Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .
Escaping (in his slippers) out through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan 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 involved behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century.

Quirky and utterly unique, "The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window And Disappeared" has charmed readers across the world.
The movie adaptation, directed by Felix Herngren, premiered in Swedish cinemas in December 2013 and turned into a global blockbuster. It was nominated for Best Makeup & Hair at the Academy Awards (Oscars) in 2016.

– Der Spiegel, Germany

“Completely crazy, an incredibly funny story.”
– Aftonbladet, Sweden

“The new international phenomenon… overflowing with humour.”
– El Mundo, Spain

"Dynamite comedy.”
– Le Figaro, France

“Hilarious… a publishing phenomenon.”
– Corriere della sera, Italy

“. . . is likely to show its bigger rivals how wrong they were to turn it down.”
– Observer, UK
“At the heart of this very likable book is the notion that even someone from the humblest of origins can have a gigantic impact on life.”
-The Guardian, UK

“The humor and the fascinating style put the story in a league of its own”
– Aftonbladet, Sweden

"Fast-paced, likable, refreshing . . . As unlikely and funny as The Hundred-Year-Old Man"
- Observer, UK


The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden challenges fundamentalism, in all its forms, and the fallacy that some sorts of people are worth more than others.

Nombeko Mayeki started working at the age of five, was orphaned at ten, and run over by fifteen. There was no indication that she wouldn’t live out her life in her shack in South Africa’s largest shanty town, and then die, with no-one to mourn her. If she hadn’t been who she was: Nombeko Mayeki, the illiterate girl who could count.

Destiny, along with her talent for numbers, leads her away from Soweto to international politics, to the far side of the globe, to two identical and very different brothers. During the trip, she manages to upset the world’s most feared security service before, one day, finding herself trapped in a potato truck.


Hitman Anders, recently out of prison, is doing small jobs for the big gangsters, and would be doing them quite well if it weren’t for his drinking, which is affecting his professionalism. However, his life takes a new turn when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who is an atheist), and a homeless receptionist at a former brothel now turned into a 1-star hotel. The three join forces and concoct a business proposition based on Hitman Anders’ skills (threats and violence but no killing – he doesn’t want to end up in prison again) and his fearsome reputation. The vicar and receptionist will organise the gangster's commissions and work on PR and business strategies. By using the tabloids’ love for headlines they’ll attract customers.
If it weren’t for Hitman Anders’ curiosity about the meaning of it all. In conversations with the vicar, he turns to Jesus and, against all odds, Jesus answers him! The vicar can’t believe what’s happening. When Hitman Anders turns to religion, the lucrative business is in danger, and the vicar and the receptionist have to find a new plan, quick.
Fast-paced and sparky, the novel combines various motifs: the misinterpreted messages from the Bible turned into egoistic incongruities and the consequences of fanaticism and idealization in any religion, the sensationalist press, the entrepreneurial spirit and dumb human stupidity – and underlying it all is the tenuous hope that it’s never too late start again, to get a second and a third chance.
Jonas Jonasson has a personal yet recognizable style characterised by his satirically-humorous views about mankind’s shortcomings in history, in politics and in everyday life. In his third novel, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All , set entirely in today’s Sweden, he shows how apparently normal people end up in absurd situations. We follow these funny, terrible but loveable characters on their quest to create a New Church with all of Sweden’s gangsters hunting them!


“... it’s an exuberant farce about people finding the happy lives they have missed. The subversive charm of it lies in the hints that God, or the Universe or whatever, is smarter and funnier than any of us”
- The Times, UK

“The book is distinguished by its dry humor … Hitman Anders is a bizarre hero with a heart much bigger than his wits and criminal ambitions.”
- Der Speigel, Germany

“Jonasson matches the irreverence of his debut The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (2009)…It’s a thrilling ride”
- Finacial Times, UK

“The Swedish author stays faithful to his style: eccentric ideas, a passion for storytelling and a maxim that imagination never should be restricted. “
- Focus, Germany

“Hitman Anders is characterized by biting intelligence and subtle irony. A comic novel that addresses some of the major social issues of this millennium. ”
- Il Tempo, Italy