Annejet van der Zijl
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|Annejet van der Zijl|
|Born||Annejet van der Zijl
April 6, 1962
|Notable work(s)||Sonny Boy|
Annejet van der Zijl is a Dutch writer. So far, she has written four books that all became bestsellers. Born in 1962, she studied mass communication at the UVA in Amsterdam and did a MA International Journalism at City University in London. She worked in magazine journalism until 2000, meanwhile publishing her first book Jagtlust, about a ramshackle villa that in the sixties was a meeting place for many artists and poets. Annejet van der Zijl lives in Amsterdam with her husband, a journalist.
Jagtlust was followed by Anna (2002), the widely praised biography of the legendary Dutch children’s writer Annie M.G. Schmidt. This book was adapted into a TV mini-series called Annie M.G., directed by Dana Nechushtan.
2004 saw the appearance of Sonny Boy, a reconstruction of the forbidden love between a Surinamese student and a married Dutch woman against the backdrop of the 1930s and the Second World War. Based on a true story, the book became immensely popular, selling over half a million copies in the Netherlands alone. Also, it was published in six other countries. The film version, which was directed by Dutch filmmaker Maria Peters and premiered in January 2011, will be the opening film of the Stony Brook Film Festival in New York in July 2011.
Annejets fourth book, Bernhard – a hidden history, appeared in March 2010. With this detailed reconstruction of the unknown German background of the Dutch Queens’ father, she obtained a doctorate in History at the University of Amsterdam. Like its predecessors, this book was nominated for several historical and literary awards. In March 2011. Bernhard got the Brusse Award for the Best Journalism Book 2011.
Currently, Annejet is working on the reconstruction of the life story of an American woman who made her way into European aristocracy in the 1930s.
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- Biography of Annejet van der Zijl on the website of the Dutch Foundation for Literature
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