Author

Gerbrand Bakker

Gerbrand Bakker (b. 1962) studied Dutch language and literature and worked as a subtitler for nature films before becoming a gardener. His previous books include an etymological dictionary for children and the juvenile novel Perenbomen bloeien wit (Pear Trees Bloom White, 1999), which has been translated into German. Boven is het stil (It Is Silent Up There), his first adult novel, appeared in 2006 and has sold very well. The book was awarded the Golden Dog-Ear, a prize for the best-selling literary debut, and will be made into a film.

The Twin

The Twin

(Cossee, 2006, 264 pages)

Gerbrand Bakker’s Boven is het stil (The Twin) is ostensibly a book about the countryside, as seen through the eyes of a farmer, but in the end it’s about such universal matters as the possibility or impossibility of taking life into one’s own hands.

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June

June

(Cossee, 2009, 272 pages)

Juni (‘June’), the second novel by Gerbrand Bakker, begins astonishingly enough from the perspective of the former Dutch queen, Juliana, who on 17 June 1969 paid a working visit to the district of Wieringerwaard. Queen Juliana, known for occasionally breaking with protocol, abruptly turns her attention to a woman and child arriving late, by bicycle.

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The Detour

The Detour

(Cossee, 2010, 208 pages)

A Dutch woman, who is a university English lecturer, rents a farm in remote, rural Wales, where she is carrying out research into the work of Emily Dickinson. She intends to demonstrate that some of Dickinson’s poems were not of the same high standard as her other work. When she arrives, there are ten geese living on the farm, but they disappear, one by one. Perhaps it’s the work of a local fox.

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