Fredrik Backman

Fredrik Backman (b. 1981), made his literary debut in 2012 with the global sensation A Man Called Ove. Wickedly funny, touching and wise, Fredrik Backman’s novels are odysseys of the ordinary man and woman, and stunningly moving tales of everyday courage. Up to now, Fredrik Backman has written seven highly acclaimed novels, two heartfelt novellas about life and love, and one non-fiction book about parenthood. His novel Anxious People became an instant No. 1 New York Times Best Seller, and the entire Beartown series has been shortlisted for multiple awards and occupied the No. 1 spot on numerous bestseller lists.His books have sold more than 19 million copies in 46 languages, and the Swedish film adaptation of A Man Called Ove was nominated for two Academy Awards. His latest projects include a special edition of A Man Called Ove,  celebrating the 10 year jubilee with new extra material, as well as a Hollywood film adaptation of Ove which stars Tom Hanks.

Awards

Shortlisted for Lubimy Czytać’s Best Book of the Year Poland – Folk med ångest Anxious People 2022
Shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards (Best Fiction) US – Vinnarna The Winners 2022
Shortlisted for Audible's Best Audiobooks of 2022 (Best Fiction) US – Vinnarna The Winners 2022
Shortlisted for the CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Award UK – Folk med ångest Anxious People 2021
Shortlisted for Lubimy Czytać’s Best Book of the Year Poland – Björnstad Beartown 2021
Shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award US – Folk med ångest Anxious People 2020
Shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards (Best Fiction) US – Folk med ångest Anxious People 2020
Ozon Book Awards (Best Fiction) Russia – En man som heter Ove A Man Called Ove 2020
Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards (Best Fiction) Sweden – Folk med ångest Anxious People 2019
LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards (Best Translated Fiction) Russia – Björnstad Beartown 2019
LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards (Most Anticipated Novel) Russia – Vi mot er Us Against You 2019
The Piraten Award Sweden 2019
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2019 Ireland – Björnstad Beartown 2019
LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards (Best Translated Fiction) Russia – Britt-Marie var här Britt-Marie Was Here 2018
Shortlisted for LiveLib Readers’ Choice Awards (Best Translated Fiction) Russia – Britt-Marie var här Britt-Marie Was Here 2018
Shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards (Best Fiction) US – Vi mot er Us Against You 2018
Shortlisted for the Audie Awards 2018 (Fiction) US – Björnstad Beartown 2018
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award Ireland – Britt-Marie var här Britt-Marie Was Here 2018
Shortlisted for Der Leserpreis (Best Fiction of 2017) Germany – Björnstad Beartown 2017
Shortlisted for the Goodreads Choice Awards (Best Fiction) US – Björnstad Beartown 2017
Shortlisted for the Book of the Year Award Sweden – Björnstad Beartown 2017
Vision’s Author of the Year Award Sweden 2017
Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film and Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling) US – En man som heter Ove A Man Called Ove 2017
Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award Ireland – Min mormor hälsar och säger förlåt My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry 2017
European Film Awards (Best European Comedy) Poland – En man som heter Ove A Man Called Ove 2016
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Beartown

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‘A Man Called Ove’ no. 2 on Amazon UK

As Amazon UK lists their Top 20 Most Sold Books of the Week, Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove claims the No. 2 spot in the fiction category.

‘Anxious People’ nominated for a Polish Book of the Year award

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People is nominated for a Book of the Year award organized by one of the largest literature sites in Poland, Lubimy Czytać.

There are 13 categories and awards in total, and Anxious People competes in the Fiction category. The nominated titles have been selected by the staff at Lubimy Czytać and are based first and foremost upon ratings, reviews and other user activity.

The voting will end February 28th.

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‘A Man Called Ove’ on the New York Times Best Seller List

Fredrik Backman’s novel A Man Called Ove climbs the New York Times Best Seller List for paperbacks, reaching No. 7 this week. This also marks the title’s outstanding 91 weeks on the list.

