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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old

(2016)
(The first book in the Hendrik Groen series)
A novel by

 
 
A #1 international bestseller in the vein of Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove: a funny and tender-hearted 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.
*Includes reading group guide*

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"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


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Hardback Editions

November 2017 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen: 83 1/4 Years Old (Thorndike Press Large Print Bill's Bookshelf)
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 1-4328-4511-X / 978-1-4328-4511-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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August 2017 : UK Hardback

Title: The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 0-7505-4451-1 / 978-0-7505-4451-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books
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July 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 1-4555-4217-2 / 978-1-4555-4217-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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August 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 0-7181-8300-2 / 978-0-7181-8300-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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Paperback Editions

April 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 1-4555-4215-6 / 978-1-4555-4215-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 1-4059-2400-4 / 978-1-4059-2400-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2017 : UK Paperback

Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 1-4059-3265-1 / 978-1-4059-3265-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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August 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 0-7181-8295-2 / 978-0-7181-8295-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph
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Audio Editions

July 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 1-4789-1884-5 / 978-1-4789-1884-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio
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July 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen Lib/E
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 1-4789-7368-4 / 978-1-4789-7368-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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July 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen
Author(s): Hendrik Groen, Hester Velmans - translator
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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July 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen
Author(s): Hendrik Groen, Hester Velmans - translator
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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June 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 1-78502-493-0 / 978-1-78502-493-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Story Sound
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June 2017 : UK Audio CD

Title: The Secret Diary Of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
ISBN: 1-78502-494-9 / 978-1-78502-494-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna Story Sound
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September 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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September 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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September 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Kindle Editions

July 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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August 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 Years Old
Author(s): Hendrik Groen
Publisher: Penguin
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