Chris de Stoop / Chris de Stoop – Kingdom of Heaven

Chris de Stoop – Kingdom of Heaven

Chris de Stoop – Kingdom of Heaven

About the book

All hell breaks loose when a care facility in Belgium is hit by covid-19 following a visit from Saint Nicholas. The person who acted as the Saint, a caregiver for his elderly mother, is labelled a super spreader and briefly becomes global headline news.

Hundreds of nursing homes suffered outbreaks, thousands of senior citizens died. But this true story of the role of a caregiver raises probing questions about what was really going on.

Thirty years after his sensational debut, Chris de Stoop writes his most personal book to date. It is a universal story that arouses discomfort while being highly recognisable. A moving, humane, unsettling chronicle told from the inside out.

‘You never get closer to your mother than when providing informal care, and in my case, that carried on for eight years. I spent more than a thousand days there, experiencing some beautiful, intimate and difficult moments. It’s taxing, but incredibly satisfying.’ – Chris de Stoop in de Volkskrant, referring to his book Kingdom of Heaven

Press on Kingdom of Heaven:

‘Kingdom of Heaven is a sympathetic chronicle and a fervent protest.’ **** – NRC Handelsblad

‘De Stoop writes with a serrated combination of compassion and anger, solace and grief, astonishment and understanding.’ **** – NRC Handelsblad

‘With Kingdom of Heaven, he again succeeds in elevating a tale of ordinary people to a universal level.’ **** – Het Nieuwsblad


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 They Came from the East. After Peace Be With You, Sister (2010) he wrote They’re So Sweet, Sir (1992) and exposed the inside story behind the international trafficking of women. The book caused an uproar at home and abroad. In 2015, his bestseller, This is My Farm, was sold to Germany, France and China. In 2018 his book about Vietnamese boat refugees, When the Water Breaks, was published.


© Lenny Oosterwijk

Additional book information

  • Non-fiction
  • ISBN 9789403194707
  • Number of pages: 176
  • World rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: €21,99