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By David Nicholls
Even better than One DayI was having to ration myself for fear of coming to the end too soon.I loved this book. Funny, sad, tender: for anyone who wants to know what happens after the Happy Ever After.A literary and anthropological tour de force . . . astute and packed with brilliant observations, about life, art, culture and the infinite possibilities for human disappointment. Like his bestselling One Day, it is, at times, extremely funny . . . But the laughs are matched by just as many moments that make you swallow hard . . . US is a novel about love, grief, joy, art, science, culture and the modern world. It is wise, moving and sweet. I honestly can't imagine loving a novel much more.The kind of book that reminds us what it means to be alive.US is a perfect book.A wrenching examination of a journey through Europe that goes terribly wrong and a consideration of what it means to be a parent today.US is a perfect book.Those who loved Nicholls's last novel, ONE DAY, will not be disappointed. US has many of the same qualities, including an almost magical readability. Though it is an ambitious novel, intricately patterned, which tackles complex and subtle themes, it has the furious pace of a thriller. Each time I put the book down, I stared in disbelief at the number of pages I had just covered; by the end, I was having to ration myself for fear of coming to the end too soon.An emotive romantic comedy, ingeniously structured.US is a quiet joy, written with an undemonstrative simplicity that is hard to achieve.Nicholls has raised his game. this is a grownup book, and one deserving of its Man Booker longlisting. Nicholls's gift is character. There is a sharp empathetic intelligence to his writing that makes his characters real . . . the clear writing often dazzles with truth . . . a sad funny, soulful joy of a book.[A] compulsively readable, formally inventive, extremely funny yet achingly melancholy love story.Few authors do messed-up relationships better than Nicholls.Even better than ONE DAY.Blanket press coverage can be expected.ONE DAY was a Sunday Times number one bestseller in both hardcover and paperback.Over 2,750,000 copies of ONE DAY were sold across Hodder editions only.ONE DAY was a New York Times bestseller, and a bestseller in many European, Scandinavian and Asian countries.ONE DAY was made into a successful Hollywood film starring Anne Hathaway.David Nicholls continues to be in the public eye through his film and television work, such as The 7:38 and his screen adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd.

Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult grew up in New York. Her previous novels include House Rules, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister's Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Jodi's UK website is www.jodipicoult.co.uk and she can be found on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/JodiPicoultUK and twitter.com/jodipicoult. She also has a YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/JodiPicoultOfficial.

Stephen King

Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than fifty books. His novels include Carrie, The Shining and Revival. His novel Under the Dome is now a major TV series. His novel 11.22.63 won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller as well as the Best Hardcover Book Award from the International Thriller Writers Association. Many of his books have been turned into celebrated films including Misery, The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Over the years, King has had various cameo roles in film adaptations of his books as well as playing rhythm guitar in the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band made up of some of America's bestselling and best-loved writers He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Maine, USA.
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Leading by Alex Ferguson

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Slade House publishing 27th October

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Flood of Fire

By Amitav Ghosh

The thrilling climax to the Ibis trilogy that began with the phenomenal Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies.

It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war.

One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue. Among them is Kesri Singh, a sepoy in the East India Company who leads a company of Indian sepoys; Zachary Reid, an impoverished young sailor searching for his lost love, and Shireen Modi, a determined widow en route to China to reclaim her opium-trader husband's wealth and reputation. Flood of Fire follows a varied cast of characters from India to China, through the outbreak of the First Opium War and China's devastating defeat, to Britain's seizure of Hong Kong.

Flood of Fire is a thrillingly realised and richly populated novel, imbued with a wealth of historical detail, suffused with the magic of place and plotted with verve. It is a beautiful novel in its own right, and a compelling conclusion to an epic and sweeping story - it is nothing short of a masterpiece.

