Heleen van Royen

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Heleen van Royen
Born Helena Margaretha Kroon
(1965-03-09) 9 March 1965 (age 53)
Occupation writer
Residence Carvoeiro
Years active 2000-present
Spouse Ton van Royen (1992-2013), divorced.
Children 2

Heleen van Royen (born Helena Margaretha Kroon, Amsterdam, 9 March 1965) is a Dutch novelist and columnist. Her novel De gelukkige huisvrouw ("The Happy Housewife") was best-selling Dutch novel of 2010.[1] The candid descriptions of sexuality (including her own) found in her books and her columns have drawn considerable attention, as have her personal revelations about sexual fantasies,[2] even to the point of ridicule: Dorine Wiersma won the Annie M.G. Schmidt award for best theatrical song for "Stoute Heleen" ("Naughty Heleen"), a crude pastiche of van Royen's depictions of her own sexuality.[3][4] Two of van Royen's novels were adapted for film, De gelukkige huisvrouw (2009, adapted for the stage in the same year), and De ontsnapping (The Escape, 2010).[5] She has two children, daughter Olivia and son Sam. In November 2006, van Royen posed nude for Playboy.


  1. ^ "Heleen van Royen bestverkochte Nederlandse romanschrijver van 2010". Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Heleen van Royen onthult seksuele fantasieën". De Telegraaf. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Wels, Rinske (6 May 2009). "De verkeerde kant van het fatsoen". Trouw. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Groenewoud, Marion (20 March 2008). "Cabaretiere heeft succes met Heleen van Royen-lied". De Stentor. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "De Ontsnapping van Heleen van Royen verfilmd". De Telegraaf. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 15 March 2012.