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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. 


                  BOOK TRAILER for SLIPPER -- WATCH!

"Written in a delicate, ornate prose style that has a transporting effect, bringing readers back to Perrault’s time and nestling them in a thoroughly alluring narrative. A satisfying blend of history and myth that breathes new life into Cinderella."Kirkus Reviews


 

NEW: A FAIRY TALE
FOR THE AGES

This one's nothing like the story your grandmother told you

Hester's historical novel, SLIPPER, is out now. It's available from  Amazon.comBarnes & Noble.com, and Indiebound.org

"Slipper is the most engaging novel I have read in a long time.  Part romantic love story, part fairy tale, part feminist commentary, this is a wonderful, old fashioned novel to be savored. It is as if a graduate student had stumbled upon a handwritten, 19th century manuscript in the British Library, read it, and declared, 'There was a fourth Bronte sister --  and she was the most talented of the brood!'" — Daniel Klein, best-selling author of Travels with Epicurus, Plato and Platypus Walk into a Bar and others

 

- NEW TRANSLATIONS -

 

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

Read Hester's take on translating the first lines of this novel here:

 

THE SECRET DIARY OF HENDRIK GROEN
83 1/4 YEARS OLD
by Hendrik Groen
"Amusing and wickedly accurate. A Handbook of resistance for our time." 
- Sunday Express (UK)

Hendrik Groen captures hearts all over the world...and Derek Jacobi reads the audio version! 

 

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.

Read the rest of the story published in GRANTA here:

Audio Book

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

NEA

Hester received a U.S. NEA Literature Fellowship to translate  Herman Franke's Slow Light, which he finished four days before his untimely death.
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