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Susanne Scholl - Grannies rob a bank

When you’re out of money but there’s still plenty of month left to go, you’ve got to get a bit creative.

Badly paid jobs, divorces; the highs and lows of life as an artist or a reckless propensity for the finer things in life – the reasons for poverty in old age are as varied as the women themselves, but the only remedies are creativity and solidarity. Erika, a retired teacher, Lilli, an unsuccessful musician, Anna, a widowed spendthrift, and Ursula, a nurse with a fatal fondness for exotic love affairs, set up ‘Learn with Gran’, organise flea markets, bake cakes and cultivate Erika’s allotment. When that isn’t enough, they decide to try their luck with rather less legitimate tactics …

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224 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701717613
Release date: 11.10.2022

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Susanne Scholl

born 1949 in Vienna, studied Slavic Studies in Rome and Moscow. She is best known for her many years as the ORF's foreign correspondent in Moscow. Susanne Scholl has published numerous works and received several awards for her journalistic work and humanitarian commitment, a.o, the Concordia prize and the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art. Recent publications include "Die Damen des Hauses" (Ladies of the house) (2019) and "Omas Bankraub" (Grannies rob a bank) (2022). 

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