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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007557906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007557905
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,543 customer reviews)
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‘A comic delight of love, luck and mathematics’ 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”’ Observer

‘Excellent. A drily satirical tour of the world [taking in] Swedish liberals, Colonel Gaddafi and of course, apartheid and the South African Prime Minister B J Vorster’ The Times

‘’Feel-good’ set to stun level’ 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

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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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I began reading 'The Girl who saved the King of Sweden' with trepidation because I enjoyed Jonas Jonasson's debut 'The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared' so much and it's now one of my favourite books, but I am happy to say both books have their strengths but of the two, 'The 100 year old man who climb out the window and disappeared' is my favourite.

I found 'The Girl who saved the King of Sweden' very funny with eclectic characters who are all interesting and realistic, I especially like the story of the Holgers and the plight of their royal family hating father, Ingmar and their despairing mother, Henrietta who is very patient with her husband.

Nombeko is a wonderful character, she's intelligent, funny and is one step ahead of everyone which helps her as she grows up, working in the public toilets of Soweto to cleaning for a deceitful nuclear engineer who not only knocked Nomeko down with his car but due to the situation in South Africa at the time, manages to blame Nomeko for the accident.

Jonas Jonasson writes characters well and that's why his books are a joy to read, his satirical approach to politics are great to read.

The only downside I found was how long Nomeko put up with the engineer but as you read you realise why and understand.
I look forward to reading his next book.

Rating: 5/5
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Better than 'Hitman Anders' but not quite as good as the 100 year old man. Very entertaining, the author's penchant for stories spanning decades makes for an absorbing but - in light on what actually happens to many of the characters during this long time - somewhat frustrating read.

Still, I'd certainly recommend this one for anyone who likes to - ultimately - see justice (in some form, anyway) prevail and a satisfying ending. A fair few laugh-out-loud moments along the way, too.
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Throughout the book my view changed as to whether I was enjoying it or not. I tend to like fact or fiction based on fact. At times this book was very much a work of fiction but the strands of fact woven through it kept my interest. By the end I was just going with the flow and really enjoyed the experience. Humorous at times, sad at others but always interesting. A strange mix of unreal but very real characters who delivered a rollercoaster of a story.
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Recommended by my husband and I don't usually enjoy the books he reads! This one I thoroughly enjoyed. Well written with a twisting plot line that takes you on an amazing journey through time, history and countries. Great character development. A perfect book to be made into a film. Farce at its best. Cringingly good!
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I didn't think the author could equal the sheer dottiness combined with insane adventure that he achieved with The Hundred Year Old Man etc etc but even though I haven't finished this book I'm savouring all over again being drawn into the lives and improbable yet just possible adventures of some quite extraordinary characters. Jonas Jonasson has pulled it off again! Don't read this book in public places if you're embarrassed at laughing out loud in front of perfect strangers.
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A great follow up to his first book. The story is completely different though, but the style is very much the same.

It isn't as good the 100 year old man..The ending is a little drawn out, at over 400 pages it is a little on the long side, it could have been edited down by about 70 pages and it still would have been a great book.
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The book flowed and was written well , quite a roller coaster of a book, written very much in a similar way as The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared. Very far fetched, but ran enjoyable, easy read.
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I loved the first book Jonas brought out and eagerly awaited this one.
It is worth a read but perhaps tried too hard. It isn't a chore to read but isn't a page turner either.
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