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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (November 2016

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (November 2016Reviewed on Wireless Books Otago Access Radio 105.4FM 26 November 2016 also on podcast

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 expose: 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 polishes 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.
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