A tense and yet highly amusing novel about small people in a big world, and their common but catastrophic desire to believe in higher ideals. - Impressive award-winning debut novel
Four members of a commune stop eating because from now on they want to live on light and air. Each character has its own reasons for this extreme decision, which ends up costing the protagonist, Elisabeth, her life. And each of the 25 chapters opens with the words ‘We are…’ and is told by a different narrator: from Elisabeth’s parents and siblings, the neighbors and her sister’s lawyer to the night, the daily bread, the scent of an orange, dementia, doubt, and Elisabeth’s own body. Each narrator has a unique and distinct voice and makes an essential contribution to the novel’s complex tapestry.
NOMINATED FOR THE LIBRIS LITERATURE PRIZE
WINNER OF THE EU LITERATURE PRIZE & DUTCH BOOKSELLERS
"An ingenious and highly original composition." ―Jury, Libris Literature Prize
"Convincingly, Gerda Blees finds her meticulously narrated way through the mine field of fashionable trends." ―Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Rights held: Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician, Portuguese (P&B)
Fiction: #debut&awarded #25narrators
Original language: Dutch. Full English text available
Rights sold: Albanian (Muza Botime), German (Zsolnay), English (World Editions), Italian (Iperborea), Croatian (Hena), Serbian (Tre?i Trg), Slovenian (Goga), Spanish/Argentina (Serapis)
Link: We Are Light in the Letteren fonds
Nuclear energy? No, thanks! But then, climate change comes to the fore.
A convincing plea to re-examine our thoughts about nuclear energy. Facts, Fears and Fantasy.
The story of the rise, fall and return of a poorly understood energy source. In an engaging and accessible read, environmenta journalist M. Visscher untangles our discomfort with the immense power of the atom. He shows that many of our concerns are based on emotion rather than evidence. In fact, almost everything we think we know is wrong.
An open-minded, surprisingly fresh and thought-provoking read.
THE FINANCIAL TIMES: “Vischer's book challenges opponents to formulate their concerns about nuclear energy more concretely and to listen more to science and facts.”
Based on a fascinating true story, Morgan, My Love is a surprising, romantic narrative that explores controversial assumptions about the soul’s passage beyond death.
A touching story, a moving description of the love between a man and a woman which goes beyond death. A man finds out during a hypnosis session that he knows a lot about an unknown British soldier who died in WWII in the battle of Arnhem. In a second storyline the soldier Morgan and his lover Betrys. This book makes you believe in love, think and wonder what if.
** Movie Rights Sold: Filmagine
** Documentary real story
Life-affirming, beautifully written, compelling, astonishing, inspiring, daring, different, original, good, surprising, exciting, well-constructed, gripping.
Rights held: Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician, Portuguese (P&B)
320p. · 10 ed
Fiction · #RealStory #LoveBeyondDeath
Original language: Dutch / Full English text available
Rights sold: English (Nieuw Amsterdam)
From polyamory to relationship pills, Van Voorst shows how love is changing and with it, us humans too.
To love is to be human, it is an experience that robots and algorithms can imitate, but are not yet able to feel. But love is changing rapidly at the moment. Medicines are invented that can make or keep you in love, there are robots to have sex with and laws are being fought to allow more than two people to marry. At the same time, there is a growing group of people who consciously remain alone: the sologamists.
The mystic, occult side of the Third Reich.
The medieval castle Wewelsburg, situated in Germany’s heartland, was chosen by Himmler as a quasi-religious retreat where the esoteric Germanic elements of Nazism could be cultivated. Although little became of Himmler’s plans in the end, the post-war media—from films to the well-known Wolfenstein games—often linked the castle to the occult and supernatural phenomena, which were inextricably associated with the Third Reich.
A closer look at the background, mysteries, and idiosyncrasies of Wewelsburg Castle.
Van Roekel delves into the mysticism embraced by Himmler’s SS.
20.000 copies sold!
Surprising insights into the healthy aging process as well as handy tips and tricks, ranging across diet, menopause, appearance, breathing, the brain and much more besides. All under the heading of ‘little effort, big result’. One of those books that you didn’t know you were waiting for. This impressive collection of useful and worthwhile tips saves you years of research. You can put them into practice right away!
