Thursday, 5 April 2018

#WorldReads - Five Books From The Netherlands

If this is your first visit to my WorldReads blog series, the idea of the posts is to encourage and promote the reading of global literature. On the 5th of each month I highlight five books I have read from a particular country and you can see links to previous countries' posts at the end of this post as well as finding out how to join in the challenge.
I'm very happy to be 'visiting' my 24th country today - it's WorldReads' 2nd blogiversary!

Click the book titles or cover images to visit their Literary Flits book review pages. Or click the Amazon links to buy your own copy. (The Amazon links are affiliate links so I would earn a small commission from your purchase.)

This month's country is the Netherlands!
I was surprised by how difficult it is to find Dutch books translated into English. For nation that seems to love reading easily as much as we Brits do, I expected to find as many Dutch books as, say, Swedish or German ones. But no!
That is part of the reason for the varied books offered in this post: crime fiction, biography, contemporary fiction and philosophy spanning 500 years of Dutch literature.

Outsider In Amsterdam by Janwillem van der Wetering

'On a quiet street in downtown Amsterdam, the founder of a new religious society/commune—a group that calls itself “Hindist” and mixes elements of various “Eastern” traditions—is found hanging from a ceiling beam. Detective-Adjutant Gripstra and Sergeant de Gier of the Amsterdam police are sent to investigate what looks like a simple suicide, but they are immediately suspicious of the circumstances.

Butterfly On The Storm by Walter Lucius

'When a simple hit and run turns into a murder investigation, Journalist Farah Hafez finds herself pulled into a sinister world where nothing is as it seems. Butterfly On The Storm is the first book in the bestselling Dutch thriller series The Heartland Trilogy.

Praise Of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus

Considered one of the most important works of literature in Western Civilization, Desiderius Erasmus's essay, "Praise of Folly", is a classic satirical work in the style of Lucian, the ancient Greek, in which the Goddess of Folly extols the virtues of frivolousness and indulgence of ones passions and then turns to a satirical examination of Christian piousness. In a humorously satirical way, "Praise of Folly" examines the abuses of power of the Roman Catholic Church at the time and is seen as one of the major catalysts for the Protestant Reformation.

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

As the Nazi madness swept across Europe, a quiet watchmaker's family in Holland risked everything for the sake of others, and for the love of Christ. Despite the danger and threat of discovery, the ten Boom family courageously offered shelter to persecuted Jews during the Nazi occupation of Holland. Then a trap brought about the family's arrest. Could God's love shine through, even in Ravensbruck?

Craving by Esther Gerritsen

The relationship between Coco and her mother Elisabeth is uneasy, to say the least. Running into each other by chance, Elisabeth casually tells Coco that she is terminally ill. When Coco moves in with her mother in order to take care of her, aspects of their troubled relationship come to the fore once again. Elisabeth tries her best to conform to the image of a caring mother, but struggles to deal with Coco's erratic behaviour and unpredictable moods.

That's it for April's WorldReads from the Netherlands. I hope I have tempted you to try reading a book from this country and if you want more suggestions, click through to see all my Literary Flits reviews of Dutch-authored books! If you fancy buying any of the five I have suggested, clicking through the links from this blog to do so would mean I earn a small commission payment.

You can join in my WorldReads Challenge at any time! Simply read 1 or more books from a different country each month, write a post about it/them, grab the button below and add it to your post. Don't forget to pop back here and Comment your link so I can visit!

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If you missed any earlier WorldReads posts, I have already 'visited' America, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, ScotlandSouth Africa, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.

In May I will be highlighting five books by Zimbabwean authors. See you on the 5th to find out which ones!


  1. I just added Outsider in Amsterdam to my TBR list. I love that cover, and it sounds like a very “me” book.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. That was a good one :-)
      Hope you enjoy it too!

  2. Thanks for sharing your list. Must admit I'm not the most 'travelled' reader, so it's great to read your post and actually step out of my front door, so to speak, when it comes to reading selection.

    1. Glad to help!
      Dutch books in English were surprisingly difficult to find. They're a great reading nation so loads of books get translated into Dutch, but not from it!

  3. Interesting list. I loved Craving. The others are new to me - will look out for them.

    1. I got lucky in being offered Craving because I am not sure I would have found it otherwise. Unusual story and very well done

  4. This sounds like such a great series! I do not pay much attention to where my books are set, but maybe I should - it definitely easier when the place is really important to the plot, but I also read a lot of fantasy set in parallel universes so maybe that's why.

    Thanks for sharing your list!

    1. Thanks Andreea!
      I'm trying to read books from every country in the workd!