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Publisher's Summary

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his 100th birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police. As his escapades unfold, Allan's earlier life is revealed, and we discover that he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the 20th century.

This ‘imaginative, laugh-out-loud bestseller’ (Daily Telegraph) has sold more than two million printed copies.

©2009 Jonas Jonasson (P)2012 Strathmore Publishing Ltd

Critic Reviews

“Like Forrest Gump, Allan is an innocent with the knack of being in the right place at the right time. He has had a hand in everything from the Russian revolution to Reagan's Star Wars. Like Allan, the plot is pleasingly nimble and the book's endearing charm offers a happy alternative to the more familiar Nordic noir.” (The Guardian)

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  • robin
  • 06-30-17

Funny

Great sense humour just as good as tom sharp.the story teller has a great way of retelling the story

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  • Adele
  • 06-27-17

Very different & funny

Wasn't sure at first it's different! I soon got into it & loved it.

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  • Ms H.
  • 06-08-17

Loved it!

I found this a very pleasant bit of escapism, and really good fun to listen to. The narrator had a lovely voice too

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  • Douglas
  • 06-01-17

a meandering joyful experience

imaginative wonderings through 100 years of light hearted history. An uplifting joy tied together through randomly conected events.

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  • Sonya Weaver
  • 05-10-17

Great book!

Took a while to get going but thoroughly enjoyed it, very entertaining. Read brilliantly by Peter Kenny.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-17

Hilarious and heartwarming.

Hilarious and heartwarming, the story is not lost in translation at all. All read brilliantly.

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  • Loretta J. Miller
  • 04-16-17

just brilliant at every twist and turn.

loved every minute. great narration and we'll rounded finish. every character fitted together brilliantly. recommended.

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  • Barry S.
  • 04-13-17

A true moment of genius!

This is one of the best books I have listened to on audible. Absolutely superb!

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  • Josie's Mummy
  • 04-07-17

Fantastic Book!

Great story, shame that the narrator puts so much effort into the pitch of his voice as it is distracting from the story.

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  • r
  • 04-03-17

One of the Best

This is an unusual book and it has a charm all of its own. I loved it. It's not a gag fest and I didn't laugh out loud so much, it is very funny and listening to it just put me in a good mood.