Herman Koch

Herman Koch, born in 1953, is a Dutch writer. He was a renowned television actor on the series Jiskefet and a former columnist for the newspaper Volkskrant. The Dinner is his sixth novel and has already won the prestigious Publieksprijs Prize in 2009. Herman Koch currently lives in Amsterdam.



An essential summer read
Independent Magazine

The talking point of the summer
Sunday Times

I'm confidently predicting that The Dinner will become this summer's literary talk of the town... Order yours nowMelanie McGrath
Evening Standard

Rather like The Slap it is set to become a contentious must-read. It may thrill, chill or cheat, but it is undeniably rivetingArifa Akbar

Shivers kept shooting up my backbone as I became engrossed in Koch's darkly disturbing tale of family life... As the dinner disintegrates into mayhem, we discover just how far the middle classes will go to protect their monstrous offspring Val Hennessy
Daily Mail

The perfect undemanding, credible, terrifying beach read
Financial Times

Proves how powerful fiction can be in illuminating the modern world... The best beach read of the season

Horribly thrilling, utterly entertaining

Gripping... The summer's essential reading

Take this book to the beach, you'll be gripped and chilled

Gripping... Koch uses language like a stethoscope, so that we can hear the beating hearts of his characters and their visceral feelings of envy, love, fear and hatred

Sex and menace are at the pulsating heart of this emotionally intelligent thriller
Irish Mail on Sunday

Caustic...Poisonous... I couldn't stop reading
Washington Post

You'll wonder how far you would go for your children, and again you'll wonder what you might be capable of once the rules have been broken... Viciously funny, tense, and disturbing, this is one holiday you won't forget.David Vann