Uitgeverij Podium is a successful independent Dutch publisher celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2012.
If you are interested in any of our titles, please do not hesitate to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). Several of our authors are handled by international literary agents, we are happy to forward your interest to them.
(novel, 192 pages)
From the jury: "With her suggestive style, surprising associations, and intriguing leaps in time, Shira Keller evokes a world that remains with you."
Keller’s characters are believable and she renders them with great insight and humour. The series of supporting roles include: a horticulturalist father, a pitiful mother, and can-collecting Jewish grandparents.
'There are too many reasons to praise M.'
'Leonie Holtes observes, and writes, with a crushing purity. For anyone who wants to understand how our country really works, read this book.'
Joris Luyendijk, The Guardian
'The sharpness of her observations is reminiscent of Oliver Sacks.'
Tonie Mudde, De Volkskrant
No Experience Required challenges the notion of the forensic psychiatric patient as too dangerous and unstable to treat. In Holtes’s story, each patient comes through as a unique individual with a distinctive story. In the book, she describes one patient entering the interview room and saying to her: "Look at me. Do I look like a lunatic?" Another is so timid that Holtes is barely able to connect with him while playing darts together.
(novel, 240 pages)
A poignant and uproarious novel, based on the sinking of the ferry Herald of Free Enterprise – the ferry toDover– that dramatically capsized shortly after leaving Zeebrugge. IvoTempleplays an unexpected role as a hero during the disaster, or, so says his wife when he wakes up in the hospital. He had apparently used his own body to form a human bridge allowing many passengers to find refuge. Once he wakes up in the hospital, Ivo is overwhelmed by the media attention and his role as a hero grows every day until – well, you’ll have to read it to find out.
(novel, 320 pages)
Shortlisted for De Gouden Strop Award 2013 for thrillers
Shortlisted for the Crimezone Debut Prize 2013
A fluently written, up beat thriller about the 24nerve-racking hours in the life of a girl trying to solve her father’s murder, and how they lead her into a perilous royal intrigue.
"IV is pleasant light-reading, a book that will
keep your DVD player switched off for a few nights. "
**** NRC Next
(novel, 284 pages)
Rights sold to Germany (Bertelsmann) and Finland (WSOY). 30,000 copies sold in The Netherlands
nominated for the AKO Literatuurprijs 2012
In Blocked, Renate Dorrestein examines the causes and consequences of writer’s block. After her lauded novel, The Stepmother, she was well into writing her next novel when things went wrong: "The facts are simple. I, who had always loved to write, I, had become someone who becomes violently sick at the mere thought of a new novel."
'Blocked reads like a thriller.'
'A substantial book written with an enviable purity.'
(novel, 248 pages)
The Stepmother is a superb novel about a conflict of loyalty in a patchwork family, in which years of suppressed frustration are mercilessly laid bare.
(novel, 176 pages)
According to critics, Elvis Peeters is one of Dutch literature's 'Big Three'. Tuesday describes a day in the life of a seventy-six-year old man who has no regrets. He reflects on his life as a mercenary in Africa and on the two women he loved at home, both of whom died too young. At the same time, he's trying to pull the wool over the eyes of a girl at Brussels social services, as he does not intend to give up an iota of his freedom.
‘A tender portrait of a man who could be your next-door neighbour.’ ****
(novel, 320 pages)
Arjen Lubach (1979) made his big breakthrough with the road novel Magnus. Its main character Merlijn Kaiser is struggling with a broken heart after his long-time girlfriend Caro has left him, and discovers that his credit card has been used for strange transactions in a Swedish amusement park.
‘A pinnacle in Arjen Lubach’s oeuvre.’
‘A compelling novel.’
(guidebook, 176 pages)
Huib Hudig (1973) has written acclaimed speeches for politicians and business people. In this useful volume, he shares his approach with aspiring public speakers. The Speech Guide is a helpful companion at political meetings, weddings, business presentations and funerals. In ten steps, including presentation tips, Hudig coaches the reader to deliver impassioned and inspiring speeches. The book is accompanied by an app.
(non-fiction, 168 pages)
In this Dutch best seller, highly acclaimed by readers and critics, Hans Aarsman scrutinises press photographs and other pictures like a present-day Sherlock Holmes. Why do we take pictures of one thing and not another? The many hilarious and revealing examples in this book show how prejudiced our gaze has become and highlight the things we are in danger of overlooking.
'Hans Aarsman examines press pictures and other photographs like a contemporary Sherlock Holmes.' Het Parool 'It evokes the sensation of being personally addressed by someone who can't help but speak straight from the heart.'