Things My Son Needs To Know About The World is a tender and funny series of letters from a new father to his son about one of life’s most daunting experiences: parenthood
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’
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 – the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown.
This was another one of those books where I hadn’t read the blurb as this is an author whose novels I’ve all enjoyed to date. I was very pleasantly surprised when I started this to in fact see that it’s a series of letters to the author’s own son and it took me straight back to what being a parent was like in those early years.
There are some really funny moments of which some I could wholly relate to and others I was smug in the fact that they had happened to someone else and not me. Being a parent is a huge responsibility and whilst through the letters they show the humorous side of parenthood, it was also touching and heart-warming in places.
Things My Son Needs to Know about the World is a must read for any parent, anyone wanting to enter parenthood or even anyone who just wants a fun and entertaining read. It’s a relatively quick read at under two hundred pages and it certainly had me laughing in places. You can’t help but get a sense of nostalgia whilst reading it and the writing is every bit as wonderful as the author’s other novels and had me totally captivated. Highly recommended!
3 thoughts on “Things My Son Needs to Know About The World by Fredrik Backman @Backmanland @penguinrandom”
Backman is a wonderful writer. I too loved this one, but then I’ve loved all of his books.
I laughed and laughed and laughed at this book SO much. I just loved it. I was reading it during a trip to Italy, and as much as the vacation was great, I could hardly wait to find a minute to read more. (That bit with the stroller and the elevator – hysterical!)
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Yes, there were so many funny bits it, such a great read.
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