The girl who saved the king of Sweden / Jonas Jonasson.
Publication year: 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780007557905 (pbk.) :
Translated from the Swedish.
On June 14th, 2007, the King and Prime Minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the Royal Castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill: the truth is different. The real story starts much earlier, in 1961, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in Soweto. Nombeko was fated to grow up fast and die early in her poverty-stricken township, be it from drugs, from alcohol, or just from plain despair. But Nombeko takes a different path. She finds work as a housecleaner and eventually makes her way up to the position of chief advisor, at the helm of one of the world's most secret projects. Here is where the story merges with, then diverges from reality. South Africa developed six nuclear missiles in the 1980s, then voluntarily dismantled them in 1994. This is a story about the seventh missile - the one that was never supposed to have existed.
Original title: Analfabeten som kunde räkna
421 pages ; 20 cm
Most of our group thoroughly enjoyed this book but 2 out of 12 hated it! Those who had read ‘The Hundred year etc’ thought that slightly better, this book perhaps goes on too long with too many unlikely incidents but very funny. Miller Readers group at Caterham Valley Library Rated out of 10: 8
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