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Gerard Aalders

Gerard Aalders is Senior Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD) in Amsterdam. Along with Cees Wiebes, he wrote The Art of Cloaking Ownership (Amsterdam University Press, 1996), a study of the secret collaboration of neutrals with German war industries, which has been…

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Kader Abdolah

Kader Abdolah (b. 1954, Iran) studied physics in Teheran and was active in the student resistance. He published two novels about life under the Khomeini regime before fleeing his homeland in 1985. Three years later he came to the Netherlands. He quickly mastered the Dutch language and started…

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Hans Achterhuis

Hans Achterhuis is professor of general philosophy at the University of Twente. His publications are De markt van welzijn en geluk (The Well-Being and Prosperity Market, 1975), Arbeid, een eigenaardig medicijn (Work, a Peculiar Medicine, 1984), Het rijk der schaarste. Van Thomas Hobbes tot Michel

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Steven Adolf

Steven Adolf is a correspondent in Spain, Portugal and Morocco for NRC Handelsblad, Elsevier and De Standaard and for various radio and television companies. He is the author of the bestselling Behind the Scenes in Spain (2001) and Behind the Scenes in Morocco (2005).…

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Jan van Aken

Jan van Aken (b. 1961) published in the literary magazines Optima and Nieuw Wereldtijdschrift, before having his real debut with the historical novel Het oog van de basilisk (The Eye of the Cockatrice) in 2000. He went on to write two more historical novels: De valse dageraad (The False Dawn, 2001)…

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Joukje Akveld

Joukje Akveld (b. 1974) is a writer and journalist and lives in South Africa. She writes picture books and non-fiction about animals and the human–wildlife conflict, such as Een aap op de wc (2015) and Wij waren hier eerst (2017), both of which won Zilveren Griffel awards. Akveld’s style is…

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Albert Alberts

Albert Alberts (1911-1995) made his debut in 1952 with the short-story collection De eilanden (The Islands). Other well- known titles include De vergaderzaal (The Conference Room, 1974) and De honden jagen niet meer (The Dogs No Longer Hunt, 1979). In 1996 he was awarded the P.C. Hooft Prize, the…

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Yasmine Allas

Yasmine Allas (b. 1967) arrived in the Netherlands in 1987. She attended drama school, acted with various companies, and performed her own solo show. In 1998, she made her writing debut with the successful novel, Idil, een meisje (Idil, A Girl). Her second novel, De generaal met de zes vingers (The…

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Karin Amatmoekrim

Karin Amatmoekrim (b. 1977) was born in Paramaribo and emigrated to the Netherlands in 1981. She studied psychology and modern literature, and has published five novels to date. The protagonist of her last book, Het gym (The Gym, 2011) is a West Indian girl from a poor neighbourhood who attends a…

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Gauke Andriesse

Gauke Andriesse (b. 1959) lived and worked for ten years as a developmental economist in the Andes mountains of Ecuador. Since 2000, he has been working for Cordaid. He regularly travels to Africa to support organisations that offer small loans to small-scale entrepreneurs.

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‘And I faced love’

Anything is possible in the world of Tellegen’s poems. He experiments with human identity and the poem is the ideal place for reflecting on the subject. This could easily be heavy-handed, except that his poetry stands out for its light-hearted, lucid tone and its unphilosophical, indeed extremely…

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We Did Nothing

April 1995: Linda Polman is the only Western journalist present in the UN refugee camp Kibeho in Rwanda. She witnesses how eighty Zambian Blue Helmets are forced to watch helplessly as 150,000 Hutu refugees are driven together by Tutsi government troops. Many thousands are then murdered. After the…

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100% Chemistry

Despite the astonishing success of the novel The Second Man, Doeschka Meijsing has resisted the temptation to repeat herself. This time she has written a small-scale chronicle of four generations of women in her family: 100% Chemistry, following the trail back from herself to her mother Ilna…

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1650: Hard-won Unity

This ambitious study presents the latest views on society during the famous Dutch Golden Age. No other general work treats the most important themes of Dutch culture so systematically. The book is more informative, more soundly researched and less speculative than Simon Schama’s The Embarrassment

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23 Seconds

Anne Lieftinck grew up in Amsterdam’s Red Light District where twenty years ago her mother, who was a sex worker in one of the window brothels, was bludgeoned to death with a hammer. Haantje, a boy living nearby at the time, was charged with the crime. He had the motive, means and opportunity –…

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Aadje the Pirate

So pirates are all thieving sea robbers, are they? According to writer Marjet Huiberts, the boat on which her protagonist, Aadje the Pirate, sails the seven seas is more of a care boat for the disabled.

