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Britt-Marie Was Here

by Fredrik Backman Joan Walker

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.

Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel

by Fredrik Backman

The bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry returns with an irresistible novel about finding love and second chances in the most unlikely of places.Britt-Marie can't stand mess. A disorganized cutlery drawer ranks high on her list of unforgivable sins. She begins her day at 6 a.m., because only lunatics wake up later than that. And she is not passive-aggressive. Not in the least. It's just that sometimes people interpret her helpful suggestions as criticisms, which is certainly not her intention. She is not one to judge others--no matter how ill-mannered, unkempt, or morally suspect they might be. But hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination,bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes. When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg--of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it--she is more than a little unprepared. Employed as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center, the fastidious Britt-Marie has to cope with muddy floors, unruly children, and a (literal) rat for a roommate. She finds herself being drawn into the daily doings of her fellow citizens, an odd assortment of miscreants, drunkards, layabouts--and a handsome local policeman whose romantic attentions to Britt-Marie are as unmistakable as they are unwanted. Most alarming of all, she's given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory. In this small town of big-hearted misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs? Funny and moving, observant and humane, Britt-Marie Was Here celebrates the unexpected friendships that change us forever, and the power of even the gentlest of spirits to make the world a better place.

Un hombre llamado Ove

by Fredrik Backman

Una historia repleta de humor, sentimiento y sabiduría, que nos sumerge en el mundo de un protagonista entrañable e inolvidable «¿Acaso tengo que andar todo el día sonriendo como un bobo?» Ove no es el típico vecino con el que te apetece cruzarte en el barrio. Es un cascarrabias, un pesado que insiste hasta la exageración en mantener el orden y la disciplina, un casi sesentón solitario y resentido a quien el destino ha arrebatado demasiadas cosas. Sin embargo, en la vida de Ove algo está a punto de cambiar. Una serie de circunstancias fortuitas van devolviéndole poco a poco la fe en el género humano. Y, al mismo tiempo, las personas que le rodean comienzan a comprender que su barrio no sería el mismo sin el gruñón de Ove. Sería un lugar más frío, menos solidario y, aunque parezca mentira, también mucho menos divertido... porque, al final, todo el mundo quiere a Ove. La crítica ha dicho... «Una novela irresistible que hace que te sientas bien.» Café Magazine «He quedado prendada de Ove... Este libro es un estallido de emociones. Logra enfadarte, arrancarte una sonrisa y, al momento, hacerte llorar. Un libro para todo el mundo.» P4 Västergatan «Una historia conmovedora que provoca tantas lágrimas como risas.» Everyone «Es una historia directa, fácil de leer y descaradamente divertida. Y con un toque de sensibilidad que te inunda los ojos de lágrimas.» Nerikes Allehanda

A Man Called Ove

by Fredrik Backman

'A JOY FROM START TO FINISH' - Gavin Extence, author of THE UNIVERSE VERSUS ALEX WOODS There is something about Ove. At first sight, he 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... The word-of-mouth bestseller causing a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman's heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step - and less ready to judge on first impressions a man you might one day wish to have as your dearest friend.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel

by Fredrik Backman

Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm!Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon--the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations. A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, Fredrik Backman's novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. "If there was an award for 'Most Charming Book of the Year,' this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down" (Booklist, starred review).

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel

by Fredrik Backman

A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy--as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman's bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel

by Fredrik Backman

A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy--as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman's bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

by Fredrik Backman Henning Koch

'Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, and to get her to practise granny's secret language, and a little because granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can't quite put her finger on...' Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy. Standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa runs to her grandmother's stories, to the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas. There, everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. So when Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has hurt, it marks the beginning of Elsa's greatest adventure. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones-but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman's bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

Un home anomenat Ove

by Fredrik Backman

Una historia plena d'humor, sentiment i saviesa, que ens endinsa al món d'un protagonista entranyable i inoblidable «Que pot ser he d'anar tot el dia somrient con un babau?» Ove no és el típic veí que t'agrada trobar-te pel barri. És un rondinaire, un pesat que insisteix fins a l'exageració a mantenir l'ordre i la disciplina. Gairebé té seixanta anys i és un solitari ressentit a qui el destí ha arrabassat massa coses. Tanmateix, a la vida d'Ove hi ha una cosa que està a punt de canviar. Un seguit de circumstàncies fortuïtes li tornen de mica en mica la fe en el gènere humà. I alhora les persones que l'envolten comencen a comprendre que el barri no seria el mateix sense el murri de l'Ove. Seria un lloc més fred, menys solidari i, encara que sembli mentida, molt menys divertit... perquè, al final, tothom estima Ove. La crítica ha dit... «Una novel·la irresistible que etfa sentir bé.» Café Magazine «L'Ove m'ha captivat... Aquest llibre és un esclat d'emocions. Aconsegueix fer-te enfadar, arrencar-te un somriure i, al cap d'un moment, fer-te plorar. Una novel·la per a tothom.» P4 Västergatan «Una història colpidora que arrenca tantes llàgrimes com somriures.» Everyone «És una història directa, fàcil de llegir i descaradament divertida. I amb un toc de sensibilitat que t'inunda els ulls de llàgrimes.» Nerikes Allehanda

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