This book has been translated from the Swedish by Henning Koch. Fredrick Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A Man called Ove was a number one bestseller worldwide. This is his second novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Elsa has a Granny who unlike any other Granny has made up a secret language that only the two of them use. She has also created this magical world of make-believe just for Elsa. When Elsa is born, Granny stops travelling the world to work with children in war torn countries – she spends all her spare time nurturing and developing Elsa’s intellect and sense of humour, which is not unlike her own.
Granny’s rather unusual sense of humour is one that not everybody, including Elsa’s own mother understands. It gets Granny into all sorts of trouble. When Granny gets ill and then dies, she leaves Elsa a task – to follow clues, retrieve envelopes and deliver them to whomever they are addressed to.
This is a fabulous book, escapism at its best. We would all love to have had a Granny in their lives who was like this – well I would!
Reviewed by Christine Frayling
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards & Apologises
By Fredrick Backman
Translated by Henning Koch
Published by Sceptre