Saskia Goldschmidt

Saskia Goldschmidt (Amsterdam, 1954) worked as a youth theatre producer and trainer of hospital staff and debuted in 2009 with Verplicht gelukkig (Compulsory Happiness), an autobiographical non-fiction book about growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust. The success of her debut and the discovery of documents about the rise of the pharmaceutical giant Organon (producers of the contraceptive pill), prompted her to write this novel. The Hormone Factory was an instant success in the Netherlands and rights have already been sold to Germany, Israel and the United States.

The Hormone Factory

The Hormone Factory

(Cossee, 2012, 285 pages)

In her debut as a novelist, Saskia Gold­schmidt has chosen the true story of two brothers and a scientist who set up a pharmaceutical factory in the years running up to the Second World War. The author transforms this story into a tragedy of biblical proportions, with hormones flying all over the place.

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