Maxim Februari (b. 1963) is a writer, columnist, lawyer and philosopher. His novel The Sons of the View (De zonen van het uitzicht) was published in 1989. His major breakthrough came with the award-winning The Book Club (De literaire kring, 2007, published by Quercus) which won the Annie Romein-Verschoor Prize and was shortlisted for the Libris and Golden Owl Literature Prizes and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2008 Februari received the Frans Kellendonk Prize for his entire oeuvre. He has also written several collections of essays, and since 1999 he has contributed a regular column to newspapers, first to de Volkskrant and now to NRC Handelsblad, often on the subject of justice and morality.