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 books have sold more than 15 million copies in 46 languages and the film adaptation of A Man Called Ove was nominated for two Academy Awards. His novel Anxious People became an instant No. 1 New York Times Best Seller.

Awards

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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Bibliography

Stand-alone

Novella

Beartown

Non-fiction

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The weekly Swedish bestseller lists

This week sees Måns Mosesson’s Tim – The Official Biography of Avicii claim the No. 1 spot on the hardcover non-fiction list for the second consecutive week, accompanied by Anders Hansen’s Brain Blues at No. 2. Fredrik Backman’s The Winners, just published in audio, enters the audiobook list at No. 1 this week, while Lars Kepler’s The Mirror Man sits firmly at No. 1 on the paperback list.

Teaser trailer premiere for ‘Anxious People’

The TV-series based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel Anxious People has received a premiere date. Along with the announcement, Netflix has released a teaser trailer and first-look pictures.

The anticipated series will premiere on December 29.

English language translation of ‘Anxious People’ shortlisted for The Bernard Shaw Prize

The Society of Authors, UK’s largest trade union for writers, illustrators, and literary translators, has announced their shortlist for its annual translation prizes. Neil Smith’s translation of Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People is one of six titles shortlisted for The Bernard Shaw Prize.

The Bernard Shaw Prize is triennially awarded to an English translation of a full-length Swedish language work of literary merit and general interest. The winners will be announced February 10, 2022 in an online celebration.

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The Adlibris Awards 2021

The nominees for 2021’s Adlibris Awards have been announced. Adlibris is the leading book retailer in the Nordics and the Adlibris Award was founded in 2019 to celebrate the site’s greatest titles. The 10 nominated titles in the 9 respective categories have been selected by a jury of Adlibris employees from all works published in 2021.

Fredrik Backman’s The Winners and Jonas Gardell’s A Happier Year are shortlisted in the ’Fiction’ category.

Amongst the nominated titles in the ‘Crime Fiction’ category are Niklas Natt och Dag’s 1795 and Liza Marklund’s The Polar Circle.

Måns Mosesson’s just published Tim – The official Biography of Avicii is nominated in the Non-fiction category.

Two titles by David Sundin are nominated in the ‘Childrens’ category – The Book That Really Did Not Want To Be Read is shortlisted for ‘Children’s 0-6’ while his upcoming Trollformler och besvärjelser is nominated for ‘Children’s 6-12’.

Fans have until December 8 to cast their votes in each respective category. The winners will be announced on January 25, 2022.

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Photo credits: Kiefer Lee; Annika Marklund; Stellan Herner; Linnéa Jonasson Bernholm; Stefan Tell; Thron Ullberg

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‘Anxious People’ on The New York Times Best Seller List

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People returns to The New York Times Best Seller List for paperbacks this week, coming in at No. 10. This marks the novel’s 13th week on the list.

‘Anxious People’ No. 5 on Amazon UK bestseller list

Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People claims the No. 5 spot on Amazon UK’s Top 20 Most Sold Books of the Week. This marks the novel’s fifth consecutive week on the list.

Backman’s ‘The Winners’ No. 1 in Sweden

The Winners, Fredrik Backman’s final installment in his beloved trilogy about Beartown, comes in at No. 1 on the official Swedish bestseller list for hardcover fiction this week.

‘Anxious People’ No. 4 on Amazon UK

As Amazon UK lists the Top 20 Most Sold Books of the Week, Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People can be found at No. 4 in the fiction category.

‘The Winners’ published in Sweden

This is a small story about big questions: What is a family? What is a hockey team? What is a community? And what are we ready to sacrifice in order to protect them?

Two years have passed since the events that no-one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but there’s something about this part of the woods that never really lets you. We are a town with sorrow in our heart and violence in the air, we love fairytales with happy endings, but deep down we probably knew this never was one. It begins with a storm, this time, and ends in fire. Someone who’s been gone a long time is coming home. Someone is laid to rest. Someone falls in love, someone dreams of the NHL, and someone dreams of revenge. Someone sleeps back-to-back with their best friend, someone tries to fix their marriage, and someone tries to save their children. Someone hates, someone fights, someone grabs a gun and walks towards the ice rink. All that we fought for won’t make it, all those we love won’t grow old.

So what is a family? A hockey team? A community? They are the sums of our choices. What are we willing to sacrifice in order to protect them?

Everything. Just that.

This is the final installment in Fredrik Backman’s beloved trilogy about Beartown. The Winners is a powerful, violent, and deeply loving end to the story of the small hockey town and its people.

‘Beartown’ and ‘Snabba Cash’ nominated for Kristallen awards

HBO’s Beartown, based on the novel of the New York Times No. 1 bestselling author Fredrik Backman and adapted for television by Anders Weidemann, is nominated for a Swedish Emmy – a Kristallen award – for ‘Best Drama’. Also in the running for the award is Netflix’s Snabba Cash, written by Oskar Söderlund and directed by Jesper Ganslandt, both creators and show runners of the series. Jens Lapidus is the author behind the internationally bestselling novel that inspired the series, also titled Snabba Cash.

The Kristallen Gala will take place on August 27th in Stockholm, Sweden.

‘Anxious People’ No. 6 in the US

The paperback edition of Fredrik Backman’s instant No. 1 New York Times Best Seller Anxious People was published in the US last week, and it went straight to No. 6 on the New York Times Best Seller list for paperbacks.

Fredrik Backman shortlisted for CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger

Today it was announced that Fredrik Backman’s Anxious People is officially on the shortlist for the prestigious 2021 CWA Crime Fiction in Translation Dagger Award in the UK. The winning title will be announced on July 1.

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