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.
It's warm, funny, with the laughs based on a solid grasp of character; and ultimately almost unbearably moving. Daily Mail 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 Delightful... there's a bit of Ove in all of us - which makes it the perfect holiday read. Evening Standard A charming debut...You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel new sympathy for the curmudgeons in your life. You'll also want to move to Scandinavia, where everything's cuter People A Man Called Ove is exquisite. The lyrical language is the confetti thrown liberally throughout this celebration-of-life story, adding sparkle and color to an already spectacular party. Backman's characters feel so authentic that readers will likely find analogues living in their own neighborhoods. Shelf Awareness starred review Readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. 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 A funny crowd-pleaser that serves up laughs to accompany a thoughtful reflection on loss and love... The author writes with winning charm. Publishers Weekly, starred review My absolute summer-reading must is A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman: perfect beach reading for a grumpy old man. It has all the minimalist delicacy of STONER, but with a delicious wry wit. The book works on a very small scale, yet it sweeps through intense life dramas, all the while remaining funny, moving, uplifting...and a cracking good tale. Rodney Bolt, author of As Good as God, as Clever as the Devil: The Impossible Life of Mary Benson
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 8th July 2014
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.6 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.32