After a long career, Remco Campert (b. 1929) is still one of the most popular writers in the Netherlands. He started as a poet and short-story writer, but from the sixties onwards he has also published novels, such as his highly successful debut Het leven is vurrukkulluk (Life is Grrreat, 1961). Some of his other ‘classics’ are the story collections Alle dagen feest (Party Party, 1955) and Een ellendige nietsnut (A Useless Layabout, 1960), the novel Liefdes schijnbewegingen (No Holds Barred, 1963) and the novella Sombermans actie (Somberman’s Action, 1985). His style is tinged with irony and his work is often autobiographical. In 1976 Campert was awarded the P.C. Hooft Prize for his poetry. 2006 saw the last of his popular newspaper columns in de Volkskrant. In the autumn of his life Campert has found inspiration for new novels, including the warmly received Een liefde in Parijs (A Love in Paris, 2004).