Fredrik Backman may not be on your reading radar yet, but he needs to be.
Fredrik Backman is a Swedish author, columnist and blogger who currently lives in Stockholm with his wife and two children. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “A Man Called Ove”, “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” and “Britt-Marie Was Here”. Backman’s books have now been published in over 30 countries and his debut novel was adapted into a movie in 2015.
Our Secret Librarian is a big fan and thinks you should be too. Find out why in the article below.
Fredrik Backman is definitely worth looking into – I read ‘A Man Called Ove’ last year and was transported back to memories of my own, much loved and much missed, grumpy (at times) granddad!
The character Ove is a cantankerous old fella dealing with his own inner heartache over the loss of his wife. Throughout the novel, he shouts, he swears, he fights, he causes fights, but most of all, he begrudgingly gives help to those around him who need it – including a stray cat!
Ove’s reluctant friendship with the young couple and their children next door proves to be his salvation and gives him a new lease of life and more importantly, a reason to go on living.
Backman’s writing style is genuine and warm, it will make you laugh out loud but at times it will also make you cry.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this A Man Called Ove so I decided to read another of Backman’s books ‘My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies’. I was not disappointed!
This story follows Elsa, who is seven (almost eight) and has a very clever, crazy and eccentric grandma. Her grandma invents a make-believe world of fairy-tales to help Elsa to ‘be brave’.
I was happily entered the ‘Land-of-Almost-Awake’ and its thrilling and dangerous adventures. Elsa’s bluntness, kindness and intuitive questioning is delightful – she was mature far beyond her tender years. It is a charming and original novel of friendship, family ties but most importantly, a grandparent’s love and the power of storytelling.
I am now five pages in on Backman’s Novella, ‘And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer’ and have already found the most delightful sentence:
Grandpa always calls him “Noahnoah” because he likes his grandson’s name twice as much as everyone else’s.
As a brand new grandmother myself, I can see I am also going to be enchanted with this one too.
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