Britt-marie Was Here by Fredrik BackmanBritt-marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt-marie Was Here

byFredrik Backman

Paperback | September 5, 2017

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The number 1 European bestseller by the author ofNew York Timesbestseller and international phenomenonA Man Called Ove,Britt-Marie was Hereis a funny, poignant and uplifting tale of love, community, and second chances.

For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgemental, or fussy, or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example (forks, knives, then spoons). We're not animals, are we?

But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.

So when Britt-Marie finds herself unemployed, separated from her husband of 20 years, left to fend for herself in the miserable provincial backwater that is Borg - of which the kindest thing one can say is that it has a road going through it - and somehow tasked with running the local football team, she is a little unprepared. But she will learn that life may have more to offer her that she's ever realised, and love might be found in the most unexpected of places.
Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A MAN CALLED OVE was a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia, has sold over one million copies worldwide, was a Richard & Judy summer read in the UK and an instantNew York Timespaperback bestseller, and has been made into an acclaimed film. Fredrik's subsequen...
Title:Britt-marie Was HereFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:HodderLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1473617235

ISBN - 13:9781473617230


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Britt Marie is endearing It took me awhile to get past the main character’s quirky, almost offensive behaviour. The author cleverly draws you into Britt Marie’s world, helping you understand why she acts and thinks the way she does. This is a book about transformation. By the end of the book, I actually admired Britt Marie.
Date published: 2019-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Grew on me Slightly disappointed after reading the grandmother novel, but the story did grow on me
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Tale An organized cutlery drawer, Faxin window cleaner & sodium bicarbonate are among the things that matter to Britt-Marie. She believes in the power of list and her outstanding achievement is writing that in ink. She doesn't judge yet she can be blatantly honest with her opinions. She is a devoted wife & mother to her husband Kent, his children & their home. But her routine mundane life is turned upside down when at 63 years old is forced to walk out on her cheating husband. She traveled to Borg (a dying community built along the road) to work as the caretaker of the recreation centre. Here, she met & forged beautiful friendships with people from all walks of life, including the sweet big hearted policeman, Sven. She inadvertently became a soccer coach too! She found her purpose at Borg but when Kent came knocking on her door one day, will she choose to remain in Borg or return to her routine mundane life with Kent? The premise of the story is intriguing, direct & relatable. To be honest, I prefer A Man Called Ove (AMCO) better. This book is a bit slow burn for me & it's less humorous than AMCO. Nonetheless, I still enjoy the storytelling (albeit some parts felt disconnected) & the writing of the talented Backman. You can't help but fall in love with Britt-Marie. She is such an endearing character with a touch of eccentricity. She will grow on you once you get to know her through the backstories of her life told in flashbacks. There are also a lot of supporting characters in this book which play a major role in the storytelling of the whole story. However, I find them a bit overwhelming because there are just a little too many for me to keep track. Maybe it is just me. I am not good in that way. If you are a soccer/football fan, I think you'd enjoy this book much more than me. Although I am aware of soccer teams such as Manchester United, Aston Villa, Totenham & Liverpool, but I have zero knowledge of how the game is played. So, when reading parts about the soccer game, I have no idea what it is about! Britt-Marie Was Here is a heartwarming tale about love, acceptance & change. I always believe that every cloud has a silver lining. It is only a matter of courage & will to take the first step to conquer our fear & make a difference amid an unpleasant situation.
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting It was hard to get into at first but once it got going, it was way too much fun to stop! The story was interesting, the characters intriguing and it was overall an enjoyable read
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging and enjoyable book I was drawn to the characters and the story line. Really became involved in the story and cared about the characters of this little town. Found it to be quite a charming book.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unusual story At first I found this book peculiar and I was not sure I would read it all. However, I continued reading and found that I was enjoying it. The writer has the ability to draw you into the story and make you live vicariously with the characters. This is an inspiring story and for fans of Backman this is truly a good choice.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbroken and extremely warm I finished reading this book one week ago, but this lady named Britt Marie is still in my mind. What she and her soccer team experienced refreshed my ideas of the so-called one of the richest countries in the world. These common people made a significant difference not only to the town, but also to me, a person who lives so far from Sweden. The tears and the smiles this novel brought me were so different from the other books once did to me. I have recommended it to my friends and am going to send it as Christmas gift to my family in Germany. It’s really worth reading.
Date published: 2017-10-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Didn't Love it Disappointed especially after reading One and Beartown Didn't love this book.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely! Britt-Marie Was Here is the third of Backman's novels that I've read. Admittedly, it was my least favourite of the three (which probably says more about how much I deeply loved the other two than it says anything about this one, given that this one is still worthy of 4 stars from a notoriously difficult-to-please reader). Britt-Marie has social struggles but doesn't quite fit the criteria of Asperger's or high-functioning autism, so at the beginning, we're left wondering what happened to Britt-Marie to make her so obliviously rude. As the story unfurls, we learn more and more about our protagonist, whose life has been insular and filled with tragedy and rejection. When she finds herself in the village of Borg, she finds that is more than even she thought she was. Backman is an absolute pro at getting us to root for the seemingly unlikeliest of heroes, and manages to treat his own abrasive characters so tenderly that the reader can't help falling in love with them. He shows us, through their struggles and small - but mighty - victories just what humanity is: flawed, heart-breaking, fallible, but also generous and strong. Frankly, Backman's books remind me that there's good in the world.
Date published: 2017-09-22

Editorial Reviews

Impressive [and] heart-warming... there are unexpected delights to being stuck with Britt-Marie.