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On the Bright Side (Hardback)
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On the Bright Side (Hardback)

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Hardback 432 Pages / Published: 11/01/2018
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Chaos ensues as 85-year-old Hendrik Groen is determined to grow old with dignity: to rise up against the care home director. NO more bingo. NO more over- boiled vegetables. NO more health and safety.

85-year-old Hendrik Groen is fed up to his false teeth with coffee mornings and bingo. He dreams of escaping the confines of his care home and practising hairpin turns on his mobility scooter. Inspired by his fellow members of the recently formed Old-But-Not-Dead Club, he vows to put down his custard cream and commit to a spot of octogenarian anarchy.But the care home's Director will not stand for drunken bar crawls, illicit fireworks and geriatric romance on her watch.

The Old-But-Not-Dead Club must stick together if they're not to go gently into that good night. Things turn more serious, however, when rumours surface that the home is set for demolition. It's up to Hendrik and the gang to stop it - or drop dead trying . . .

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780718186630
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 575 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 38 mm


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Praise for Hendrik Groen

"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." - Sunday 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

"I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more." - David Suchet

"Thoughtful, anxious and gruff... Laced with humour." - Mail on Sunday

Highly entertaining ... a delightful and touching saga of one man's way of coping with old age ... we may assume that Hendrik Groen is a character of fiction. But it is a fiction so closely based on the observation of real life that it is utterly convincing * Daily Express *

Full of off-beat charm and quirky characters -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * Stylist *
Praise for The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 831/4 Years Old * - *

Very funny -- Jeremy Paxman * Financial Times *

Terrific. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh -- Fanny Blake * Woman and Home *

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“A wonderful Heart Warming Story”

I loved reading the first book about Hendrik Groen and his friends in the care home and was delighted that there was a second book .This book is just brilliant ,I loved the Old But Not Dead Club ,Hendrik is a lovable... More

Hardback edition
27th October 2017
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“Amazing book, full of compassion and humour: How to grow old with style”

The prequel to this book – “The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83 ¾ Years Old” was my favourite fiction book of 2016. I bought several copies for friends and family, recommended it to everyone and so thrilled to find... More

Hardback edition
18th December 2017
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“Love life”

A grumpy old git that you really can’t help but love. It’s odd because I also read the first one which showed him as a mischievous happy man who couldn’t help but cause some trouble around the care home. But at points... More

Hardback edition
5th January 2018
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