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 six highly acclaimed novels, two heartfelt novellas about life and love, and one non-fiction book about parenthood. His books have sold more than 13 million copies in 46 languages and the film adaptation of A Man Called Ove was nominated for two Academy Awards. His latest novel, Anxious People, became an instant No. 1 New York Times Best Seller.

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
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 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 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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Bibliography

Novella

Beartown

Non-fiction

Stand-alone

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Outstanding reviews for ‘Beartown’

This weekend Beartown premiered on HBO to fantastic reviews. The acclaimed series is based on Fredrik Backman’s novel of the same name, directed by Peter Grönlund, and written by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson.

Beartown has among else been praised by the largest Swedish newspapers Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, and Expressen.

Beartown is a home run. Hallelujah! HBO Nordics’ Beartown, based on Fredrik Backman’s novel, is unquestionably the best Swedish TV series of the year so far. /…/ The result is outstanding. A Swedish production that is strong, heavy and beautiful like a bear, with high quality in every aspect and a tight hold of the viewer from start to finish.” ★★★★
– Aftonbladet

”The best Swedish series right now. /… / So well acted and engaging that you can feel the ice burn in your cheeks.” ★★★★
– Dagens Nyheter

“Chilling drama from start to finish. The grand scale production Beartown is a well-made series about ice hockey and destructive masculinity.” ★★★★
– Svenska Dagbladet

”One of this year’s best Swedish TV experiences. /…/ With Beartown, Peter Grönlund and the screenwriters Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson succeed in crafting a moral story that never runs out of steam. /…/ Big parts of the series feel like highly credible pieces cut from reality.” ★★★★
– Expressen

‘Anxious People’ an Indigo Best Books of 2020 title

Fredrik Backman’s latest title, Anxious People, has been selected as an Indigo Best Books of 2020 title. Indigo is Canada’s leading book retailer.

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‘Anxious People’ No. 1 in the US

In the US, Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People is No. 1 on the Washington Post hardcover bestseller list for week 39.

‘Anxious People’ an instant No. 1 NYT Best Seller

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People goes straight to No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list for hardcovers, right on the heels of the novel’s publication in the US.

In Canada, Anxious People debuts at No. 3 on the Original Fiction List in daily newspaper Toronto Star.

‘Beartown’ – full trailer and premiere date release

The HBO TV-series Beartown, based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel of the same name, has finally received a premiere date. Along with the announcement, HBO has also released a full official trailer.

The premiere date across Europe is October 18.

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‘Anxious People’ an Amazon Best of September title

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman is an Editors’ Pick for Amazon’s Best of September feature. The title will be displayed on a 65’ x 83’ corner billboard in NYC, outside Penn Station. The billboard is part of a new initiative highlighting select Editors’ Picks and Amazon chart titles during September. Anxious People will be the only title featured as a single face out.

The following review was published together with the announcement that Anxious People is a pick for the “Best of” list:

“Backman is a funny, charming story teller, and Anxious People is a fine showcase for his talents as a writer. There are twists and surprises. /…/ Beneath it all, there is a deep sense of warmth and empathy. Backman is particularly gifted at creating a community of memorable characters and opening up their mental states to readers. And many readers of Anxious People will in turn reflect on their own anxieties. Ultimately, Backman seems to be telling us that — though it be a messy, ambiguous world we inhabit — we can turn toward one another to find calm and assurance. This is a novel that can, and should, be embraced by anxious people everywhere.”

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‘Anxious People’ No. 1 on Goodreads

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People is officially the No. 1 trending novel among readers at Goodreads, a week before the novel’s publication in the US and Canada. This was announced in a newsletter that was sent out today to all Goodreads’ subscribers.

‘Anxious People’ on Goodreads’ Big Books of Fall list

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People has been handpicked by Goodreads to feature on their list of Big Books of Fall.

Goodreads is the world’s largest online resource for readers and book recommendations, with more than 90 million members. The Big Books of Fall list contains the community’s recommendations of the most highly awaited upcoming publications of this fall and winter.

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‘Anxious People’ in the LibraryReads Hall of Fame

The LibraryReads Steering Committee has selected Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People as a LibraryReads pick for September, thereby entering Backman into the LibraryReads Hall of Fame alongside authors like Jojo Moyes, Liane Moriarty, Isabel Allende and Lee Child. The Hall of Fame honors authors who have had three or more titles appear on the monthly list since 2013.

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‘Anxious People’ No. 1 on the Indie Next List

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People, to be published on September 8 in the US, is the No. 1 pick on the Indie Next List for September, as chosen by US booksellers across the country. The announcement of Anxious People as the winning title was paired with a quote from bookseller Lisa Driban, Hockessin Book Shelf:

“This book made me feel all the feels! It was sad, it was funny, it was hopeful, it was everything. The character development is incredible at revealing what’s inside each of the characters, and the way their stories link and interconnect is genius. It’s a story about sadness and hope and human connections. I couldn’t put it down and barreled to the end, but now I am sad it’s over. Anxious People is truly the best thing I’ve read in a long time!”

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‘Beartown’ premieres this fall across HBO Europe

The highly anticipated series Beartown will premiere across all of HBO Europe during the fall of 2020. The five-part Swedish drama is based on the bestselling novel of the same name, written by internationally acclaimed author Fredrik Backman, who also serves as executive producer of the show.

The small town Beartown is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees surrounding it. The local hero and former hockey star Peter comes home to Beartown to build the junior team and secure the town’s future. Carrying the entire town’s hopes on their shoulders is a heavy burden for Beartown’s boys. When the team’s young star is accused of a horrible act, it leaves the town in chaos, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, the courage it takes for an individual to go against the group and the consequences of how we raise our children.

The series is directed by Peter Grönlund, and written by Anders Weidemann, Antonia Pyk and Linn Gottfridsson. Filmlance, part of Endemol Shine Group, is producing. Starring in leading roles are Ulf Stenberg, Aliette Opheim, Tobias Zilliacus, Miriam Benthe and Oliver Dufaker. Executive producers are also Tor Jonasson and Sophie Smirnakos.

Fredrik Backman No. 7 in Iceland

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People lands the No. 7 spot on the official bestseller list for the month of May in Iceland. The novel was published on May 12.

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