The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

By Ayush Jain (LMB)

The statistical probability that an illiterate in 1970’s Soweto will grow up and one day find herself confined in a potato truck with the Swedish king and prime minister is 1 in 45,766,212,810.

The epigraph of the book consists of the above teaser which sets the tone for the story. The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden is delightful and humorous read written by Jonas Jonasson.


Starting with the early 1970s, the story is set in apartheid-ridden South Africa where the protagonist, Nombeko Mayeki finds herself in hopeless circumstances but shows signs of a brilliant brain from her childhood. Bizarre and unlikely events keep happening, due to which Nombeko finds herself in Sweden where the rest of the story unfolds. The story involves many sub-plots, each colorful and uniquely contributing towards the outcome of the main story.

The characters have their own nuances, their peculiar habits, and beliefs. The story involves atomic bombs, a ruthless secret service, Swedish twins, a trio of Chinese girls and Heads of states in different parts of the world; a part of their destinies entwined with Nombeko. All these keep the reader immersed and eager to read further.

Jonasson has the ability to create a thrilling plot, with twists and turns so unexpected that it makes you marvel at his style of writing. It will definitely keep you guessing till the very end of the story.

All in all, a delightful and amazing read, I would definitely recommend you to pick up your copy of this book today!

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Ashish Kumar

Thanks for introducing us to the book, sounds interesting.

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