Esther Gerritsen (1972) is a Dutch novelist, columnist and screenwriter. Since her 2000 debut with Bevoorrecht bewustzijn (Privileged Consciousness), Gerritsen has been considered one of the best authors in the Netherlands and makes regular appearances on radio programs and at international literary festivals such as Litquake and Wordfest.
Her novels Superduif (Superdove, 2010), Dorst (Craving, 2012), Roxy (2014) and De Trooster (The Comforter, 2018) were all shortlisted for the Libris Literature Prize. In 2005 she was awarded the BNG prize for her second novel Normale dagen (Ordinary Days, 2005) and in 2014 she was awarded the Frans Kellendonk prize for her body of work. 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 with a print run of 700,000 copies.
She is currently making a name for herself as a screenwriter for film and TV. She wrote the scenario for Instinct (Halina Reijn, 2019), which was the opening film at the Dutch National Film Festival, was praised and lauded at international filmfestivals such as Locarno, Toronto and London and is the Dutch entry for the 2019 Oscars. She is a co-writer of the new TV series Red Light, which will premiere in 2020 featuring Maaike Neuville, Halina Reijn and Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones).
De Trooster (The Comforter), novel, De Geus, 2018
Broer (Brother), novella, CPNB, 2016
Veilig leren lezen (Learn to read safely), collected columns, De Geus, 2016
Roxy, novel, De Geus, 2014
Ik ben vaak heel kort dom (I’m Often Briefly Stupid), collected columns, De Geus, 2013
Dorst (Craving), novel, De Geus, 2012
Jij hebt iets leuks over je (There is Something Nice About You), collected columns, De Geus, 2011
Superduif (Superdove), novel, De Geus, 2010
De kleine miezerige god (The little puny god), fiction, De Geus, 2008
Normale dagen (Normal days), fiction, De Geus, 2005
Tussen een persoon (Between a person), fiction, De Geus, 2002
Bevoorrecht bewustzijn (privileged consciousness), fiction, De Geus, 2002Screenplays & scripts
Instinct, film by Halina Reijn, 2019
Dorst (Craving), film by Saskia Diesing, 2018
De Kopvoeter en andere toneelteksten, International Theatre & Film Books, 2015
Nena, film by Saskia Diesing, 2014
Is dat een kapstok? (Is that a coat rack?), theatre, 2004
Toneel (Theatre), collected theatre texts, De Geus, 2004
Drie theaterteksten (Three theatre texts), International Theatre & Film Books, 2002