By Mary Phillips
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The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules – and about time too

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Issue 2387

At last, a novel that puts old people in the driving seat and gives them personalities.

A group of pensioners whose lives are restricted to an old people’s home decide to make their lives more exciting—by starting a life of crime.

Of course, on the whole no one suspects them. After all, they are only pensioners. They manage to sneak out and book into a hotel, where they steal jewellery and trinkets.

They kidnap valuable paintings from a gallery and demand a ransom of millions. They use Zimmerframes and trolleys to transport their loot and work out ways of hoodwinking the police.

At one point they end up in prison, which they had assumed would be better than the old people’s home.

It is very interesting to see how the different pensioners interact with other people. I wanted to know at each turn of the page what would happen next. 

What I particularly liked was how the pensioners made relationships, holding hands under the table and getting pissed.

They get naughtier and naughtier. And when they go back to the home they have had an effect on the other pensioners. They no longer put up with boring food and terrible conditions.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and began to wonder whether I should embark on a life of crime myself.

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules, by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, Pan Macmillan, £7.99


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