Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around him as 'the neighbour from hell'.
Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d' tat'. But behind the surly pedant there is a story, and a sadness.
And when on a November morning his new (foreign) neighbours in the terraced house opposite accidentally flatten Ove's letterbox, it sets off a comical and heart-warming tale of unexpected friendship which will change one man - and one community - from their very foundations.
About the Author
Fredrik Backman is a well-known blogger and columnist. His debut novel's protagonist was born on his blog, where over 1000 readers voted for Backman to write a novel about Ove. In 2011 he became an overnight success when one of his blog entries, "Personal message to stressed blond woman in Volkswagen", about reckless driving and parental love, became the most linked entry on Facebook ever, with 600,000 shares. A Man Called Ove has been a number bestseller across Scandinavia, and his second novel is published there in Autumn 2013.
A warm and tender story about love, loss and second chances, peppered with memorable characters, wonderful set pieces and some beautifully black humour. Ove is a joy from start to finish. Gavin Extence, author of The Universe versus Alex Woods A MAN CALLED OVE is a wonderful novel that will stay with you ... Ove's story has an underlying sadness which the author tackles with great warmth and humour ... It's a bittersweet, heartwarming tale which will leave listeners with a restored faith in the power of friendship and perhaps even a love for cats. Psychologies Magazine This charming debut novel by Backman should find a ready audience with English-language readers ... hysterically funny ... wry descriptions, excellent pacing ... In the contest of Most Winning Combination, it would be hard to beat grumpy Ove and his hidden, generous heart. Kirkus
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 8th July 2014
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.0 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.38