It is my absolute pleasure to be taking part in the blog tour for the wittily wonderful book, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old. My thanks to Sam Deacon over at Penguin Books for inviting me to be a part of the tour and for introducing me to such a wonderful character in Hendrik. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the book in just a moment, but first of all, here is a taster of what the book is all about.
The Official Book Blurb
The hilarious international bestselling novel that has had pensioners ditching their sticks and zimmers to follow the age-defying, youth inducing antics inside The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old . . .
‘Terrific. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh’ Woman and Home
‘Funny and touching’ BBC Radio 4
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?
‘So much more than just a comedy’ John Boyne
‘A story with a great deal of heart’ Graeme Simsion, The Rosie Project
‘Amusing and wickedly accurate. A handbook of resistance for our time.’ Sunday Express
‘Very funny’ Jeremy Paxman Financial Times