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On The Ball

This is a football book which people who don’t like the sport will also enjoy. It seems impossible but it isn’t. Dijkzeul hasn’t just written about football in a way that will charm even its detractors, she has also managed to tell a story which remains gripping throughout.

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Scram! I’m Not Your Gran!

Children’s author Bette Westera and illustrator Sylvia Weve have taken a unique and gently anarchic approach in these vibrant and powerful portraits of twelve old people, with their snappy rhymes and eloquent images. Scram! I’m Not Your Gran! demonstrates how craftsmanship and artistry can come…

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At the End of the Day

Nelleke Noordervliet’s latest novel, At the End of the Day, opens with a well-known photograph of the Swiss-German writer Robert Walser, who was found dead in the snow on Christmas Day 1956. Seeing the photo casts Katharina Mercedes Donker’s mind back to that same day in her own life.…

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The Evolving Animal Orchestra

Humans are musical creatures. Of all of the cultures we know existed there has never been one without music, and yet we understand surprisingly little about where this affinity comes from and what purpose it serves. Does music make us human, or are there other musical species as well?

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1001

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Agora

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Alfabet

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Ambo Anthos

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Amsterdam University Press

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Arena

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Aspekt

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Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep

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Illustrators (59)

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Kees de Boer

Kees de Boer (1965) is an illustrator and cartoonist for magazines and he illustrates children’s books since 1996.

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Maus Bullhorst

Artist and illustrator Maus Bullhorst (b. 1988) has a distinctive colourful and geometric style and, in addition to his independent work as an artist, also creates illustrations for major Dutch newspapers and journalistic websites.

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Charlotte Dematons

The illustrations of Charlotte Dematons (b. 1957) have a fairy-tale atmosphere and many, many details. She has won Zilveren Penseel awards, for De sprookjes van Grimm (2005) and Nederland (2012), and a Gouden Penseel for Sinterklaas, in 2008.

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Sarah van Dongen

Sarah van Dongen is a Dutch illustrator.

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Brian Elstak

Brian Elstak (b. 1980) is an artist and illustrator. He makes graphic novels and children’s books, as well as video clips and paintings. For his children’s book Tori, he won a Zilveren Penseel, one of the most important Dutch prizes for illustration. The book was also adapted into a play, which…

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Linde Faas

Linde Faas (b. 1985) graduated cum laude from the art academy and works as a cartoon animator, artist and illustrator. Faas illustrated many books of different authors, Dutch and international. In 2018 she published her first own picturebook Ik neem je mee (Come with me), followed by De jongen en

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Annette Fienieg

Annette Fienieg (b. 1959) made her debut as an illustrator in 1986. Since then, she has illustrated over eighty children’s books for publishers in the Netherlands and abroad, many of which were written by her husband Koos Meinderts.

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Djenné Fila

Djenné Fila (b. 1995) graduated cum laude from art school. She caused a sensation with her colour mixed-technique illustrations in Het beest met de kracht van tien paarden (2019) and Schaduw van Toet (2021) by Lida Dijkstra. Fila won the prestigious silver European Design Award for De Vuurvogel

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Harrie Geelen

Harrie Geelen (b. 1939) is an artistic jack-of-all-trades. He made cartoon films and commercials, adapted operas for children and illustrated the texts for his wife, the famous children’s books author Imme Dros, and others. The computer experiments for Juffrouw Kachel (Miss Stove) by Toon…

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Ingrid Godon

Ingrid Godon (b. 1958) has enjoyed international acclaim for her illustrations. Her picture books include the hugely successful Wat moeten we doen met de Boe-hoe baby? (What Shall We Do with the Boo-Hoo Baby?), which has been translated into 10 languages.

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