Mariken Jongman


Thirteen-year-old Rits – actually Maurits – doesn’t have it easy. His father is off travelling with his new girlfriend and his mother is so distraught that she’s ended up in an institution. Rits is staying with his Uncle Corry, who spends his days drinking beer and reading angling magazines. Rits does his very best to introduce a little structure into his uncle’s life, but that’s no simple task.

Fortunately, Rits has his writing book, which he uses to describe his stay with Uncle Corry and the friendship he forms with Rietje and the – sometimes rather peculiar – members of her family, who he gets to know one by one.

At the same time, he worries about his unhappy mother and keeps hoping for a message from his father, who he hasn’t heard anything from in a long time.

Rits is a funny book. The humour is not so much in the events as in the narrator’s tone. It’s humour that has its roots in the double meanings of language.

Dagblad van het Noorden

A very successful debut: original, well written, funny and full of sharp observations. (…) Very few people write as well as Mariken Jongman in Rits.

NRC Handelsblad


Mariken Jongman

Mariken Jongman (b. 1965) writes songs and performs plays for young people, which she takes on tour around schools and theatres. In 2005, she made her debut as a children’s writer with Rits, the drily humorous, diary-like story of thirteen-year-old Rits, who is temporarily dumped on his uncle…

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Rits (2005). Kinder- en jeugdboeken, 213 pagina's.


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