Hester Velmans is an award-winning translator of contemporary Dutch and French literature, and the author of the popular children's books Isabel of the Whales and Jessaloup's Song.
NEW: A FAIRY TALE
FOR THE AGES
This one's nothing like the story your grandmother told you
Hester's historical novel, SLIPPER, will come out on April 17, 2018. It is already available for PRE-ORDER ON KINDLE.
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THE CONSEQUENCES by Niña Weijers
"Niña Weijers’ remarkable, inventive novel depicts a contemporary conceptual artist at the height of her fame whose blasé art project has unintended consequences. Weijers invokes Kurt Vonnegut in the course of the narrative, and this novel shares Vonnegut’s sense of how things can be simultaneously real and absurd. Movies and books notoriously fail to capture the social and spiritual atmosphere of the contemporary art world, but Weijers nails it. Her book is beautifully written, surprising and often profound."
– Chris Kraus
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE by Hendrik Groen
"A funny but also touching diary praised for its wit and realism'"
- BBC Radio 4
Sequel to the best-selling international phenomenon The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old
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WINNIE AND THE INNOCENCE OF THE WORLD by Joost Zwagerman
Short story translated from the Dutch by Hester Velmans
Ten minutes ago Winnie was still thinking the world should simply end. This morning she had a fight with someone I don’t know. I expect it’s one of those clever dicks trying to claw their way up the ladder at that rubbish advertising company that has taken her on as a temp. The spat wasn’t serious, but believe me, less significant incidents have been known to send Winnie into a broody spin over corruption, mortal sin, violent revolution, environmental disaster and total annihilation. Winnie is one of those people who at the first little setback console themselves with the thought that everything on earth will inevitably come to a crashing end. But it’s the height of summer, luckily, and she’s walking down the street in a T-shirt (white) and jeans (skinny, ripped at the knee), and the sun, which is, after all, blameless, makes her skin glow, so it’s no surprise that Winnie is already thinking of other, more appealing things: a glass of beer, a shady terrace, a filter cigarette.
Isabel of the Whales is now available as an audio book on Audible.com. Recorded at BMA Studios and read with spirit and spark by Hāna Kenny. READ MORE