The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Is the title of the latest novel from Swedish author Jonas Jonasson. You might recall I enjoyed his first novel tremendously. I said I’d be on the lookout for his next work, so I was happy to pick up The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. In short, it doesn’t disappoint (if you are like me and enjoy your writing with a healthy dose of irreverence à la Douglas Adams) and much like his first novel, it takes the reader on a slightly fantastic and hugely entertaining ride. The story follows Nombeko, a South African woman born during apartheid, who eventually manages to escape from Soweto to Sweden through her remarkable combination of smarts and patience. It might have been best if she hadn’t accidentally brought a nuclear bomb with her in the process, but it does make for some interesting twists.

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