The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (Paperback)
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The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 09/07/2015
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Waterstones Says

Jonasson’s bestselling phenomenon combines laugh-out-loud comedy with immensely touching moments as a contrary centenarian embarks on a picaresque adventure across town.

'Imaginative, laugh-out-loud... a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind' - The Daily Telegraph 

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 one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan 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, Allan's earlier life is revealed. A life in which - remarkably - he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

Translated by Roy Bradbury.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349141800
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 310 g
Dimensions: 130 x 199 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about ageing disgracefully' - The Sunday Times 

'Scandi-crime's signature darkness is here dispelled by Allan Karlsson, the eponymous centenarian, who with unlikely sprightliness hops out of the window of his old people's home one afternoon... Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny... 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 

'The anti Girl With the Dragon Tattoo... Jonasson's lighthearted novel shows the softer side of Sweden... hilarious' - Marie Claire 

'Imaginative, laugh-out-loud... a brilliant satire on the foibles of mankind' - The Daily Telegraph 

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“A hilarious read”

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a cracker of a read - from cover to cover. Despite the far-fetched nature of the read, there are elements that could almost be believable. A... More

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“A charming, sweet and often hilarious black comedy. ”


Enter the world of Allan Karlsson - the 100 year old explosives expert who, during his rather extraordinary century, has met some of the most influential of world leaders, stolen from a ferocious gang member whilst... More

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“20th Century History in a nutshell.”

Quirky, funny, a page turner, completely impossible but almost plausible and very clever. I loved this book.
Read it, it will cheer your day.

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