In 1989 twenty-one-year-old Marie leaves the Netherlands in a great rush. In Paris she starts work as an au pair for a bourgeois family and tries to build a new life for herself.
In the publisher's words: A literary hot title covering all kind of subjects (identity, friendship guilt, obsession, abuse, power relations, terrorism), connecting these most elegantly. In her poignant, straightforward and elegant style Bronwasser handles this fast-paced story perfectly. She grips the reader from the beginning and keeps you wondering as to what will happen next. All expectations of the reader again and again are not met.
6 weeks – 6 prints – 10.000 copies
"A highly ingenious novel that is also moving. Resolute and evocative, and told in a way that definitely rewards the reader." – NRC
"Ingenious new novel. Masterfully constructed. A novel that you can only admire." – Trouw
"A meticulously constructed and convincing story that gets under your skin from the very first page." – De Telegraaf
"Multi-layered story, with an interesting structure." – Het Parool
In the summer of 2003, at the seaside resort of Saint-Jean-de-Monts, in the French Vendée, a teenager disappears. Then two, then three... Some are found, others not. Who kidnaps them? And why? In a falsely relaxed atmosphere of a resort village, this book tackles, through a carefully crafted plot, the contemporary and crucial issues of missing children, parental resignation, and teenagers in search of a future.
By a multi-awarded author, translated and available in more than twenty countries.
"With talent, accuracy and a touch of sensuality." - Le Figaro
"Suspense is built up almost like a screenplay." - Le Monde
"Narrative shock: it's a puzzle. In real time. The writing is accurate and meticulous: realism and subtlety." - Rolling Stone
The bestselling literary thriller!
A multi-faceted thriller that impressively weaves together the themes of love, loss, betrayal/deception, war trauma, atonement and self-discovery. A memorable novel that not only grips us with its suspense, but also confronts us with the horrific realities of war, while at the same time delivering an uplifting, romantic conclusion.
100.000 copies sold | Film rights sold to Warner Media for an international series
Awards & Mentions:
- Winner Hebban Crime Award 2022
- Hebban Favorite 2021 (across all genres)
- ThrillZone Award (best Dutch crime novel of the year)
In a poor suburban neighbourhood, three religious men join forces to do the right thing with dirty money.
"From hilarious situations to domestic dramas, David Zaoui cheerfully embarks the reader on a captivating quest, driven by the hope for a better life."
→ A crazy quest, driven by the hope for a better life.
→ An extraordinary humanist adventure.
→ A witty writing style.
Four women sign up for a walking holiday in Italy. Led by Italian guide Vincenzo, they walk through the rugged interior of Sicily. The women all have their own motives for taking part in the hike, all of them fleeing life at home. Will they succeed in getting rid of the ballast of the past and adjust their expectations for the future?
Adventure, clashing characters, secrets, budding friendships, deep conversations and many kilometres of walking. A journey they will not soon forget.
When Alexey’s classmate confesses his love (in 1985 Russia), the desire of two boys to be together clashes violently with the mad world around them. A coming-of-age novel that explores the healing power of literature, the magic of first love, and the ways our family and homeland can save (or shatter) us.
“Very impressed. Touching and well written, genuinely compelling and convincing."
Stephen Fry, author of the Greek Mythology Trilogy
Because of the strong content, the clear concept, the authors – each with their own specialty – and the beautiful design, The Cooking Bibles have become a household name in recent years.
Up to 600.000 copies sold!
25 titles: Oven, Stew, Pie, Chocolate, Biscuit, Salad, BBQ, Vegan, Fish…
One day, browsing the stands at a garage sale, two lovers Melisande and Guillaume’s gaze fall upon a strange painting. In the foreground, they see a serene Chinese woman, while in the background they spot a couple who could easily be themselves but much older. How can such a coincidence be possible? Or is there something more to it? To unravel the mysteries, the two lovers set off on a great journey through China. They don't yet imagine all of the secrets that the painting is hiding and how much their life will change.
