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A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

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The international phenomenon: quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times.

'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail

'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it' Spectator Books of the Year

At first sight, Ove 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.

About the Author

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A Man Called Ove has been a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia where it has sold over half-a-million copies. Fredrik's second novel, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards And Apologises, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication in 2014.

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      Very enjoyable read, thoroughly enjoyed and easy to read.

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        Comments about A Man Called Ove:

        Is my favourite book for this year. Delightful roller coaster of emotions, I love this Author, this was a gift that I am now sharing with others.
        Thank you Fredrik

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        the best book i've ever read

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            I've read it last year actually. I borrowed a copy from a local library. It's such a great book and i have been wanting to read it again, so that's why i decided to buy one and add it to my collection. I've recommended it to several friends who all liked it. Highly recommended.

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              Fantastic read..didn't know whether to laugh or cry!

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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: 9781444775815
              ISBN-10: 1444775812
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 320
              Published: 12th May 2015
              Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
              Country of Publication: GB
              Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9  x 2.0
              Weight (kg): 0.23
              Edition Number: 1