The Se­cret Di­ary of Hen­drik Groen, 83¼ Years Old

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - LM

Pen­guin/Ran­dom House

Fair warn­ing – you are very likely to fall in love with this re­bel­lious, pseudony­mous, pos­si­bly fic­tional Dutch oc­to­ge­nar­ian. Hen­drik Groen’s daily di­ary en­tries de­scrib­ing life in his re­tire­ment home are of­ten acer­bic, fre­quently philo­soph­i­cal and, at times, gen­uinely heart­break­ing. It’s the un­told story of mil­lions around the world, peo­ple treated like dolts and bur­dens sim­ply be­cause they’re old. Clever and funny, Hen­drik gath­ers a group of like-minded souls around him, mem­bers of what be­comes the old-but-not­dead-club. There’s a rea­son this book has been trans­lated from its orig­i­nal Dutch into 20 dif­fer­ent lan­guages. It’s an ex­traor­di­nar­ily beau­ti­ful por­trayal of friend­ship and a ten­der but pen­e­trat­ing ac­count of old age.

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