A contemporary love story, faithfully reproduced in a historical painting, directly leads a couple on a mysterious journey into the heart of China.
Rights held: Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician, Portuguese (P&B)
Fiction: #Romantic #LifeChangingTravel
Original language: French. English Sample available.
Rights sold: English (Harvard Square), German (Drachenhaus), Polish (Slowne), Russian (MTS Library)
Link: Plot & Key Selling Points
The general attitude of our modern society is ignoring death as much as possible. In a witty and revealing manner, Claudia Crobatia analyses why death is such a taboo in our culture and how other cultures deal with it in a healthier way. Ultimately, awareness of our own mortality leads to a life filled with more happiness and meaning.
Tools to get more comfortable with the idea of death and reduce some of this death anxiety.
The Sleeping Car Porter brings to life a long-neglected part of Black and queer histories through the spellbinding, magical story of the singular –and unforgettable– Baxter, the car porter.
Rights held: Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician, Portuguese (P&B)
Fiction: #CosyCrime #UnusualThriller
Original language: French. English sample available
Rights sold: Mass-market (Le livre de Poche), French audio (SAGA), Russian (MTS Library), Movie rights (optioned)
Link: The Humanist Killer in Leor's site
In YOKO, you will meet Yoko Inagaki, who lives and works in Japan's food mecca: Osaka.
Through Yoko's surprising stories, funny anecdotes and vivid childhood memories, you will get a glimpse into the heart of Japanese cuisine. Delicious recipes with a wonderful insight into Japanese food culture, personal anecdotes and funny facts.
YOKO introduces us to Japanese cuisine and culture.
‘This is my new favourite cookbook! It's as if Yoko is teaching me to cook in her own kitchen.' - Joyce Aalsma, The Sushi Times
A journey through time, discovering seeds in their historical, scientific, cultural, socio-economic and politcal context. Our society is increasingly concerned about the quality of our food and environment. There is also growing concern about the loss of biodiversity. Is turning to organic farming and its products enough? How can we become involved in the renewal and rebirth of diversity? A call for a collective awareness.
From Neolithic plant domestication to the renewed interest in farmers’ seeds today, the seed is a reflection of our vision of the world.
People are baking all over the world. From Austrian apple strudel to Portuguese pastéis de nata and from Indonesian pandan cake to American devil's food cake. Or what do you think of biscuits from South Africa and Russian honey cake?
Baking around the world in 150 recipes.
Author sold over 200.000 books in the Netherlands.
We all have fears and anxieties to a greater or lesser degree.
In this book, author Arentina Drenth helps you to draw up a plan of action that will help you overcome your fear and anxiety. With her straightforward and accessible phrasing, everyone can get started with her practical tips and exercises. The scientific theory that is used is clearly explained and clarified with illustrations.
The primary purpose of most royal houses these days is to deliver stories: a blunder here, a political mishap there, a holiday home buil with millions of euros of public funds in a developing country where the average day’s pay is less than the price of a toilet roll back home. Then of course there are the magazine photos: a wedding, the christening of a new heir, a royal funeral. This book tells the story of an exception to all that toothless mediocrity.
"Black comedy. Vintage Koch: a masterful and riveting double whammy"
A modern-day Shakespearean drama in Ten acts. Stirring, witty and sometimes shocking.
40.000 copies sold in 2 months & Bestseller listed
“The unapologetically wicked characters of this darkly comedic novel are beyond salvation. Allende’s masterful comedy of errors comes out hot. Funny, shocking, and depraved.” - Charles Jensen, author of Nanopedia
"It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book as unabashedly, that makes me laugh out loud while cringing at the same time." - Independent Book Review
A campy dark comedy for the angry and the disenchanted.
Quill Prose Award Winner.
Verheul debunks the myth that man is immutable. Humanity’s greatest strength is its unparalleled capacity for adaptation and change. Evidence from evolutionary biology, genetics and psychology show that we are born adaptors, who constantly change as our environment changes. This process is explained in this fascinating book, which brings the reader up to date with the latest scientific insights into the nature of human beings.