‘A Man Called Ove’ – 90 weeks on the New York Times’ Bestseller List

Fredrik Backman’s beloved debut novel A Man Called Ove celebrates its 90th week on the New York Times bestseller list this week, coming in at No. 11 on the paperback list. A masterful feat considering the book has been on the market for eight years in the US.

Meanwhile, the US film adaptation A Man Called Otto, featuring Tom Hanks in the leading role, is now out in theaters across the globe. The film has received raving reviews, and a Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score of 97%.

New Official trailer for ‘A Man Called Otto’

The second official trailer for A Man Called Otto, the Hollywood film adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s #1 New York Times Bestseller A Man Called Ove, has now been released.

The much-anticipated movie, directed by Marc Forster and starring Tom Hanks, will be in theatres everywhere from January 13.

10 Years of ‘A Man Called Ove’

When A Man Called Ove was published in 2012, no one could imagine that it 10 years later would be described as an international phenomenon. But the story about annoying neighbors and the importance of driving a Saab was a success everywhere, from Germany to South Korea, occupied the New York Times bestseller list for over a year, and has now sold more than 8 million copies globally. The Swedish movie adaptation was nominated for an Oscar, and an American version starring Tom Hanks is to premiere now in December 2022.

This special jubilee edition celebrates 10 years of Ove and offers the chance to enjoy the novel all over again. For the very first time, author Fredrik Backman shares the personal story of how it all started and the origins of the book. In its rich extra material, readers from all over the world give their perspective on Ove’s journey from an anonymous little neighborhood in Sweden, to Hollywood.

‘The Winners’ shortlisted for the 2022 Goodreads Choice Award

Fredrik Backman’s The Winners has now progressed to the final round of voting for the 2022 Goodreads Choice Award in the category “Best Fiction.”

The Goodreads Choice Awards is the only major US book award decided by readers. In the coming months, readers will get to participate in three rounds of voting in each of the seventeen categories.

The final round will take place between November 29 and December 6, with the winner announced December 8.

‘The Winners’ selected among Audible’s best audiobooks of 2022

Fredrik Backman’s The Winners is selected as one of Audible’s Best Audiobooks of 2022.

The jury’s motivation is as follows: “Fredrik Backman is a genius at creating characters you fall in love with, settings you want to travel to, and stories that pull you in completely”.

Audible creates their “Best books of the year”-list by looking at new releases and seeking out the titles which received the highest ratings and most compelling reviews. They also let their in-house expert team listen and re-listen to thousands of audiobooks in order to create a much-curated selection of editor and listener favorites.

‘The Winners’ nominated for a 2022 Goodreads Choice Award

Fredrik Backman’s The Winners is a nominee in the running for the 2022 Goodreads Choice Award for “Best Fiction.”

The Goodreads Choice Awards is the only major US book award decided by readers. In the coming months, readers will get to participate in three rounds of voting in each of the seventeen categories. The opening round will take place between November 15 and November 27.

 

Adlibris most sold books in Sweden 2000-2021

Adlibris, the leading online book retailer in the Nordics, has published a list of its 15 most sold books in Sweden of the last 20 years. Featured on the list are Anders Hansen’s The Real Happy Pill, David Sundin’s The Book That Did Not Want To Be Read, Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove and Björn Natthiko Lindeblad’s I May Be Wrongeach performing a remarkable feat on the Swedish book market.

Adlibris has also revealed statistics of the best-selling books per year, where Liza Marklund’s Red Wolf and Last Will became the most sold titles in 2003 and 2006 respectively, Lars Kepler’s The Hypnotist the most sold title in 2009, A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman the best-selling title of 2013 and Anders Hansen’s The Real Happy Pill the most sold title in 2019.

Official trailer for ‘A Man Called Otto’

The official trailer for A Man Called Otto, the Hollywood film adaptation of Fredrik Backman’s #1 New York Times Bestseller A Man Called Ove, has now been released. The movie, directed by Marc Forster and starring Tom Hanks, will have its premiere in the US on December 25th.

‘The Winners’ No. 5 in the US and Canada

Fredrik Backman’s final installment in the Beartown-series, The Winners, debuts the New York Times bestseller list at No. 5 in hardcover and the Toronto Star’s bestseller list at No. 5.

 

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