Our January book of the month is the brilliant The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, by Swedish novelist Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg.
Incredibly quirky, humorous and warm-hearted, this story about growing old disgracefully - and breaking all the rules - is an international best seller, and has now been translated from the Swedish by Rod Bradbury.
79-year-old Martha Anderson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention or spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting lifestyle. Along with her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them. Together, they cause uproar with their antics, protesting against early bedtimes and plasticky meals.
As the elderly friends become more daring, they hatch a cunning plan to break out of the dreary care home and land themselves in a far more attractive Stockholm establishment. With the aid of their Zimmer frames, they resolve to stand up for pensioners everywhere - Robin Hood style. And that's when the adventure really takes off...
The novel is perfect for fans of The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg is a Swedish author who has written seventeen books in several genres, including popular science, cartoon, children's and historical fiction.