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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson

Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All

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May 2016 Book of the Month.

What do you get if you add together one receptionist, one priest, one very hard to control hitman, and 19 criminals on the warpath… you get an unholy, riotous whirlwind of a read, that’s what! Jonas Jonasson has done it again, ‘Hitman Anders and the Meaning Of It All’ is a wonderfully quirky and amusing must read tale. Jonasson’s trademark gentle yet sharply observant humour, balances out the criminal element of this story beautifully. Hitman Anders is going to join my list of favourite characters of distinction, I wonder what dastardly deeds he’ll get up to when he meets the one-hundred-year-old man, who also resides on that list! From the first paragraph, right through to the last, this is a gorgeously readable walk on the darker and lighter side of life. ~ Liz Robinson

If you like Jonas Jonasson you might also like to read books by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, J. B. Morrison and Romain Puertolas.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Celia Cohen - 'A fun, irreverent, fast paced book with laugh-out-loud moments.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'Droll. Comic. Hilarious. Quirky. Could not put this down for the life of me.'
  • Pauline Braisher - 'a mad-cap romp through Sweden as the trio dodge the villains, the police and the press, lose and regain their ill-gotten gains and instigate ever-more audacious schemes to make their fortune.'
  • Ann - 'Entertainingly absurd story...will make you chuckle as you read it. It is completely crazy but absorbing and you might be surprised by the ending.'
  • Kerry Bridges - 'A book for fans of Scandinavian humour, great fun and easy to read.'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'it had me giggling in parts and it shows how three people totally unknown to each other formed a bond.'
  • Sarah Hamid - 'An enjoyable read. The plot rolls along at a rollicking pace, which keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. Chock full of large doses of black humour and irreverence.'
  • Clare Topping - 'It will make you smile and you will want to get to the end to see if they live happily ever after, but it is an entirely absurd story.'
  • Keith Currie - 'With its engaging characters, its wit and imagination, its off-beat approach to life and religion, this is a highly recommended read.
  • Victoria Emerson - 'Sadly I was disappointed. I was expecting a humorous and witty read but it just wasn’t there. I also found it to be a very slow.'
  • Alex Hetherington - 'Acclaimed novelist Jonas Jonasson returns with his third extravagantly titled novel, this one equally bizarre and whimsical.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I really liked Anders, he was a hitman with his very own unique sense of values and work ethic, but his ability to judge people and alcohol are sorely questionable.'
  • Clare Turner - 'The new novel from the author of ‘The Hundred Year Old Man’, and just as imaginative and fast-paced as its predecessors.'

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Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson

A madcap new novel from the one-of-a-kind author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden A GANGSTER, A VICAR AND A RECEPTIONIST WALK INTO A BAR ...Hitman Anders is fresh out of prison and trying to keep his head down when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who happens to be an atheist), and a receptionist at a 1-star hotel (who happens to be currently homeless). Together they cook up an idea for a very unusual business that's going to make them all a fortune - but then all of a sudden, and to everyone's surprise, Anders finds Jesus ...Anders' sudden interest in religion might be good for his soul but it's not good for business, and the vicar and the receptionist have to find a new plan, quick. As wildly funny and unexpected as The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden, this is a madcap, feel-good adventure about belief, the media - and the fact that it's never too late to start again.


'Should carry a health warning for spouses or partners easily irritated by the sounds of helpless chortling'
Irish Times (on The Hundred

-Year-Old Man) 'A mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling novel about ageing disgracefully
Sunday Times (on The Hundred

-Year-Old Man) 'Fast-moving and relentlessly sunny
Guardian on The Hundred

-Year-Old Man) 'Pure, ingenious fantasy ... it's feel-good set to stun level
Guardian (on The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden)

'A comic delight of love, luck and mathematics'
Daily Express (on The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden)

'Fast-paced, likable, refreshing ... As unlikely and funny as The Hundred-Year-Old Man'
Observer (on The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden)

About the Author

Jonas Jonasson

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.

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21st April 2016


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Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


384 pages


Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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