Herman Koch (b. 1953) is a widely acclaimed bestselling author. His international break through novel The Dinner (2009) has been published in 55 countries, which is unprecedented for any Dutch novel. It has also been adapted into several international stage plays and no less than three movies. The US adaptation, starring Richard Gere and Steve Coogan, will be released in 2017. Koch’s subsequent novels Summer House with Swimming Pool (2011, long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) and Dear Mr M. (2014) were also international bestsellers. His latest novel, De Greppel (The Ditch), has been warmly received and declared ‘vintage Koch’.