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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules [Kindle Edition]

Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg , Rod Bradbury
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (770 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Translated by Rod Bradbury.



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‘A shining expression of how joyous life is. It is not dangerous to grow old if you are like Märtha and the gang’ Hyllan, blogg

‘The funniest book this year!’ Magazine Familjen, Norway

‘A book which should be read by people of all ages’ Radio P4

‘A hilarious farce . . . highly entertaining with very well crafted characters’ Frettabladid newspaper, Iceland

‘It has humour, brilliant dialogue, irony and warmth. A light-hearted and enjoyable detective comedy with breath-taking events, which provide many smiles but also reflection on life’ PRO Pensionären

‘Criminally fun!’ Bonniers Bokklubb

‘Very imaginative, fun and filled with gallons of humour!’ Katarina Mazetti

Book Description

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 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Translated by Rod Bradbury.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 461 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Main Market Ed. edition (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FG38BK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (770 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mischievous OAP's :-) 28 Dec. 2013
By J Dent
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a very funny read. The adventures of a 79-year-old (and her ageing companions) who refuse to sit out the rest of their lives without ambition and excitement. They are determined to make the most of their otherwise dull and depressing time in a care home, and plot to rob a bank - the results are hilarious, occasionally touching, and scarily believable! But all in all, a very good and easy to read book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

I've read a few comedy novels that involve non conforming pensioners, and this is right up there with the best. Another I would also highly recommend is I'm Dreaming of a Wilde Summer (A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy) which had me stitches.

I will look out for other Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg books!
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is a Gangsta Granny! 29 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded this book because it was 99p on Kindle - and it is worth every penny! You get plenty of page for your money and plenty of laughs too!

I am a young male and despite the age difference I enjoyed reading 100 year old man. This book doesn't have such an epic or historical setting as 100 year old man but I liked the Stockholm setting. This book reminded me more of something like Dad's Army as the story revolves around 5 elderly friends who get up to all sorts of capers.The friendships in this book are really strong and it was nice to see older people standing up for themselves and the things they believe in. The ending was interesting and made me wonder if there was a sequel in store?

Overall I thorough recommend this book, its great value entertainment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars CHILDISH WRITING 31 Mar. 2014
Format:Paperback
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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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not to my taste 14 Feb. 2014
By Bantam Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I love Amazon and they are always the first place I look whenever I am planning a purchase but I suspect that they have dropped a clanger this time and sent me the wrong book. The book I ordered was described on their website as being incredibly quirky, humorous and warm-hearted. Unfortunately, the book they send me was not quirky but bizarre, lame rather than humorous and more empty headed than warm-hearted. I jest, but if ever a book proved the statement “there’s no accounting for taste” to be spot-on, it is this one. At the time of writing this review it has an average rating of over four stars, with many reviewers stating how enjoyable and funny it is but I just don’t see it like that myself. To be honest, The Little Old Lady That Broke all the Rules bored me to tears and I can’t think of anything about it that I liked.

The story is extremely tame, almost to the point of childishness. I realise that most comic novels have a certain degree of infeasibility but the plot of this book strains credibility WAY too far. It is possible that the author’s original Swedish version is a true comic classic and that the English translation as deprived it of its style and humour; if that is so I suggest that the publishers have it re-translated. Maybe that version will be better. The characters, written to be feisty but likeable pensioners, are more shove-able that lovable, more like cartoon characters than proper, fleshed out people. I didn't like any one of them and spent most of the book hoping that they would get arrested and that the subsequent trial would sentence them all to death. Lastly, this is supposed to be a funny book; you could have fooled me - I've had more fun getting a boil lanced.

You will probably have gathered by now that I didn't like this book. Sorry, but it just didn't float my boat.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The joys of old age 31 Jan. 2014
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
When I saw the blurb for this the idea appealed to me. Pensioners who rob banks looked to be a little edgy. In practice this tale is not edgy but is lightly affectionate mostly. Set mostly in Stockholm a group of pensioners decide that, by committing a robbery, they will be sent to prison which appears to offer a better life than their current residential home. I really did love the prologue however I found the story rather bland a lot of the time. Some parts were entertaining and it tackled some quite deep issues of how the elderly are treated and perceived by society as a whole. The characters weren't really strong enough for me although Martha - the ring leader - was great. Not a bad read and probably more 3.5 star all in all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Published 14 hours ago by Mrs M A Mlborrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Funny. Easy to read and certainly very entertaining. We should all be so lucky in our last few years to enjoy life so much.
Published 1 day ago by Clive Snook
1.0 out of 5 stars Get a move on Granny
expected to enjoy this but am struggling to engage . Bit slow and a little annoying to be honest . Prefer Janet Evanovitch
Published 3 days ago by Patsy
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring writing, predictable plot
Gave up before the end. Boring writing, predictable plot........
Trying to copy the brilliant '100 year old man.' No way.
Published 4 days ago by Dena
4.0 out of 5 stars pensioners on the run
Growing old disgracefully was never so good. A well told tale of a group of pensioners unhappy with their lot and treated appallingly by those that should be caring for them. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Janeymac73
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I had no idea what to expect from ths title and I was pleasantly surprised. Martha and the League of Pensioners are an inspiration. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Matron
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very funny
Published 9 days ago by J. Pettifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Another 4 am book - couldn't put it down.
Brilliant imaginative story if a little far fetched. Thoroughly enjoyed it tho.
Published 10 days ago by Margaret Batten
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I'm struggling to get "into" the book as the start doesn't appeal to me. Maybe later will be OK.
Published 16 days ago by Edward Michael Carte
4.0 out of 5 stars yes this was enjoyable, daft of course but it ...
yes this was enjoyable, daft of course but it made me smile and was entertaining, you could also identify with the characters..
Published 17 days ago by Linda Michel
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