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The girl who saved the king of Sweden

The girl who saved the king of Sweden

Jonasson, Jonas, 1961-

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

Large print, Book. English. Large type books. Fiction in Translation. General.
Published Oxford: ISIS, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Jonas Jonasson
ISBN: 1445099853, 9781445099859
Note: Translated from the Swedish.
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Fourth Estate, 2014.
Physical Description: 1 volume (large print)
Uniform Title: Analfabeten som kunde rakna


Nombeko Mayeki is on the run from the world's most ruthless secret service. Oh, and the fate of the King of Sweden - and the world - rests on her shoulders. Born in a Soweto shack in 1961, Nombeko is destined for a short, hard life. When she is run over by a drunken engineer her luck changes. Alive, but blamed for the accident, she is sent to work for the driver - the brandy-soaked head of a project vital to South Africa's security. Nombeko is amazing with numbers; the drunken engineer isn't - and has made a big mistake. And only Nombeko knows about it...