Authors / Rob van Essen

Rob van Essen

Rob van Essen

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Twenty-five years ago, Rob van Essen’s (1963) debut novel was fished out of Thomas Rap’s slush pile. Since then, he has published different novels and story collections, including Fisherman (shortlist 2009 Libris Literature Prize), People Live Here Too (J.M.A. Biesheuvel Prize) and The Good Son (2019 Libris Literature Prize). Last year saw the publication of his most recent short story collection A Man with Good Shoes.


Recent title – English material

Reddend zwemmen (Rescue Swimming), 2021

Press on Rescue Swimming:

‘It’s not that often that you burst into uncontrolled laughter because of a book. Even less common is that you regularly still have to chuckle in the days after reading. This debut by Rob van Essen is that kind of book.’ – NBD Biblion

‘An amusing tour through a troubled but original psyche.’ – Het Parool