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Biography

Annejet van der Zijl is a Dutch writer. She is one of the most famous and widest read authors of literary nonfiction in The Netherlands.

Annejet van der Zijl's first book, Jagtlust, was published in 1998. It was followed by the widely praised biography of the popular Dutch children's writer Annie M.G. Schmidt, Anna (2002), which sold over 100.000 copies and was nominated for a Golden Owl Award. 2004 saw the publication of Sonny Boy, which also became a best-seller and sold over 500.000 copies. Both novels were adapted into movies. Sonny Boy has meanwhile been sold to six countries.

Van der Zijl's fourth book, Bernhard – a hidden history, was published in March 2010. With this detailed reconstruction of the unknown background of the Dutch Queens' German father, she obtained a doctorate in History at the University of Amsterdam. Like its predecessors, this book was nominated for several historical and literary awards. In 2014 she published Gerard Heineken, a biography of the titular founder of the Heineken beer company.

In her latest book, Van der Zijl traces the life story of Allene Tew, an American woman who made her way into European aristocracy in the 1930s. De Amerikaanse prinses ('The American Princess') was published in November 2015. The book was highly praised and became a huge bestseller in The Netherlands.

Contact for foreign rights

Foreign rights are represented by publishing house Querido. For more information, you may contact Jolijn Spooren: j.spooren@singeluitgeverijen.nl