Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People by Swedish bestselling author Fredrik Backman is a modern tale about the pressure of modern life, that all readers will find relatable in some way, big or small.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Anxious People a novel by Fredrik Backman

The witty yet sad story of a bungled bank robbery, turned into a hostage situation, brings together a group of people. Each one vulnerable and anxious about aspects of their own life and the paths they are taking or have taken.

The characters find common bonds where they initially thought there were none and find that if you take the time to engage with one another it can be life-changing. On their personal journeys, told via their individual backstories, we see that through human connection, great personal strides can be made.

When reading this book, I can honestly say that some parts made me cry with sorrow and empathy for the plight of the characters and others laugh out loud and cry happy tears from the wit and humour it contains.

There are bits of Backman’s characters in us all and he has such skill at writing about the human experience without histrionics and hyperbole. He cuts to the quick and expresses how people live with fears and hardships and find the courage to face another day. ‘We don’t have a plan, we just do our best to get through the day, because there’ll be another one coming along tomorrow.’

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About the author

Fredrik Backman launched his literary career in 2012 with the Number 1 New York Times Bestseller, A Man Called Ove. This was a masterpiece of pathos and comedy that led readers around the world to fall in love with the titular character Ove.

It is now being made into a major movie starring Hollywood heavyweight Tom Hanks. It has sold over 1 million copies around the world and has been translated into 46 languages.

Backman himself is Swedish and lives in Stockholm with his wife and two kids, he is 40 years old and has written other novels, including My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You. He has also written blogs and essays for magazines.

Backman’s books are a very easy read, but not without substance and weight, they are perfect for a holiday or some downtime. The style of writing is one that speaks to us all in some way, we all have a dad, Grandpa, or Neighbour just like Ove and chances are you will identify with his characters.

Books by Fredrik Backman

Here is a selection of other novels by Fredrik Blackman for you to enjoy.

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