by Jonasson, Jonas, 1961-
This has been a bestseller across Sweden and the rest of Europe and now readers in the UK can find out why. It starts on the 100th birthday of Allan Karlsson: a special party is planned in his old people's home, but Allan decides he's not going to be there. He climbs out of the window in his slippers and makes his getaway. It's the start of a picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we also learn more about Allan's rather remarkable life. Definitely one to watch.