The hilarious, heart-breaking novel by the author of the international bestseller A MAN CALLED OVE.
A must-read for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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 . . .
An uplifting, life-affirming and often comic tale of how kindness, lov
There are clear themes here, nominally: the importance of stories; the honesty of children; and the obtuseness of most adults, putting him firmly in league with the likes of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief. - Kirkus
The author's lightness of touch is definitely a contributor towards the novel's success. (It's already a best seller in his native country.) Fredrik conveys much in a few words . . . However a special warning to the ladies summed up in three words: wear waterproof mascara! I read the last few chapters verging between heart-glowing smiles and heart-wrenching sobs. I'll be ready for it the next few times I read it though and, indeed, the times after that. - The Bookbag
Delightful . . . there's a bit of Ove in all of us - which makes it the perfect holiday read. - Evening Standard on A Man Called Ove
Told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as [OVE]... It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different. - Laura's Little Book Blog
A highly compelling read and it was easy to lose myself in the story - Off the Shelf
It's warm, funny, and ultimately almost unbearably moving. - Daily Mail on A Man Called Ove
I defy you to read for 20 minutes without, at some stage, stopping to nod and mutter, "I'm with you there, Ove." If you read one book this year, let this be it. - Country Style Magazine
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Told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as [OVE] . . . It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different. - Laura's Little Book Blog
With love and community spirit at its core; this is a book that will delight. You simply have to read it; it will brighten up your day. - Culture Street
A highly compelling read and it was easy to lose myself in the story - Off the Shelf blog
Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A MAN CALLED OVE was a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia, has sold over one million copies worldwide, was a Richard & Judy summer read in the UK and an instant New York Times paperback bestseller, and has been made into an acclaimed film. Fredrik's subsequent novels, MY GRANDMOTHER SENDS HER REGARDS AND APOLOGISES and BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication.