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De Dromenbewaarder

De_dromenbewaarder_Rebekka_strijbisDe Dromenbewaarder – Debuutroman van teener Rebekka Strijbis

Tess, een zestienjarig weesmeisje, gaat een maand bij haar grootmoeder logeren in een klein dorpje midden in de Appalachen, Verenigde Staten. Vanwege een incident is ze naar haar grootmoeder Lucy toegestuurd waarmee de familie het contact heeft verbroken. Ze is vastbesloten niemand over haar geheim te vertellen.

In het dorpje treft ze niet bepaald de rust die ze zich had voorgesteld; er is veel spanning en haar eigenzinnige grootmoeder, de dromenbewaarder, heeft daar alles mee te maken. Tess maakt al snel vrienden met Capri en met de broers Allan en Eric, de buren van Lucy.

Tussen de opvliegende vader van deze broers en haar grootmoeder is veel onverwerkt verdriet en schuld. Tess ontdekt dat ze iets begint te voelen voor Allan en geeft uiteindelijk haar geheim prijs. Een meeslepend verhaal voor Young Adults.

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Wie is Rebekka Strijbis?

‘Met haar debuutroman de Dromenbewaarder heeft Rebekka Strijbis waargemaakt waar ze al op tienjarige leeftijd van droomde. Ze is geboren in december 1998, als oudste van zeven, en zodra ze haar eerste zin kon lezen, is ze niet meer gestopt. Dat groeide uit tot verhalen schrijven die ze zelf graag zou willen lezen.

Ze krijgt thuisonderwijs en op dit moment is ze bezig zichzelf voor te bereiden om aan een universiteit Neerlandistiek te gaan studeren. Met De Dromenbewaarder won Rebekka Strijbis de Amsterdam Publishers Auteursprijs voor 2016.

Sla met suiker

Sla_met_suiker_annemarie_heringSla met suiker door Annemarie Hering is een krachtige debuutroman over een ontluikende homoseksualiteit die het leven van een Joodse vrouw na de Tweede Wereldoorlog in Amsterdam helemaal op zijn kop zet. Een openhartig en krachtig verhaal.

De Tweede Wereldoorlog is voorbij. Ook in Amsterdam is de wederopbouw in volle gang.

Tegen de achtergrond van grote maatschappelijke ontwikkelingen vertelt de roman Sla met suiker het verhaal van Annemarie en Peter die na een hevige verliefdheid trouwen. Een groot gevoel van geluk kenmerkt de eerste jaren en er worden drie kinderen geboren. Maar na verloop van tijd ontdekt Annemarie dat ze ‘anders’ is. Ondanks hun verbondenheid is zij niet volkomen gelukkig met haar echtgenoot; haar gevoelens brengen haar in verwarring. Uiteindelijk besluit ze op zoek te gaan naar wie ze werkelijk is. Als ze vertrekt, blijft Peter ontredderd achter.

Annemarie Hering schrijft in een heldere, anekdotische stijl hoe de twee mensen, ondanks hun scheiding, onlosmakelijk met elkaar verbonden blijven. Een krachtige debuutroman over een ontluikende homoseksualiteit.

Sla met Suiker door Annemarie Hering is inmiddels ingekocht door 97 bibliotheken in Nederland en 9 bibliotheken in België.

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In Zij aan Zij van november 2016:

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Een mooi stuk van Annemarie Hering over haar moeizame weg om haar manuscript van Sla met Suiker gelezen te laten krijgen door gerenommeerde uitgeverijen:

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Op maandag 21 november 2016 vond er een radio interview plaats met Annemarie Hering:

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Sla met Suiker in West-Friesland op zondag 10 juli 2016:

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Sla met Suiker door Annemarie Hering stond ook in Mokum Magazine van juli 2016

Enkele aanbevelingen voor Sla met suiker

Dit boek heeft me veel gedaan. Het is van het begin tot het eind een prachtig ontroerend verhaal van iemand die geleerd heeft te overleven, te overleven door eerlijk te zijn. En dat doen weinigen haar na! Ik raad het iedereen aan.” Jeroen Krabbé, acteur, schilder

“Een intens, maar vaak ook grappig verhaal. Maar soms grijpt het je ook naar de strot, met name als het gaat over haar twijfels aangaande haar geaardheid. Dat heb ik natuurlijk ook zelf meegemaakt.” Tony Neef, musicalster

“Sla met suiker is een eerlijk en herkenbaar boek, waarin via het verhaal van twee geliefden tegelijkertijd een hele periode beschreven wordt.” Alexander Jansen, ex-directeur van de Arbeiderspers

“Waar wij de ogen voor het leven sluiten, kijkt  deze dappere vrouw wanhoop, pijn en alle vormen van liefde recht in het gezicht. Ze vindt de juiste woorden!” Frederik de Groot, acteur

Sla met Suiker (ebook zowel als paperback)

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Tijdens de EuroPride weken van 23 juli tot 8 augustus organiseerde boekhandel Vrolijk samen met de Shakespeareclub van het COC en Amsterdam Museum lezingen en interviews in het Amsterdam Museum.
Op donderdag 4 augustus vertelde de auteur Annemarie Hering over haar boek en was er een signeersessie.

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Op 8 oktober 2016 signeerde Annemarie Hering haar boek Sla met Suiker

in de bibliotheek in Hoorn

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Thom Harinck Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing

Thom_harinck_memoirs_published_by_amsterdam_publishersMemoirs of Thom Harinck, Kickboxing and Muay Thai Legend

Thom Harinck is the celebrity kickboxing coach of national and international champions and the tactical mastermind behind three consecutive K-1 championships. He trained numerous world champions including Peter Aerts, Branko Cikatić, Jérôme Le Banner, Badr Hari and Hesdy Gerges and has coached masses of students in his dojos in Amsterdam, Brazil and Japan.

Thom Harinck invented his own style of fighting: chakuriki. This is a unique mix of techniques from kyokushin karate, judo, boxing, jujutsu and wrestling.

Thom Harinck memoirs are full of great kickboxing stories

In Thom Harinck, Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West, the 72-year-old coach candidly tells of the highs and the lows, the struggles and hard-won victories on his journey to becoming a living legend in the world of martial arts. He looks back on 40+ years of a remarkable career as a kickboxing coach, sharing anecdotes about his life as a bouncer, martial arts apprentice, stuntman and trainer, and as husband of Professor Marjan Olfers. Although he announced his retirement in April 2013, he picked up training again in early 2016.

Thom_harinck_memoirs_amsterdam_publishersThe book contains many fascinating stories from the world of kickboxing, some of which have never been published before. Harinck relates the thrill of fighting in international tournaments, including intense battles in Thailand, the home of Muay Thai. We read about the sensei (teacher) of the Chakuriki dojo running barefoot with his students through the streets of Amsterdam at night, and about the deep friendships between Harinck and his fighters. His memoirs are filled with the Amsterdam tongue-in-cheek wit and wisdom of a man who has truly lived his life as an intrepid spirit, and to the fullest. The life of the Dutch-born Harinck has been anything but a quiet one.

The book is illustrated with more than 100 photos from Thom Harinck’s archive, documenting his life from humble beginnings as a shy Amsterdam kid to the celebrity coach of the present day. A selection of students and champions appear throughout the book, including: Richard Ploos, Iwan de Randamie, Saskia van Rijswijk, Rik van de Vathorst, Stuart Ballantine, Branko Cikatić, Tekin Donmez, Kenneth Plak, Corrine Geeris, Patrik Eriksson, Perry Ubeda, Nobu Hayashi, Peter Aerts, Badr Hari, Hesdy Gerges, Satoshi Ishii, Jérôme Le Banner, Menno Dijkstra, Amir Zeyada, and Gilbert Ballantine.

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The memoirs are based on numerous interviews with Harinck, keeping the style conversational and easy to digest. Thom Harinck, Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West, co-written by Thom Harinck and Julio Punch, is available now as Kindle ebook and as paperback. The book is available on Amazon. Please note: the paperback is not available on amazon.nl, because that site only offers ebooks. If you have any difficulty ordering please send me a mail.

