Jaap Robben

De Geus
22th print - More than 80.000 copies sold!
Awards & nominations
Dutch Booksellers Award 2015
ANV Debut Award 2015
Diorapthe YA Readers Award 2015
Longlist Dublin Literary Award 2016
Brooklyn Book Festival Best Debut Novel 2018
German (Birk) Ars Vivendi Verlag – Birgit Erdmann (2016)
English (You Have Me to Love) World Editions – David Doherty (2016 UK, 2018 US)
Czech (Birk) Vysehrad – Veronika ter Harmsel Havlíková (2018)
Turkish (Birk) Kahve Yayinlari – Erhan Gürer (2015)
Film adaptation: Birk (NewAms, 2024)
Audiobook: Read by Frans van Deursen (in Dutch)

You Have Me to Love

You have me to love is set on a remote island between Norway and Scotland. Only one family lives there – the nine-year-old Mikael and his father and mother, plus a solitary neighbour. The mail arrives every week by boat. One day fate strikes: Mikael’s father drowns after saving his son from the sea. It happened by the rock that his mother had often warned him about. The rock I must ‘never- never-never, look at me, never jump off.’ By keeping quiet about what happened, Mikael – who at the time of the fatal event is nine – hopes to change reality. It is some time before the reader learns the truth about what happened. In a penetrating way Robben gets under the skin of a boy who is consumed by guilt, uncertainty about the future and confusion about how to deal with his grieving mother.

“An intense and dramatic novel filled with meticulous use of detail and forensic psychological accuracy. Its power comes from the fierce energy of the narrative structure, the way of handling silence and pain, and the ability to confront the darkest areas of experience with clear-eyed sympathy and care. Jaap Robben handles delicate, dangerous material with subtlety and sympathy, but also with a visionary sense of truth that is masterly and unforgettable.”
– Colm Tóibin
"Birk is a bold, tender and ambivalent narrative, raw and disturbing, with moments of painful beauty."
– The Irish Times
"Robben’s description of the inner world of a child is faultless. As an oppressive story of the premature loss of innocence, Birk is on a par with Niccolo Ammaniti’s I’m Not Scared and Ian McEwan’s The Cement Garden. With You Have Me to Love, Jaap Robben delivers a staggering first novel."
– Het Parool *****


Jaap wordt vertegenwoordigd door zijn manager Michaël Roumen. Voor optredens en andere zakelijke verzoeken kunt u een bericht sturen naar: michael@michaelroumen.com 
Postbus 92
2501 CB Den Haag 

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Jaap Robben is represented by Michaël Roumen. For inquiries and requests, please send an email to: michael@michaelroumen.com 
P.O. Box 92
2501 CB The Hague
The Netherlands 

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