Anne-Gine Goemans

Anne-Gine Goemans (b. 1971) is a journalist and also teaches journalism at the Hogeschool Utrecht. She made her debut in 2008 with the novel Ziekzoekers (Unfurrowed Ground), which won the Anton Wachterprijs for the best debut. Her novel Glijvlucht (Gliding Flight, 2011) was awarded the Dioraphte Youth Literature Prize in 2012.

Gliding Flight

Gliding Flight

(De Geus, 2011, 320 pages)

Anne-Gine Goemans describes the isolated world of fourteen-year-old Gieles, who lives in an almost deserted spot right next to a new landing strip: the so-called polder runway, which his father is supposed to keep free of geese and other birds. Gieles has two geese of his own and he wants to teach them how to fly, following the example of ornithologist Christian Moullec, his great hero. His other great hero is Captain Scully, the pilot who made a successful emergency landing on the Hudson after a flock of geese disabled the engine of his plane.

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