 

Excerpts from Thom Harinck, Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West

THE LOST PRIZE MONEY

Branko won his first big prize money in the K-1 in 1993: 100,000 dollars. He received the money in cash in the ring when he won the tournament. Loads and loads of pictures were taken of it. He carried the cash with him back home. We always flew to Amsterdam first, and Branko would fly to Zagreb from there. I kept the money with me until we went back. He had stored the money in a money belt. The K-1 always lets the coach travel first class while the fighters and corner men travel economy class. If you’re the champ you can demand to travel business class, but this was Branko’s first K-1 title.

I hate flying. I’m actually scared to death of it, so I usually take a sleeping pill and just sleep through it. At some point during the flight, Branko woke me up. He was in a state and said: “Thom, Thom, I lost my money.” I was wide awake immediately. Now what happened was this: Branko had taken a sleeping pill too but had gone to the toilet to answer a call of nature and had left the bag of money in the toilet. When he later realized he wasn’t carrying the bag, it was no longer in the toilet.

I approached the stewardess and said: “This guy has just lost 100,000 dollars. We have to retrieve the money.” Branko had brought seven guys with him from Croatia, and Branko, a full-fledged heavyweight, was actually the smallest of the group. One of them was 2.10 metres tall. These were all very big and rich guys who also had sponsored him. The stewardess wanted to say something though the microphone, but I took the microphone out of her hand and said: “We are very sorry, ladies and gentlemen, but my fighter has just lost 100,000 dollars and we will be searching everyone on the plane. We’ll be starting in the front and will work our way to the back.” So we started out in the front of the airplane while it was still flying, in the economy class, and politely asked people to empty their pockets and open their bags for us. About three seconds later, someone came running up from the back of the plane and said: “I think I have a bag here with something in it.”

“BAD BOY” BADR HARI

There once was a little boy called Badr Hari. He was born in Amsterdam of Moroccan parentage in 1984. At the age of seven Badr took his first kickboxing class. He himself had wanted to take horse riding lessons but the kickboxing gym was all that the family could afford. Under the guidance of former world champion Mousid Akamrane, the young Badr quickly mastered the basics and fought his first match at the age of 7. During the 1990s, Mohammed Ait Hassou was very successful with his gym, called Sitan Gym in Amsterdam. He was also head of a flowering organisation, the WPKL [World Professional Kickboxing League] that regularly organised kickboxing events in Sporthallen Zuid, including several Netherlands-Thailand match-ups. It was only logical that Badr switched to the Sitan Gym in his early teens and fought several matches for them. When Sitan Gym decided to relocate to Rotterdam, continuing his training with them became impractical for Badr. So it came about that the then 16-year-old young man enlisted at the Chakuriki Dojo in Van Hallstraat.

MY ‘SECRET” TRAINING METHODS

Through the 1990s, some journalists from a famous Japanese martial arts magazine visited me in the Netherlands. They wanted to write an article about my training methods. We went to a sports hall with the journalists and their photographers and Branko Cikatić. I said to him: “Branko, we’re going to fool around a bit here.” I’m not someone who will reveal all my training systems to the first person who asks. I laid out some blocks on the floor- a training tool I normally never use in my classes. I said to Branko: “Jump!” And he had to jump from left to right and from front to back. Branko was begging me: “Sensei, please don’t do this!” but I put on a very stern face and shouted: “Jump, Branko, jump.” The Japanese were letting out “oohs” and “aahs” every few seconds. They were taking everything dead seriously. I put up a rope, and Branko had to jump over it. I used a wooden stick and let Branko jump over it. All things I normally never use in my classes. I let him sprint to the wall and back. At one point, that big Croatian couldn’t contain himself with laughter. The Japanese copied everything verbatim and this all appeared a month later in the issue of their magazine. In the article it said something like: “That Thom Harinck sure uses some crazy training systems to get his students to championship status.”

“Thom Harinck is one of the finest kickboxing coaches ever on record. The list of great champions he has trained is long and full of superb fighters. Harinck’s book is essential reading for all reality-based martial arts fans.” – Bob “O’Hara” Wall, American karate champion and co-star of Enter the Dragon.

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The authors Thom Harinck and Julio Punch

Thom Harinck (The Netherlands, 1943) lives in Amsterdam and is married to Marjan Olfers. Together they have three children: Jane, Charlotte and Tobias. Thom is the author of several books on martial arts, such as Muay Thai or Kickboxing. He can be reached at www.thomharinck.com

Julio Punch (United Kingdom, 1971) is a Dutch translator and computer instructor. He has practised several martial arts as well as yoga: he has a blue belt in kyokushinkai karate. He studied Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology. The current publication is his first book. He can be reached at www.julio-online.net

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For complimentary press copies (eBook only), please get in touch with Liesbeth Heenk of Amsterdam Publishers: info@amsterdampublishers.com / 06 518 58260.

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MindTuning™

MindTuning_pieter-frijters-published_by_amsterdam_publishersDone! How to Stop Your Anxiety Now and Start Living Your Life

A publication by Dutch coach Pieter Frijters who has helped thousands to get rid of their anxiety problems.

Pieter Frijters offers MindTuning™, an innovative technique that delivers an effective solution for overcoming irrational fears and anxieties. Rather than relying on medications or expensive methods, this Dutch trainer shows that you can do it yourself.

By using your own initiative and willpower you can achieve the liberating results you seek and radically improve your quality of life.

Through MindTuning™, Frijters has overcome not only his own anxieties and burnout, but has coached countless others to develop the skills required to recognize and rid themselves of the sensory and physical blockages that create irrational fears and phobias. The technique is not difficult to learn; you will be amazed by the lasting results.

One of his many clients: “This is the first time I was relaxed during a presentation. No trembling legs, clammy hands, pounding heart, or heavy breathing. Simply wonderful! Thank you very much!”

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In his book Done! How to Stop Your Anxiety Now and Start Living Your Life, you are guided through the revolutionary visual method with a series of actions to ‘retune’ your mind. With numerous exercises and ideas, real-life examples and practical information, this how-to practical guide offers proven steps for anyone who wants to be released from their fears, whether agoraphobia, social anxiety or even arachnophobia.

About Pieter Frijters

Pieter Frijters is an experienced coach with years of practice perfecting the MindTuning™ method. He is one of Holland’s top trainers with extensive experience in delivering workshops on the topic of anxiety relief.

For more information on his workshops see: www.mindtuning.nl

 

Sarmizegetusa

Sarmizegetusa_caroline_juler_amsterdam_publishersIf you love Romania, this is a travel story for you: Searching for Sarmizegetusa by Caroline Juler.

“To many travellers,” writes Jessica Douglas-Home in the foreword to this book, “Romania has exerted the most powerful fascination. They have found that this country more than any other has illuminated their inner beliefs with the intensity of a magnifying glass. So it has been for Caroline Juler…”

Searching for Sarmizegetusa is more than a travel book: it is both a homage from the heart to a country that the writer knows and loves, a lament for the inestimable natural, cultural and historical riches that globalization and ‘progress’ are steadily destroying. Yet it is also a song of hope and a summons to challenge the irresponsibility of human greed. Famous as a prehistoric Carpathian citadel, for Caroline Juler, Sarmizegetusa is also a symbol of Romania’s spirited rejection of corruption and bad governance in the 21st century.

Caroline Juler is a writer and art historian. She is the author of the Blue Guide of Romania and the National Geographic Traveler guide to Romania and has travelled all over the country.

In the late 1990s, she became involved with the struggle to save the historic site of Roşia Montana from open pit mining. She has written for the popular radio programme, From Our Own Correspondent, and is currently researching a book about Romanian shepherds’ epic journeys to the Caucasus and beyond.

Wanda Landowska

Wandowska_landowska_de_falla_amsterdam_publishersWe are pleased to announce the publication of the correspondence between Wanda Landowska and Manuel de Falla by the Dutch musicologist Loes Dommering-van Rongen. The correspondence covers the years between 1922 and 1931.

In his book Sonderstab Musik, Willem de Vries described how the Nazi’s not only stole works of art but also musical documents form the Jews. During WWII the ‘Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg’ was set up, an organisation set up to eliminate Jewish cultural life in Europe. The Nazi’s also established a ‘Sonderstab Musik’ to locate musical manuscripts, books and instruments.  Their goal was a general confiscation and removal of Jewish possessions, including those connected with music-making. Sonderstab Musik describes the activities of the ‘Sonderstab Musik’ in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The Polish-Jewish harpsichordist Wanda Landowska (5 July 1879 – 16 August 1959) was one of the many victims of the organisation.  When she had to flee her home in Saint-Lieu near Paris all of her musical instruments, manuscripts and personal documents were taken by the Nazi’s. Among the items stolen were letters written by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Some of these were discovered by De Vries in Nuremberg. The Dutch lawyer and musicologist Loes Dommering-Van Rongen reconstructed the correspondence during the years 1922 and 1931 between Wanda Landowska and Manuel de Falla.

The publication contains a lot of new information and throws an interesting new light on the relationship between the two. Wanda Landowska – Manuel de Falla is available as eBook and Print-on-Demand paperback in French, the original language of the correspondence.

 

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Geverfde Deur

De_geverfde_deur_nemonDe Geverfde Deur is een bundel korte verhalen geschreven door Nemon, uitgegeven door Amsterdam Publishers in 2015.

De lezer valt van de ene verbazing in de andere bij het lezen van deze meesterlijke verhalen. Nemon bewijst dat hij als geen ander het vermogen bezit de lezer te raken. Verhalen die je bijblijven en je toch telkens zal willen herlezen.

Nemon, alias van Bob van der Goen. In Amsterdam geboren als zoon van een bekende joodse standwerker, na advocatenloopbaan schrijver, van wiens vorige roman Maarten ’t Hart vond: “meeslepend en adembenemend. Ik kon er niet van afblijven.”

De Geverfde Deur bevat de volgende verhalen:

De man in de lift, De stilte, Child Design inc., De pianostemmer, Een bord soep, De geverfde deur, 339, Het leugentje, De spookrijder, Een partij schaak met dominee, De laatste voetbalhater, Het feest, En wie zag ik daar aan mijn sterfbed? Die nacht dat het licht uitviel, Reis nooit over Fiumate, en Kamer 19.

Verkrijgbaar via Amsterdam Publishers in paperback met ISBN  978-90-821031-6-8, en NUR 303

Abbé Glasberg

The-mission_ogf_abbe_glasberg_lucien_lazareThe Mission of Abbé Glasberg by Lucien Lazare is the fascinating story of a priest – of Jewish origins – who dedicated himself to the task of helping the refugees who were streaming into France during the years preceding World War II. Together with Father Chaillet, Alexandre Glasberg created the ecumenical Amitié Chrétienne in May 1942 with the full support of Cardinal Gerlier, archbishop of Lyon.

In a joint effort, they managed to retrieve hundreds of Jewish children from French-run concentration camps and disperse them among religious houses and private homes. They refused to give them up even when the government of Vichy placed Chaillet under house arrest in a psychiatric hospital for three months.

They disregarded the orders of Alexandre Angeli, the regional prefect of Lyon who was a Nazi collaborator. Alexandre Angeli was condemned to a death penalty immediately after the war, later commuted to a sentence of four year-imprisonment. Abbé Glasberg later joined the French underground.

After the war, Abbé Glasberg assisted the Mossad in their attempt to transport many of the survivors of WWII to the land of Israel. The book contains an introduction by Cardinal Albert Decourtray, April 4th, l990.

The book is available on Amazon as eBook and paperback:

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Justus Rosenberg, one of the Jews saved by the Glasberg network

On 29 April 2016 The New York Times (Sarah Wildman) devoted an article, ‘The Professor Has a Daring Past’, on the 95-year-old Justus Rosenberg who provided a safe passage out of Vichy France to anti-fascist intellectuals and cultural figures fleeing the Nazis. Rosenberg was used as a courier to deliver messages to refugees and scout out safe passage, in particular via the overland route through Spain.

In August 1942, he was rounded up with several hundred other Jews and was taken to a transit camp, Vénissieux, outside the city of Lyon. There, he was rescued by the network of Abbé Alexandre Glasberg and received his new identity: Jean-Paul Guiton. He went on to serve with the French Resistance.

Article in French by Leo Abrami on Alexandre Glasberg in the Tribune Juive

Kalapati

Kalapati _frans_van_liemptDe winnaar van de jaarlijkse wedstrijd 2015 voor schrijvers is Frans van Liempt met Kalapati. Kalapati is het debuut van deze schrijver die al sinds 2006 op de Filipijnen woont.

Deze autobiografische roman geeft een openhartige blik in het leven van Frans als homoseksuele man die niet bang is het avontuur aan te gaan in een ver land.

Terugkijkend op een turbulente tijd in zijn leven als gay op de Filipijnen, vertelt Frans van Liempt in soms rauwe bewoordingen over bedrog, lust en complete ontreddering.

Na een aantal zorgeloze jaren op de Filipijnen verhuist Frans naar een andere stad om daar met een vriend een eetcafé op te zetten. Zijn partner, die hij op dat moment al zes jaar heeft, is niet behulpzaam en uiteindelijk blijft Frans alleen achter. Wanneer hij dan ook nog tegen allerlei ingewikkelde zaken aanloopt en zich op anderen verlaat, raakt hij alles kwijt en valt in een diep, duister gat. Frans ziet nog maar één uitweg, maar zelfs daarin faalt hij. Een harde leerschool volgt en beetje bij beetje begint voor Frans het licht weer te schijnen.

Het boek is als Print-on-demand paperback en als eBook leverbaar op Amazon, Bol en op www.VrijeBoeken.com

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Open-hearted

Open-hearted_patricia_vlasmanOpen-hearted – My life with cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure

The Dutch Patricia Vlasman (b. 1971) has been leading her life with a heart condition since birth: hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. She is strongly advised against pregnancy and always takes oral contraception, but suddenly finds herself pregnant. She and her husband take the difficult and risky decision to keep their baby.

Patricia gives birth to a wonderful son whilst having three cardiac arrests. Soon thereafter she suffers serious arrhythmias and can no longer work. She is being pingponged between endless cardiologists and various hospitals.

When Dutch cardiologists finally say that they have little left to offer her, the only option is to ask for a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic in the US.

A fundraising concert with well-known artists enables Patricia to find the means to pay for the high fees at the Mayo Clinic. In the US she receives some recommendations for treatment that can buy her more time.

Back in the Netherlands Patricia tries to be a mainstream mother in between checkups and hospital admissions, but her life is not at all normal – every hiccup leads to looming arrhythmias.

Open-hearted – My Life with Cardiomyopathy and heart failure is not only recommended reading for heart patients and their family and friends, but for any body who wants to get inspired by someone with an extraordinary fighting spirit, and a never ending optimism – against all odds.

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About Patricia Vlasman

Patricia Vlasman (b. 1971) read social studies and political sciences at the University of Amsterdam. She had a job at the Dutch Ministry of Justice but her worsening heart condition ended her career.

She now spends her life as a novelist and she coaches people with cardiac diseases. In 2010 her first novel appeared: Loneliness prevailing.

In Open-hearted – My life with cardiomyopathy and Heart Failure, Patricia Vlasman relates her daily struggle as a patient. A moving, raw and brave story. She swiftly draws you into her life and shows all sides of her hampering but loving heart.

Jesus and His People

Jesus_and_his_people_pierre_schiffer_amsterdam_publishersJesus and His People by Pierre Schiffer

This book introduces the reader to a new – or rather very old – way of approaching the Holy Bible. By recognizing the New Testament as the repetition of the most fundamental Old Testament history, the author describes and tries to understand the message and mission of Jesus. In that way one can see the classic Catholic-Protestant controversy with new – or rather very old – eyes.

Jesus and His People is Piere Schiffer’s first book. In this book the author attempts to include all Christian churches and traditions within a single framework, while advocating a Christian unity. He writes from the conviction that choosing Jesus Christ is the only divine option for mankind and that following Him means embracing the ancient faith of the early Church.

About Pierre Schiffer

Pierre Schiffer (born 1976) is a Dutch Christian theologian. He received his bachelor and master degrees from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), specializing in fundamental theology and Biblical exegesis. The person of Jesus and the Judaic-Christian history of salvation, especially as laid out in Holy Scripture, serve as the foundation and inspiration for his writings.

