Ton van der Lee (born 1956, Bussum) is a Dutch author and documentary film maker. He directed and/or produced more than 20 feature-length documentaries which were broadcast in many countries and won several prizes. He became famous internationally with his bestselling book Solitaire, an autobiographical novel describing his life in the tiny desert settlement Solitaire in Namibia. He settled there in 1996, becoming the third inhabitant when he joined Percy Cross (better known as Moose) and his brother in law. Ton van der Lee left Solitaire in late 1999 to travel onwards into Africa. He published seven books about Africa, three historical novels en two biographies and made several television documentaries about the Africa, including the prize winning film Holy Mud about traditional adobe architecture in the Niger valley in Mali, and the series Spirits of Africa about African shamans.His latest film (2019) is Lembro Me (I remember) about Portugal before the 1974 revolution.
Van der Lee is the son of Antonij van der Lee (1923–2000), professor in German linguistics, and Maria Louise Kieviet (1923–2015), granddaughter of Cornelis Johannes Kieviet, who was the author of the Dik Trom series of children's books. At the request of the publisher and the town where the original Dik Trom books were written, van der Lee has written three modern Dik Trom sequels.
Literature in World War I is generally thought to include poems, novels and drama; diaries, letters, and memoirs are often included in this category as well. Although the canon continues to be challenged, the texts most frequently taught in schools and universities are lyrics by Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen; poems by Ivor Gurney, Edward Thomas, Charles Sorley, David Jones and Isaac Rosenberg are also widely anthologised. Many of the works during and about the war were written by men because of the war's intense demand on the young men of that generation; however, a number of women created literature about the war, often observing the effects of the war on soldiers, domestic spaces, and the homefront more generally.
Max Havelaar; or, The Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company is an 1860 novel by Multatuli, which played a key role in shaping and modifying Dutch colonial policy in the Dutch East Indies in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. In the novel, the protagonist, Max Havelaar, tries to battle against a corrupt government system in Java, which was then a Dutch colony. The novel is also famous for its opening line: "Ik ben makelaar in koffie, en woon op de Lauriergracht, Nº 37.".
Eduard Douwes Dekker, better known by his pen name Multatuli, was a Dutch writer best known for his satirical novel Max Havelaar (1860), which denounced the abuses of colonialism in the Dutch East Indies. He is considered one of the Netherlands' greatest authors.
A gamebook is a work of printed fiction that allows the reader to participate in the story by making choices. The narrative branches along various paths, typically through the use of numbered paragraphs or pages. Each narrative typically does not follow paragraphs in a linear or ordered fashion. Gamebooks are sometimes called choose your own adventure books or CYOA after the influential Choose Your Own Adventure series originally published by US company Bantam Books. Gamebooks influenced hypertext fiction.
Tahar Ben Jelloun is a Moroccan writer. The entirety of his work is written in French, although his first language is Darija. He became known for his 1985 novel L’Enfant de Sable. Today he lives in Paris, France, and continues to write. He has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
David Stephen Mitchell is an English novelist and screenwriter.
James Dover Grant, primarily known by his pen name Lee Child, is a British author who writes thriller novels, and is best known for his Jack Reacher novel series. The books follow the adventures of a former American military policeman, Jack Reacher, who wanders the United States. His first novel, Killing Floor (1997), won both the Anthony Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel.
Sir Laurens Jan van der Post, was a 20th-century South African Afrikaner author, farmer, soldier, political adviser to British heads of government, close friend of Prince Charles, godfather of Prince William, educator, journalist, humanitarian, philosopher, explorer and conservationist.
Nelson George is an American author, columnist, music and culture critic, journalist, and filmmaker. He has been nominated twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Lee Goldberg is an American author, screenwriter, publisher and producer known for his work on several different TV crime series, including Diagnosis: Murder, A Nero Wolfe Mystery, Hunter, Spenser: For Hire, Martial Law, She-Wolf of London, SeaQuest, 1-800-Missing, The Glades and Monk.
François Bloemhof is a South African author, playwright, composer, copywriter and film reviewer. He writes mostly in Afrikaans and has won a number of prizes for his work.
Michel van der Aa is a Dutch composer of contemporary classical music.
Dik Trom en zijn dorpsgenoten is a 1947 Dutch film directed by Ernst Winar. The film was based on the popular children's book series Dik Trom by Cornelis Johannes Kieviet.
De Nieuwe Avonturen van Dik Trom is a 1958 Dutch film directed by Henk van der Linden. The film was based on the popular children's book series Dik Trom by Cornelis Johannes Kieviet.
Adriaan van Dis is a Dutch author. He debuted in 1983 with the novella Nathan Sid. In 1995 his book Indische Duinen, which in its narrative is a follow up to his debut novella, was also awarded several prestigious literary awards.
Dick Matena is a Dutch comics writer and cartoonist. He has also published under the pseudonyms A. den Dooier, John Kelly and Dick Richards. He has made several kinds of comics, from humor comics to erotic comics, but is best known for his comic book adaptations of famous literary novels.
Dik Trom is a series of Dutch children's books by Cornelis Johannes Kieviet, centered on the character Dik Trom. The series is well regarded as a classic in its home country.
Olivier Weber is a French writer, novelist and reporter at large, known primarily for his coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been a war correspondent for twenty-five years, especially in Central Asia, Africa, Middle-East and Iraq. He is an assistant professor at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, president of the Prize Joseph Kessel and today ambassador of France at large. Weber has won several national and international awards of literature and journalism, in particular for his stories on Afghanistan and for his books on wars. His novels, travels writing books and essays have been translated in a dozen of languages.
Alice May Oseman is an English author of young adult fiction. She secured her first publishing deal at 17, and had her first novel, Solitaire, published in 2014. She is also the author of Radio Silence, I Was Born For This, Loveless, and the web comic Heartstopper. Her novels focus on contemporary teenage life in the UK. Her novels received several awards – Inky Awards and United By Pop Awards.
Eva Van der Gucht is a Flemish actress. www.evavandergucht.com