Roxane van Iperen / Roxane van Iperen – Putting Yourself First

Roxane van Iperen – Putting Yourself First

Roxane van Iperen – Putting Yourself First

About the book

For many years, the Netherlands’ self-image was characterized by openness and tolerance. This stemmed from the post-war optimism of the middle classes, who believed in equal opportunities and in the importance of a social safety net to ensure each generation would have an easier life than the one before it.

Over the past few years people’s faith in progress has crumbled. Under the influence of the political sphere, it has given way to a strong urge toward self-preservation, resulting in the rise of extreme views and beliefs. In Putting Yourself First, Roxane van Iperen compellingly shows how this came about and expresses the hope that the middle class will once again embrace the notion of progress.

Praise for Putting Yourself First:

In a carefully-argued essay, Van Iperen describes how shared values such as equal opportunities and social mobility have gradually given way to an approach to life that she sums up as “putting yourself first.”
– Het Financieele Dagblad

This is the most important insight from the book: let go of your prejudice and ask yourself why a certain group of people is worried and afraid.
– De Correspondent

Van Iperen lucidly describes the key role of women in the normalization of extreme right-wing views (...) A razor-sharp pamphlet.
– Binnenlands Bestuur


ROXANE VAN IPEREN (b. 1976) is a writer, publicist and lawyer. Her previous books include Scum of the Earth, The High Nest (which has sold more than 200,000 copies and was published in fourteen different countries) and Letters to the High Nest. In 2021 she wrote The Genocide Fax, a book-length essay commissioned for Dutch Book Week, and gave the Fourth of May lecture on National Remembrance Day, the annual observance in honour of those who lost their lives during World War II.

© Dorian Jurne

Additional book information

  • Current affairs
  • ISBN 9789400409323
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Foreign rights: William Morris Agency
  • Price: €18,99