It is well known that the American tradition of Thanksgiving originated with the Pilgrim fathers. Less well-known, however, is that the inspiration for that feast came from the Dutch city of Leiden. Indeed, the Pilgrim’s brief stay there w...
In her debut novel 'Kleihuid' (Clay Skin) Herien Wensink provokes with pressing questions, seen in the light of the First World War.
In her debut novel 'Niemand keek omhoog’ Evelien Vos raises the question: to what extent can we control our lives?
‘Het nabestaan van Anna Portier’ is a poignant debut about mourning, dying and the lives we lead or don't.
Mariken Heitman has written a penetrating debut about gender identity.
Femke Vindevogel has written a blackly comic tale about a quest for one’s true self on the disadvantaged side of town.
In his first novel 'Vijd' Jonas Bruyneel paints a vibrant portrait of the Burgundian family who commissioned the world-famous 'Adoration of the Mystic Lamb' of the Van Eyck brothers.
In his debut novel Frank Heinen lays bare the state of the care system in contemporary society as well as the role played by the media in how we perceive certain events.
In Daniël Samkalden's ambitious debut novel 'Nova', the three main characters become more involved with one another than they would like.
Mobility policy in France, Belgium and the Netherlands is making way for the bicycle, with Groningen as a founding example.
In her debut novel 'Lam', singer-songwriter Hannelore Bedert paints the portrait of a strong woman, one who has suffered hard knocks but still struggles through life with her head held high.
In the science fiction novel 'Concept M' author Aafke Romeijn takes the reader forward to the Netherlands of 2020, where the disease of colourlessness makes for heated, polarizing debate and protest.
In her debut novel 'Ook bomen slapen', Annemarie Peeters intertwines the lives of former opera director Corneille and young opera singer Ofelia. With success.
Herlinde Leyssens wrote a story of a strong, rebellious, adventure-seeking woman, determined not to be stopped.
Who's helping who? That is the question in Siel Verhanneman's poignant debut novel, 'Or else everyone dies'.
In his monthly column First Book Dirk Vandenberghe draws attention to literary debuts from Flemish and Dutch writers which garnered less notice upon release than they deserve.