Floortje Zwigtman (b. 1974) is one of our most promising, remarkable and fearless contemporary writers of books for young people. Rather than following fashion, she writes lengthy historical novels, based on extensive research. Her debut Spelregels (The Rules of the Game, 2001) was followed by Wolfsroedel (Wolf Pack, 2002), an historical epic about power and its abuse in the Balkans, and the masterly Schijnbewegingen (Tricks of the Trade, 2005), the first part of her recently completed Victorian trilogy ‘A Green Flower’. Zwigtman’s use of language is rich and powerful. She has deservedly won a number of prestigious literary awards and has been welcomed with open arms by readers and critics alike. Zwigtman regards Emily Brontë (Wuthering Heights) and Melvin Burgess as literary models, admiring them for their honesty about human relationships. Another favorite is Astrid Lindgren, whom she respects for her imagination and versatility.