-- Margo Hammond
1. THE GRANNY ALPHABET: PART I
2. THE GRANNY ALPHABET: PART II
As if that wasn't enough, Walker offers a second volume in the twinset: another abecedaria, this time featuring drawings of little old ladies by English illustrator, designer and portrait painter Lawrence Mynott that begins "A is for Adventurous, B is for Batty, C is for Chic."
And here's the best part: Walker is donating all proceeds from the sale of The Granny Alphabet to Friends of the Elderly, an English organization that provides residential care, nursing care and dementia care for the elderly.
3. THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT OF THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED
As this rollicking novel opens, Allan Karlsson is stepping out of the first floor of his nursing home in his slippers to escape the tedious celebrations planned for his 100th birthday. While waiting for a bus to get out of town, Karlsson inadvertently steals a suitcase filled with cash owned by a gang of criminals, setting off a picaresque chase across Sweden. A Zelig-like character, Karlsson is not a stranger to adventures: He has had a lifetime of them, saving the lives of a slew of famous people in the process (not to mention inventing the atom bomb). Originally published in Swedish in 2009 and published in the U.S. by Hyperion Books at the end of last year, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is set to be released as a movie in Sweden on Christmas day. Penned by first-time Swedish novelist Jonas Jonasson, the novel has sold more than five million copies in 35 countries.
4. HARRY LIPKIN, PRIVATE EYE
Harry Lipkin at 87 is the world's oldest private detective and star of this whodunit. Harry works out of Miami, carrying a Smith & Wesson snub-nose .38 in the glove compartment of his 40-year-old Chevy Impala, where he also keeps his dentures. This is not a crime novel that you read for the plot, which is lame. You read it for Harry who is one of the most unique characters you'll encounter anywhere. His creator, Barry Fantoni, was a cartoonist and wrote jokes for over 40 years for the British magazine Private Eye.
5. THURSDAYS IN THE PARK
Author Hilary Boyd is herself a creative late bloomer (see her Creative Late Bloomer profile at Hilary Boyd: Don't Call It Gran Lit ): In 2011 she published Thursdays in the Park when she was 60 after 20 years of rejection slips. The story she tells in Thursdays in the Park also has an it's-never-too-late theme. A 60-year-old woman in a sexless and unhappy marriage falls for a 60-something man she meets in the park where they both bring their grandchildren every Thursday. The novel became an international bestseller last year when it appeared as an e-book (in Britain, it even outsold Fifty Shades of Grey). The Brits called it Gran Lit, a term Boyd roundly rejects. And no wonder. Her protaganist is no "white-bun, baggy-cardie, specs-toting granny," she insists. Well, she's a granny but a sexy one who learns that it's never too late even for sex. On a roll, Boyd this year published two more novels -- Tangled Lives in February and When You Walked Back Into My Life in October. Tangled Lives is about a woman with three grown children who harbors a secret: At 18 she gave up a baby boy for adoption and now her son wants to make contact. When You Walked Back Into My Life tells the story of a love affair that falls apart and may or may not get rekindled years later.