Anxious People
Fredrik Backman

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Narrated By: Marin Ireland

Duration: 9 hours and 52 minutes

What to expect

Brought to you by Penguin.

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller

The funny, touching and unpredictable new novel from the 13 million copy internationally bestselling author of A Man Called Ove.

'A brilliant and comforting read' Matt Haig

'Funny, compassionate and wise . . . an absolute joy' - AJ Pearce, bestselling author of Dear Mrs Bird

'I loved this book. Funny, sad, clever, insightful, surprising and hopeful. Brilliant in every way' - Sarah Morgan, bestselling author of One Summer in Paris

'Captures the messy essence of being human. It's clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry' Washington Post

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In a small town in Sweden it appears to be an ordinary day. But look more closely, and you'll see a mysterious masked figure approaching a bank...

Two hours later, chaos has descended. A bungled attempted robbery has developed into a hostage situation - and the offender is refusing to communicate their demands to the police.

Within the building, fear quickly turns to irritation for the seven strangers trapped inside. If this is to be their last day on earth, shouldn't it be a bit more dramatic?

But as the minutes tick by, they begin to suspect that the criminal mastermind holding them hostage might be more in need of rescuing than they are...

Readers are loving Anxious People!

'Backman never disappoints . . . heartwarming and multi layered' *****

'As always Backman manages to delight . . . a really satisfying ending that makes you feel better about the world' *****

'A wonderfully unusual tale, told with flair and finesse that is so wonderful it is sure to cure everything that ails you. Don't miss out on this beautiful book.' *****

'This novel is about humanity at its most raw and at its most wonderful and I LOVED it!' *****

(C) Fredrik Backman 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Genre

Modern and contemporary fiction, Humorous fiction, Family life fiction, Crime and mystery: cosy mystery

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A tight-knit, surprise-filled narrative. The brisk, absorbing action prompts meditation on marriage, parenting, responsibility, and global economic pressures. Comedy, drama, mystery, and social study, this novel is undefinable except for the sheer reading pleasure it delivers. Highly recommended

Library Journal (starred review)

A quirky, big-hearted novel. Wry, wise, and often laugh-out-loud funny, it's a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure

People

Funny, compassionate and wise . . . an absolute joy

AJ Pearce, bestselling author of <i>Dear Mrs Bird</i>

Brilliant, funny, and compassionate . . . wonderfully charming

Purple Revolver

Witty, observant, and unpredictable . . . darkly humorous

Nouse

An endlessly entertaining mood booster

Real Simple

A deeply funny and warm examination of how individual experiences can bring a random group of people together. Backman reveals each character's many imperfections with tremendous empathy, reminding us that people are always more than the sum of their flaws

BookPage

'19 New Books to Read in September'

E! Online

Surrounded by impenetrable forests, [Beartown] recreates the stifling atmosphere of a dying community. This is a mature, compassionate novel

The Sunday Times

A witty, lighthearted romp...Backman charms

Publishers Weekly

A surprisingly sweet tale. It's the perfect balance of heartwarming and heart-wrenching, and Fredrik Backman [...] has a way of simply yet elegantly describing relationships. We can all be idiots, but we're still all human beings worthy of connection and love

National Public Radio Book Concierge

A compassionate story of imperfect people doing the best they can to navigate life in an imperfect world

The Leader Wrexham

A satisfying remedy for pandemic anxiety . . . It's laugh-out-loud funny and will help restore your faith in humanity

Independent Daily Edition

I laughed, I sobbed, I recommended it to literally everyone I know

Buzzfeed

I utterly believed in the residents of Beartown, and felt ripped apart by the events in the book

bestselling author of Me Before You

Another smash hit . . . With Backman's stunning characters combined with a closed-room mystery, this has all of the ingredients for a novel all your friends will be talking about

Ebene Magazine

Backman's latest novel focuses on how a shared event can change the course of multiple people's lives even in times of deep and ongoing anxiousness. A story with both comedy and heartbreak sure to please Backman fans

Kirkus Reviews

This book examines how a shared event can change the course of many lives at once. And if you like strongly drawn characters and a mix of humor and heartbreak, this one's for you

The Skimm

Praise for Fredrik Backman

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A brilliant and comforting read

Matt Haig

I loved this book. Funny, sad, clever, insightful, surprising and hopeful. Brilliant in every way

Sarah Morgan, bestselling author of <i>One Summer in Paris</i>

Captures the messy essence of being human. It's clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry

Washington Post

A master of writing delightful, insightful, soulful, character-driven narratives. He writes so humorously and poignantly about life, marriage, parenthood, love and death