Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe
Romain Puertolas

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Narrated By: Julian Rhind-Tutt

Duration: 5 hours and 41 minutes

What to expect

One day a fakir leaves his small village in India and lands in Paris. A professional con artist, the fakir is on a pilgrimage to IKEA, where he intends to obtain an object he covets above all others: a brand new bed of nails. Without adequate Euros in the pockets of his silk trousers, the fakir is all the same confident that his counterfeit 100-Euro note (printed on one side only) and his usual bag of tricks will suffice. But when a swindled cab driver seeks his murderous revenge, the fakir accidentally embarks on a European tour, fatefully beginning in the wardrobe of the iconic Swedish retailer.

As his journey progresses in the most unpredictable of ways, the fakir finds unlikely friends in even unlikelier places. To his surprise - and to a Bollywood beat - the stirrings of love well up in the heart of our unlikely hero, even as his adventures lead to profound and moving questions of the perils of emigration and the universal desire to seek a better life in an often dangerous world.

Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt.


Modern & contemporary fiction, Contemporary lifestyle fiction, Fiction in translation

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Full of quirky charm... Delightful

The Times

This summer's must-read novel...quirky, hilarious, elegantly-written

The Telegraph

A madcap romantic adventure... Blessed with an energetic bonhomie that's thoroughly endearing

Mail on Sunday

A genuinely funny novel


A laugh-out-loud funny debut novel that is as bonkers as the title suggests