Reading Europe - Sweden - Britt-marie Was Here

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Exploring the best in contemporary literature, Reading Europe reaches Scandinavia and begins with Sweden.

Britt-Marie needs purpose in her life and she takes the brave step of going out to look for it. She ends up in Borg, a typical Swedish, run-down, small town. Her part-time job leads her to an extraordinary turn of events, beyond anything she might have imagined. But she finds that bringing people into her life also brings problems and she's soon in the midst of a football drama, involved in a family crisis and at the corner of an unexpected love triangle, in this warm and humorous drama.

In part one, Britt-Marie finds herself in a new town, with a job and a lot of things to clean. She soon finds a way to let people know she's here and is thrust unexpectedly into the heart of the community, thanks to a game she doesn't understand.

Adapted for radio by Charlotte Jones

From a translation by Henning Koch

Directed by Janine H. Jones

A BBC Cymru/Wales Production

Fredrik Backman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel A Man Called Ove and his books are published in more than thirty-five languages worldwide.

By Fredrik Backman. When a woman ends up in small-town Sweden, miracles happen.

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Exploring the best in contemporary literature, Reading Europe reaches Scandinavia and begins with Sweden.

Britt-Marie needs purpose in her life and she takes the brave step of going out to look for it. She ends up in Borg, a typical Swedish, run-down, small town. Her part-time job leads her to an extraordinary turn of events, beyond anything she might have imagined. But she finds that bringing people into her life also brings problems and she's soon in the midst of a football drama, involved in a family crisis and at the corner of an unexpected love triangle, in this warm and humorous drama.

In part two, Britt-Marie has to rely on the people of Borg to come through for her and the team, but suddenly the January Cup is the least of her worries as a family in crisis need her help.

Adapted for radio by Charlotte Jones

From a translation by Henning Koch

Britt-Marie... Pippa Haywood

Sven... Matthew Gravelle

Kent... Simon Greenall

Sami... Justin Davies

Vega... Maddison Daye

Omar... Christopher Benning

Pirate... Jacob Foot

Bank... Carys Eleri

Somebody... Wanda Opalinska

Girl at the Unemployment Office... Alexandria Riley

The Narrator... Gunnar Pettersson

Directed by Janine H. Jones

A BBC Cymru/Wales Production

Fredrik Backman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel A Man Called Ove and his books are published in more than thirty-five languages worldwide.