Arthur Japin (b. 1956) has written for the stage as well as for radio, film and television. His breakthrough came in 1997 with the novel De zwarte met het witte hart (The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi), which sold over 150,000 copies and was awarded several prizes. Een schitterend gebrek (In Lucia’s Eyes) won him the Libris Literature Prize in 2004 and the Inktaap young readers award, while De overgave (Surrender) received the Dutch Railways Readers’ Prize (NS Publieksprijs) in 2008. Since then he has published four more successful novels as well as several novellas and short stories. His books have sold more than one and a half million copies in the Netherlands alone, and have been published in more than twenty different languages.