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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.
'A brilliant and comforting read' Matt Haig
'Funny, compassionate and wise . . . an absolute joy' A.J. Pearce, bestselling author of Dear Mrs Bird
'I laughed, I sobbed, I recommended it to literally everyone I know' Buzzfeed
'Captures the messy essence of being human. It's clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry' Washington Post
It's New Year's Eve and House Tricks estate agents are hosting an open viewing in an up-market apartment when an incompetent bank robber rushes in and politely takes everyone hostage.
For Anna-Lena and Roger, busy buying-up apartments to fill the hole in their marriage, it's something else to talk about. For Julia and Ro, panicky parents-to-be, it's yet another worry. Lonely bank manager Zara only came here for the view. While 87-year-old grandmother Estelle seems rather pleased by the company . . .
As the police gather outside, the anxious strangers huddled within try to make the best of a very sticky situation - but could it be that they have a whole lot more in common than meets the eye?
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
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
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.
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 . . .
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.
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
Una encantadora y cálida novela del autor del éxito de ventas del New York Times A Man Called Ove.
Elsa tiene siete años y es diferente. Su abuela tiene setenta y siete años y está loca, como si estuviera loca en el balcón disparando pistolas de paintball contra extraños. También es la mejor y única amiga de Elsa. Por la noche, Elsa se refugia en las historias de su abuela, en Land-of-Almost-Awake y en Kingdom of Miamas, donde todos son diferentes y nadie necesita ser normal. Cuando la abuela de Elsa muere y deja una serie de cartas pidiendo disculpas a las personas a las que ha perjudicado, comienza la mayor aventura de Elsa. Las instrucciones de su abuela la llevan a un edificio de apartamentos lleno de borrachos, monstruos, perros de ataque y viejas coronas, pero también a la verdad sobre los cuentos de hadas y los reinos y una abuela como ninguna otra.
Mi abuela me pidió que te dijera que lo siente se cuenta con la misma precisión cómica y corazón palpitante que la novela debut de Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove. Es una historia sobre la vida y la muerte y uno de los derechos humanos más importantes: el derecho a ser diferente.
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.