The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catharina Ingelman-SundbergThe Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules

byCatharina Ingelman-Sundberg

Paperback | March 4, 2014

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Get carried away by the criminally fun internationally bestselling sensation!

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is a quirky, humorous and heart-warming story about growing old disgracefully—and breaking all the rules along the way!

Seventy-nine-year-old Martha Andersson dreams of escaping the dull, drab life of the retirement home. With no intention of spending the rest of her days confined to an armchair, she enlists her four oldest friends—a.k.a. the League of Pensioners—to rebel against the rules imposed upon them. Together, they cause an uproar with their antics: protesting against early bedtimes, tasteless meals, and a host of unfair cost-cutting measures. As the elderly friends become more daring, their activities escalate, and they devise a cunning plan to rob a bank in order to fund their exciting new lives. Determined to stand up for senior citizens everywhere—and not to be slowed down by their walkers—they outrun both the law and the lawless on their way to wealth and infamy.

For fans of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, this is a charming, funny caper that proves you’re never too old to break the rules!

CATHARINA INGELMAN-SUNDBERGis a Swedish author who has written seventeen books. Her most recent book,The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules(Kaffe med Ranor "Coffee with Robbery"), surpassed sales of 1.2 million copies internationally and was a number one bestseller in Canada.
Title:The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The RulesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.04 inPublished:March 4, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443428264

