Elizabeth Termeer (b. 1952) made her debut in 1991 with the novel Het goede voorbeeld (‘The Right Example’), followed by the collection of stories Zoveel manieren van minnen (1992). Her books usually deal with more or less unsympathetic characters from everyday life. Het afscheidsfeest (‘The Farewell Party’, 1994) tells the story of the inhabitants of an apartment building. Elisabeth Termeer is a teacher at the Language School in Gouda, in the west of the Netherlands. She is a regular contributor to the newspaper NRC Handelsblad.