Geerten Meijsing (b. 1950) made his debut in the seventies with an ambitious trilogy devoted to literature, painting, and music. He won the AKO Literature Prize in 1988 with the novel Veranderlijk en wisselvallig (Fickle and Inconstant). Its pendant, Altijd de vrouw (Always the woman) appeared in 1991. Subsequent books by Meijsing include The grachtengordel (Inner Circles) and The ongeschreven leer (The Unwritten Doctrine). In 1998 Meijsing attracted considerable attention with his autobiographical novel Tussen mes en keel (Knife to the throat), in which he wrote candidly about his earlier depression. The book was shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize, and led to much discussion in the media about the role of psychiatry.