On The Bright Side
The new diary from one of literature's most beloved octogenarians.On The Bright Side picks up where The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen left off, at the care home of the anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club where Hendrik and his friends are determined to enjoy their autumn years full of optimism. Written with his characteristic charm and humour Hendrik proves, yet again, that age is simply a number.Praise for Hendrik Groen'I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more' - David Suchet
Praise for The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 831/4 Years Old * - * Very funny -- Jeremy Paxman * Financial Times * Terrific. This geriatric Adrian Mole made me laugh -- Fanny Blake * Woman and Home * I laughed until I cried and then laughed and cried some more -- David Suchet There are many laughs in this book but it's so much more than just a comedy. It's 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
Hendrik Groen started his diaries on the literary website of Torpedo magazine. His first diary The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old has been translated into over thirty languages and On The Bright Side went straight to number 1 in its native Netherlands. Hester Velmans is the author of two popular children's novels and an award-winning translator specializing in modern fiction. Her translation of Renate Dorrestein's A Heart of Stone won the Vondel Prize for Translation.