Frank Westerman (b. 1964) studied Tropical Cultivation at Wageningen University. In 1987 he spent a year in the Peruvian Andes, researching the irrigation methods of Aymara Indians. Westerman is the author of many bestsellers: The Republic of Grain (1999), Engineers of the Soul (2002), El Negro and Me (2004), Ararat (2007), Brother Mendel’s Perfect Horse (2010), Choke Valley (2013) and A Word A Word (2016). His work, which has received numerous awards, has been widely translated. His previous book, We, Hominids, has been translated into French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and English so far.