandona a su marido infiel y tiene que valerse por sí misma en la miserable ciudad atrasada de Borg, encuentra trabajo como la cuidadora de un centro de recreación demolido. La fastidiosa Britt-Marie pronto se ve arrastrada a las actividades cotidianas de sus conciudadanos, una extraña variedad de malhechores, borrachos, nómadas. Lo más alarmante de todo es que se le ha encomendado la tarea imposible de llevar a la victoria al equipo de fútbol infantil sin talento. En esta pequeña ciudad de inadaptados, ¿puede Britt-Marie encontrar un lugar al que realmente pertenezca?
Divertida y conmovedora, dulce e inspiradora, Britt-Marie estuvo aquí celebra la importancia de la comunidad y la conexión en un mundo que puede sentirse aislado.
In Björnstadt halten die Menschen zusammen. Ihre Devise ist: hart arbeiten, nicht beschweren und dem Rest der Welt zeigen, woher wir kommen. Das Leben hier war noch nie leicht, aber nun steht die Zukunft auf dem Spiel. Alle Hoffnungen liegen auf den Schultern ein paar junger Leute. Da geschieht in einer eiskalten Nacht etwas, was kaum jemand glauben mag. Etwas, was für Björnstadt alles verändert. Frauen und Männer, Mädchen und Jungen, Familien und Nachbarn – jeder muss für sich entscheiden, auf welcher Seite er steht.
Ein hoch spannendes und zutiefst berührendes Buch, das die wichtigen Fragen unserer Zeit stellt: Wie können wir Liebe und Familie bewahren? Was bedeutet Heimat? Was hält uns zusammen? Wem können wir glauben? Und für wen würden wir lügen?
"Backmans Meisterwerk: gefühlvoll und zutiefst menschlich." New York Journal of Books
Vom international gefeierten Bestseller-Autor aus Schweden, Fredrik Backman.