This is the fully revised version (September 2015) of the original text of July 2014.

For the Press

Should you wish to receive a review copy of Jesus and His People by Pierre Schiffer, please get in touch.

Inner Wisdom for Kids

Happy_family_life_marjolein_smitInner Wisdom for Kids by Marjolein Smit

The portfolio of Amsterdam Publishers contains several books by Yoga teacher Marjolein Smit. They are part of the series Inner Wisdom for Kids.

Marjolein Smit is a well-known, certified yoga instructor, who specializes in teaching yoga classes for toddlers and pre-schoolers. She has a vast experience with instructing yoga and has drawn from her vast experience so you and your child can benefit.

Happy Family Life is part I of Inner Wisdom for Kids. If you want to give your children a firm foundation in life, this is your book. It shows you how to achieve a happy and relaxed family life together with your children. You learn how to apply mindfulness for conscious parenting and find daily balance in a sometimes hectic life. The book is full of ideas, useful tips and exercises that help you reach your goals.

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The book is also available in Dutch as: Happy Family.

Yoga_for_kids_marjolein_smit_inner_wisdom_for_kidsYoga for Kids is part II of Inner Wisdom for Kids. It is a delightful and instructive book consisting of many color photographs that the author has taken of her young children practicing yoga. These pictures make the book a pleasure to read. It is recommended not only for parents, but also for instructors. You do not need any prior experience with yoga.

Through simple and fun breathing exercises and yoga figures, like animal poses, children quickly learn how to use their senses, are more aware of their body and feel increasingly at ease with themselves. Even more importantly, fun exercises and basic yoga poses help them to get in touch with their inner selves, and build self-confidence. The book is suitable for toddlers and Pre-schoolers. You cannot start too soon with Inner Wisdom for kids!

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Praise for Inner Wisdom for Kids

Happy Family Life:

Wonderful book, lovingly written – “Love this book. I know Marjolein from the wonderful class Toddler yoga teacher I followed three years ago and she has written another beautiful, easy accessible book. Connecting with our children will become easier and easier with these tips and information. Reading Thank you very much!”

Just a great quality book for people who want a happy life – “This book is awesome! It’s great quality with all the pictures and tips it is really easy and fun to read too. It is kind of spiritual in a sense because it tells all the feelings and why the theory explained is so great. But that is nothing that bothered me. Just a great quality book!

About Marjolein Smit

Marjolein Smit is a Dutch certified yoga instructor, specializing in teaching yoga classes for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

For the Press

Should you wish to read all of Marjolein Smit’s books, please see her Amazon Authorpage.

Flight of the Seagull

Flight_of_the_seagull_greet_beukenkamp_amsterdam_publishersThe Flight of the Seagull by Greet Beukenkamp

The Flight of the Seagull by Dutch children’s and YA book author Greet Beukenkamp is a story that cuts to the core of the high school experience.

Grade 9 is going on a schooltrip to Terschelling, one of the Dutch islands. The teenagers are excited, board the ferry and the mood on the way to the camp site is elated. Everyone would consider them a well-behaved class, but the reality is completely different. Throughout the school year, a group of boys has been ruining the atmosphere in the classroom with their antisocial behavior. They mainly pick on Ivan. At school the situation is more or less under control, but away from the watchful eyes of their teachers, the situation soon escalates. The bullies are making Ivan’s life hell, and what happens next will forever change the lives of everyone involved.

Each chapter moves the story forward from the point of view of a different student. Despite the serious subject, the book is written with a lot of warmth and humor. Looking through their eyes, you get to know the students one by one.

The Flight of the Seagull is the English version of Al het water van de zee, one of the best-known Dutch books about bullying. Universally popular with Teens and Young Adults, it is widely used by teachers to discuss issues relating to bullying and being bullied in the classroom. Above all, it is a fascinating read providing an insight into high school dynamics through a wealth of young minds.

