Marieke Poelmann / Marieke Poelmann – Everything Around You is Still There

Marieke Poelmann – Everything Around You is Still There

Marieke Poelmann – Everything Around You is Still There

About the book 


On 12 May 2010 both Marieke Poelmann’s parents were killed when an airliner crashed near Tripoli. They were on their way home from a vacation in South Africa. Marieke was twenty-two at the time. She had recently started a career in journalism and suddenly found herself on the wrong side of the news. What happened next was overwhelming: police liaison officers, victim assistance, banks and insurance companies all lined up at her parents’ doorstep. She found herself sharing responsibility with her older brother Boris for their handicapped brother Sandor, who had a brain tumour when he was eleven years old. Not to mention the immense sense of loss and grief that presented itself, which Poelmann describes incisively. The plane crash put into a wholly different perspective Marieke’s childhood fears, her memories of her brother’s illness and her family relationships.



Watch Marieke share her experience in this TED-Talk






Besides being a moving story about sudden loss, this is a thoroughly intriguing (and sometimes shocking) family history. Marieke Poelmann has a strong and distinctive voice. A book that will buzz around in your head long after you’ve finished it. – Herman Koch, author of The Dinner

A wise and moving book. – Vogue

Genuine and honest narrative; no room for sentimentality. – Trouw


After gaining her Master’s degree in journalism, Marieke Poelmann (b. 1988) worked in New York as a producer for the Dutch news and current affairs programme Nieuwsuur. She currently works as a freelance journalist for the national newspaper and is writing her second book, a novel.

© René Koster

Additional book information

  • Literary non-fiction
  • ISBN 9789023493150
  • Number of pages: 256
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 12,50