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On the Bright Side

On the Bright Side

The new diary from one of literature's most beloved octogenarians.On The Bright Side picks up where The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen left off, at the care home of the anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club where Hendrik and his friends are determined to enjoy their autumn years full of ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780718186630
Barcode 9780718186630
Published 15 January 2018 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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Language English (translated from: Dutch; Flemish)
Author(s) By Groen, Hendrik
Translated by Velmans, Hester
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ISBN-13 9780718186630
ISBN-10 071818663X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Michael Joseph Ltd
Publication Date 15 January 2018
International Publication Date 11 January 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Language English
Translated from Dutch; Flemish
Author(s) By Groen, Hendrik
Translated by Velmans, Hester
Category General & Literary Fiction
Modern Fiction
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 38mm
Weight 575g
Dewey Code 839.3137
Catalogue Code 878475

Description of this Book

The new diary from one of literature's most beloved octogenarians.On The Bright Side picks up where The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen left off, at the care home of the anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club where Hendrik and his friends are determined to enjoy their autumn years full of optimism. Written with his characteristic charm and humour Hendrik proves, yet again, that age is simply a number.Praise for Hendrik Groen'I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more' - David Suchet

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Praise for The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 831/4 Years Old * - * Very funny -- Jeremy Paxman * Financial Times * Terrific. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh -- Fanny Blake * Woman and Home * I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more -- David Suchet So much more than just a comedy. It's a story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I'm an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen. -- John Boyne 'A story with a great deal of heart, it pulled me in with its self-deprecating humour, finely drawn characters and important themes. Anyone who hopes to grow old with dignity will have much to reflect on' -- Graeme Simsion A funny but also touching diary praised for its wit and realism * BBC Radio 4 Front Row * Hendrik pens an expose of his care home, sets up the Old-But-Not-Dead club and relishes the arrival of a new female resident. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh and think. Terrific -- Fanny Blake * Woman and Home * Very funny * Financial Times *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Hendrik Groen started his diaries on the literary website of Torpedo magazine. His first diary The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old has been translated into over thirty languages and On The Bright Side went straight to number 1 in its native Netherlands. Hester Velmans is the author of two popular children's novels and an award-winning translator specializing in modern fiction. Her translation of Renate Dorrestein's A Heart of Stone won the Vondel Prize for Translation.

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