Britt-Marie Was Here
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Britt-Marie Was Here

Translated from the Swedish by Henning Koch
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

The number 1 European bestseller by the author of New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie was Here is a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community, and second chances.

For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It’s not that she’s judgemental, or fussy, or difficult – she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We’re not animals, are we?

But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.

So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg – of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it – and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she’s ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Fredrik
Backman

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A Man Called Ove was a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia, has sold over one million copies worldwide, was a Richard and Judy summer read in the UK and an instant New York Times paperback bestseller, and has been made into an acclaimed film. Fredrik’s subsequent novels, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies and Britt-Marie was Here, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication.

Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A Man Called Ove was a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia, has sold over one million copies worldwide, was a Richard and Judy summer read in the UK and an instant New York Times paperback bestseller, and has been made into an acclaimed film. Fredrik’s subsequent novels, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologies and Britt-Marie was Here, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Henning
Koch

Henning Koch was born in Sweden but has spent most of his life in England, Spain, and Sardinia. Most recently he translated A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and his translation of Tom Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive will be published in 2017. He has also written a short story collection, Love Doesn’t Work, and a novel, The Maggot People.

Henning Koch was born in Sweden but has spent most of his life in England, Spain, and Sardinia. Most recently he translated A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, and his translation of Tom Malmquist’s In Every Moment We Are Still Alive will be published in 2017. He has also written a short story collection, Love Doesn’t Work, and a novel, The Maggot People.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
07/02/2017
Country
Sweden
Original Language
Swedish
Publisher
Sceptre
Translator
Henning Koch
Translation
Translated from the Swedish by Henning Koch

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