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A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

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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.

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5.0

So Funny

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  • Easy To Read
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about A Man Called Ove:

    What a funny read. Once you start you can't put the book down.

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    5.0

    Amusingly entertaining

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    from Mornington peninsula

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    Pros

    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      Great gift. Easy read. Amusing
      Prompt delivery.

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      Delightful ... the perfect holiday read. Evening Standard 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 It's warm, funny, and ultimately almost unbearably moving. Daily Mail An uplifting, life-affirming and often comic tale of how kindness, love and happiness can be found in the most unlikely places. Sunday Express A charming debut. People

      ISBN: 9781444775808
      ISBN-10: 9781476738017
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 304
      Published: 8th July 2014
      Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.6  x 2.3
      Weight (kg): 0.33
      Edition Number: 1