A genius from Soweto, a non-existent twin and an atomic bomb walk into a bar…

You can't help but love Jonassons versions of history

You can’t help but love Jonassons versions of history

Jonas Jonasson is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. I actually squealed aloud in the bookstore when I saw that he had a new book out.

In true Jonasson style, much like his best selling first novel, he provides readers with a quirky version of history, this time beginning in Soweto during apartheid South Africa.

This marvelous novel tells the story of genius orphan, Nombeko, who gets herself wrapped up with the illicit events that unfolded in apartheid South Africa’s biggest kept secret, Pelindaba, where the government developed atomic bombs. However, Nombeko’s tale takes us all the way to Sweden, where we meet Holger & Holger, twins bred for the sole purpose of bringing an end to the monarchy of Sweden, due to a grudge held by their radical father. 

While Jonasson likes to mock history, his research is thorough, and his depiction of South Africa is impressive and this book does not disappoint.

I paired this with the delightfully light Neethlingshof Sauvignon Blanc which was not overly sweet, but fruity with hints of asparagus.





Take a walk through the 20th Century with Allan Karlsson


Wow, I’m so glad I read this book! I picked it out of a giant box filled with stories of murder and gore (really not my thing) and the titled grabbed me instantly. Jonas Jonasson, the Swedish author wastes no time, grabbing the reader by the neck and pulling them headfirst into an (unbelievable) tale of Allan Karlsson, who decides on his 100th birthday to make a run for it (so to speak) from the old age home and find himself a new adventure (which he certainly does when he gets mixed up with a gang of criminals). If you are a historical purist, the novel may upset you somewhat as it traces Allan Karlssons extraordinary influence over events of the 20th century. It is written in a jovial, amiable style that will make you feel like you’re on-the-run with a group of friends. It’s one of those laugh-out-loud must reads! Waste no time and pair with something light and delectable, like the Phizantekraal Sauvignon Blanc, which I enjoyed thoroughly with its long lasting finish and delectable notes of gooseberry, as lovely and entertaining as this book!