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An international bestselling novel: a year in the life of an elderly man writing an exposé from an old-people's home in Amsterdam.

'Tuesday, 1 January. Another year, and I still don't like old people. Their Zimmer-frame shuffle, their endless complaints, their tea and biscuits, their bellyaching. Me? I'm eighty-three . . .'

Meet Hendrik Groen. An octogenarian in a care home who has no intention of doing what he's told, or dying quietly. To that end, he creates the Old-But-Not-Dead Club and with his fellow members sets about living his final years with careless abandon. Such anarchism infuriates the care home director but pleases Eefje, the woman who makes Hendrik's frail heart palpitate. If it's never too late to have fun, then can it ever be too late to meet the love of your life?

Reviews

Very funny

Jeremy Paxman, Financial Times

Terrific. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh

Fanny Blake, Woman and Home

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

Highly entertaining, utterly convincing. A delightful and touching saga of one man's way of coping with old age

Daily Express

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781405924009

    July 13, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    368 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9780718183004

    September 1, 2016

    Michael Joseph

    384 pages

    RRP $48.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780718182953

    August 29, 2016

    Michael Joseph

    368 pages

    RRP $37.00

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  • EBook

    9781405924016

    August 25, 2016

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

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