The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules

The Little Old Lady who Broke All the Rules

by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
Genres: Fiction
Published on 2014
Pages: 454
Format: Paperback Source: Owned
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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. Together, they cause an uproar with their antics: protesting against early bedtimes and plastic meals. As the elderly friends become more daring, their activities escalate and they come up with a cunning plan to break out of the 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--

I picked up this book purely because of the title. I loved the Swedish books called The Hundred-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared and The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden.

The people in this book are stuck in a horrible nursing home being run by people who are constantly looking for new and devious ways to cut more costs. When watching TV one night, the group of residents watch a documentary on the rights of Swedish prisoners. They realize that the law says they have to be treated better in prison than in a nursing home. It is time to get arrested!

That’s easier said than done. None of them have ever committed a crime before and they want to do it right. Too bad all their planning means that they get away with a huge theft and they can’t seem to get themselves arrested.

Nothing is going as planned for the pensioners so they get more and more daring to show the world that you have to pay attention to old people because they are capable of all kinds of trouble!

I didn’t like this book as much at the ones previously mentioned but it was cute. As it went on it got more farcical but I liked the ending.