The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Book rating: 05 Paperback Fourth Estate

By (author) Jonas Jonasson

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  • Publisher: FOURTH ESTATE LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 34mm | 420g
  • Publication date: 14 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007557906
  • ISBN 13: 9780007557905
  • Sales rank: 207

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As delightfully wry and witty as his bestselling debut, 'The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared', this is a tale of how one woman's attempt to change her future ended up changing everything. Nombeko Mayeki is on the run from the world's most ruthless secret service - with three Chinese sisters, twins who are officially one person and an elderly potato farmer. Oh, and the fate of the King of Sweden - and the world - rests on her shoulders. Born in a Soweto shack in 1961, Nombeko was destined for a short, hard life. When she was run over by a drunken engineer her luck changed. Alive, but blamed for the accident, she was made to work for the engineer - who happened to be in charge of a project vital to South Africa's security. Nombeko was good at cleaning, but brilliant at understanding numbers. The drunk engineer wasn't - and made a big mistake. And now only Nombeko knows about it ...As uproariously funny as Jonas Jonasson's bestselling debut, this is an entrancing tale of luck, love and international relations.

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Author information

Jonas Jonasson was a journalist for the Expressen newspaper for many years. He became a media consultant and later on set up a company producing sports and events for Swedish television. He sold his company and moved abroad to work on his first novel. Jonasson now lives on the Swedish island Gotland in the Baltic Sea.

Customer reviews

By Jacqui 08 Oct 2014 5

I can use words like remarkable, beautiful and out of this world to describe this book but I don't feel this would do it justice. My favourite author of the year Jonas, delivers a tale like no other I have read. It is easy, historical and intelligently written. The characters evolve like melting butter, not too much given away too quickly. The antagonists are smart, awkward and funny. The protagonists have a past and are just as funny and in my opinion semi loveable.

All 432 pages flew past my finger tips and by the end of it I was better for it. Love his work made me research more on Communism and Apartheid in South Africa. All in all a great book for everyone.

By melissahamelink 12 Sep 2014 5

Extremely funny and well-written book, just as the hundred year old man who climbed out of the window and dissapeared. I really recommend this, the cover is really pretty too.

By le 07 May 2014 5

I am a big fan of Jonas Jonasson. Need to say this time Jonas is not disappointed me! I enjoyed the reading of this book! fantastic story and same style of houmous! Love it!
I brought this book from the Bookworld website, only take a few days, the book is deliveried to me. They have promotions going on. I used code BW-IB2BYY for 10% off, and free sign up for another 10% off. Need to say the book is definitely worth the money and time!

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'One of the word of mouth bestsellers of last year was Jonasson's uproariously funny "The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climed Out Of A Window And Disappeared". Now he's back in similar vein ... A comic delight of love, luck and mathematics' ***** Caroline Jowett, Daily Express 'As unlikely and funny as Jonas Jonasson's 2012 debut bestseller, "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared" ... There is no shortage of fast-paced action ... Take nothing seriously is the refreshing subtext. At the heart of this very likable book is the notion that even someone from the humblest of origins can have a gigantic impact on life.' Sophia Martelli, Observer 'It's excellent ... a drily satirical tour of the world. This tour takes in Swedish liberals, Colonel Gaddafi and of course, apartheid and the South African Prime Minister B J Vorster' Catherine Nixey, The Times 'Having had a massive international hit ... Jonas Jonasson has wisely spun his second epic yarn from the same tangly stuff ... As pacy and pain-free as a cartoon, Jonasson's narrative ... zips along, the backdrop of familiar international politics lending a curious realism to what is pure, ingenious fantasy ... It's "feel-good" set to stun level' Jane Housham, Guardian 'A funny and completely implausible farce about a woman, a bomb and a man's frustrated ambition to overthrow the king of Sweden... The rest of the world will chuckle all the way through it.' Kirkus Reviews