This debut Swedish novel tells the story of Allan Karlsson who can’t think of a worse place to celebrate his 100th birthday than his nursing home. So he puts on his ‘pee slippers’ and exits via his window, accidentally steals a suitcase full of cash from a drug dealer, and ends up on a cross-country dash chased by gangsters and the police, while picking up accomplices and an elephant! This narrative is interrupted by his backstory: a Forrest Gumpian life filled with adventure that often placed him in pivotal moments of history. He saved General Franco’s life, spent time in Stalin’s Gulag after insulting him at a dinner, and crossed the Himalayas twice among many other exploits. Easily the most delightful book I've read all year. A wonderful story that cosntantly amuses - perfect for anybody who needs a lift or a quirky read.