Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn’t want to begin. His one-hundredth birthday party to be precise. The Mayor will be there. The press will be there. But, as it turns out, Allan will not . . .

Escaping (in his slippers) through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, Allan’s earlier life is revealed. A life in which – remarkably – he played a key role behind the scenes in some of the momentous events of the twentieth century.

This book took a little bit for me to get into, but once I was on board with the jumps between past events and the present day I LOVED it! It’s a witty, heartwarming, laugh out loud read. There are some books where once I start I cannot put them down and finish them off within a day – and this wasn’t one of those – but instead was a lovely, easy read to dip in and out of. I tried to drag it out for as long as I could as I didn’t want it to end!

This modern gem is full of charm and humour, and is the perfect relaxing holiday read, or provides light-hearted escapism when you need it most!

Katie xx

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