The Myth of the Unchanging Human | The Science of Our Adaptability
A no-nonsense, humorous and loving guide to a lighter life. Meditation, yoga, Emotionally Freedom Techniques (‘tapping technique’), research, note-to-self lists and tips and tricks. The ultimate self-help book for beginners and more experienced readers in the personal growth genre.
15.000 copies sold
A magic rule to solve any problem in life.
The most emotional story to learn how to solve life's problems by looking within yourself. Happiness was never so within reach.
+ 1 million copies in Japan | 200k copies in Spanish
Title of the bestselling EMOTION SERIES:
Small short books with inspirational fables on emotions.
Rights held: World
104 p. · Softcover · 13x18
#FeelGoodFables #MagicRule #InspirationalSeries
Original language: Japanese. Foreign translations accepted from Spanish edition
Rights sold: Spanish (Comanegra), Italy (Sperling & Kupfer), Portugal (Presença), Greece (Pedio), Serbia (Vulkan)
Link: Meet the Author in YouTube
If the world's cuisines share one common food, it might be the dumpling, a dish that can be found on every continent and in every culinary tradition, from Asia to Central Europe to Latin America. Originally from China, they evolved into ravioli, samosas, momos, gyozas, tamales, pierogies, matzo balls, wontons, empanadas, potato chops, and many more.
Histories, treatises, family legends, and recipes about the world’s favourite lump of carbs.
BOOKILIST: “Some essays are terrifically informative…but this collection speaks to the heart of all who grew up eating dumplings at their grandmother's table.”
In fairy tales, happy endings are the norm –as long as you're beautiful and walk on two legs. Examinations of disability in tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen through to modern interpretations ranging from Disney to Angela Carter.
Leduc connects the fight for disability justice to the growth of modern, magical stories, and argues for increased awareness and acceptance of that which is other – helping us to see and celebrate the magic inherent in different bodies.
What happens when you identify more with the Beast than Beauty?
'The Gnome Book' is a book I have always wanted to make. I took all the time I needed for this project and worked on it for more than eighteen months. I felt The Gnome Book had to be very original and modern. It shouldn’t be about the gnomes you might know from stories and fairy tales from the past, but about the modern gnome of our time." Loes Riphagen
Discover with Riphagen how gnomes live, what they’re up to during the day and how they keep themselves hidden so well. As per usual, Loes has created a work with lots of hidden jokes in every single one of her illustrations. Whether it’s a step by step plan for fabricating a gnome’s red hat or a cross section of a gnome’s house. Loes Riphagen’s work is a feast to the eyes!
Letting a child dress alone is sometimes a... let’s say... startling experience for parents, but it’s good for autonomy!
"Wait, I'll help you" is what Lisette hears every morning. Mom takes a long time to dress her, her hair, prepare her and especially to choose everything for her. One day Lisette gets fed up and when mom interrupts her with her usual "Wait, I'll help you", Lisette says "NO". Mom, will have to pacient to see the results...
Bird is dead. Yesterday he was alive. Some of the other birds cry a little. And that’s alright. Crying together can be nice. Then it’s time to give Bird a funeral. All of Bird’s friends and even some of the birds who didn’t like him that much are helping. They dig a grave. They speak lovely words. They sing a song. They miss him a lot, and cry some more. And after? Tea and worms. Or cake, if you don’t like worms.
In a light-hearted and humorous way, multiple-award-winning children’s non-fiction author Marc ter Horst tackles climate change for curi- ous young readers – and anyone else who wants to listen. He does this honestly, without hiding the truth, but always in an optimistic, hopeful manner. Just like his book for slightly older readers, Palm Trees at the North Pole, Farting Cows and Cars is an enlightening read about the climate issues and its solutions. His most recent book, Virus World, won a Silver Pencil in 2022.
A Little Book on Climate Change
Anne wants to visit the apes, but her father wants to go home. Then she meets a boy whose father is going to the zoo. They swap fathers. Anne keeps swapping fathers until she reaches the apes.