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Praise for The Flight of the Seagull

“This book was powerful, insightful and well written. The author shows us bullying from the perspective of the people involved. Not just the bullied but the bullies and those who simply stand bye and let it happen. Many books with this subject come off as preachy and have cardboard cutouts for characters but this book is different. The story drips with authenticity. When I was in the 8th grade my school sponsored a week long camping trip and while reading this I was transported back to a time when bullying was a everyday part of life. This book is a must read for parent and teachers.”

  • “Powerful, insightful and well written”
  • “A real page-turner!”
  • “Wonderful, emotive book”
  • “An emotional journey!”

More by Greet Beukenkamp? Please view her Amazon author page.

Little Kingdom by the Sea

Little_kingdom_by_the_sea_mark_zegelingSince the 1950s, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has presented Delft Blue miniature houses to its Business Class passengers. The replicas of these historic (canal)houses and national monuments are considered to be iconic of The Netherlands worldwide. The publication Little Kingdom by the Sea offers an exclusive peek into the lives of the inhabitants of the KLM houses.

Extensive research, including interviews with architectural historians and current residents, has yielded a wealth of new information, engaging anecdotes and unique and juicy stories.

The Blue Delft figures are being collected worldwide, and have turned many business traveler into avid collectors.

IN OCTOBER 2015 THE KLM REVEALED ITS LATEST ADDITION TO THE KLM HOUSES COLLECTION: KORTENDIJK 67 in GORINCHEM.

The eBook has been updated with a brand new chapter.

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Little Kingdom by the Sea reveals the secrets behind the KLM houses. The book is a marvelous celebration of highlights of Dutch Cultural Heritage and Architecture. Liesbeth Heenk of Amsterdam Publishers will be acting as the agent for this Kindle ebook.

The eBook received numerous 5-star reviews on Amazon! A selection:

***** A Fascinating Introduction to Dutch Architectural History and Dutch Cultural Heritage

This is wonderful, almost impossible to put down, trek through Dutch architectural history and Dutch cultural heritage from the late Middle Ages to the present. While much of the book is devoted to historic buildings in major cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the book does a fine job pointing out many of the most historically important buildings in other notable Dutch cities and towns like Utrecht, Gouda, and Delft. These buildings are those that have been chosen by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to be depicted as Delft Blue miniature houses to those flying in Business Class since the 1950s, and a tradition that doesn’t seem to be dying out yet. I have to praise Mark Zegeling for writing a compelling look at both Dutch architecture and history, written in a lively, often engaging, prose style. This is one little book worthy of many a reader’s attention.” – John Kwok, Hall of Fame reviewer

***** Little Kingdom – Great Read!

“This book is such a delight! Starting by chronicling the history of the KLM Delft Blue miniature houses and monuments and their relevance to Dutch culture, the author then leads us on a fascinating tale that covers in detail the wonderful culture, art, architecture and history of the Netherlands.

Packed with intriguing anecdotes and strange but true facts, Little Kingdom is an impressive and beautifully illustrated book that will have you turning the pages for hours. A charming and truly captivating read.”

***** Little Kingdom: a Great Delight!

I am fond of Holland and love to stroll along the canals of Amsterdam. I often wondered about the inhabitants of these magnificent canal houses; what were their stories, their professions and passions. Now that I read Little Kingdom by the Sea I understand what went on behind those grand facades of the Golden Age. The optimism and spirit of 17th century Dutch entrepreneurs is truly inspiring!

In the past I never had the privilege of traveling business class with KLM so never received a Delft Blue canal house, but have seen them all over the world and understand why people are avid collectors of these replica’s. The book was a real eye opener to me, containing a wealth of information. Not dry facts, but juicy and fun stories! The Blue Delft KLM houses epitomize the Netherlands; the facades of the canal houses conceal wonderful and inspiring stories, some of which left their mark on the world. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. Ideal to download on your Kindle when you travel to Amsterdam.

The Dutch version of Little Kingdom by the Sea is hugely popular; over 15.000 copies have been sold since its publication in 2013. The author, Mark Zegeling, has toured Canada and the United States to promote his book. The tour has been very succesful. In the near future some further publications will see the light, one of which is a book with a cover that you have never seen before, made by the Amsterdam based designers Dog and Pony.

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 A Gorgeous Walk: KLM Houses

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