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Chill winds fuel a week of good reading from Jonas Jonasson and Natalie Haynes

I’m not sure if it is the chilly winds currently swirling around or just the  abundance of books from which to choose but the pages have been flying by this week with two entertaining but very different novels.

First off the bedside table was The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden, written by Jonas SwedenJonasson, which is a follow-up to his phenomenally successful The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed out of a Window.

The book is a literary six degrees of separation linking a semi-literate (but genius) South African orphan Nombeko Mayeki, a secret government nuclear establishment, an Israeli spy unit, a missing missile, the Swedish refugee program, twins (who exist only as one person), a gun-toting granny, the President of China and, of course, the King of Sweden.

It’s a gloriously crazy, intricate, layered book with a slightly Alice in Wonderland feel. However, peel back the layers of madness and mayhem and world-changing


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