J.M.A. Biesheuvel (b. 1939) wrote his debut, the short-story collection In de bovenkooi (In the Upper Berth), in 1972, and it immediately established his reputation. After that, he published a large number of successful story collections and novellas. In 2007 he was awarded the prestigious P.C. Hooft Prize for his complete oeuvre. Biesheuvel has published little new work in the last decade due to depression, but spring 2007 saw the publication of his thematic anthology of sea tales, Zeeverhalen, which came with a CD of him reading some new stories. In 2008 his long-awaited collected works will appear, which will be published in four parts.