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’ A.J. Pearce, bestselling author of Dear Mrs Bird
‘I laughed, I sobbed, I recommended it to literally everyone I know’ Buzzfeed
‘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
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 . . .
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‘Backman never disappoints . . . heartwarming and multi layered’ 5***** Reader Review
‘As always Backman manages to delight . . . a really satisfying ending that makes you feel better about the world’ 5***** Reader Review
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‘This novel is about humanity at its most raw and at its most wonderful and I LOVED it!’ 5***** Reader Review