Robert Anker (1946-2017) was a writer of poetry, novels and criticism. He debuted in 1977 as a poet in the literary magazine De Revisor. For his prose debut, the novel De thuiskomst van kapitein Rob (Captain Rob’s Homecoming, 1992), he was awarded the F. Bordewijk Prize, while his collected poetry, In het vertrek (In the Room) was nominated for the VSB Poetry Prize in 1997. The novel Een soort Engeland (A Kind of England, 2001), earned him the prestigious Libris Literature Prize.
Anker further published the novels Vrouwenzand (Women’s Sand, 1998), Hajar en Daan (Hajar and Daan, 2004), Nieuw-Lelievelt (2007), Oorlogshond (2011) and Schuim (2014).