ISBN - 13:9781443428262


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming and Witty This was a hilarious read! I love the originality behind the concept and how they bring forth the elderly into a new light. I definitely recommend!
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from hilarious A hilarious story about how age does not mean that you can't have fun - it means you can get away with more.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely amusing! This book was funny from negining to end. Amusing story of heists and mishaps with the old lady and her crew of pensioners. Perfect book for winding down and just having a good laugh.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HILARIOUS! This book was HILARIOUS! There were parts of the book where I had to remind myself that they were a bunch of 80 year old. I am definitely suspicious of other 80 year olds to see if they're up to mischief even my Grandma hahahha!
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fresh and new What a great little story! If you are tired of reading the same old story over and over again just framed differently by several authors? Than this is the book for you. It was fresh and new and even when you think you know what's going to happen next, guess what? You're wrong. Not predictable at all.
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from fulfilling i found this book lovely, it made me feel complete and warm. it was a cozy book, if that's an adequate way of explaining it...
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good The story is original and not like I expected. The league of pensionners go through a lot and not always good for them. I liked that about the book. What I found harder is the style of writing I guess I'm just not used to it but I found it flowed less then the previous book I was reading some expressions as well I wasn't used to seeing. Still funny and entertaning.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but hard to get through I found this book after reading Jonas Jonasson's books and wanting more of that style. The book definitely has funny parts. The lead characters have distinct, well-described personalities. The book was a bit hard to finish because it gets slow in parts and I found myself not really connecting with the characters by the end.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Feelings I have tried on three separate occasions to read this book and every time I get about 70 pages in and move on to something different. It does have its comical parts, but I can't get deeply engaged in the story.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the idea The plot sounded like it would be a great read and there certainly were points that made me laugh and also feel for elders living in senior homes. Seemed to lack spunk in the later chapters but overall a fun read.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny This book is hilarious and well written.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny Funny, easy read. Good to take on vacation!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun read this book was entertaining all the way to the end. I picture this little old lady as a friend's grandma or an eccentric aunt or something, makes me wonder if my nan and her friends got into these antics in their golden years. Lovely read for all, makes a great gift for a senior in your life who likes to read. won't disappoint!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! I enjoyed this book, although I think the translation is not the best. But the characters are fun, the plot is entertaining, and it's all in all a good read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG Just fell in love this is the coolest gang ever will read all of them .... so funny love they way they are never under suspicion because of there age just perfect.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilariously great! I loved the mixture between the crime investigation and the humour of the old characters of the book!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seniors Rule Seniors rules in this comedic story.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Story That Suffers in Translation This is the best book in the series, in my opinion. The characters are charming and their misadventures are bizarrely humourous and over the top, to the point of being unrealistic and a bit gimmicky. I think that the story is probably better in Swedish. The translation is at times awkward and just doesn't work in Emglish, containing odd our anachronistic turns of phrase and Swedish references that North American readers might find puzzling. I have a soft spot for these spunky seniors for whom nothing goes as planned and I would recommend reading this book.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feisty and Funny Seniors Rule An amusing read that will have you in stitches, and give you a new found respect for those sweet little old ladies in your life.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Full of laughs. So enjoyable to read!
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute, Seniors deserve more respect! This was cute and easy read that I finished in a few days. I wish those oldies got into a little bit more trouble though! It was such a cool premise and I think the author could have done more with it. I was expecting a lot more humour.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different This was passed along to me by a friend and I put off reading it for awhile. It ended up being funny. Some parts are iffy and slow but overall a great read.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and great! This was one of the few book that I had a good laugh. I also love the idea that retirees are not just sitting around.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! I wasn't really sure what to expect but it was definitely worth the time to read. I had a good laugh at some points but I wasn't sure where the story was going to go at some parts either. Definitely gives you a different persecutive of those who are in long term care facilities.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to Start, Easy to Finish Sadly, this book sat on my shelf a while before I gave it a read - I didn't know what I was missing! This book is great for adventure readers who want a change of pace and topic. This new genre of senior heists is exciting and original, and something I cannot put down.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious! Both this book and "The Little Old Lady Strikes Again" are an absolute delight to read and I cannot wait for the third to arrive this March!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sweet and funny! A quick read, that will put a smile on your face.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny The first 100 pages are slow then it gets really funny!
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming Funny, Charming, Lovable. Such a great book.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! This was super funny and an easy read.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining The main character is absolutely funny and it made me wonder how it is when you get old and people think you can't do anything and the gang proved them wrong.
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing So funny and quirky I was rooting for them the whole time!! A must read for sure I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for travel A fine read for long layovers with a fun story and cute characters. It was 'The Big Bang Theory' of books; easy on the eyes without having to over think the plot.
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comedy and suspense! The little old lady is a great character, and the plot is so clever that this book was hard to put down! Funny and engaging story from start to finish; I loved it!
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We will someday be in similar circumstances, I wonder what we will do? I really enjoyed this book. Lots of twists and the characters are lovely. Martha and Brains are my favorites and I want to be just as adventurous when I am their age. I sent my copy to my cousin who manages an old age home. She has her own stories to tell......
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not As Good As The Hundred Year Old Man I chose this book because I loved The Hundred Year Old Man. It was not as funny or entertaining. I stopped reading the novel halfway through and began reading it again only after I had run out of reading material.
Date published: 2015-04-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This book is badly written. I have never read such a poorly written book. If the author was trying to make it funny, it must have lost something in the translation. There is nothing to recommend it.
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An amusing and enjoyable read I recommend this book for a good vacation read. Engaging plot and interesting characters. Overall a fun story sprinkled with suspense.
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from what a waste of time. sadly this book is too reminiscent of many other attempts at such spoofs and doesn't hit the mark at all. It is badly written, totally implausible and not remotely funny. perhaps it improved but i quit, i have way too many good books to read to waste my time on this. no wonder it's on special with KOBO you couldn't give it away to me.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of fun and clever. Really enjoyed this book! Sometimes found myself wondering how the author dreamed up so many complex plots for this group of very clever seniors. Af A fun read for anyone.
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from over dramatic The escapades were fun to enjoy though at times character flaws were not believable. Nice read on support of what Seniors can do when most think they have grown past their "usefulness ".
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very cute This book is pretty cute. I do think it would make a very good humerus movie. The simplistic ways these old timers go about doing crimes and getting away with it is adorable.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Book loses momentum with translation While the story was interesting, reading the prose was a slog. The book could have benefitted by a good English editor. It lost momentum when the police entered the story. A writer should not spend the readers time on characters she is not going to fully develop. The thoughts of the police did not add anything. They shoukd have remained as distant as the Yugoslav criminal.
Date published: 2015-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The little old lady who broke all the rules An absolute delight to read. Makes one our age (79 and 83) feel much younger and ready to take on more chalenges. Enjoy!
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read I couldn't put it down and laughed all the way through it. I hope to see " The League of Pensioners" again soon!!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The little old lady who... Funny story entertaining,we need more of these feel good storys.Worth the read sheds a new light on the elderly.
Date published: 2015-01-08
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 2 out of 5 by from The Little Old Lady Who Broke All Th Unrealistic, unbelievable plot! Perhaps more research was needed. Truly a work of extreme fiction.
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Little Old Lady Who Broke All Th Unrealistic, unbelievable plot! Perhaps more research was needed. Truly a work of extreme fiction.
Date published: 2014-11-02
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 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining A very entertaining read. Never knew what was the oldies we're going to do next. They spiced up their mundane lives and those of many others, including the reader's.
Date published: 2014-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Little Old Lady Who Broke All Th Delightfully entertaining! Great read to relax and entertain you, with well thought out plot and just the right amount of humour! Loved this book!
Date published: 2014-10-06
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 4 out of 5 by from The Little Old Lady Who Broke All Th A lively and amusing read!
Date published: 2014-08-01
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 2 out of 5 by from Boring A real snooze to me.
Date published: 2014-07-19
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

Editorial Reviews

“A truly fun, enjoyable [and] wonderful novel.”