Ditt livs affär

Ditt livs affär The Deal of a Lifetime

Novella #2

It is Christmas Eve and a father and son are meeting for the first time in years. The father has a story he needs to share before it’s too late. As he tells his son about a courageous little girl lying in a hospital bed a few miles away, he reveals even more about himself: his triumphs in business, his failures as a parent, his past regrets, his hopes for the future.

Now, on this night before Christmas, the father has been given the unexpected chance to do something remarkable that could change the destiny of a little girl he hardly knows. But before he can make the deal of a lifetime, he must find out what his own life has actually been worth, and only his son can reveal the answer.

With humor and compassion, Fredrik Backman’s The Deal of a Lifetime reminds us that life is a fleeting gift, and our legacies rest in how we share that gift with those we love.


  • “This (dimensionally) tiny book comes packed with huge emotion. Readers will speed through it in under two hours, then spend the rest of the day – at least – pondering the astonishing ideas it unleashes. The Deal of a Lifetime quite literally will grab you from the start and set you off in a host of incredible directions. Fredrik Backman has a wonderful ability to reach deep inside his readers, pull out feelings they didn't know they had, and set their minds spinning. What a blockbuster!”

    The Book Reporter, US

  • “[This] book is short but every word counts and that’ll hit you square in the heart. /…/ You may shed tears over this book. You may need to savor it a second time, to feel its words again. However you read it, The Deal of a Lifetime is an experience you’ll never trade.”

    Rushville Republican, US

  • The Deal of a Lifetime strikes straight at the heart and hits you — in a good way.”

    Deccan Chronicle, India

  • “[Backman] is something of an expert on depicting people’s doubts and inner darkness – without losing the humoristic touch. /…/ He pushes the right buttons, makes us think about the big questions and, above all, makes us feel.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “The book is illustrated, it’s sentimental, it has a whiff of It’s a Wonderful Life about it. It’s a perfect stocking stuffer.”

    Star Tribune, US

  • “A profound and moving novella.”

    The Toronto Star, Canada

  • “Packed with emotion and poignancy. /…/ It may make you shed tears, it may make you want to read it again and again, but it certainly will make you think. /…/ Backman at his best. /…/ Just the right size for a stocking stuffer.”

    The Winnipeg Free Press, Canada

  • “A beautiful, sorrowful short story.”

    Dagens Nyheter, Sweden

Photo: Linnéa Jonasson Bernholm Fredrik Backman
  • Literary
Reading material

English edition

Swedish edition

Rights sold

Bulgaria, Ciela

Canada, Simon & Schuster

China, Guomai (Simplified Chinese)

Croatia, Fokus

Czech Republic, Host

Denmark, People’s

Greece, Kedros

Hungary, Animus

Korea, Dasan

Netherlands, Volt

North Macedonia, Antolog

Romania, Editura Art

Russia, Sindbad

Serbia, Laguna

Slovakia, Ikar

Spain, Harper Collins Espanol

Sweden, Forum

Taiwan, Ten Points

Thailand, Merry Go Round

UK, Michael Joseph

Ukraine, Knigolove

US, Atria

Film rights sold

US, No Trace Camping

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