Meet the Netherlands' record-breaking number one bestseller, set to become the world's most unlikely hero. Imagine Adrian Mole writing in his 80s from a care home and we have Hendrik Groen's inimitable voice: funny, moving and poignant. Our book of the month for October shines a spotlight on many important social, cultural and political issues and proves that age is, ultimately, an international language.
Hendrik Groen is 83 ¼ years old and he has decided that it is time to make something of his life. He may be rich in years, but he refuses to give in to all the trappings of old age just yet. Hendrik's hilarious and touching diary documents his life as an old man living in a care home. When he recruits some similarly young-at-heart friends to join his Old But Not Dead Club, Hendrik proves that love can blossom, rules can be broken and fun is within reach, even at their age. So begins a charming, poignant and moving novel that reminds us not to underestimate the oldest amongst us.
"Reading this book, I found myself laughing until I cried and then I laughed and cried some more" David Suchet
"There are many laughs in this book but it’s so much more than just a comedy. It's a story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I'm an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen" John Boyne, author of international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
"A story with a great deal of heart, it pulled me in with its self-deprecating humour, finely drawn characters and important themes. Anyone who hopes to grow old with dignity will have much to reflect on" Graeme Simsion, author of international phenomenon The Rosie Project
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old is published by Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin Books, and is available online and from all good booksellers.
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