Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

I am just so glad I decided to read this book.  I loved A Man Called Ove but couldn't get into Beartown at all.

The book is written from inside Britt-Marie (a 63 year old lady) – and her voice is so authentic and fresh.  She might be called an eccentric in England but I guess some people would say she was an obsessive compulsive.

There were many very funny incidents in the book and some really sad ones too – have a hankie handy…. If you are an unmitigated cynic or intolerant of quirkiness, this book is not for you.

I must congratulate the translator from the original Swedish into English – only once did I notice any oddness as a result of translation and that wasn't his fault – a bit character spoke in English and Britt-Marie pretended not to understand.

There is a bit of football (soccer) in the book which was entirely necessary for the story up until almost the end where I found it a bit overdone.  Don't let this put you off – a very small issue with a wonderful book otherwise.


  1. Can't wait to read this. It's been on my wish list for a while. I loved A man called Ove and also Beartown. Loved them both. It took a while to get into Beartown, but once I did, I was hooked until the end.

  2. I think I received an e-copy of this to review at one point but never did ... will have to check it out. Thanks for the review.

  3. I really loved this book and Ove, but I've not yet tried Beartown. I've both heard that it's very different and very similar in different reviews, so we'll see!

  4. I'm about half way through the audibook and loving it!


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