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Chris de Stoop

Chris de Stoop

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Chris de Stoop (b. 1958) is an author and a journalist for the Flemish weekly Knack. In 2004 he was awarded the Golden Owl Readers’ Prize for Zij kwamen uit het Oosten (They Came from the East). In 2010 he wrote Vrede zij met u, zuster (Peace Be With You, Sister), about the first Jihadists to leave for Syria and Iraq. With his debut Ze zijn zo lief, meneer (They’re So Sweet, Sir 1992) he became the first to write the inside story of the international trafficking of women, a bombshell of a book that caused great commotion at home and abroad. In 2015 Dit is mijn hof  (This is My Farm) was published, which became a bestseller and of which translation rights have been sold to Germany and China to date.


Recent titles – English material

Hemelrijk (Kingdom of Heaven), 2022

Wanneer het water breekt (When The Water Breaks), 2018

Dit is mijn hof (This is My Farm), 2015


Press on This is My Farm:

In This is My Farm, De Stoop lifts a personal story up out of a boggy polder in Zeeland to a level that touches us all. … Born storyteller De Stoop joins a great and rich tradition of writers such as John Steinbeck, John Berger, Geert Mak and Frank Westerman. – De Morgen

It is a beautiful and poignant book. - De Volkskrant

A modern j'accuse. De Stoop masterfully evokes the melancholy expanse of the disappearing polders, the farmers' pain, the unequal struggle against the port and the nature conservation movement. - Gazet van Antwerpen