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The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared

by Jonas Jonasson

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Tanya Scoon

IF there’s a book title more intriguing than this, then I want to hear about it! The title alone was enough to make me pick up this book to see what it was about. Not expecting much, I was thrilled at this laugh out loud, comic adventure which I couldn’t put down.

It begins like any ordinary day as Allan Karlsson prepares for his 100th birthday party in the old folk’s home where he is living. Only it doesn’t happen as the sprightly centenarian decides he doesn’t want to attend his party and instead climbs out of his bedroom window and, without trying, becomes embroiled in an action-packed adventure.

The Scandinavians are not renowned for their sense of humour, but this little gem, which doubles up as an informal history lesson told through the mouth of the straight-talking Mr Karlsson, often had me in stitches.

Each and every colourful character in the zany tale is brilliantly portrayed and the way it unwinds is a work of pure genius. I can’t recommend this book highly enough – it’s the best I have read in a long time.