- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder And Stoughton (4 June 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444775847
- ISBN-13: 978-1444775846
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,53,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises Paperback – 4 Jun 2015
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There are clear themes here, nominally: the importance of stories; the honesty of children; and the obtuseness of most adults, putting him firmly in league with the likes of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman. A touching, sometimes funny, often wise portrait of grief.
The author's lightness of touch is definitely a contributor towards the novel's success. (It's already a best seller in his native country.) Fredrik conveys much in a few words . . . However a special warning to the ladies summed up in three words: wear waterproof mascara! I read the last few chapters verging between heart-glowing smiles and heart-wrenching sobs. I'll be ready for it the next few times I read it though and, indeed, the times after that.
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A highly compelling read and it was easy to lose myself in the story
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I would say, this book is more for] older children than adults. But nevertheless you as an adult can enjoy it too.
Elsa is a precocious almost-8-year-old going on 17 years. She's left heartbroken when her Granny dies from cancer, because her Granny was her superhero (and every almost-8-year-old deserves a superhero!). Her Granny is her safe haven, her partner in crime, her only friend. That is, until she dies. But she leaves with Elsa a couple of letters to be delivered to the various residents in the building where they live which ends becoming a treasure hunt, an adventure, of sorts.
I loved the way the fairy tales were interwoven with the stories of the various residents. I loved the way the layers of each character are revealed. Even the shallowest character seems to have a depth in his story.
This story has fairy tales, superheros, wurses, Christmas and redemption and lots of laughter and some tears. An absolute winner, in my books!
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