The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules

by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | February 24, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 20.

A staggering 1.2 million copies sold in Sweden! Now in English for the first time

Readers around the world have fallen in love with the Senior League, five residents of the Diamond Retirement Home-Martha, The Genius, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Greta-who turn to a life of crime.

New owners have taken over the Diamond, making cost-cutting changes that have transformed the happy home into a dull and dreary place. The residents wonder if they wouldn''t be better off in prison! Martha gets an idea: they shall commit a crime that will ensure conviction- some type of financial crime, a small coup of some sort. They will give whatever they get to the poor and elderly. If Robin Hood could do it, so can they!

What starts as a robbery attempt at a nearby luxury hotel escalates to art theft from a major museum, the culprits armed only with bolt cutters and high-tech walkers. The Mafia gets wind of these robberies, and suddenly the underworld has its eye on both the stolen paintings and the handiwork of The Genius. Soon the Senior League has both the law and the lawless at their heels.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.63 × 5.75 × 1.09 in

Published: February 24, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443428264

ISBN - 13: 9781443428262

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from fun ride I enjoyed this book. It was fun, and light - hearted, though at times poignant about how things can be for our older population.I think boredom is a killer of many good people. I felt very engaged with the seniors in this book and I even have the movie playing in my head and who I think should play the characters!
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun seniors captivate readers I finished reading ''The Little Old Lady....'' about 10 days ago and I'm still laughing and wishing there were more adventures for me to keep reading about. Hilarious, fast paced, intrepid seniors with open minds keep you thoroughly enticed about what their next project might be. Whatever your age, you'll enjoy this book if you've known some highly interesting seniors. And if you're a senior, you'll wish, as I did, that you could get together with the group of people in this wonderful book. I couldn't put it down and I bet you won't be able to either.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worthy of the read time Found this book original and interesting, if you are a senior or have someone in your life that is you will relate to the story.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointing... If you loved the 100 year old man... then you will find this book is just not going to be as good. It may be a great outline for a TV movie or series, but the writing will not entertain. Maybe one can blame it on the English translation, and while I forced myself to finish, that was my mantra. The cliches and senior stereotyping were tedious. The storyline was forced - I just could not believe the characters would do/say the things they did. Yes, there were some cute moments that made me grin. But I was disappointed.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't as funny as I was hoping for I was really excited to start this book. It sounded like so much fun. Unfortunately it wasn't as much fun as all the hype let on. It was interesting, sure, but I found myself getting bored at parts and only finished it because I wanted to see what would happen. I liked how it all worked out for everyone and agree that many people would never suspect the elderly of pulling off quite the stunts they did but there are many that would as well. While it was enjoyable it wasn't what I was expecting. I had hoped for more. Oh well, on to the next book!
Date published: 2014-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A treat to read This is a book to delight all seniors and perhaps those not quite so senior. It is funny and clever. I shall be looking for more by this author.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This book is fabulous! Incredibly funny, and highly entertaining. A story that just makes you happy. It is also quite clever. I would most definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Little Old Lady Who Broke all the Rules I decided to venture out to a different author and different type of book and I'm glad I did. It w3as a good thought provoking and amusing story and I really enjoyed it
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! If you liked The 100 year old man... then you will enjoy this book too!
Date published: 2014-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, and thought provoking. Maybe not all pensioners are as feeble as they seem! ;-) An enjoyable read with scheming, humor, and even car chases!
Date published: 2014-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be made into a movie hilarious and thought provoking - make this into a movie. I can imagine the characters now!
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from wonderful fluff A light read to bring a smile to your face. No one who lives in a nursing home really functions like this but it was a fun fantasy. David McKee, Toronto
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious OMG this book is so funny. Easy read. Can't wait to give it to my mother and daughter to read. If you loved this book read "the hundred year old man who climbed out the window"
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules Funny, Entertaining, Light Read. Just the right thing after the serious novels. Enjoyed it very much. But what happened to Gunnar???
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming caper novel 3.5/5 As I've mentioned before, I have a fondness for heist tales, be it book or movie. Well, Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg has come out with a fun caper story, with a twist - The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules. Seventy nine old Martha and her four friends reside at the Diamond Retirement Home in Sweden. The administrators running the home have slowly but surely eroded the seniors' enjoyment of life, through tasteless meals, strict rules, rising costs and worse. They're bored. Surely even prisoners are treated better than they are! Hang on....what if? You can see it coming, can't you..... Martha and her newly formed League of Pensioners gang come up with a plan. They'll commit robberies and have themselves sent to prison. Surely they'll be treated better there! And a little bit of extra cash wouldn't go amiss either. And half the fun is in the planning. Who is going to suspect five old folks with walkers? Well, it turns out they have a knack for crime, although their plans don't always execute quite the way they intended.. What I really enjoyed were the seniors themselves, their thoughts, interactions and desire to live an interesting, full, rich life despite their advancing age. I think older people are discounted far too often. Ingleman-Sundberg's take on her seniors' lives has a large dose of truth woven throughout. Her imaginings of what they might do to change their circumstances were really quite entertaining. For me, not quite the laugh out loud funny mentioned on the cover blurbs, but definitely charming. You'll be cheering for the 'gang'. Being a crime fiction fanatic, I had to stop myself from picking apart plot points that were a bit far-fetched in places and just go with the story. Although, I can see this being made into a movie - and it would be fun to cast. There seem to be a lot of 'feisty old folks' films being produced lately. The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is a bestseller in Sweden (1.2 million copies sold!). I found the translation to English a bit wooden in spots and some references may have been 'lost in translation. If you enjoyed The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out Window and Disappeared, you might enjoy this book.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules What a pleasure to read something that was so joyful. I look forward to a sequel.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The little old lady who broke all the rules This book was hilarious! A nice light read, kept you interested to see what antics they plan on getting up too!  
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved the title The book lived up to its name. We could all imagine living in a nursing home and wanting it to be better. We would all be better off if we had the gumption of these seniors. The storyline was a bit predictable, but fun.
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An engaging, hilarious read I couldn't put down Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg is a wonderful storyteller.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Entertaining This is a true 'feel-good' and heart warming novel. I can't wait to give it to my parents for Christmas! Just loved it!
Date published: 2013-12-13

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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules

by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.63 × 5.75 × 1.09 in

Published: February 24, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443428264

ISBN - 13: 9781443428262

From the Publisher

A staggering 1.2 million copies sold in Sweden! Now in English for the first time

Readers around the world have fallen in love with the Senior League, five residents of the Diamond Retirement Home-Martha, The Genius, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Greta-who turn to a life of crime.

New owners have taken over the Diamond, making cost-cutting changes that have transformed the happy home into a dull and dreary place. The residents wonder if they wouldn''t be better off in prison! Martha gets an idea: they shall commit a crime that will ensure conviction- some type of financial crime, a small coup of some sort. They will give whatever they get to the poor and elderly. If Robin Hood could do it, so can they!

What starts as a robbery attempt at a nearby luxury hotel escalates to art theft from a major museum, the culprits armed only with bolt cutters and high-tech walkers. The Mafia gets wind of these robberies, and suddenly the underworld has its eye on both the stolen paintings and the handiwork of The Genius. Soon the Senior League has both the law and the lawless at their heels.

Editorial Reviews

"It is really very, very funny!" -RADIO P 4 BLEKINGE

"One of this fall''s funniest and most different books." -RADIO P 4 SKARABORG

"Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg should be read by people of all ages." -RADIO P 4

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