Today on the blog I’m pleased to host Catherina Ingleman-Sundberg who is answering a few questions about her new novel The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules.
1) The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules has sold to 20 countries so far and has been published under several different titles. Can you tell us what the other titles are and what they mean?
The original Swedish title is Kaffe med Rån which translated means ‘Coffee and Robbery’. Some countries have followed the Swedish title, i.e. the Icelandic version Kaffi og Rán. The German title is Wir fangen gerade erst an (We’ve Only Started Now), the Italian title is La banda degli insoliti ottantenni (You Cannot Trust the 80 year olds), the Norwegian title is Svindel og multelikør (Crookery and Cloudberry liqueur), the Spanish title is La Bolsa o la vida (The Money or Your Life) and the Dutch title is very much the same – Je geld of je leven.
I love the English title, The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules because it says exactly what the book is all about. A group of elderly people who break all the rules – with Martha as their leader. And then I identify with the title personally as well!
2) How does it feel to have written an internationally bestselling novel?
Absolutely fantastic! I am so happy with the response I have had from readers.
3) Who is your favourite character in the League of Pensioners?
Actually, I love them all. Martha is my central character, of course, and I identify with her, but I like Brains very much, too, as well as Anna-Greta, Christina and Rake. So, you see, it is difficult to single out just one of them . . .
4) Can you tell us anything about your next project?
Yes, I have already written the next book! The League of Pensioners are up to their old tricks again but this time in Las Vegas!
“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 . . .
Perfect for fans of The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
Translated by Rod Bradbury.
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For your chance to win a copy of The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules, courtesy of Pan Macmillan, keep a lookout for my retweet competition on Twitter today. For an extra chance to win leave a comment saying how you’d break the rules. All names will be placed in a hat and the winner will be announce on Friday 14th March at 9am.