Mathijs Deen (b. 1962) writes non-fiction, short stories and novels. In 2013, his book The Wadden Islands was published to critical acclaim and sold over 30,000 copies. In 2018 he published a collection of travel stories called Down Old Roads: A Journey Through Europe’s History, which was nominated for the Bob den Uyl Prize and received the Halewijn Prize. The Lightship (2020) was longlisted for the Libris Literature Award. His work has been translated into English, German, Italian and Korean. The German translation of The Diver debuted at number 26 on Der Spiegel’s bestseller list and went into its second print run within the first week.