Saskia Goldschmidt (Amsterdam, 1954) worked as a youth theatre producer and trainer of hospital staff and debuted in 2009 with Verplicht gelukkig (Obliged to be Happy), an autobiographical non-fiction book about growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust. The success of her debut and the discovery of documents about the rise of the pharmaceutical giant Organon (producers of the contraceptive pill), prompted her to write this novel. The Hormone Factory was an instant success in the Netherlands and rights have already been sold to Germany, Israel and the United States. Her other novels to date are De voddenkoningin, 2015 (Vintage Queen, French and German rights sold) and Schokland (Shocked Earth, English release 2022). In 2021 she compiled and published Dagboek uit Bergen-Belsen, about the life of Renate Laquer, her father’s first wife.