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

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


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


Funny, heart-warming secret diaries of an old man

Hendrik Groen started his first 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.' That diary. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 831/4 Years old, was published in 2014 and was an enormous success: there is an actual Hendrik Groen fan club, foreign rights were sold to more than 35 countries, a television series was produced, it was adapted into a play by Bos Theater Productions and it received the NS Public Prize 2016. His second diary, As Long as There is Life, has been a bestseller since its publication. His diaries have sold over half a million copies in the Netherlands and Flanders. His novel Live and Let Live was published in June 2018 and immediately rose to first place in the bestsellerlist. Hendrik Groen is a pseudonym.

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