A masterpiece . . . Flood of Fire is not just a work of literary imagination but also an exercise in deep and original historical reflectionFor the past weeks, [Amitav Ghosh] has been holed up in his Goa home, putting the finishing touches to Flood of Fire, the third part of his epic Ibis trilogy. The project has taken a decade. The three novels, starting with Sea of Poppies . . . have cemented his reputationThe final book in the bestselling Ibis trilogy from the author of Booker-shortlisted Sea of Poppies.Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta in 1956. He grew up in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India. He studied at the universities of Delhi and Oxford and published the first of eight novels, The Circle of Reason in 1986. He currently divides his time between Calcutta, Goa and Brooklyn. The first novel in the Ibis trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.The long-awaited final book in the epic Ibis trilogyThe first book in the trilogy, Sea of Poppies, was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and went on to be a major bestseller. Flood of Fire has the same prize-winning potentialThe perfect reading group book: a fascinating historical window into the opium wars, a wonderful page-turner with an exotic setting, universal themes and unusual talking pointsAmitav Ghosh is writing at the height of his powers - Flood of Fire is full of wonderfully detailed descriptions, a captivating cast and enriched with a wealth of historical detail'A tremendous novel, and if Amitav Ghosh can sustain its brilliance in the two remaining parts, his Ibis trilogy will surely come to be regarded as one of the masterpieces of twenty-first-century fiction' Literary Review on Sea of Poppies
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Indian Kitchen: Secrets of Indian home cooking

By Maunika Gowardhan

Jamie Oliver: 'I love Maunika's cooking. Her food is a joy - she makes incredible Indian food really achievable at home. A fantastic Indian cookbook.'

Yotam Ottolenghi: 'Reading Maunika's book feels as though you're actually sitting in an Indian family kitchen, sharing stories and recipes. I've been inspired by her to make my own paneer and to play with pickled watermelon rind. Delightful!'

Growing up in Mumbai, Maunika Gowardhan learned the secrets of home cooking, Indian-style. Now living in the UK, Maunika is often asked, 'what do Indians cook on a day to day basis?' And, 'how is it that you can rustle up a curry for an everyday meal when you're so busy?'

The answer is in chapters of this book. Hungry include recipes made from easy-to-find ingredients for when you're starving and short of time. And Lazy contains recipes for when you want something a bit slower, a bit comforting, but still straightforward.

Indian food is also about feasting, so when you have the luxury of time and want to put some real love into a meal at the weekend, you can turn to Indulgent, or when you have friends and family coming over then Celebratory is the chapter for you.

Whatever your mood, Indian Kitchen will inspire you to add Indian cooking into your weekly menu.

I love Maunika's cooking. Her food is a joy - she makes incredible Indian food really achievable at home. A fantastic Indian cookbook.Reading Maunika's book feels as though you're actually sitting in an Indian family kitchen, sharing stories and recipes. I've been inspired by her to make my own paneer and to play with pickled watermelon rind. Delightful!Maunika's recipes are delight: elegant, delicious, well though out and carefully explained.They bring warmth and flavour to my table, are simple enough for supper and sophisticated enough for the most special dinner. In short it is a book as charming and beautiful as Maunika herselfDiscover the secrets of Indian home cooking with the star of Jamie Oliver's FoodTubeBorn and brought up in Mumbai, Maunika Gowardhan is a food writer and private chef living in the UK. Maunika cooks up comforting meals showcasing how fabulous regional Indian food can be. She shares her recipes with people wanting to discover a contemporary approach to Indian food, who enjoy cooking just as much as eating! Her blog, Cook in a Curry, has an avid following and Maunika writes for magazines, newspapers and has a regular column in Vogue India. Maunika can be seen cooking divine Indian dishes with Jamie Oliver on his online cookery channel FoodTube. Visit www.maunikagowardhan.co.uk or follow Maunika on Twitter: www.twitter.com/cookinacurry.Maunika is Jamie Oliver's new Indian chef for his YouTube channel FoodTube which has over 1 million subscribers: watch the first video here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKs-cRneTyE)Jamie Oliver will provide a quote for the book. Maunika runs Indian cookery classes at Jamie's cookery schools.Maunika's cooking removes the mystique around the techniques for making the perfect curry, allowing the reader to make delicious, authentic, simple meals at home.As well as her own popular website www.maunikagowardhan.co.uk, which has over 60,000 hits a month, Maunika has appeared in the Telegraph and Jamie Magazine and has a column for Vogue India.
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The Book of You (and Me)

By Joey Essex

Hello You,

Do you know what you're holding in your hands? It's a book (sort of) that I've made for you (and me) to co-create and finish together. And since we're counting, YES it's the second one I've written. BOOM.

