Renate Dorrestein is one of the foremost Dutch novelists. Her books have been nominated for the AKO Literatuurprijs, the Libris Literatuurprijs and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and translated into fifteen languages. Dorrestein worked as a journalist before her literary debut Outsiders was published in 1983. It was an instant success and since then she published an impressive number of titles whilst also lecturing at universities in the US and Europe. Her international breakthrough came in 1998 with A Heart of Stone.