'A brilliant and comforting read' MATT HAIG
'Funny, compassionate and wise. An absolute joy' A.J. PEARCE
'A surefooted insight into the absurdity, beauty and ache of life' GUARDIAN
'I laughed, I sobbed, I recommended it to literally everyone I know' BUZZFEED
'Captures the messy essence of being human' WASHINGTON POST
The funny, touching and unpredictable No. 1 New York Times bestseller from the 13 million copy internationally bestselling author of A Man Called Ove
It's New Year's Eve and House Tricks estate agents are hosting an open viewing in an up-market apartment when an incompetent bank robber rushes in and politely takes everyone hostage.
For Anna-Lena and Roger, busy buying-up apartments to fill the hole in their marriage, it's something else to talk about.
For Julia and Ro, panicky parents-to-be, it's yet another worry.
Lonely bank manager Zara only came here for the view.
While 87-year-old grandmother Estelle seems rather pleased by the company . . .
As the police gather outside, the anxious strangers huddled within try to make the best of a very sticky situation - but could it be that they have a whole lot more in common than meets the eye?
Readers are loving Anxious People!
'Backman never disappoints . . . heartwarming and multi layered' 5***** READER REVIEW
'As always Backman manages to delight . . . a really satisfying ending that makes you feel better about the world' 5***** READER REVIEW
'A wonderfully unusual tale, told with flair and finesse that is so wonderful it is sure to cure everything that ails you. Don't miss out on this beautiful book' 5***** READER REVIEW
'This novel is about humanity at its most raw and at its most wonderful and I LOVED it!' 5***** READER REVIEW
A brilliant and comforting read -- Matt Haig
I laughed, I sobbed, I recommended it to literally everyone I know ― Buzzfeed
Funny, compassionate and wise . . . an absolute joy -- AJ Pearce, bestselling author of Dear Mrs Bird
Captures the messy essence of being human. It's clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry ― Washington Post
I loved this book. Funny, sad, clever, insightful, surprising and hopeful. Brilliant in every way -- Sarah Morgan, bestselling author of One Summer in Paris
A satisfying remedy for pandemic anxiety . . . It's laugh-out-loud funny and will help restore your faith in humanity ― Independent Daily Edition
Witty, observant, and unpredictable . . . darkly humorous ― Nouse
'19 New Books to Read in September' ― E! Online
Another smash hit . . . With Backman's stunning characters combined with a closed-room mystery, this has all of the ingredients for a novel all your friends will be talking about -- Shane Mullen ― Ebene Magazine
A surprisingly sweet tale. It's the perfect balance of heartwarming and heart-wrenching, and Fredrik Backman [...] has a way of simply yet elegantly describing relationships. We can all be idiots, but we're still all human beings worthy of connection and love ― National Public Radio Book Concierge
Endearing . . . A surefooted insight into the absurdity, beauty and ache of life ― Guardian
A master of writing delightful, insightful, soulful, character-driven narratives. He writes so humorously and poignantly about life, marriage, parenthood, love and death ― USA Today
A quirky, big-hearted novel. Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it's a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure ― People
An endlessly entertaining mood booster ― Real Simple
This book examines how a shared event can change the course of many lives at once. And if you like strongly drawn characters and a mix of humor and heartbreak, this one's for you ― The Skimm
A witty, lighthearted romp...Backman charms ― Publishers Weekly
A deeply funny and warm examination of how individual experiences can bring a random group of people together. Backman reveals each character's many imperfections with tremendous empathy, reminding us that people are always more than the sum of their flaws ― BookPage
A tight-knit, surprise-filled narrative. The brisk, absorbing action prompts meditation on marriage, parenting, responsibility, and global economic pressures. Comedy, drama, mystery, and social study, this novel is undefinable except for the sheer reading pleasure it delivers. Highly recommended ― Library Journal (starred review)
Backman's latest novel focuses on how a shared event can change the course of multiple people's lives even in times of deep and ongoing anxiousness. A story with both comedy and heartbreak sure to please Backman fans ― Kirkus Reviews
Brilliant, funny, and compassionate . . . wonderfully charming ― Purple Revolver
A compassionate story of imperfect people doing the best they can to navigate life in an imperfect world ― The Leader Wrexham
Praise for Fredrik Backman ― -
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, [Beartown] recreates the stifling atmosphere of a dying community. This is a mature, compassionate novel ― The Sunday Times
About the Author
Number 1 New York Times bestseller FREDRIK BACKMAN made his literary debut in 2012 with the global sensation A Man Called Ove - now in development as a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks. Wickedly funny, touching and wise, Fredrik Backman's novels are odysseys of the ordinary man and woman, and stunningly moving tales of everyday courage. Up to now, Fredrik Backman has written six highly acclaimed novels, two heartfelt novellas about life and love, and one non-fiction book about parenthood. His books have sold more than 15 million copies in 46 languages and the Swedish film adaption of A Man Called Ove was nominated for two Academy Awards. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.