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

Longlisted 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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Bibliography

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Beartown

Non-fiction

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Fredrik Backman and Jo Nesbø nominated for CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People and Jo Nesbø’s The Kingdom have been longlisted for the prestigious 2021 CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Award in the UK. The shortlist will be announced on May 20, and the winner on July 1.

‘Anxious People’ selected best audiobook by the Washington Post

Fredrik Backman’s bestseller Anxious People is one of the Washington Post’s top 10 audiobook picks of 2020, as voted by the US daily newspaper’s Book Club members.

Fantastic reviews in the U.S. and Canada for ‘Beartown’

In February, Beartown premiered on HBO Max in the U.S. and Canada to great praise, including being picked by Time Magazine as one of the five best new shows.

The celebrated 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 on HBO Max is an outstanding, unsparing work that transcends Scandinavian noir.”
-Paste Magazine, US

“A patient portrait of a stiflingly small place with a long memory; an investigation into the perils of masculinity; an icy Scandinavian take on Friday Night Lights.”
-Time Magazine, US

“A brilliant, bracing hockey drama that resonates hard. /…/  For all its elements of disillusion and despair, it is thrilling, wrenching drama, at times unforgettable, like the best of hockey can be, even while human nature drags it down to the worst of us.”
-The Globe and Mail, Canada

“It’s the combination of the adaptation of the novel, Peter Grönlund’s well-done direction and some excellent performances, particularly from its main stars, that makes Beartown a winner.”
-Under the Radar Magazine, US

“Stunning examination of rape and toxic masculinity. /…/ The series proves instantly gripping, thanks to vivid storytelling that lays out the interpersonal dynamics of its many players.”
-The Daily Beast, US

Beartown /…/ takes the honesty of Friday Night Lights to an even deeper and much darker level. [Beartown] floored me with its realism, as it digs into the people of a struggling community.”
-Boston Globe, US

‘Beartown’ nominated for a Polish Book of the Year award

Fredrik Backman’s Beartown is nominated for a Book of the Year award organized by one of the largest literature sites in Poland, Lubimy Czytać. There are 12 categories and awards in total, and Beartown 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. Only novels published in the Polish language during 2020 are eligible. Everyone with an account can vote for their favorite title and the voting will end on February 28.

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‘Anxious People’ one of 2020’s most sold titles in Canada

Fredrik Backman’s long-running bestseller Anxious People is the ninth most sold title in Canada of 2020 according to the daily newspaper Toronto Star, which ranks the title under “Original Fiction.”

Official US premiere date for ‘Beartown’

The TV series Beartown, based on the novel of the same title by Fredrik Backman, and created for television by Anders Weidemann, had its initial premiere on HBO Europe on October 18 last year. An official release date has now been announced for the US market, where the show will be available on HBO Max, February 22.

‘Anxious People’ a 2020 Book of the Year Award finalist

Fredrik Backman continues to gain the recognition of both readers and critics in the US with his novel Anxious People. The title was announced as a nominee in the fifth annual Book of the Year Award in November, and it is now official that it has made it to the finals.

The ones who will decide the winning author and title are the members of the US based book club “Book of the Month.” The final winner will be revealed December 23.

‘Anxious People’ a LibraryReads’ Voter Favorites 2020 pick

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman has been selected as a Voters’ Favorite of 2020 on the annual LibraryReads list in the US. The novel thereby nabs a spot in the top 10 of 2020, as voted by librarians across the nation.

Each month, LibraryReads publishes a list of the best books and in September this year, Anxious People was one of their choices. The “Voters’ Favorites” list features titles from the previously published LibraryReads lists of 2020.

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‘Anxious People’ a NPR Best Books of 2020 title

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People has been chosen as an NPR Book Concierge title. The Book Concierge is an interactive reading guide published each fall by the National Public Radio – a non-profit public service organization in the US – containing a handpicked selection of the best books of 2020. The staff at NPR as well as critics are asked to nominate their favorite titles, which the editors and producers at NPR Books then go through to make the final selection.

The choice of Anxious People was accompanied by the following quote:

“A surprisingly sweet tale. It’s the perfect balance of heartwarming and heart-wrenching, and Fredrik Backman […] has a way of simply yet elegantly describing relationships. We can all be idiots, but we’re still all human beings worthy of connection and love.”

‘Anxious People’ one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2020

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People has been named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2020. Each year, Amazon.com’s editorial team chooses the best books of the year in the popular categories, including that of “Literature & Fiction” in which Anxious People can be found.

In addition, the novel is included in the “Editors’ Holiday Gift Picks” under the “Notable Novels” feature.

‘Anxious People’ in the Goodreads Choice Awards’ final

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman has made it to the final round of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards in the “Fiction” category. The final voting round takes place between November 17 and 30, during which Goodreads members have one last chance to vote for their favorite in each category. The ultimate award winners in each category will be announced on December 8.

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‘A Man Called Ove’ winner of Ozon Book Awards 2020

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is the winner of the Ozon Book Awards 2020 in the “Best Fiction” category. Ozon is the Russian equivalent of Amazon and one of Russia’s largest book retailers.

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