The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

Jonas Jonasson

It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not…

Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and 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, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century.

Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun, feel-good book for all ages.


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Reader Reviews


03 June 2015

Brilliant! Dark, humorous and highly original, you find yourself rooting for the runaway despite his criminal behaviour. The gang he meets along the way really gel and become like a family and it gives you a satisfying ending.


11 February 2015

A hilarious book about a man called Allan Karllson who turns 100 years old and then escapes from his care home before his party- on the way he gets chased by police, meets friends who will help him along his way and his earlier life is reviled where he doesn’t like politics but, however, meets some very important politicians on his way to becoming 100 years old.