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.


First published by Piratförlaget, Sweden, 2013

“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