My love of reading hasn’t left me ever since I was a child.
So let’s kick of with a review I wrote recently for the book club I run in our village.
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman.
Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A Man Called Ove was a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia and has sold over one million copies worldwide.
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises is Fredrik’s second novel and also got to number 1 in Sweden in 2014.
Similar in style, Backman fans should not be disappointed!
Told through the eyes of Elsa, a seven year old who is ‘very grown up for her age’. She lives in a blended family with a grandmother who’s imagination combined with her enthusiasm to make her granddaughter happy, make for a read where of happiness, sadness, life and death come at you at equal measure. A key theme of honesty, the honesty of children was reminiscent of that of Dahl.
During our discussion we felt that the book was in limbo, it doesn’t have a clear target audience.
Beautifully written, with sensitive subjects dealt with delicately with some laugh out loud moments. Perfect for bonkers escapism.
Have you read this?
What did you think?