The girl who saved the King of Sweden : a novel
New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,  | First edition. | 387 pages ; 24 cm | 9780062329127 (hardcover) | 9781443431590 (paperback)
Translation of: Analfabeten som kunde rakna.
On June 14, 2007, the king and the prime minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the royal castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill, but 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, alcohol, or just plain despair. But Nombeko takes a different path. She finds work as a house cleaner and eventually makes her way up to the position of chief advisor, at the helm of one of the world's most secret projects.
Translated from the Swedish.