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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules [Format Kindle]

Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg , Rod Bradbury
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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is an incredibly quirky, humorous and warm-hearted story about growing old disgracefully - and breaking all the rules along the way!

79-year-old Martha Andersson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank.

She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting lifestyle. Along with her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them. Together, they cause uproar with their antics protesting against early bedtimes and plasticky meals.

As the elderly friends become more daring, they hatch a cunning plan to break out of the dreary care home and land themselves in a far more attractive Stockholm establishment. With the aid of their Zimmer frames, they resolve to stand up for old aged pensioners everywhere - Robin Hood style. And that's when the adventure really takes off . . .

Perfect for fans of The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, Gangsta Granny and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Translated by Rod Bradbury.


‘A good-natured, humorous crime caper’ Independent on Sunday

‘A quirky, offbeat delight and a heart-warming reminder that one is never too old for some mischief and adventure’ Tom Winter, author of Lost & Found

‘Reminded me of the more mischievous moments of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’ J. B. Morrison, author of The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 762 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 464 pages
  • Editeur : Pan; Édition : Main Market Ed. (26 novembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FG38BK2
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 2.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 simplistic, stero-typed and patronising 9 janvier 2014
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This book is reminiscent of the Enid Blyton famous five or secret seven series . It is full of derring-do , stereo-types and simplistic humour which might appeal to a ten year old . It purports to show that older people also have adventurous spirits but the childish and patronising way they are portrayed results in the opposite . The scénarios are so ludicrous and impossible that only a ten year old would fail to be offended by it . All in all an apalling book !
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Boring 12 mars 2014
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I thought the story was original and might be even funny. I was wrong and it's quite boring in the end. Clichés are everywhere in this book from the devilish nurse to the greedy owner of the retirement home who doesn't care about his clients and the cops who have no clue of what's going on. The story is also quite repetitive. I couldn't wait for the book to end (I never give up on a book)!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Refusing to stay invisible just because they're old 3 février 2014
Par Lol S
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Rebelling against their penny-pinching retirement home's management, a group of Swedish pensioners decide that it would be a good idea to be sent to prison where, as they have seen on TV, the prisoners have a far better time and much better facilities than they do. So they plan a crime which will hurt no-one.
The glitch is that they don't understand the criminal justice system, and prison isn't what they thought it would be. Furthermore, they forget that men and women will be separated. They achieve the crime because old people are always overlooked; but the aftermath is not what was planned. It takes the brains of the entire group, each of whom has their own special talents, to sort it all out and to win through.
Occasionally drags a little, and there are a few too many twists, but overall good fun. And it proves that you should never underestimate the older generation; they have a lifetime of knowledge to bring to bear on life's little (or not so little) difficulties.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 enjoyable 31 janvier 2014
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good flow to the book. the characters were believable and the story hilarious. i would reccomend as a good read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Growing old disgracefully 18 janvier 2014
Par Shelleyrae - Publié sur
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The Lily of the Valley retirement home was once a haven for Martha Anderson and her friends, but now under new management, and renamed Diamond House, the group had become victims of rate rises and repeated service cuts. Management's decision to not provide decorations for the Christmas tree is the last straw for Martha who, after watching a television documentary, decides they would all be better off in a prison cell than as clients of Diamond House. Escaping the home is just the first step of a masterful scheme that includes the 'League of Pensioners' living the high life in Stockholm's most exclusive hotel, a trip to the national art museum and a relaxing stay in a minimum security institution...but not everything goes to plan.

I can't help but draw some comparisons between The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules and The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by author, Jonas Jonasson, the two books share a similar cover design, title, a 'senior' protagonist and both author's are Swedish to begin with, but in truth there are few similarities.

While Allan Karlsson's only plan is to escape his centenarian celebrations at the care home, Martha and her gang make meticulous plans for their break out and subsequent adventures with a clear goal in mind. The plot is largely straightforward with their initial schemes escalating when things don't go exactly to plan. And things go wrong - a wild storm, a curious Yugoslav Mafia member and an ambitious hotel housekeeper, all add excitement and a touch of danger to the pensioners enterprise.

Ingelman-Sundberg plays it straight where Jonasson comedic sense wanders into the absurd. There is humor of course in a group of old age pensioners rebellion against society's 'rules', the care home's restrictions and their crime spree, certainly enough to raise a chuckle or three.

Commentary on the marginalisation of the elderly and their vulnerability to the power of care institutions, more concerned with profit margins than the well-being of their clientele, is inevitable though tempered by the idea of 'growing old disgracefully'. You can't help but admire the group's sense of fun and mischief.

