We are thrilled to reveal the cover of the sequel to the international bestseller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.
The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man, which picks up the story of the lovable centenarian Allan Karlsson, will be translated by Rachel Willson-Broyles and published on 9th August this year.
It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium, on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un …
Soon Allan and Julius are at the centre of a complex diplomatic crisis involving world figures from the Swedish foreign minister to Angela Merkel and President Trump. Things are about to get very complicated …
Jonas Jonasson explains: ‘There was never meant to be a sequel to the story of the one-hundred-year-old man who climbed out of a window and disappeared. The idea had been that if we reminded one another of all the shortcomings of the twentieth century, maybe it would make us better at remembering and less inclined to make at least those same mistakes over again. I packaged this message of mine with warmth and humour. Soon the book spread all over the world. It sure as hell didn’t make the world a better place. Time passed. All the while, humanity kept moving forward, or whatever direction it was moving. Event after event filled me with the sense that the world was more incomplete than ever. All the while, I was just an onlooker. Somewhere in me there arose the need to speak up again, in my own way. Or Allan’s. One day I heard myself asking Allan straight out whether he was still with me. “Yes, I’m here,” he said. “What might you have on your mind, Mr. Jonasson, after such a long time?” “I need you,” I said …’
Commissioning Editor Anna Kelly says: ‘Who better to take on the twenty-first century than Jonas Jonasson and his beloved hundred-year-old man? Satire is more important than ever and Jonas’s unique view on the world is a much-needed tonic for our times. At 4th Estate we are thrilled to publish the next instalment in Allan’s adventures.’
Publishing on 9th August, you can pre-order it now.
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