Listen to Fredrik Backman talk about his novel A Man Called Ove, which we have on order, on Radio 2 Drivetime Book Club Monday 30th June at 5pm
A Man called Ove is a heartwarming, funny, moving and uplifting debut novel which tells the story of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step.
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 oused 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 irresistable.