It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not…
Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and 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, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century.
Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel good book for all ages.
More than 2 million books sold worldwide: sold 1 million copies in Sweden, over 500,000 in Germany in only 4 months, 100,000 in Italy, 112,000 in France, 80,000 in The Netherlands, 50,000 in Norway, 60,000 in Denmark
International rights sold in over 30 countries
The bestselling book in the whole of Sweden in 2010
Winner of the Swedish Book Sellers Prize and the Iris Audiobook prize 2010
The Swedish film is to be directed by Felix Herngren and will release internationally in 2013. Hollywood film rights in discussion
Jonas Jonasson was born in Sweden in 1962. He has a professional background as a journalist and media consultant. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is his first novel which Jonasson describes as ‘An intelligent, very stupid book’. He is currently working on his second.