Saturday, 23 August 2014

"Old" People are NOT useless!

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules
by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

From the back:

"79-year-old Martha Anderson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting life-style. Along with her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them. Together, they cause an uproar with their antics: protesting against early bedtimes and plastic meals. As the elderly friends become more daring, their activities escalate and they come up with a cunning plan to break out of the care home and land themselves in a far more attractive Stockholm establishment. With the aid of their Zimmer frames, they resolve to stand up for old aged pensioners everywhere - Robin Hood style. And that's when the adventure really takes off ..."


I really enjoyed this - a little unrealistic but would love to see this happen in real life if only to show that 'old' people are not useless or boring and have dreams and aspirations as much as anyone else. I actually know a few people who would love to be in the characters shoes!

I liked the writing style and pace of the book and was very impressed on how well it was translated.

This is one of the only books that I have read that has been passed round to my work colleagues and all of them have said how good it is!

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