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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

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One of our Books of the Year 2014.

May 2014 Book of the Month.

If you have read his debut, The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared then you will know the delightful, wacky style of this fellow.  Newcomers will get caught up in the easy, conversational flow which really is the most enormous fun.  Here our central character is a black girl from the slums of Soweto with a flair for numbers.  She starts her young working life as a latrine emptier, educates herself through a fluke set of circumstances and becomes as ‘assistant’ in a very secret operation that makes nuclear bombs.  How she ends up saving King Gustaf V is one of those mad coincidences of life that never really happen but make such excellent reading.  Jonasson is ace at creating odd-ball characters and we certainly meet our fair share of them here.  As mischievous as the first, spotted with actual people and real events, it is pure escapist, feel-good fun.

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Sarah Broadhurst

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