Tessa de Loo
Tessa de Loo (b. 1945) majored in Dutch and taught for several years before making her debut as a writer with the short-story collection De meisjes van de suikerwerkfabriek (‘The Candy Factory Girls’, 1983, Anton Wachter Prize and Gouden Ezelsoor 1984), which became a great success. After this she wrote the novel Meander (1986) and the gift novella for National Book Week 1987 Het rookoffer (‘The Burnt Offering’). Following her novel Isabelle (1989). In 1993 her voluminous novel De tweeling (‘The Twins’) appeared, and it has proven her biggest success to date.