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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old - Hendrik Groen

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83  Years Old - Hendrik Groen

Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old

Author:  Hendrik Groen

ISBN:  9780718183004

Weight:  759 g

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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen

‘Another year and I still don’t like old people.  Me?  I am 83 years old.’

Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn’t planning to be buried any time soon.  Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he had to visit his doctor more than he’d like.  Technically speaking he is… elderly.  But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums?

Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs – not least his new endeavour the anarchic Old-But-Not Dead Club.  And when Eefje moves in – the woman Hendrik has always longed for – he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what’s left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences.

The indomitable Hendrik Groen – Holland’s unlikeliest hero – has become a cultural phenomenon in his native Netherlands and now he and his famously anonymous creator are conquering the globe.  A major Dutch bestseller, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen will not only delight older readers with its wit and relevance, but will charm and inspire those who have years to go before their own expiry date.

The № 1 international bestseller now translated into over thirty languages

Peer & Press Reviews

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 The Rosie Project

Amusing [and] wickedly accurate…  I was constantly put in mind of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, another comi-tragedy concerning the tyranny of institutions of the unwanted.  Enjoy Groen’s light touch but do not be fooled by it.  We live in an ageing society.  The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is a handbook of resistance for our time.

Daily Express

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 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old
Translator: Hester Velmans
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the title page
Book Stats
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Imprint: Michael Joseph
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13: 9780718183004
ISBN 10: 0718183002
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 376
Size (h x w x d): 223 x 143 x 36mm
Design Credits
Jacket illustration: Victor Meijer

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