Logo New Dutch Writing


On the Bright Side

On the Bright Side

On the Bright Side by Hendrik Groen, translation: Hester Velmans
(Hatchet Book Group, 2019, 448 pages)

On the Bright Side. The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 85 Years Old, is the sequel to Groen’s first book The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen. Once again we follow Hendrik, his friends in the elderly home and their antics. We find Hendrik after spending a year mourning his passed-away friend Eefje, but that does not mean that the 85 year old is any less mischievous as he was in the first novel. His elderly home is set for destruction, but Hendrik and his Old-But-Not-Dead Club will not let it happen without a fight.