Let's celebrate everything that makes us unique with this mixture of creative and interactive activities resulting in your own REEM masterpiece!

Have you ever wanted to take a selfie with your postman? Well now's your chance. Or have you ever wondered what came first, the chicken or the egg? Well I'll tell you!

Basically ignore everything you've ever been told about what NOT to do to books: scribble, make up new words, draw pictures of your daily outfits and go on a Joey treasure hunt. This is truly the best of collaborations - between you...

And,

Me x

From deep inside the curious mind of everyone's favourite Essex boy, Joey Essex, comes an interactive book for you to enjoy and co-create.

Joey Essex (author of books, well two of them) was born in 1990 in Bermondsey, South London, before moving to Essex. He has starred in nine series of the hit ITV2 show The Only Way is Essex, appeared in the 2013 series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, has travelled to Africa and beyond for his ITV2 show Educating Joey Essex and won the 2015 series of The Jump. He owns a shop, Fusey, in Brentwood, Essex.

Follow Joey on Twitter @JoeyEssex_ / Instagram joeyessex90

The hardback edition of Being Reem is a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller (spending eleven weeks in the top ten) and has sold almost 24K copies, plus nearly 5K in eBook. Signings for the hardback saw thousands of Joey fans queue up to meet him across the country.The paperback of Being Reem is also a Sunday Times bestseller and has sold over 6K copies to date.Extraordinary sales of books like Wreck This Journal and The Pointless Book show that the interactive, co-creating genre is very popular with the demographic of Joey's fans.Not only is this book a great personal buy, it is also an irresistible gift buy for anyone who loves anything Joey Essex.Just as with Being Reem Joey is onboard for a large scale signing and publicity tour.
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Day Four

By Sarah Lotz

The trip of their dreams becomes the holiday of their nightmares: DAY FOUR is Sarah Lotz's extraordinary, unmissable follow-up to the book that made headlines around the world, THE THREE - perfect for fans of The Shining Girls, The Passage and Lost.

Four days into a five day singles cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, the ageing ship Beautiful Dreamer stops dead in the water. With no electricity and no cellular signals, the passengers and crew have no way to call for help. But everyone is certain that rescue teams will come looking for them soon. All they have to do is wait.

That is, until the toilets stop working and the food begins to run out. When the body of a woman is discovered in her cabin the passengers start to panic. There's a murderer on board the Beautiful Dreamer... and maybe something worse.

Four planes. Three survivors. One message. It seemed like the end of the world... but it wasn't. This, however, just might be.Lauren Beukes calls Sarah Lotz 'a natural-born storyteller. Like the hand reaching up from the dark well, she'll drag you into her thrall. You'll come up gasping.' Sarah is a screenwriter and novelist who pens novels under the name S.L Grey with author Louis Greenberg; YA novels with her daughter, as Lily Herne; and is one third of pseudonymous author Helena S. Paige. Sarah lives in Cape Town with her family and other animals.DAY FOUR is a thrilling novel of suspense with huge mainstream appeal, set on a cruise ship that has lost power in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.THE THREE was optioned for television by Company Pictures and will be executive produced by Kate Sinclair, who optioned Skins, Salmon Fishin in the Yemen, and Slumdog Millionaire.DAY FOUR can be read as a sequel to THE THREE or as a standalone novel.Featuring sharp psychological insight and a powerful sense of creeping dread, DAY FOUR is perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Stephen King and the film The Abyss.Sarah is part of South Africa's burgeoning literary movement.
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Theodore Boone: The Fugitive

By John Grisham

He was supposed to be having fun with his friends, not playing detective and stalking a serial killer.

Theodore Boone - teenage lawyer and courtroom hero - is on a class trip seeing the sights of the capital city. But he hadn't counted on seeing the most wanted man in the history of his home town, Strattenberg.

Suddenly Theo is caught in the hunt for an accused murderer, alongside the FBI. Theo knows he's getting in deep - and things could become even more dangerous. Because if this case goes back to court, it will be down to him.

Will justice finally be done...or will the killer's criminal allies be out for revenge?

