The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg

Translated by Rod Bradbury
02 January 2014
464 pages


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 . . .

Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg's insightful comedy is perfect for fans of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Series and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Translated from Swedish by Rod Bradbury. Continue the escapades with The Little Old Lady Who Struck Lucky Again!

A good-natured, humorous crime caper
A quirky, offbeat delight and a heart-warming reminder that one is never too old for some mischief and adventure
‘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