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The Hundred-Year-Old Man: Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

The Hundred-Year-Old Man: Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

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By (author) Jonas Jonasson

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  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 388 pages
  • Dimensions: 121mm x 197mm x 30mm | 362g
  • Publication date: 12 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843913720
  • ISBN 13: 9781843913726
  • Edition statement: Trade Paperback.
  • Sales rank: 73

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It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not...Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan's earlier life in which - remarkably - he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun, feel-good book for all ages.

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Jonas Jonasson was born in Sweden in 1962. He has a professional background as a journalist and media consultant. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is his first novel which Jonasson describes as 'an intelligent, very stupid book'. He is currently working on his second.

Customer reviews

By vicki shelton 27 Mar 2014 5

Loved this book. Very amusing and well written story with a wonderfully absurd plot that twists and turns and keeps you interested til the end. Our book club members all rated it one of the best stories we've read

By Claudia Silander 05 Oct 2013 5

I read this in Swedish when it first came out, and I LOVED it! It was one of the bestsellers at the bookshop I worked in at the time.

It's humorous, yet it teaches you a lot about life, and about history too. :)

By Beata Bodnar 08 Jul 2013 5

This was a funny book, enjoyed reading it. Perfect for a sunny weekend :)

By Myra Johnston 13 Apr 2013 5

This book was an excellent read. The story had many intriguing turns and while quite unbelievable, very amusing, this book was hard to put down. Definitely a title I would recommend others to read.

By Olivia Q. 03 Mar 2013 4

I couldn't put it down. The sotory is funny and surprising but at some points predictable. It was good and easy read, I loved it :)

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'Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story' Aftonbladet, Sweden 'First-rate' Der Spiegel, Germany 'Swedish black comic novel that reads like a road trip with Forrest Gump at the wheel' NU.nl, Netherlands 'Dynamite comedy' Le Figaro, France 'Overflowing with humour' El Mundo, Spain 'Bestseller joins the Nordic invasion of Britain. Hesperus Press... is likely to show its bigger rivals how wrong they were to turn it down' The Observer, UK