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A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman


Published: 12th May 2015
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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.


Terrific read


I have bought 4 copies for friends. Very engaging characters and a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Manly Australia

Loved this book


Curmudgeonly old man whose life is ruled by signs and useless neighbours


Strongly recommend


This novel is light but very enjoyable reading, The characters are delightful and the plot contains plenty of humorous incidents. Although the conclusion is predictable, it still moved me emotionally. I have bought the book for others, who would love it and I have a friend who has read it three times! Great fun and well worth reading!

Perth, Western Australia


A great gift for friends/family: a totally enjoyable read!


A warm, feel-good story with some sad moments: an excellent debut Mr Backman! I have read all his subsequent titles, but this one holds a special place in my book world.

South Australia


lovely book


This was a wonderful, warm book to read. It made me feel very sad and also made me laugh, often in the same page. I kept staying up late so I could read the next chapter. A sure sign of a good book! I won't spoil it for future readers by covering all the plot, but I do suggest you purchase this book and go on Ove's journey as well.

Brisbane, Australia


Funny, sad & a seriously good read


Endearing character you can't help but come to like. Great read funny & a little sad. Well written & easy holiday read or just a casual read.

East Gippsland


Great read


Very enjoyable read, thoroughly enjoyed and easy to read.

Western Australia




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

Emerald Aus


the best book i've ever read


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.



Funny and Sad


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



A Man Called Ove

4.7 10


Delightful... there's a bit of Ove in all of us - which makes it the perfect holiday read. - Evening Standard

A MAN CALLED OVE finally rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it. Crotchety old git Ove argues with neighbours, reluctantly inherits a cat, punches a clown and, by the end of the book, has you wanting to hug him. - Spectator BOOKS OF THE YEAR

It's warm, funny, with the laughs based on a solid grasp of character; and ultimately almost unbearably moving. - Daily Mail

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

The most charming book you'll read this year. - Kirkus

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

"Ove will upset us, cause us to be upset on his behalf and make us laugh till we daren't drink fluids and read simultaneously but by the end we're uplifted and do

ISBN: 9781444775815
ISBN-10: 1444775812
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 12th May 2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.3 x 12.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.22
Edition Number: 1