Author

Rinske Hillen

Rinske Hillen (b. 1975) studied philosophy at Cambridge and Amsterdam, and law in Utrecht. Her first novel Houtrot (Dry Rot, 2017) won the ANV Award for Best Debut and was shortlisted for the Bronzen Uil. The German edition was also very well received.

Dry Rot

Dry Rot

(Querido, 2017, 256 pages)

For centuries, the canalside residence of Keizersgracht 286 enjoyed a dubious reputation as Amsterdam’s haunted house, a magnet for sinister conjecture. Twenty years ago, the building came crashing down when the foundations gave way. Rinske Hillen has chosen this ill-fated pile as the setting for the intense family drama at the heart of her prizewinning debut Dry Rot.

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The Men’s Meal

The Men’s Meal

(Querido, 2021, 264 pages)

This novel – about parenthood, being an observer, failure and infidelity – centres on three characters who each yearn to live without compromise, Ben to be uncompromising in his art, Wout in his desire to do what is right, and Eva wanting to love two men at once. But their ideals clash with reality, a reality that seems to be all about what is and isn’t permitted – at the hospital, in personal relationships.

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Website

http://www.rinskehillen.nl