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  • Published: 7 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473523692
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

The Invoice

Can you put a price on happiness? One man is about to find out…

It’s an unremarkable life, I guess, nothing special. I’m in my thirties, I work part-time in a video store in Stockholm, most of my friends are busy with their families, I live alone. I suppose you’d say I have an ordinary life… But I love this city, and even though my flat is small it suits me, I’m comfortable here. In the summer, the sun shines in through my windows at just the right angle and I can hear all the sounds of summer life down in the street. And there’s a really good ice-cream stall just near my building, which sells my favourite flavours. So, ordinary maybe, but happy. Yes, I think it’s fair to say I’m a happy man. And isn’t that enough?

A love story and a charming, surreal and funny tale about happiness, The Invoice will change the way you see your life.

  • Published: 7 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473523692
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the author

Jonas Karlsson

Jonas Karlsson, one of Sweden's most prominent actors, has performed on Sweden's premier stage and in acclaimed feature films and TV series. Karlsson's playwriting debut, Nocturnal Walk, received rave reviews; spurred by the joy of writing for the stage, Karlsson began writing fiction. His first novel in the UK, The Room, was published last year.

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Praise for The Invoice

Karlsson’s wry, whimsical novel excels at describing the simple pleasures of everyday life: it’s as if Kafka decided to look on the bright side

Anthony Gardener, Mail on Sunday

[Karlsson’s] modern-day fable is entertaining, thought-provoking and delivered with good humour.

Lettie Kennedy, Observer

The Invoice is a refreshingly odd book, told in a distinctive voice with a strong resistance to conformity at its heart.

Arifa Akbar, Independent

An original, funny and thought-provoking tale of romance, happiness and modern life.


Funny satire.

The National

Offbeat and strangely charming… A delightful debate about happiness.

Saga Magazine

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