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International Booker nominee Jaap Robben visits UK October 2021 for three live events!

  • London, Cheltenham and Sheffield events feature International Booker-nominated Summer Brother and launching Biography of a Fly, the Dutch bestseller.

  • Unique poster campaign in Sheffield creates extra buzz

Jaap Robben, one of the most talked-about contemporary Dutch writers will visit the UK in October 2021 to present his latest novels. International Booker-longlisted Summer Brother - ‘an impressive novel’ – Hilary Mantel - is the story of thirteen-year-old Brian who is struggling to look after an unexpected summer visitor – his older brother Lucien, physically and mentally disabled, who has been institutionalized for years. Biography of a Fly (October 2021) is the beautifully-illustrated life story of a fly from his first waking moments until his deathbed, making friends and living life with gusto no matter how short it is.


Jaap’s events:


Flanders House, London

Tuesday 12 October, 6.30 pm

Event with Lize Spit, author of The Melting

To book a ticket, click here

A literary evening with Lize Spit and Jaap Robben, moderated by Suzi Feay Tickets, Tue 12 Oct 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite


Cheltenham Literary Festival,

Thursday 14 October 1- 2 pm joint event with Jodie Chapman, chaired by Cathy Rentzenbrink;

L180 Brotherly Bonds: Jaap Robben And Jodie Chapman (cheltenhamfestivals.com)


Sheffield Off the Shelf Festival:

Saturday 16 October 1-2 pm Jaap will be talking about Summer Brother

Summer Brother - Jaap Robben in conversation with Tara Tobler - Off The Shelf - Festival of Words

Jaap will also be launching his new book, Biography of a Fly in Sheffield… details to be announced soon!


With thanks… Jaap Robben visits the UK with the help of New Dutch Writing, a campaign from the Dutch Foundation for Literature and Modern Culture to promote Dutch writing in translation in the UK. www.newdutchwriting.co.uk @DutchLiterature, #NewDutchWriting


Critical acclaim for Jaap Robben

“It’s an impressive novel: a deceptively simple story of lives at the margin, with a child’s viewpoint perfectly pitched and sustained, it is cleanly written and powerfully imagined. It reminded me of Claire Keegan’s novella Foster, which has a girl narrator of a similar age, and is an outstanding book. But the challenges are greater here, as Robben deals with all kinds of inflammable material, and does it with such tact and understanding.” HILARY MANTEL

Jaap Robben handles delicate, dangerous material with subtlety and sympathy.’ ―COLM TÓIBÍN

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