Things My Son Needs to Know About The World
Fredrik Backman

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Narrated By: Santino Fontana

Duration: 3 hours and 10 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Things My Son Needs to Know by Fredrik Backman.

From the 13 million copy internationally bestselling author of A Man Called Ove.

'You can be whatever you want to be, but that's nowhere near as important as knowing that you can be exactly who you are'


Things My Son Needs To Know About The World is a tender and funny series of letters from a father to his son about one of life's most daunting experiences: parenthood.

In between the sleep-obsessed lows and oxytocin-fuelled highs, Backman takes a step back to share his own experience of fatherhood and how he navigates such unchartered territory.

Part memoir, part manual, part love letter to his son, this book relays the big and the small lessons in life. As he watches his son take his first steps into the world, he teaches him how to navigate both love and IKEA and tries to explain why, sometimes, his dad might hold his hand just a little bit too tightly.

This is an irresistible and insightful collection from one of the world's most beautiful storytellers.

Genre

Child care & upbringing: advice for parents, Memoirs, Family & relationships: advice & issues, Self-help, personal development & practical advice, Autobiography: general, Autobiography: literary, Diaries, letters & journals, Family psychology

Listen to a sample

The prose is driven, catchy and flows easily. One can tell that Fredrik Backman is an experienced writer and I laugh out loud multiple times during the reading

Sweden

Praise for Things My Son Needs To Know About The World

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He writes about football, God, the baggage claim at the airport, and other things that need a real walk-through. At times insightful, an unexpectedly humble and breathlessly funny book with spot-on reflections of family situations at IKEA, the changing table and other places. I laugh out loud at this laddish declaration of love that encourages play, the pursuit of one's passion, finding love, being kind when you can, and tough when you must . . . Wonderful!

Sweden

The book contains everything I love about Fredrik Backman's authorship. [The book] has humor, warmth and is full of hilarious and silly nonsense. It's a complete bullseye

Sweden

A letter in book format, executed with humor and a nostalgic insight . . The perfect gift for all new parents, not only fathers - because even if Backman loves to do his "Dad was right, Mom wasn't"- dance in front of strangers, it's the mothers who will be amused by his efforts most of all.

Germany

It's in the depictions of upbringing, social heritage and spending time together with loved ones that Fredrik Backman's prose turns clear and soulful

Sweden

What a book! Once again I'm totally in love with Fredrik Backman's writing. He employs words in such a wonderful way that makes me never want to stop reading.

Sweden

Excellent and touching, but most of all full of funny and silly comments and observations . . . Fredrik Backman has once again written something absolutely wonderful and remarkable.

Denmark

Some snort-out-your-drink moments, a lot of the parenting advice/stories rings true. The audiobook highlights the hilarity of the author's compositions, the narrator bringing his work to life with gusto. I laughed aloud while walking and driving at times

NB Magazine (for the audiobook)

Evident in all [Backman] novels is an apparent ability to state a truth about humanity with breathtaking elegance

Kirkus Reviews

I have said it before, and I'll say it again: I don't know anyone who writes as beautifully and lucidly about love as Fredrik Backman. He writes so that I can understand what he means - what he feels. That's an accomplishment.

Norway

A truly fantastic book! Several times I laughed out loud while reading it. And many times I found myself with tears in my eyes and warmth in my heart

Sweden

Praise for Fredrik Backman