Renate Dorrestein

Renate Dorrestein is a best-selling author who occupies a unique position within Dutch literature. An extraordinary storyteller, known for her unsentimental depiction of children and their flawed families, Dorrestein’s impish humour offsets the darkness of her subjects. Her work has twice been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and her novel A Heart of Stone was a Barnes & Noble ‘Discover Great New Writers’ selection. Her novels have been made into films and translated into fifteen languages. Photo: © Frank Ruiter

‘What is especially appealing—and therein lies her power—is the doggedness with which Dorrestein endows her characters. They have boundless survival instinct and infinite courage, which makes their loneliness all the more poignant.’—de Volkskrant