Annelies Verbeke is a writer of novels, short stories and plays. She made her literary debut in 2003 with the much-lauded novel Slaap! (‘Sleep!’), which sold over 75,000 copies and was published in 22 countries. Verbeke’s books have received numerous awards and nominations: Thirty Days was chosen as best Dutch novel of 2015 by readers of a leading Dutch newspaper, awarded the F. Bordewijk Award and Opzij Literature prize for best novel, and nominated for the ECI Literature Prize. Two years later her short story collection Halleluja was also on the shortlist of the ECI Literature Prize and won the JMA Biesheuvel Prize for the best short-story collection of the year. Her work has been compared to that of Katherine Mansfield. She lives in Ghent, Belgium.
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