Fredrik Backman, the acclaimed Swedish author, has captivated readers worldwide with his poignant storytelling and deeply human characters. In this exclusive collection, we bring together Seven of Backman's most compelling novels, each offering a unique exploration of the complexities of human nature. From the gripping small-town drama of Beartown and its electrifying sequel Us Against You to the heartwarming tales of The Winners and Anxious People, this collection promises an immersive reading experience that will leave a lasting impact on your heart and mind. Grab all seven books in this thrilling collection.
Step into the atmospheric town of Beartown, where ice hockey is not just a sport, but a lifeline for the community. In this emotionally charged tale, Backman delves deep into the hopes, dreams, and secrets of a small town on the edge. As the community's spirit hangs in the balance, a shocking event takes place, shaking Beartown to its core. Through vivid prose and complex character development, Backman explores themes of loyalty, friendship, and the sacrifices individuals are willing to make to protect what they hold dear.
Continuing the gripping saga of Beartown, Us Against You takes readers back to the town on the brink of collapse. As old alliances crumble and new rivalries emerge, the community is torn apart, leaving its inhabitants grappling with grief, vengeance, and the relentless pursuit of redemption. Backman skillfully weaves together the lives of his characters, portraying their struggles and resilience against a backdrop of social upheaval and personal tragedy. With raw emotion and profound insight, this sequel offers a masterful exploration of the power of unity, even in the face of overwhelming adversity.
In The Winners, Backman takes a departure from the ice rinks and small towns, offering a collection of short stories that celebrate the beauty of ordinary lives. Through a diverse array of characters and narratives, Backman effortlessly captures the extraordinary moments hidden within everyday existence. From an elderly woman determined to win a marathon to a young girl who discovers the magic of a forgotten letter, each story brims with warmth, humour, and the inherent triumph of the human spirit. Prepare to be enchanted as Backman reminds us that heroes can be found in the most unexpected places.
Titles in this set:
- Anxious People
- Britt-Marie Was Here
- My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
- A Man Called Ove
- Us Against You
- The Winners
Description from the Publisher:
In a large Swedish forest, Beartown hides a dark secret . . .
Cut off from everywhere else, it experiences the kind of isolation that tears people apart.
And each year, more and more of the town is swallowed by the forest.
Then the town is offered a bright new future.
But it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act.
It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten and those who'll risk the future to see justice done.
Who will speak up?
Could you stand by and stay silent?
Or would you risk everything for justice?
Which side would you be on?
Us Against You
Can a broken town survive a second tragedy?
By the time the last goal is scored, someone in Beartown will be dead . . .
Us Against You is the story of two towns, two teams and what it means to believe in something bigger than yourself. It's about how people come together - sometimes in anger, often in sorrow, but also through love.
And how, when we stand together, we can bring a town back to life.
This is a small story about big questions.
It's a story about family, community, life.
It starts with a storm - and a death.
But how does it end?
Two years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this place that prevents it. The residents continue to grapple with life’s big questions: What is a family? What is a community? And what, if anything, are we willing to sacrifice in order to protect them?
As the locals of Beartown struggle to overcome the past, great change is on the horizon. Someone is coming home after a long time away. Someone will be laid to rest. Someone will fall in love, someone will try to fix their marriage, and someone will do anything to save their children. Someone will submit to hate, someone will fight, and someone will grab a gun and walk towards the ice rink.
So what are the residents of Beartown willing to sacrifice for their home?
It's New Year's Eve and House Tricks estate agents are hosting an open viewing in an up-market apartment when an incompetent bank robber rushes in and politely takes everyone hostage.
For Anna-Lena and Roger, busy buying-up apartments to fill the hole in their marriage, it's something else to talk about.
For Julia and Ro, panicky parents-to-be, it's yet another worry.
Lonely bank manager Zara only came here for the view.
While 87-year-old grandmother Estelle seems rather pleased by the company . . .
As the police gather outside, the anxious strangers huddled within try to make the best of a very sticky situation - but could it be that they have a whole lot more in common than meets the eye
Britt-Marie Was Here
The number 1 European bestseller by the author of New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community, and second chances.
For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, or fussy, or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We're not animals, are we?
But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.
So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
A must-read for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, by the author of the New York Times bestselling phenomenon A Man Called Ove will charm and delight anyone who has ever had a grandmother. Everyone remembers the smell of their grandmother's house. Everyone remembers the stories their grandmother told them.
But does everyone remember their grandmother flirting with policemen? Driving illegally? Breaking into a zoo in the middle of the night? Firing a paintball gun from a balcony in her dressing gown? Seven-year-old Elsa does.
Some might call Elsa's granny 'eccentric', or even 'crazy'. Elsa calls her a superhero. And granny's stories, of knights and princesses and dragons and castles, are her superpower. Because, as Elsa is starting to learn, heroes and villains don't always exist in imaginary kingdoms; they could live just down the hallway.
As Christmas draws near, even the best superhero grandmothers may have one or two things they'd like to apologise for. And, in the process, Elsa can have some breath-taking adventures of her own ...
A Man Called Ove
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...
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