Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

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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 ...Translated by Rod Bradbury.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 153 x 233 x 35mm | 577g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Australia/New Zealand ed
  • 1447250990
  • 9781447250999
  • 815,254

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'A shining expression of how joyous life is. It is not dangerous to grow old if you are like Martha and the gang' Hyllan, blogg 'The funniest book this year!' Magazine Familjen, Norway 'A book which should be read by people of all ages' Radio P4 'A hilarious farce ... highly entertaining with very well crafted characters' Frettabladid newspaper, Iceland 'It has humour, brilliant dialogue, irony and warmth. A light-hearted and enjoyable detective comedy with breath-taking events, which provide many smiles but also reflection on life' PRO Pensionaren 'Criminally fun!' Bonniers Bokklubb 'Very imaginative, fun and filled with gallons of humour!' Katarina Mazetti
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About Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg is a Swedish author who has written seventeen books in several genres, including popular science, cartoon, children's and historical fiction. Her individual writing style, featuring depth of insight, and sense of surprise and humour, gives her books a special appeal. So much so that in 1999 she won the prestigious Widding Prize as the best writer of popular history and historical novels. Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg is a former journalist and marine archaeologist. She now works full-time as an author. To find out more about Catherina, please visit:
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8,746 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
5 13% (1,108)
4 28% (2,426)
3 37% (3,209)
2 17% (1,480)
1 6% (523)

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Growing Old Disgracefully and In Style The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is a fun read by Swedish author Catherina Ingelman-Sundberg who shows us that just as we may get old we do not have to sit in GodÃ?Æ?Ã?¢â?¬â?¢s waiting room awaiting our turn for the inevitable final journey. It is easy to see why this book is an international bestseller as it is humorous different and quite a warm hearted story where you actually want the criminals to succeed. Martha Andersson is a woman who walks with the aid of a zimmer frame and is a resident along with her four friends of Diamond House a residential home for the elderly or as she sees it somewhere that she is waiting to die. Martha and friends are being drugged up and locked up but she has no intention of letting that remain the position for her and her friends. She and her male friend Brains after watching a programme on prisons come up with a plan to become residents of a prison as they seem to have a better life there than at Diamond House. This is when they decide to rebel against the regime of their retirement home as the plastic food no exercise and being drugged up all the friends decide they have had enough. It is time for them to commit a crime that will lend them a prison sentence and therefore better conditions while at the same time highlighting the plight of the elderly ensconced in retirement homes across Sweden, the silent majority. As five old people embark on their plan of criminality with the aid of their zimmer frames and walking sticks we find that not everything goes to plan. Once they have committed their felony they find they have quite a taste for this and hatch upon another plan as they enjoy the excitement. They want to commit the perfect crime where nobody gets hurt but at the same time they are able to make some money and escape Sweden. Will they get away with their audacious plan? The only way to find out is to read this wonderful humorous book. Is it a crime thriller yes of sorts, is it funny, yes, does it question our treatment of our elders yes. If we do not look after them then they may just decide to grow old disgracefully and I for one am with them!show more
by Paul D
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