Maxim Februari (b. 1963) gained a doctorate for a thesis on the clash between economics and ethics and currently works as a consultant. His debut novel The Sons of the View appeared in 1989 and his award-winning novel The Book Club (2007) was published in English by Quercus. 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. His previous titles appeared under the name Marjolijn Februari. Man Under Construction is the first book he has published as Maxim Februari.