Reviews

  • Praise for Beartown and Fredrik Backman

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  • I utterly believed in the residents of Beartown, and felt ripped apart by the events in the book

    Jojo Moyes, bestselling author of Me Before You
  • Surrounded by impenetrable forests, it recreates the stifling atmosphere of a dying community. This is a mature, compassionate novel

    The Sunday Times
  • Backman can tickle the funny bone and tug on the heart strings when he needs to, and is a clever enough storyteller to not overindulge in either

    Independent
  • As popular Swedish exports go, Backman is up there with ABBA and Stieg Larsson.

    The New York Times Book Review
  • Friday Night Lights for Swedes

    O Magazine
  • A kind of problem play that moves extremely skilfully near the melodramatic without derailing. Its originality is substantial and the book credibly conveys the dual faces of everyday life. An impressive novel, like no other

    BTJ, Sweden
  • Praise for Us Against You

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  • A story about families, about friendship and loyalty, inequality, female vulnerability, male back-slapping, and parenthood ... No person's story is too little to be told, Backman includes them all. A novel with a big heart

    Jönköpings-Posten, Sweden
  • Evident in all [Backman] novels is an apparent ability to state a truth about humanity with breathtaking elegance

    Kirkus Reviews