Hendrik Groen


Hendrik Groen

Hendrik Groen started his diary on the literary website of Torpedo Magazine and was spotted by Publishing House Meulenhoff. He says about his novel: 'Not a sentence is lied, but not every word is true.'

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Attempts to Make Something of Life. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old

Hendrik Groen


Hendrik Groen may be old, but he's certainly not dead yet and not messing about this year. Granted, his daily walks become shorter and shorter because the legs are protesting and he certainly frequents his GP's office; he's an elderly, technically speaking. But why would that mean that life's only about hiding out in a retirement home, drinking coffee and waiting for death to come?

In short and honest, seemingly light-hearted diary entries Hendrik Groen takes the reader along for a year full of ups and downs in a retirement home in the north of Amsterdam. On the last day of the year it will be hard to say goodbye to this charming character…


'Funny, tragic and sometimes heart rending.' Het Parool

'Hendrik Groen is a heart-warming hero.' Trouw

'With pungent phrasing Groen takes down life in a retirement home. Both charming and hilarious.' **** Leeuwarder Courant

'Hendrik Groen is king. My mother (78) suffers from dementia. Doesn't read a newspaper or magazine anymore, only old photo albums can grab her attention for longer than 5 min. Hendrik Groen made her laugh out loud and she was reading for a good half hour in his book.' Ray Kluun, author of Love Life

'The tears came streaming down my face. From laughing so hard. I couldn't stop grinning for three days.' Ouderenjournaal

As Long As There Is Life - The Second Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen - 85 Years

Zolang er leven is

Hendrik Groen is back!

Everyone got to know Hendrik Groen thanks to his diary Attempts to Make Something of Life. Together with his friend Evert and the other members of the Old-butnot- dead-club, Hendrik tries to make his last years in a retirement home in the north of Amsterdam as pleasant as possible. Sometimes it's hard for Hendrik to keep his spirits up.

Fortunately, he has picked up his pen again. With his characteristically charming, ironic humor and critical eye he observes his fellow residents, the management team, his friends, and old age in general. And he definitely does not spare himself.