My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises
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June 2015 Book of the Month.
Totally and utterly and completely gorgeous in every way, the thought of having to put this book down for even a second is inconceivable. The first few pages make you smile, make you laugh and charm you, there is a hint though, of the difficulties that seven (nearly eight) year old Elsa is experiencing. Elsa’s shrewd, wonderful bonkers of a Granny tells her fairy tales, and like all good fairy tales there's more than a dollop of truth and reality mixed in, so ensure you're sitting comfortably and the tale can begin. There is a beautiful simplicity to the writing, yet this is not a simple book by any means, there is a complexity to the emotions it evokes and explores. Elsa and her Granny are two of the most astonishingly different characters to ever appear in print (and that’s a compliment by the way). Set aside some quality time, so you can laugh and cry undisturbed, as the author is able to enchant, to capture your imagination and hold it spellbound from the first to the last page; this is a must have, must read, must treasure book. ~ Liz Robinson
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
- Gill Williams - 'It made me laugh, it made me cry, it broke my heart and mended it again. It's a fabulous intertwining of fairy tale fantasy based on the characters' real life experiences.'
- Lorraine Blencoe - 'Just charming! Insightful, delicate and filled with some really moving moments.'
- Ceri Forster - 'In a word, wonderful.'
- Jayne Burton - 'I loved the strangeness of this book and the magical land visited.'
- Melanie Chadwick - 'one of those very rare gems that contain a multitude of flawed characters all of which I genuinely liked. A brilliant novel from Frederik Backman; a man who understands the power of grandmothers and of forgiveness.'
- Edel Waugh - 'From the opening chapter I loved the grandmother in this book, you instantly warm to her total disregard for social etiquette.'
- Hannah Ward - 'I loved the start of this book, the relationship between Elsa and her grandmother is beautiful.'
- Kate Thacker - 'Another beautifully written book that has those same characters you cherish or feel definite emotions for by the end.'
- Linda Benner - 'A fantastical fairy tale/reality ride as shown through the eyes of a child.'
- Francesca Ashurst - 'Prepare to be enchanted, thrilled, heartbroken and transformed by this wonderful novel.'
- Victoria Halliday - 'A beautiful novel about the relationship between a young girl and her grandmother.'
- Laura Delve - 'A delightful, heart-warming read with an eccentric Granny, a wonderfully wise seven year old Elsa, that so cleverly interweaves fairy tales with the real world.'
- Alan Brown - 'I do not read this type of book often but it is one that has captured my imagination and will be one that I will always keep on my bookshelf. A masterpiece.'
- Sarah Musk - 'A dense and confusing book mixing fairy stories and modern life. It's an interesting tale but difficult to understand in parts.'
- Joanne Baird - 'A story about superheroes, magical lands and why it's okay to be different.'
- Phylippa Smithson - 'My gosh Sweden produces some cracking writers – and none more so than Backman. I knew it was going to be intriguing by the title alone but this was one fantastic read.'
- Sarah Harper - 'Somewhat strange and a little bit wonderful, this is a unique gem of a book which made me laugh and cry in turn.'
- Sue Broom - 'Whimsical and fun, but with an underlying message about the value of family and friendship.'
- Rachael Anderson - 'A brilliant tale about a seven year old and her grandmother, which is both heart-warming and quirky.'
- Nicola Lowes - 'This book has a wonderful charm that kept me turning the pages quickly.'
- Linda Hill - 'What a wonderful, wonderful book that reminds us all of the child we once were.'
- Annette Woolfson - 'There were moments when I was enchanted by the language and the imagery but at other times it just felt contrived.'
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises by Fredrik Backman
'Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, and to get her to practise granny's secret language, and a little because granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can't quite put her finger on...' Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy. Standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa runs to her grandmother's stories, to the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas. There, everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. So when Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has hurt, it marks the beginning of Elsa's greatest adventure. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones-but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other. My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman's bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.
ReviewsThere are clear themes here, nominally: the importance of stories; the honesty of children; and the obtuseness of most adults, putting him firmly in league with the likes of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief. Kirkus The author's lightness of touch is definitely a contributor towards the novel's success. (It's already a best seller in his native country.) Fredrik conveys much in a few words ... However a special warning to the ladies summed up in three words: wear waterproof mascara! I read the last few chapters verging between heart-glowing smiles and heart-wrenching sobs. I'll be ready for it the next few times I read it though and, indeed, the times after that. The Bookbag Told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as [OVE] ... It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different. Laura's Little Book Blog A highly compelling read and it was easy to lose myself in the story Off the Shelf blog
About the Author
Publication date4th June 2015
More books by Fredrik Backman
Author 'Like for Like'
PublisherSceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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