The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

By Hendrik Groen  
Translated by Hester Velmans
Read by Derek Jacobi

11.89 Hours 07/11/2017 unabridged
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A #1 international bestseller in the vein of Fredrik Bachman’s A Man Called Ove: an irresistible, funny, charming, and tenderhearted tale about friendship, love, and an old man who is young at heart. Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is elderly. But at age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. Bored of weak tea and potted geraniums, exasperated by the indignities of aging, Hendrik has decided to rebel—on his own terms. He begins writing an exposé: secretly recording the antics of day-to-day life in his retirement home, where he refuses to take himself, or his fellow “inmates,” too seriously. With an eccentric group of friends he founds the wickedly anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club—“Rule #3: No Whining Allowed”—and he and his best friend, Evert, gleefully stir up trouble, enraging the home’s humorless director and turning themselves into unlikely heroes. And when a sweet and sassy widow moves in next door, he polishes his shoes, grooms what’s left of his hair, and determines to savor every ounce of joy in the time he has left, with hilarious and tender consequences. A bestselling phenomenon that has captured imaginations around the world, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is inspiring, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny with a deep and poignant core: a page-turning delight for readers of any age.

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Summary

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AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

BookPage Top Pick for July 2017

A #1 international bestseller in the vein of Fredrik Bachman’s A Man Called Ove: an irresistible, funny, charming, and tenderhearted tale about friendship, love, and an old man who is young at heart.

Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is elderly. But at age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. Bored of weak tea and potted geraniums, exasperated by the indignities of aging, Hendrik has decided to rebel—on his own terms. He begins writing an exposé: secretly recording the antics of day-to-day life in his retirement home, where he refuses to take himself, or his fellow “inmates,” too seriously.

With an eccentric group of friends he founds the wickedly anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club—“Rule #3: No Whining Allowed”—and he and his best friend, Evert, gleefully stir up trouble, enraging the home’s humorless director and turning themselves into unlikely heroes. And when a sweet and sassy widow moves in next door, he polishes his shoes, grooms what’s left of his hair, and determines to savor every ounce of joy in the time he has left, with hilarious and tender consequences.

A bestselling phenomenon that has captured imaginations around the world, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is inspiring, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny with a deep and poignant core: a page-turning delight for readers of any age.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The humble diary of a gentleman who is fighting depression in the twilight of his life is masterfully brought to life by Derek Jacobi’s outstanding narration. It’s a treat to listen to Jacobi’s rich voice and musical intonation…The characterizations are vivid and flawless; each of Hendrik’s friends and foes is given a unique voice that conveys individual personality while also revealing Hendrik’s attitude about the speaker. Most impressive are Jacobi’s beautifully tuned emotional beats, ranging from Hendrik’s sly humor to his layered indignation and delicate but penetrating grief. A delightful and richly rewarding listening experience. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
Funny and frank - a story with a great deal of heart. Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author
“Poignant and true-to-life, an international bestseller.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
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, New York Times bestselling author
Amusing [and] wickedly accurate...Reading The Secret Diary, I was constantly put in mind of Ken Kesey's madhouse tale One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, another comi-tragedy concerning the tyranny of institutions of the unwanted. Enjoy Groen's light touch but do not be fooled by it....The Secret Diary is a handbook of resistance for our time. The Express (UK)
An incredible picture of friendship... something we could all stand to emulate, no matter where we are in our lives. Bookpage
Interspersed with Groen's biting wit and comic take on aging and all it entails... A page-turning delight for adult readers of any age and locale. Booklist, starred review
Engaging and hilarious, Hendrik's diary gives a dignity and respect to the elderly often overlooked in popular culture, providing readers a look into the importance of friendship and the realities of the senior care system in modern society. Publisher's Weekly
“An incredible picture of friendship…something we could all stand to emulate, no matter where we are in our lives.” BookPage

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Author

Author Bio: Hendrik Groen

Hendrik Groen started his diary on the literary website of Torpedo Magazine. He says about his novel: “There’s not one sentence that’s a lie, but not every word is true.” The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen has been translated into over twenty languages.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 11.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English