Sunday 18 August 2019

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The quick brown fox

The quick brown fox

By the lazy dog

Ze laat haar telefoon zien met berichten en foto’s van haar ex en de kinderen. In die berichten wordt ze ook bedreigd. “Als ik naar Syrië ga, vermoordt hij me”, zegt Saleh. “Ik ga daar niet naartoe. Dat durf ik niet.” De kinderen zijn een maand geleden als vermist opgegeven door Saleh, maar de politie besloot pas vandaag een officieel vermissingsbericht te verspreiden. Eerder wilde de eenheid dat niet doen vanwege de privacy van de kinderen. Het contact met de... More >


Dutch literature: A Beautiful Young Wife

Dutch literature: A Beautiful Young Wife

Tommy Wieringa

A Beautiful Young Wife follows an older, famous researcher who meets and marries a younger woman, a relationship which then falls apart.   Edward, a microbiologist who became famous for his work on AIDS, sees a much younger woman, Ruth, biking in Utrecht and wants her, specifically, her rear, though he eventually marries her entire person. The novel follows their relationship, from Edward’s initial, awkward meeting of Ruth’s family where he lusts over a preteen photo of Ruth, to the... More >


Recipes using chocolate sprinkles feature in Spread the Hagel

Recipes using chocolate sprinkles feature in Spread the Hagel

Jennifer Foster and Lianne Koster

You can’t live in the Netherlands for very long before discovering that the Dutch eat sprinkles on bread for breakfast. If you have, by chance, missed out on this very Dutch habit, hagelslag comes a variety of flavours (dark, milk, white chocolate and a fruit flavour are common) and, if the basic sprinkle isn’t enough for you, your supermarket will also have muisjes (candy-coated anise sprinkles), vlokken (or flakes of various chocolate flavours) as well as hagelslag in various sizes.... More >


Essential reading about the Netherlands: The Little Orange Handbook

Essential reading about the Netherlands: The Little Orange Handbook

Stephanie Dijkstra

Xpat Media, the publisher of the mighty Holland Handbook, has come up with this condensed and more portable guide to living in the Netherlands. The Little Orange Handbook describes itself as a ‘practical guide and quick introduction to the Netherlands’ and information is packed into the book’s 220 pages. It covers everything from housing and working to the educational system and political system of the country. The contents are divided into two main sections: About the Country and Living in... More >


Learn to cycle in Amsterdam

Learn to cycle in Amsterdam

Xing Chen

This gorgeous how-to book brings out all of the rules and norms of cycling in Amsterdam alongside amazing pictures of every day cycling experiences. Get it for anyone who comes to visit and needs a primer before heading out on a bike in the city. Author Xing Chen is a neuroscientist who moved to the Netherlands for work in 2014. She grew up in Singapore and lived in the UK and the US before arriving here. She learned how to... More >


Unsolved Mysteries of Amsterdam

Unsolved Mysteries of Amsterdam

Martijn J. Adelmund

Unsolved Mysteries of Amsterdam brings you the tales of horror and folklore of Amsterdam. If you’re interested in the urban legends of ghosts, curses and unsolved crimes in Amsterdam and the surrounding area, the Unsolved Mysteries of Amsterdam has it all.   Each chapter in the book is based around a single mystery. Some are familiar, such as who revealed the location of Anne Frank and her family during World War II and the story of Helena of Ghost Alley,... More >