'If you aspire to turn your children into lawyers who will keep you in your old age, John Grisham's Theodore Boone, his first novel for young people, might be for you'.'Nobody does legal fiction better''Not since Nancy Drew has a nosy, crime-obsessed kid been so hard to resist.''Gripping... I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. I think everyone will be enthralled by Theodore Boone.''A master of his craft'John Grisham delivers high intensity legal drama for a new generation of readers in the fifth novel in his bestselling Theodore Boone series.John Grisham is the author of twenty-seven novels, one work of non-fiction, one collection of short stories, and five novels for young readers. His works are translated into thirty-nine languages. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.Vintage Grisham: great legal drama, a lovable hero and a really satisfying ending, all delivered at breakneck, page-turning speed.John Grisham has sold 250 million copies of his books worldwide.The Theodore Boone books have huge crossover, YA appeal - to build on successes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.Fascinating insights into the machinations of the US legal system.David and Goliath situations pitching ordinary folk against mega opponents. The battles of the small against the mighty.
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The Power of Personality

By Sylvia Loehken

Management writers have come up with many tools for explaining how different types of personalities can work best together. But they have ignored the most important personality difference of all - the difference between introverts and extroverts. This book is the first book to fill that gap.

This book follows up from Sylvia Loehken's international bestseller Quiet Impact, published in the UK in June, and will be required reading for all managers and anyone who wants to understand their colleagues better.

How to build strong relationships at work.Dr Sylvia Loehken is a highly in-demand coach and speaker who specialises in how introverts and extroverts can work together. She is herself an introvert who was originally been a rather fearful public speaker, but in 2012 she was named 'Speaker of the Year' in Germany. She has a PhD in linguistics and communication, and is a qualified coach. She works with many of Europe's leading companies and institutions such as Berlin Regional Bank, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and University of Hamburg.Unique - there are lots of business books written explicitly for introverts, and implicitly for extroverts, but there is nothing that looks at how these two personality types can complement each other in the workplaceSylvia Loehken has found that this is a hugely popular topic that she is facing massive demand for on her training coursesFollows on the back of the success of Dr Loehken's Quiet ImpactWill appeal to everyone, not just to introverts.
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Business Adventures

By John Brooks

'The best business book I've ever read.' Bill Gates, Wall Street Journal

'The Michael Lewis of his day.' New York Times

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety.

These notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. John Brooks's insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history really does repeat itself.

This business classic written by longtime New Yorker contributor John Brooks is an insightful and engaging look into corporate and financial life in America.

Hailed as a business classic by the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and widely acknowledged as a forerunner to the writing of Michael Lewis, BUSINESS ADVENTURES is an insightful and gripping look at corporate and financial life in America.John Brooks (1920-1993) was an award-winning writer best known for his contributions to the New Yorker as a financial journalist. He was also the author of ten nonfiction books on business and finance, a number of which were critically acclaimed works examining Wall Street and the corporate world. His books Once in Golconda, The Go-Go Years, and Business Adventures have endured as classics. Although he is remembered primarily for his writings on financial topics, Brooks published three novels and wrote book reviews for Harper's Magazine and the New York Times Book Review.A phenomenal No.1 International Bestseller across eBook and printA great publishing story of a forgotten classic brought back to lifeInternational press coverage across the Wall Street Journal, Guardian, New York Times, New Yorker, Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, and Entertainment Weekly
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Solitude Creek

By Jeffery Deaver

The fourth electrifying thriller in the Kathryn Dance series from master of suspense Jeffery Deaver.

One mistake is all it takes.

Busted back to rookie after losing her gun in an interrogation gone bad, California Bureau of Investigation Agent Kathryn Dance finds herself making routine insurance checks after a roadhouse fire.

But Dance is a highly trained expert in body language: her most deadly weapon is her instinct, and they can't take that away from her.

And when the evidence at the club points to something more than a tragic accident, she isn't going to let protocol stop her doing everything in her power to take down the perp.

Someone out there is using the panic of crowds to kill, and Dance must find out who, before he strikes again . . .

