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Saker min son behöver veta om världen Things My Son Needs to Know About the World

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To my son. I ask your forgiveness already now. For everything I’m going to do wrong. For everything I’m not going to get. For the minibus. For the shorts. For the “Beer built this beautiful body” T-shirt. For trying to high-five your friends. This book is for you. A book about the things I think you need to know about the world. About soccer, IKEA, being a man, God, and deep-fried Snickers ice cream. About missing car keys and why daddy had to kill the singing plastic giraffe.

Most of all it is a book about trying to be a good parent. Because I want you to know that I really did the best I could.

No one googled more than I.

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World is a father’s floundering attempt to explain the world to a two-year-old. Fredrik Backman humorously strips away all the anxieties and shortcomings of the 21st century parent in this charming book full of honest fears and unconditional declarations of love that go straight to the heart.


  • “He writes about football, God, the baggage claim at the airport, and other things that need a real walk-through. At times insightful, an unexpectedly humble and breathlessly funny book with spot-on reflections of family situations at IKEA, the changing table and other places. I laugh out loud at this laddish declaration of love that encourages play, the pursuit of one’s passion, finding love, being kind when you can, and tough when you must. /…/ Wonderful!”

    Varbergs Posten, Sweden

  • “It’s in the depictions of upbringing, social heritage and spending time together with loved ones that Fredrik Backman’s prose turns clear and soulful.”

    Göteborgs-Posten, Sweden

  • “The prose is driven, catchy and flows easily. One can tell that Fredrik Backman is an experienced writer and I laugh out loud multiple times during the reading.”

    LitteraturMagazinet, Sweden

  • “What a book! /…/ Once again I’m totally in love with Fredrik Backman’s writing. He employs words in such a wonderful way that makes me never want to stop reading.”

    Bokbloggen, Sweden

  • “The book contains everything I love about Fredrik Backman’s authorship. [Things My Son Needs to Know About the World] has humor, warmth and is full of hilarious and silly nonsense. It’s a complete bullseye.”

    Fantastiska berättelser, Sweden

  • “[Things My Son Needs to Know About the World] is a truly fantastic book! Several times I laughed out loud while reading it. And many times I found myself with tears in my eyes and warmth in my heart. ”

    Bims blogg, Sweden

  • “Excellent and touching, but most of all full of funny and silly comments and observations. /…/ Fredrik Backman has once again written something absolutely wonderful and remarkable.”

    Litteratursiden, Denmark

  • “I have said it before, and I’ll say it again: I don’t know anyone who writes as beautifully and lucidly about love as Fredrik Backman. He writes so that I can understand what he means – what he feels. That’s an accomplishment.”

    Dykslektrikeren, Norway

  • “A letter in book format, executed with humor and a nostalgic insight. /…/ The perfect gift for all new parents, not only fathers – because even if Backman loves to do his ‘Dad was right, Mom wasn’t’-dance in front of strangers, it’s the mothers who will be amused by his efforts most of all.”

    Brigitte, Germany

  • “Delightful, thoughtful essays on fatherhood. /…/ Moving. /…/ Parents, especially fathers, will appreciate Backman’s witty and touching lessons.”

    Publishers Weekly, US

  • “Backman’s wit and candor shine as he turns mundane errands, such as couch shopping, into tender musings chased by sharp humor.”

    The Washington Post, US

  • “Each chapter is filled with Backman’s dry wit and brutal honesty, but behind all of the humor is real, heartfelt sentiment and poignant advice. This will make readers laugh out loud, but new fathers discovering the ups and downs of parenting will especially relate to this hilarious account of fatherhood.”

    Booklist, US

  • “Charming.”

    The New York Times Book Review, US

Photo: Linnéa Jonasson Bernholm Fredrik Backman
  • Non-fiction
Reading material

Swedish edition

English edition

Rights sold

Bulgaria, Ciela

Canada, Simon & Schuster

China, Guomai (Simplified Chinese)

Croatia, Fokus

Czech, Host

Denmark, People’s

Estonia, Tänapäev

Germany, Fischer

Greece, Kedros

Hungary, Animus

Italy, Mondadori

Korea, Dasan

Lithuania, Alma littera

Netherlands, Volt

North Macedonia, Antolog

Norway, Cappelen Damm

Russia, Sindbad

Spain, Harper Collins Espanol

Sweden, Forum

Taiwan, Ten Points

UK, Michael Joseph

Ukraine, Knigolove

US, Atria

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