You Have Me to Love (UK edition)

By Jaap Robben

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Mikael lives with his parents on a small, remote island. At the age of nine, his father disappears into the sea. Mikael keeps silent about what actually happened. Guilt and inner conflicts torment and consume him, but then his mother forces him to do the impossible……
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'Beautiful, just beautiful.'—Gerbrand Bakker, winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2010 and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2013.

'In this tremendous book, Jaap Robben explores isolation, guilt, mother- and childhood, in the most unexpected way. Robben's crystal clear sentences combined with his deep gaze into the flipsides of human behaviour—and love— makes this an uforgetable read. Run to the bookstores, people.'—Dorthe Nors, writer of Karate Chop

'What a beautiful writer Robben is! I was completely seduced. You Have Me to Love is raw and harrowing and very moving. Robben reminds me very much of Per Petterson.'—Aifric Campbell, author of On the Floor

About the author

Jaap Robben

Jaap Robben (1984) is a poet, playwright, performer, and acclaimed children’s author. You Have Me to Love, his first novel for adults, has received international glowing reviews and is the winner of the 2014 Dutch Booksellers Award, the Dioraphte Prize, and the ANV Award for best Dutch debut. To date, the novel has sold over 50,000 copies in the Netherlands and is available in ten languages. You Have Me to Love is currently being adapted into an English-language film. Robben was chosen as one of the featured debut authors at the 2018 Brooklyn Book Festival. Photo: © Charlie de Keersmaecker