‘I’ve often thought I wanted to die,’ Roxy says. ‘It’s not a problem; it’s a bit annoying, like a fly, a bothersome sound. It only gets difficult when the fly buzzes around your head all day.’

Esther Gerritsen (1972) is a Dutch novelist, columnist and screenwriter. Since her 2000 debut, she has been considered one of the best authors in the Netherlands. Four of her novels including Craving (2012) and Roxy (2014) were all shortlisted for the prestigious Libris Literature Prize. Gerritsen writes a popular weekly column in the VPRO TV guide and she had the honour of writing the Dutch Book Week gift in 2016. She wrote the scenario for the film Instinct, the Dutch Oscar entry of 2019, which was praised and lauded at international film festivals. She is a co-writer of the new TV series Red Light, which will premiere in 2020 featuring Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones).

I don’t know if I’ve ever read a novel that captures the emotional labor of people-pleasing language quite so well.

New York Times Book Review on Craving
16 Jan 20
Esther awarded by Leiden University
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12 Oct 19
Esther performs at The British Library
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17 Aug 19
‘Instinct’ wins Variety Award at Locarno Film Festival
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