The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Book - 2014
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From the author of the five-million-copy bestseller The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared comes the charming, original story of one young woman's unlikely adventure, praised as "a comic delight" (Daily Express).

Quirky, humorous and utterly unique, Jonas Jonasson delights readers once again with The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.

On June 14, 2007, the king and the prime minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the royal castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill, but the truth is different . . . and oddly entwined with a potato truck and a young former latrine cleaner who will be charged with saving their lives.

Nombeko Mayeki was fated to grow up fast and die young in poverty, but through a combination of cunning, intelligence and sheer determination makes her way up from the latrines and out of her native Soweto with a pocket full of smuggled diamonds, only to be taken prisoner by an incompetent engineer working on South Africa's secret nuclear arsenal.

The madcap adventure ramps up as the unstoppable Nombeko escapes to Sweden and finds herself not only on the run from both the South African justice system and the most terrifying secret service in the world, but mixed up with twin brothers who are officially only one person--and have a plan to kidnap the Swedish king and prime minister. It is now up to our unlikely heroine to save the day.

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden features cameos by real-life figures such as President Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela, and is told in the satirical voice that has earned Jonas Jonasson legions of fans the world over.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins Publishers,, c2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781443454513
Branch Call Number: FIC Jona
Characteristics: 387 p
Additional Contributors: Willson-Broyles, Rachel


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Aug 05, 2018

I read this book while on pain killers for foot surgery and a subsequent infection. It was just what I needed . No deep thinking, an absolutely ridiculous plot and goofy characters. It made for fun, no-thinking required reading while recovering from medical complications

Aug 22, 2017

I absolutely loved this book. Cunningly written! I've actually had the pleasure of meeting this particular King a couple of times and truly believe he would be as good natured and funny as he is in the book!

Jun 20, 2017

I read it and liked it but oddly enough I don't recall much about it.

Jun 08, 2017

Amazing! One of the best books I have ever read. : D

Jan 24, 2017

Reminds me of Carl Hiaasen, but a little more subdued.

Apr 15, 2016

Loved the book - clever, funny and often surreal. I appreciate the author expressing his opinion, vision and take on certain political figures, personalities and countries. Some of those thoughts are contrary to public opinion but that what makes this book so interesting.

The very last part could be a bit shorter, but as a reader you choose what and how you read, so I just skipped some parts. Otherwise, an excellent read.

Jan 31, 2016

Good, but 100 pages too long.

Jul 21, 2015

I picked up this book on my vacation in
France to pass time on the train. However, the constant storyline kept my interests and I ended up engulfing the entire story on my trip. It tells a capturing tale of characters around the world that met in a twirl of fate. The story of the main character from her early years to adulthood and all of her experiences is truly exquisite. The clever humor and informational aspect of the novel also entertains the reader. From a story of a South-African girl, I learned about political history. The international awareness this book gives to the reader is overbearing. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in political affairs and anyone who does not. This book is a great read and deserves a place in your minds.

Jun 09, 2015

By the same authour as 100 Year-old-man-who-climbed-out-a-window-and-ran-away. I enjoyed the 100 Year-old-man…. As it placed the one character at many of the major cross-roads of the past century. The contrivances were amusing and the authour made it seem almost possible. This book was too much like the first book. Not fresh.

May 05, 2015

This was a fantastic book, I loved it!

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Jul 06, 2015

“The world went on revolving around its sun at the constant speed and with the inconstant temper it always had.”

Sep 02, 2014

"... he let his brain go in four different directions at the same time. Anyone who has involuntarily driven around with an atomic bomb in the back of his truck knows the feeling."

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Jan 21, 2015

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