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Editorial Reviews

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.

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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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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Fredrick Backman

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

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Superb book

Loved the book...an easy and entertaining read. Funny, Sad...family life, school life, a young girl growing up and dealing with so many things . Just a wonderful read. The narrator was magnificent and I felt like I was in the story...didn't want it to end.

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brilliant

Absolutely loved this book...made me laugh cry think ponder reflect and think about my family

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Great Listening

I loved this quirky book with lovely narration with great expression throughout tge story. The story told through a childs eye and with imagination and humour.

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another wonderful book by this author!

Wasn't 100% sure when this book started, but it got better and better. Can't wait to read the next one. Fantastic narration too.

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brilliant

brilliantly written, a great viewpoint of an almost eight year old. loved the world created by granny

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Just couldn't finish it.

I wanted to like this and I kept listening even though I had lost interest.
I find the child completely unbelievable and incredibly annoying and the story very difficult to get into. Having recently heard 'Lost and Found', which was brilliant, this felt like a poor imitation (though I'm sure there are more differences than similarities)

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My new favourite!

I adored this book - so much that I want to read/listen to it again already even though I have only just finished it!

Gorgeously imaginative, I got thoroughly immersed into Elsa's world. I laughed and cried. Simply perfect.

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Highly recommend this.

Another wonderful audio. Beautifully crafted story. Fantastic reading performance. My new favourite. Can hardly wait for more!

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  • NH
  • 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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  • Catherine Smith
  • 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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  • Lulu
  • 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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  • GarnetBooks
  • 20-07-2015

Great story with memorable characters

Would you consider the audio edition of My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises to be better than the print version?

Yes - the storyline is creative and imaginative which is so much more fun to listen to, than read. The style of writing is conversational, too which is better to listen to. The narrator fits perfectly with the style of the novel.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and imaginary elements - a very true representation of the things parents and grandparents do to reassure children.

Have you listened to any of Joan Walker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't before but would listen to other performances by her.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The relationship between Elsa and Granny is one that a lot of people could relate to - I didn't cry but I did laugh out loud and smile at the anecdotes.

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  • Mogsamindy
  • 24-06-2015

Loved it!

Great story, perfectly read! It was a bit of an emotional roller coaster though, very funny and also deeply sad in the very same breath.

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  • fiona
  • 19-07-2015

Very good

At first I thought this was going to be too much like a children's book but soon came to love and need to know the full story 😄

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  • Kelly
  • 24-06-2015

Heartwarming

I wasn't overwhelmed by the story but it's a heartwarming listen and told from an interesting perspective. If only my family were as unique!

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  • Catriona Ferris
  • 14-08-2015

Really different story beautifully told.

It feels a bit like teen fiction but it is not. It Ida complex plot of relationships, fear. But mostly it is about a grand mothers love and loving being different.

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  • Gavingks
  • 25-09-2016

Great Story but not quite Ove

A man called Ove was one of my favourite books for years and this is close but not quite up there. It is a witty and well crafted novel with just enough depth to make it a joy to listen to.
Told through the eyes of a child the story is far from childish and there are enough adult topics explored to challenge the reader.
The constant stream of reveals is brilliant and there were many surprises.
And then I ma told the next book is even better....

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  • MaMaMason
  • 16-01-2016

I loved a Man Called Ove, this doesn't come close.

I listened to A Man Called Ove and loved it, so thought I'd try this - I've had to give up listening as I'm finding it utterly tedious. Just my opinion, but it's not particularly funny and it's not resonating with me.

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  • Mr M.
  • 05-07-2015

A roller coaster of emotions.

Was initially a little dubious but tend to listen to different books than I would read, so gave it a go. Amazing book, I have laughed out loud and sobbed my heart out in the same minute. Fabulous. Would recommend to everyone.

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