Author

Gideon Samson

Gideon Samson (b. 1985) dreamed of being a professional footballer but instead became a writer, like his mother. And what a writer he is. His debut Niets zeggen! (Don’t Say Anything!, 2008) about bullying was an award winner and he became the youngest-ever winner of a Zilveren Griffel for Ziek (Sick, 2009). This was followed by the sensational Zwarte Zwaan (Black Swan, 2012). He was even able to put his footballing career to good use in De Scheids (The Ref, 2014), writing a book for adults, under the pseudo- nym of Menno Fernandes, about his experiences as a referee in amateur football.

Black Swan

Black Swan

(Leopold, 2012, 212 pages)

Gideon Samson’s Black Swan punctures the myth of the innocent child. He shows that children can be ruthless: they don’t stop to think about how serious their actions are or about the consequences for other people. For manipulative Rifka, life is a game and she is the winner. Samson has written a haunting, stunning, taboo-breaking literary novel about a darkly fascinating character.

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Washed Away

Washed Away

(Querido Kinderboeken, 2014, 176 pages)

11 July, 2010. Pieter (23) is watching the World Cup final between the Nether­lands and Spain when he receives a friendship request on Facebook from Elin, a Swedish girl. This catapults him five and half years back into the past to a period of voluntary work in Sri Lanka, when he spent the best Christmas Eve of his life with Elin, on the beach, in the waves. The next morning, that same sea engulfed coastal areas across Asia.

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Island Days

Island Days

(Leopold, 2016, 176 pages)

Jakob Zervakis has a Dutch mother and a Greek father. When his mother books a holiday with her new boyfriend at a luxury hotel in Thailand, she sends Jakob to stay at his father’s restaurant on an island in the Mediterranean for the first time in years. Jakob takes thirty comic books with him, just to be on the safe side.

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