Zoopojken Zoo Boy

Adam Vieri is a disillusioned young man who works as a zookeeper in Stockholm. His love for the animals is strong, but he has doubts about the ethics behind keeping them confined from their natural habitat. When the new boss Camilla tells him that they are going to replace the boring Nordic animals with exciting, new species in order to attract more visitors, his worries grow stronger. Beaming with enthusiasm, Camilla reveals that lions, gorillas and elephants are to be purchased from a bankrupt circus. But both Adam and the animal’s previous caretaker Natalie are afraid that the zoo is not the right place for the new animals. Their friendship develops into something more and together they hash out a plan to rescue the animals from the circus and release them into freedom in Kenya.

Zoo Boy is a thought-provoking and entertaining novel about freedom and captivity, animals, and love. It is about the difference a person can makes when they finally make a choice.

“Wonderful characters, I read [Zoo Boy] with a smile on my face from first to last page. Sweden has got their own Nick Hornby!”
– Johan Anderblad, TV 4

“An extraordinarily entertaining reading experience.”
Jonas Eklöf, Vi Läser

“This is like nothing else I’ve read. Zoo Boy makes me both laugh and cry.”
Mattias Edvardsson


Shortlisted for the Feelgood of the Year Award Sweden 2023
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  • “/…/ a truly special debut, a heartwarming tall tale about love and courage, about drastic ways to truly make a difference. A perfect summer read for those who want to start off the holidays with being in a genuinely good mood, who want to exchange work frowns for a wide and warm smile. /…/ I finished the book on the sun-warmed rocks on the West Coast a couple of weeks ago (…) looking out over the ocean that glittered in tune with the smile on my face, a splendidly perfect moment in existence. Make sure you read Zoo Boy!”

    Kapprakt, Sweden

  • “The novel is a humorous blend of adventure and a wild tale. A brilliant debut.”


    BTJ, Sweden

  • “I really enjoyed Zoo Boy, it’s about humans’ relationship with animals, her often complete ruthlessness and lack of common sense, mixed with humor and warmth. It’s a book that suits everyone.”

    Book Club Babes, Sweden

  • Zoo Boy is so much in a single book. Love, dreams, life /…/ Read – and then pass it on to everyone. Because Zoo Boy is a book you can’t let go of.”

    Barometern, Sweden

  • “Societally satirical coming-of-age-novel about a sympathetic young man, who chooses to dare, act and love again. A lovely novel with love, development and thrills in a credible milieu.”

    Danish Library Report, Denmark

  • “A piece of good old escapism. This novel is a fun read in the tradition of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson and Anxious People by Fredrik Backman. /…/ A sometimes sharp, sometimes silly – but constantly entertaining book that will make you forget the evil world outside for a while.


    Hebban, Netherlands

  • “This novel has charm and feels like an unreal tale, a fantasy /…/ fun and invigorating /…/ that’s why I, of course, want to recommend Zoo Boy.”

    Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden

  • “It is so well-crafted… what begins as delightful satire… later turns into an adventure book and even a bit of feel-good in the end. This book has it all, but above all, it is extremely entertaining from start to finish.”

    TV4 Nyhetsmorgon, Sweden

Photo: Christopher Hunt Peter Hammarbäck
  • Fiction
Reading material

Swedish edition

English translation

Rights sold

Arab World, Jadal Publishing

Denmark, Modtryk

Hungary, Animus

Netherlands, Mozaïek

Sweden, Bazar

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