My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

Book - 2015
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A must-read for fans of Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Maria Semple's Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, the new novel by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon A Man Called Ove will charm and delight anyone who has ever had a grandmother. Everyone remembers the smell of their grandmother's house.

Everyone remembers the stories their grandmother told them.

But does everyone remember their grandmother flirting with policemen? Driving illegally?
Breaking into a zoo in the middle of the night? Firing a paintball gun from a balcony in her dressing gown?

Seven-year-old Elsa does.

Some might call Elsa's granny 'eccentric', or even 'crazy'. Elsa calls her a superhero. And granny's stories, of knights and princesses and dragons and castles, are her superpower. Because, as Elsa is starting to learn, heroes and villains don't always exist in imaginary kingdoms; they could live just down the hallway.

As Christmas draws near, even the best superhero grandmothers may have one or two things they'd like to apologise for. And, in the process, Elsa can have some breath-taking adventures of her own . . .
Publisher: London : Sceptre, 2015
ISBN: 9781444775846
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Koch, Henning 1962-- Translator


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Oct 16, 2017

This book is such a different read but a great one! I loved all of the characters and could not wait to see how their stories unfolded. It also had laugh out loud funny moments. At times the switch between reality and make believe could be confusing for me but overall I loved the book! Cannot wait to read more by this author.

Oct 05, 2017

Not like any book I've ever read but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good read.

Sep 25, 2017

The main character is a small girl, and I love her. The people around her are bizarre but interesting. I found this to be an unusual read - and enthusiastically read to the very end which, at 52, I only do if I honestly care. I recommend it.

Aug 18, 2017

Not a fan of fantasy, and at the onset of this book I was questioning my willingness to continue. So glad I persevered! The quirkiness of Grandma would easily be portrayed by the likes of Phyllis Diller, Cloris Leachman, or Carol Burnett, and it was a delight to read with them in mind. I agree it could have been told by a child older than this precocious seven year old, without losing anything. Dysfunctional people, heartbreak, betrayal, humour and a whole lotta love ~ a charming read!!

Sassers Jul 18, 2017

Written from a 7 year old girl's point of view. She and her grandmother travel to imaginary places and these trips come to life in the real world in which she lives. Author of A Man Called Ove.

SCL_Tricia Jun 03, 2017

A great story that weaves together in the end as you put together the fairy tales and the real world. So well written that I had to mark passages, something I don't often do.
It tells a story that is both wise and insightful, absurd and wondrous as it explores the themes of grief, love, difference, connection, regrets and forgiveness.
Funny, moving, heartfelt and inspiring, it made me laugh and cry. And not a pretty little cry, a full blown snot filled cry...twice.

PimaLib_MaryG May 11, 2017

I loved this book! Elsa is a real spitfire, as is her grandmother. There were tears and laughter while reading Elsa's memories of her grandmother's eccentric antics and of coming to terms with her death (and life) through a series of letters and tasks that her grandmother has left.

May 06, 2017

The book was interesting to begin with and an easy read overall. It wove between reality and fantasy and the main character learns that her grandmother's stories were heavily influenced by the real world. But I had a hard time believing that the main character was actually seven. I think she could have been just as interested in the fantastical stories and old enough to carry out some of the feats she performs, the way she thought. I think at times the blur between the fantasy world and the real world was a little too fuzzy.

May 02, 2017

This story about almost-8-year-old Elsa unfolds in parallel with the fairy tales told by her grandmother. While I understand the intent, I felt that they just didn't work and often skimmed over those sections - maybe something was lost in translation from the original Swedish.

The fairy tale sections aside, I liked the variety of characters and was caught up in Elsa's adventures by the end. But, overall it just didn't have the same magic for me as Backman's "A Man Called Ove".

Mar 13, 2017

By the end of the book I was thoroughly enjoying it, although I found the use of fairy tales as allegories rather confusing (and even a bit boring) at the beginning. Another triumph by Backman.

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Aug 23, 2016

From the author of the internationally bestselling A Man Called Ove, a charming, warmhearted novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother's fairy tales"--

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