Gustaaf Peek (b. 1975) studied English language and literature at Leiden University. His debut novel Armin appeared in 2006. His second novel, Dover, came out in early 2008, inspired by the fatal drama of a group of Chinese immigrants at the British port of Dover. In 2010, his third novel, Ik was Amerika (I Was America) won him the BNG and F. Bordewijk Prizes. Godin, held (Goddess, Hero, 2014) received a rapturous reception and has been nominated for the 2015 Libris Literature Prize.