The Hundred-year-old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared

A picaresque tale of a centenarianpolice and thieves, and moments in world history. As his mother put it, "Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be."

At 100 years-old, Allan Karlsson is a reluctant birthday boy. In the old people's home they've prepared a party for him. The Mayor and the local press will be there. But this party never gets started. Still in his bedroom slippers, Allan makes his getaway through the window and begins an unlikely adventure.

Allan is no stranger to adventure, as the stories of his earlier life reveal - a life in which he dined with world leaders such as Franco, Truman and Stalin and found himself behind the scenes during major events of the twentieth century.

Jonas Jonasson was born in 1961 in Vaxjö, Sweden. After starting up and then running the successful media company OTW for twenty years, he sold the business and moved to Switzerland. There he completed The Hundred-year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared. Jonas lives on the island of Gotland in Sweden.

Translated by Rod Bradbury.

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0120131223

A picaresque tale of a centenarianpolice and thieves, and moments in world history. As his mother put it, "Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be."

At 100 years-old, Allan Karlsson is a reluctant birthday boy. In the old people's home they've prepared a party for him. The Mayor and the local press will be there. But this party never gets started. Still in his bedroom slippers, Allan makes his getaway through the window and begins an unlikely adventure.

Allan is no stranger to adventure, as the stories of his earlier life reveal - a life in which he dined with world leaders such as Franco, Truman and Stalin and found himself behind the scenes during major events of the twentieth century.

Jonas Jonasson was born in 1961 in Vaxjö, Sweden. After starting up and then running the successful media company OTW for twenty years, he sold the business and moved to Switzerland. There he completed The Hundred-year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared. Jonas lives on the island of Gotland in Sweden.

Translated by Rod Bradbury.

It's 2 May 2005 and, at the old people's home in Malmköping, it is Allan Karlsson's one hundredth birthday.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0220131224

Allan and his new friend Julius receive an unwelcome visitor at the station house in Byringe.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0320131225

At the station house in Byringe, Allan and Julius's troubles are only just beginning.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0420131226

With both the police and the Never Again gang on their trail, Allan and Julius are heading soutg, driven by their new chauffeur, Benny.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0520131227

Allan, Julius and Benny have found temporary refuge at Lake Farm with The Beauty, her dog and her elephant. But Chief Inspector Aronsson is on their case. We also learn about Allan's contribution to the Manhattan Project in the 1940s.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0620131230

The police are getting closer to Allan and his friends at Lake Farm. And so are the Never Again gang.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

0720131231

Having dealt with another Never Again member, Allan and his friends must flee from Lake Farm.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

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A picaresque tale of a centenarian, police and thieves, and moments in world history. As his mother put it, "Things are what they are, and whatever will be will be."

At 100 years-old, Allan Karlsson is a reluctant birthday boy. In the old people's home they've prepared a party for him. The Mayor and the local press will be there. But this party never gets started. Still in his bedroom slippers, Allan makes his getaway through the window and begins an unlikely adventure.

Allan is no stranger to adventure, as the stories of his earlier life reveal - a life in which he dined with world leaders such as Franco, Truman and Stalin and found himself behind the scenes during major events of the twentieth century.

Jonas Jonasson was born in 1961 in Vaxjö, Sweden. After starting up and then running the successful media company OTW for twenty years, he sold the business and moved to Switzerland. There he completed The Hundred-year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared. Jonas lives on the island of Gotland in Sweden.

Translated by Rod Bradbury.

Episode 8:

Benny's brother Bosse has given shelter to Allan and friends. But in the yellow bus outside, someone is waking up. Also, we learn how Allan was recruited by the Soviet Union in the 1950s.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

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0920140102

After painstaking detective work, Chief Inspector Aronsson makes his way to Bosse's farm. And we learn how Allan once found himself in a room with Kim Il Sung and Mao Tse-Tung.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

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At Bosse's farm, Allan and his friends are apparently under arrest. And in 1968, Allan becomes a CIA agent in Moscow.

Reader: Martin Jarvis

Abridger: Jeremy Osborne

Producer: Rosalynd Ward

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.