I read the English translation of the novel which I think was well done. I did find the pace a little uneven and thought perhaps overall the novel was a little too long.

I did enjoy The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules, it's an entertaining, feel good crime caper which will have you cheering for the elderly rebels on the wrong side of the law.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Growing Old Disgracefully....a great read 14 décembre 2013
Par Marilyn Georgeff - Publié sur
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When a group of feisty pensioners break out of their retirement home in order to commit a crime that will put them behind bars, it creates mayhem in Stockholm. Swedish writer Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg takes us on a hilarious romp through the city’s grandest hotel, the National Museum of Art and a wild ferry crossing as the geriatric gang outwit police, a pursuing posse from their retirement home and even the Mafia! Persuaded that conditions in jail would have to be better than in a retirement home (a sentiment expressed in reality by critics) they decide to steal a painting for ransom. How they do it – and get away with it – keeps you turning pages as if it were a detective novel, but you’re laughing all the way.

Catharina Ingelman Sundberg has written a wonderfully intelligent book that is witty, wacky, a little wicked and wise. Yet underneath the crazy humor is a clarion call for better treatment and living conditions for our elderly. She has a great affection for her colorful characters , Martha, Brains, Rake, Christina and Anna Greta, and the growing emotional ties between members of the group adds another dimension to our concept of old age. Falling in love is not just for the young, but for the young in heart.
This is a book calling out for a film. Judy Dench, please read it. Martha is YOU.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great fun and HIGHLY entertaining. 2 décembre 2013
Par Liz Wilkins - Publié sur
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Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.

79-year-old Martha Anderson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting life-style. Along with her four oldest friends – otherwise known as the League of Pensioners – Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them.

I’m still giggling now. This novel is hilarious and heart warming and very addictive – the first thing I want to make clear is, when I’m 79 I hope that I’m out robbing banks. Ok, well perhaps I won’t actually rob banks but I’m taking my walker to a nightclub I’m telling you!

Martha refuses to conform. She may be old but she’s just not having it. She is the very definition of “Age is a state of mind” – her state of mind being mischievous child. Along with her cohorts, the league of pensioners, she sets out to break the mould and have a lot of fun along the way.

There were points in this story where I laughed until I cried, literally, but it also has some very poignant moments and the occasional tug on the heartstrings. Extremely easy and fun to read, this is one of my favourite books of the year for pure entertainment value.

A comedy romp in novel form you can’t go wrong with this one. A purely feel good and uplifting tale of life in the fast lane…no matter what age you happen to be on paper.

Happy Reading Folks!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 CHILDISH WRITING 31 mars 2014
Par little lady blue - Publié sur
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In spite of the enticing title, interesting cover and many glowing accolades this book turned out to be neither witty or clever.

The premise was promising: A group of elderly ladies and gentlemen, five in all, are very unhappy with their retirement home restrictions and inadequate food. After seeing a documentary on prison life showing it to be a lot more pleasant than their retirement home, they decide to commit a crime so as to go to prison. So much could have been made out of this idea with really creative writing.

Being of `an age' myself I was expecting a fun sophisticated kind of caper. However, I found the prose childish, the dialogue puerile and the various scenarios totally infantile and more in keeping with ten-year-olds. The characters felt and sounded more silly than smart.

Granted it starts to get a bit better about a third of the way through but not enough to make a difference. It never achieved the `spark' that I had expected.

In deference to the author I would like to assume that somehow the story was lost in translation, but I'm pretty sure that is not the case.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Pensioners Fight Back! 1 février 2014
Par Brett H - Publié sur
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it is hard not to relate rather quickly to Martha and her friends, or The League of Pensioners as they prefer to be known. Old they may be, but they are still looking for the same things as everyone else - excitement, the pleasure of the company of good friends and romance. The fact that they are all aged 80 or thereabouts is not going to stop them.

When their retirement home is taken over by a company more interested in profit than the comfort of the inmates it stirs a spirit of rebelliousness in the five friends. The thought that conditions in jail are probably more comfortable than conditions at home strikes a cord and they are soon planning a rather unlikely life of crime. The result is a very funny story with the Famous Five tottering about on their Zimmer frames, engaged in the most unlikely of activities.

This is an original book which is hard to categorise, but which will appeal to most readers. It is a story of the underdog fighting back, and has a feel good factor which will have you cheering Martha and her friends on. The translation is good and does not feel awkward. Highly recommended!
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