Joris Luyendijk in 2006
30 December 1971
|Residence||London, England, UK|
|Alma mater||University of Amsterdam|
|Occupation||Author, journalist, talk show host|
Luyendijk studied in Kansas, Amsterdam, and Cairo. He earned his Master's degree equivalent "doctoraal" degree in Cairo. His first book Een goede man slaat soms zijn vrouw (1998, A good man hits his wife every now and then) is about the Egyptian society from a Western observer's point of view.
He eventually became a news correspondent for various Netherlands-based media organisations in the Middle East for a number of years. He was based in Egypt, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories. He also reported on the Second Gulf War in Iraq. His book Het zijn net mensen (2006, It's as if they are human) is a report of his experiences as a news correspondent in the Middle East, and quickly became a bestseller in the Netherlands. The book has since been translated and published in Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Australia, the US, France and Slovenia, and is scheduled to be released in the UK and Lebanon. The title in English is Fit to Print (Australia), Hello, Everybody! (UK) or People Like Us (US).
In People Like Us, Luyendijk tells the story of his five years as a correspondent in the Middle East. He chronicles first-hand experiences of dictatorship, occupation, terror, and war. His stories cast light on a number of major crises, from the Iraq War to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, along with less-reported issues such as underage orphan trash-collectors in Cairo. The more he witnessed, the less he understood, and he became increasingly aware of the yawning gap between what he saw on the ground and what was later reported in the media.
From 2006, Joris Luyendijk was living in Amsterdam. In the summer of 2006 and 2007 he carried out interviews for the talk show Zomergasten (Summer Guests) on VPRO. From January 2010, he held the Leonardo Chair at the University of Tilburg, and taught the masterclass “Journalism for the 21st Century”. Luyendijk studied Arabic in Amsterdam and Cairo, though he does not speak the language fluently.
In September 2010 Joris Luyendijk was asked to shadow the Dutch Parliament and government in The Hague for a month, resulting in a book on Dutch politics, titled ‘Je hebt het niet van mij, maar...' ("You didn't hear it from me, but...'). Since 2011 Luyendijk is based in London where he works for The Guardian. His blogs provide an anthropological perspective on the ways of the financial world: The Joris Luyendijk banking blog. In Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad en De Standaard Luyendijk comments weekly on his life in the City.
- 1998: Een goede man slaat soms zijn vrouw
- 2001: Een tipje van de sluier (Islam voor beginners)
- 2006: Het zijn net mensen (Beelden uit het Midden-Oosten), translated into English as People like us: Misrepresenting the Middle East (UK, 2009), Fit to Print: Misrepresenting the Middle East (Australia, 2009), and Hello Everybody!: One Journalist's Search for Truth in the Middle East (USA, 2010)
- 2008: Het maakbare nieuws (Antwoord op Joris Luyendijk) (co-operation)
- 2010: Je hebt het niet van mij, maar... (Een maand aan het binnenhof)
- J. Luyendijk (2010). Je res ali ste videli na televiziji? Resnice in neresnice o Bližnjem vzhodu. Mladinska knjiga, Ljubljana.
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