Staff Book Club

@ Villanova

The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared

It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel-good book for all ages.

Staff Book Club


Friday, 27 February 2015 at 3.30pm


Villanova College Library and then at

Spizzico Restaurant

721 Main Street

Kangaroo Point

[Opposite the Pineapple Hotel]

Book Club Schedule

  • 3.30-4.30 Wine / Cheese / Discuss Book (or listen to people discussing the book whilst sipping on wine and nibbling on cheese in the Library
  • 4.30-6.30 Movie in the Library
  • 7.00-... Dinner at Spizzico