Wouter Tulp is known for his versatility and has illustrated many children’s books. He now mainly works as a character designer for feature animation and has worked on several international film projects by, among others, Netflix, Paramount, Sony and Skydance. Tjibbe Veldkamp is a renowned writer and writing coach. He has won five Silver Slate Pencils, the Children’s Book store Award, Picture book of the year 2022, the Boekenpauw 2020 and was nominated for the Woutertje Pieterse Prize in 2021.
When the crocodile comes ashore one day, he sees a table on the riverbank. He has never seen anything so strange. It has four legs, but no fur. And it has no sharp teeth either. The elephant, the skunk and the snake also think the table is not a real animal. According to them, it does not belong in the jungle at all. This makes the table sad. He so wants to be an animal.
One day, when four chairs join the table, they manage to cheer him up. Maybe he can do more than he thought...
In this unique and fascinating book Lotte Stegeman delves into the hidden emotional lives of animals. For a long time, humans believed that animals did not have emotions. We now know better. But what exactly do they feel? At times, it can be difficult enough to understand other people, but fortunately we have words. But what if you are an elephant in mourning? A jealous monkey? Or a terrified dog? In a lively, infectious narrative style, Lotte Stegeman takes you on an amazing journey where you will discover that there is an awful lot going on in many animals’ heads. Because sometimes animals are just like people...
With an extensive and personal foreword by Jane Goodall
Who could’ve thought a single ball could be the source of so many feelings? You might be jealous when others have a ball to play with, or surprised when you get one for your birthday. You could be proud when you kick it hard, and oops... startled when it bounces through a window.
September. Back to school. Professor Jeremy Vanderelst gives his students a diary, the Crazy Diary, where each student will write their feelings and experiences along the year.
It all begins with the discovery of a mammoth horn in the school's backyard that leads the boys and girls to consider how life was 2.000 years ago and what the roles of men and women were, which will lead to a debate on many topics that each child will reflect in the diary from their own experiences: there is Adam, the leader, Caeli who does not want to look like a girl, Julius who loves dancing but who hides so that we do not make fun of him... etc. Through this notebook, sexist stereotypes are approached according to each person's position.
Every chapter is written by a different kid which not only gives a dinamic rythim but it allows the reader to change their point of view on the same fact.
#equality #sexism #genderstereotypes #prehistory #discovery #friendship
Managed by mice, the library lends books to all the animals in the forest. The daily life is happy and readers celebrate book picnics. But one day, some rats (intrigued by the success of the books) decide to eat and destroy as many books as possible. The mice shocked and surprised, decide to get back all the books and to do so, they will need to learn how to make books and to travel back in time to look for its authors. Will they save the destroyed library?
Gagaroo the donkey has a big dream: taking a special trip to the moon with his best friend Apollo. But how will he get there? By elevator, canon ball, a catapult or rocket? They decide by rocket is the best way to go. GAGAROO GOES TO THE MOON is an irresistible story of a donkey/inventor who takes his best friend on his journey to the moon. What a character Gagaroo is!
The chronicle of one of the most devastating tragedies in the history of the mountains: the last person sentenced to death in Andorra. A look backwards to a time and life in the Pyrenees of which practically no trace remains.
“Under the protection of the Truman Capote of In Cold Blood, Rubio constructs a non-fiction novel.” - Núvol
This is the story of a fratricide that shook the Pyrenees.
From wild Cap de Creus to the hectic Barcelona of the twenties, the pen of Sergi Caparrós completely captivates us and immerses us in a gruesome story where the traffic in antiques and the ambition to dominate beauty spin the lives of the characters.
“Intriguing and absorbing thriller set in the Barcelona of the Universal Expo of 1929.” - Llibresipunt
Rights held: World
Fiction: #Mystery #Adventure #Antiques
Original language: Catalan
Who is Carme Vila?
“I am a fictional character and reality often overtakes me.”
Emma Costa draws the funniest woman on earth. Meet Carme in the craziest vignettes that work both in one shot or in longer plots: friendship, sex (or lack of), body acceptance, reality crossover, meta-illustration. We are all Carme Vila, the most real cartoon you’ll ever meet.
Sassy, cheeky, fresh and with a strong personality.
Bridget Jones meets Maitena.