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) 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.


First published by Piratförlaget, Sweden, 2010

– 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