Everything we've come to expect from a man at the top of his game . . . the killings, the suspense, the twisted motives and the way the hunters become the hunted make this a great read. Well done, Jeffery Devious.The plotting here is endlessly surprisingSometimes the purest escapism can only be found in a knuckle-bleaching thriller that messes with your blood pressure. This is a job for Jeffery Deaver, on top form with another case for special agent Kathryn Dance . . . a classically twisty slice of Deaver suspenseA masterclass in the art of misdirectionFear kills - the fourth electrifying Kathryn Dance thriller by master of suspense and number one bestselling author Jeffery Deaver.Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of thirty-three internationally bestselling novels, including the 2011 James Bond novel Carte Blanche, and three collections of short stories. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim. A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for 'The Weekender' from Twisted.New thriller featuring the hugely popular series character, Kathryn Dance, with all Deaver's trademark suspense, richly developed characters and rollercoaster of plot twists.Jeffery's work has been published in more than 35 languages around the world.Deaver's previous hardcover, THE SKIN COLLECTOR, was a Number One Sunday Times bestseller
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A Man Called Ove

By Fredrik Backman

'Warm, funny, and almost unbearably moving' Daily Mail

'Rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it' Spectator Books of the Year

At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible...

The word-of-mouth bestseller causing a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman's heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step - and less ready to judge on first impressions a man you might one day wish to have as your dearest friend.

There is something about Ove.

At first sight, he is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets.

But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?

In the end, you will see, there is something about Ove that is quite irresistible...

The word-of-mouth bestseller causing a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman's heartwarming debut is a funny, moving, uplifting tale of love and community that will leave you with a spring in your step - and less ready to judge on first impressions a man you might one day wish to have as your dearest friend.

Delightful... there's a bit of Ove in all of us - which makes it the perfect holiday read.It's warm, funny, with the laughs based on a solid grasp of character; and ultimately almost unbearably moving.A MAN CALLED OVE is a wonderful novel that will stay with you . . . Ove's story has an underlying sadness which the author tackles with great warmth and humour . . . It's a bittersweet, heartwarming tale which will leave listeners with a restored faith in the power of friendship and perhaps even a love for cats.The most charming book you'll read this year.A warm and tender story about love, loss and second chances, peppered with memorable characters, wonderful set pieces and some beautifully black humour. Ove is a joy from start to finish.A charming debut...You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel new sympathy for the curmudgeons in your life. You'll also want to move to Scandinavia, where everything's cuter.A Man Called Ove is exquisite. The lyrical language is the confetti thrown liberally throughout this celebration-of-life story, adding sparkle and color to an already spectacular party. Backman's characters feel so authentic that readers will likely find analogues living in their own neighborhoods.Readers seeking feel-good tales with a message will rave about the rantings of this solitary old man with a singular outlook. If there was an award for 'Most Charming Book of the Year,' this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down.A MAN CALLED OVE finally rescued all those men who constantly mean to read novels but never get round to it. Crotchety old git Ove argues with neighbours, reluctantly inherits a cat, punches a clown and, by the end of the book, has you wanting to hug him.The international phenomenon: quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times.Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A MAN CALLED OVE has been a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia where it has sold over half-a-million copies. Fredrik's second novel, MY GRANDMOTHER SENDS HER REGARDS AND APOLOGISES, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication in 2014.Huge market for this type of tragicomic, uplifting novel - see sales of Harold Fry (377k pbs TCM), The 100 year Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window (499k pbs TCM) and The Rosie Project (212k pbs TCM)Huge number 1 bestseller in Europe - number 1 in Sweden, Norway and Iceland. 750,000 sold in Sweden alone.Sweden's bestselling book of 2013.The hardback won the Radio 2 Book Club Choice, Radio 4 Book at Bedtime and Vogue Summer Reading pitch.

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet.

He isn't as young as he used to be.

He drives a Saab.

He points at people he doesn't like the look of.

He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.

Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

But behind the surly pedant there is a story, and a sadness.

And when on a November morning his new (foreign) neighbours in the terraced house opposite accidentally flatten Ove's letterbox, it sets off a comical and heart-warming tale of unexpected friendship which will change one man - and one community - from their very foundations.

Quirky and bittersweet, heartbreaking yet outrageously funny, A Man Called Ove is a life-affirming fable for our times.