Paul Verhuyck was born in Antwerp in 1940. He has been living in the Netherlands for over for over twenty years, where he is a teacher of French language and literature at the University of Leiden. His first novel De doodbieren was published in 1991 and awarded the Flemish Debut Prize and the Dutch Anton Wachter Prize. It was followed by Moord door geboorte (1993) and De binnendienst (1995, shortlisted for both the ako- and Libris Literature Prize. Hout en koper is his fourth novel.