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"The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years old" by...

Good Morning everyone and welcome to the first book review of 2018!

The new book is "The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years old" by Hendrik Groen. 

I bought this book on a whim after I finished reading "Lonely Girl" by Jospehine Cox. Something about the book intrigued me and maybe this was to do with my day job; I couldn't really say.

The author, Hendrik Groen is a Dutch gentleman, who as the blurb on the back of the book tells us, is in his 80's and live in a care home. This book was translated from the original Dutch by Hester Velmans, who herself is an author of 2 children's books.

I love the dry and sometimes naughty sense of humour that really comes through the pages and I can tell you, I haven't laughed this much at a book since I read Kathy Lette's "Nip 'N' Tuck"! Mr Groen comes across as the kind of gentleman I would like as a Grandfather. He appears to be the kind of person to not take something lying down, but will stand up for what he believes in and take a stand (albeit on slightly wobbly legs and the help of his best friend Evert). 

My other half heard me laughing at the book and asked me what was funny. By the time I could answer him I'd had to wipe my eyes - I was laughing so hard I was crying! If you haven't read the book yet, I won't spoil it for you, but there is a fabulously funny section that describes an incident of dry cake being fed to the fish in one of the homes fish tanks and the ensuing aftermath. Then of course there is the ongoing battles with the care home director. 

What this book gives you is an insight to the goings on inside a care home from a residents point of view and the hilarious opinions of a close group of friends who live there. As with anywhere, there are some individuals who feel it is their right to bully others and there are those who feel that they rule the roost as it were and I love the way Mr Groen describes how he and his friends choose to deal with the "rest of them" in the home. 

I have finished the book with a picture in my head of an elderly gentleman revving the life out of his new Elegance 4 mobility scooter, with a souped up engine and streamers glued to the handle bars (ok not the streamers), zooming around Amsterdam and just generally being an Ocotogenarian rebel!! I also suddenly feel like a trip to Amsterdam! 

This book gets a 5 book score from me. I thoroughly enjoyed it (and I don't normally like diary type books) and I am looking forward to reading the next one, which the book tells me is due for release this month. If you haven't read this book, have seen it and aren't sure, I would urge you to pick it up and give it a go. Sit back and let Mr Groen tell you his story and ease those January blues!

Whatever you decide to do, enjoy and as always - Keep Reading!!

PS: What do I read now??


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