Author(s): Hendrick Groen
"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 and he has to visit his doctor more than he'd like. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums? Hendrik sets out to write an exposU- 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 polished 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. A cultural phenomenon in his native Netherlands and now conquering the globe, Hendrik Groen will not only delight older readers with his wit and relevance, but will charm and inspire those who have years to go before their own expiry date."
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 Funny, tragic and sometimes heart rending Het Parool Hendrik Groen is a heart-warming hero Trouw With pungent phrasing Groen takes down life in a retirement home. Both charming and hilarious Leeuwarder Courant Hendrik Groen is king -- Ray Kluun The tears came streaming down my face. From laughing so hard. I couldn't stop grinning for three days Ouderenjournaal
Hendrik Groen stated his diary on the literary website of Torpedo magazine. He says about his novel: 'There's not one sentence that's a lie, but not every word is true.' The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old has been translated into over twenty languages.