This is a wonderful book. It’s enormously touching, very funny (although it is rather black humour at times) and the perfect antidote to real life. Borrow it, read it- and then recommend it to everyone you meet.
This is Fredrik Backman’s first novel and sold more than 500,000 copies across Scandinavia. I am very pleased to read that his next book is out very soon in the UK.
There is something about Ove. At first sight, he 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?