The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Jonas Jonasson

On 14th June 2007, the King of Sweden disappears. In 1994 South Africa dismantles six missiles, developed during its brief nuclear weapons programme. In 1961 Nombeko Mayeki is born in a Soweto shack. Seemingly destined for a life nasty, brutish and short, her path takes an entirely unpredictable turn.

Because really this story is all about the seventh South African missile – the one that was never supposed to have existed. The one that Nombeko knows far too much about. So now she’s on the run and running into twins who are officially one person, a Vietnam vet and a potato-loving Baroness. But the fate of the King of Sweden, and indeed the world, will remain on her shoulders alone.

Reviews of The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

    • ‘A comic delight of love, luck and mathematics’ Daily Express
    • ‘As unlikely and funny as Jonas Jonasson’s 2012 debut bestseller, “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared”’ Observer
    • ‘Excellent. A drily satirical tour of the world [taking in] Swedish liberals, Colonel Gaddafi and of course, apartheid and the South African Prime Minister B J Vorster’ The Times
    • ‘’Feel-good’ set to stun level’ Guardian
    • ‘A funny and completely implausible farce about a woman, a bomb and a man’s frustrated ambition to overthrow the king of Sweden … The rest of the world will chuckle all the way through it’ Kirkus