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International best-selling author of A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman, delivers a stunning second novel with My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises, narrated in this audiobook edition by Joan Walker. Young Elsa and her grandmother aren’t like other people. When her grandmother dies Elsa is devastated but she leaves behind an adventure for Elsa to go on which delivers her right into the heart of the fairytales she used to tell her. This book is both tremendously funny and deeply moving – underlying it is the heartbreaking reality of a little girl who struggles to find her place in a world that fears those who are different. Available now from Audible.
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Publisher's Summary

The hilarious, heartbreaking novel by the author of the international best seller A Man Called Ove.
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, 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 77 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 fairy tales 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 best-selling 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.
©2015 Fredrik Backman (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nicole on 21-04-2017

Some books change you forever

This book has easily cemented itself as one of my favourites. Beautifully written, the story effortlessly unfolds and makes you fall in love over and over again.
We all need super heroes like granny and Elsa in our lives.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amanda Lloyd on 13-04-2017

Fredrick Backman

Narrater - Joan Walker, you bought this magnificent story alive thank you. Fredrick unbelievable, full of love and magic

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5 out of 5 stars
By NH on 25-03-2017

Elsa is my hero!

What made the experience of listening to My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises the most enjoyable?

The characters! So vividly described. You can't help but root for each one of them. Especially Elsa and Granny.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elsa because of her courage and her wisdom despite being almost eight years-old. And Granny because she's mad in the best possible way.

Which character – as performed by Joan Walker – was your favorite?

Elsa - her voice resonates clearly thanks to Joan Walker.

Who was the most memorable character of My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises and why?

Granny because she's a fireball who lived her life to the brim and by her own rules.

Any additional comments?

I love everything by Fredrik Backman so far, all two of his audiobooks The first one was "A Man Called Ove" and this one is my second purchase. Looking forward to more great works by this brilliant author and the talented narrator too.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine Smith on 27-08-2015

wonderfully engaging, great story well read.

As the story unfolds it grips you, a wonderful complex story which keeps you interested to the last 'page'. The narration is delightful.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lulu on 29-07-2015

Irresistible, Funny and Delectable

The book starts off with some laugh-out-humour which makes you think, "hmmm, just what the doctor ordered."
At this point too, I thought, my 12 year old needs to be in on this so, I let him listen to a few chapters and confirmed its a book for both young adults and adults. However, it is not long into the book when the fairly complex and very childlike fairytales seem to take over the real story. And one might be tempted to either skip the parts with the fairytale (which would prove tedious given how intertwined the fairytale parts are with the underlying real story) or give up reading the book altogether on the premise that for adults, the film (when it does come out) would be better tuned to keep adults engaged!!
But, dear readers, hang on and try to follow the tedious fairytales which in fact, you will come to realise, are the life stories that in turn explain the problems/issues faced by the different characters in the book... Sorry, I refuse to say more in fear of releasing spoilers!!
Anyway, I think the underlying stories of each of the characters were well thought of and the whole story in itself, very touching and delivered with both empathy and humour in good measure so preventing readers from drowning in sorrow or being torn apart by heartbreak.
At some point, the author introduces a few twists to the story, adding a bit of thriller that just compels you to read on and think!!! The ending was worth every struggle through the sometimes overbearing fairytales!!
This book is worth every penny and time spent on it!! It should be in the running for bestseller and would make a great film!!

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18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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