Escape Bank Holiday Boredom With a Great Book

Britain has been experiencing weather conditions typical for this time of year… rain. So this May bank holiday, rather than doing battle with the elements, put the kettle on and curl up with a good book.

I recommend ‘The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson.

It is the story of Alan Karlsson, a centenarian, who decides on his one-hundredth birthday to abscond from his care home and see where life takes him.

The tale describes historical events throughout Alan’s eventful century of life. There are mentions of the cold war, communism and the atom bomb. The plot also contains just enough nonsense to make it a funny and enjoyable read.

Jonasson fearlessly tackles the issue of ageism throughout the book. Many characters are prepared to disregard Alan on account of his advanced years. However Alan’s age consistently proves to be an advantage, having endowed him with wisdom, resilience and shrewdness.

Alan’s sense of independence throughout the story makes him an inspiring character. This struck a chord here in the office. Age UK London recognises the value older people place on living as independently as possible. This is why we have developed the Age UK London Business directory.

If you have heating problems, or are thinking of getting any work done in your home this weekend, try the directory for yourself. Click onto our website  and type in your postcode, to generate a list of checked traders near you.


Latoyah Bucknall

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