Simon Caspers / Simon Caspers – Destiny

Simon Caspers – Destiny

Simon Caspers – Destiny

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About the book

When his sister abruptly dies, Diederik suddenly finds himself the foster parent of his six-year-old niece, Destiny. Until then his life had gone smoothly. After a not undeserving, but unfortunately title-less career as a professional tennis player, he has indeed landed on a side track as a tennis teacher for a pair of spoiled teens, but that’s just a matter of time. He has grand plans and he’s on the verge – having developed his own trainers – of making it big in business.

Caring for a child is harder than he thought, and while Destiny more often hinders rather than helps him, he grows increasingly attached to her. When it appears that, like him, she possesses a unique talent, Diederik decides to support her 100%.

Destiny doesn’t speak. She looks first at him and then at me. She might have no idea who I am. Her mother’s dead. Her grandfather’s laid out a week’s supply of Chinese food on the table and her grandmother’s sitting, as she’s done her entire life, motionless on the couch. ‘Hi Destiny, I’m your uncle Diederik, don’t you remember?’ My voice catches twice.
She nods.
I swallow. ‘Are you hungry?’ I ask. It’s the only thing I can think of to stop myself from bursting into tears.


Simon Caspers is the pen name of duo Martijn Simons and Casper Vandeputte. Martijn Simons (b. 1985) made his debut in 2010 with the novel Summer Sleep. His second novel, My Name is Julius, was published in 2015. Both books were enthusiastically received. Casper Vandeputte (b. 1985) is a writer and director. Since graduating from the Maastricht Theatre Academy, he has been producing plays for several Dutch theatre companies.

Additional book information

  • Novel
  • ISBN 9789400401938
  • Number of pages: 256
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 19,99
  • English sample available