• A beautiful book written in a fascinating and moving way. It is a compelling story based on facts and written from a different perspective than the usual. Birgit was able to do this because the story is about her father, and she is very close to the main character, which has allowed her to describe things in a very personal way.


    Eric Schoenmakers

  • I'm really enjoying your book. I love the words you choose. The colourful descriptions. It's beautifully personal. The story sucks me up. I thank you for your discipline, imagination, and talent - so that many thousands of people can enjoy it now and learn from your family story.


    Anita

  • Beautifully written. I read it in one go. A moving and eventful family history. An unusual perspective that sheds new light on a part of history that should not be forgotten. Much admiration for Victor, Hilda, and their resilience. And for Birgit to jot down this complicated story about her father. The love and strong family bond are splashing off the page.


    Jet Holshuijsen

  • I was moved to tears while reading this book. I finished it in a day and a half because Birgit Treipl wrote this book in a very visual way. As if you see yourself being in the Dutch East Indies. A must-read. Wow!


    Roos

  • A book that makes me look at history differently. And also a personal story full of goodbyes, choices, and courage. Written in such a pleasant way that I can hardly put it down, and I can visualize it all.


    Jacintha

  • Birgit has expressed this complex topic in such an accessible way. A job well done! A real-life story, full of emotions without lapsing into drama. Wonderful! I read it in one go – moreover, a historically valuable document. Highly recommended!


    Carolien van Vugt

  • Today I traveled back in time. What an impressive family history! I read it in one day.


    Gerda Aukes, Bookstore Den Boer, Baarn

  • A beautifully told history that you will not soon forget.

    For me, this book highlighted a whole new aspect of the Second World War in the Dutch East Indies.


    Dido Michielsen, author of the book "Lichter dan ik [Lighter than I]"

  • A gripping story about loneliness and a family secret. You also learn more about the Dutch East Indies during wartime.


    national Dutch newspaper AD

  • This book shows how things went during the various occupations of the Dutch East Indies and their consequences for Victor and his family, even well after World War II. The use of Malay words made you think you were right there. The hardest thing perhaps was to stop reading. Sometimes it felt like I was sitting next to Victor in one of the Tjemara trees in the garden of Grand Hotel Lembang, and I could watch everyone without them noticing me.


    excerpt from Hasso Hofstede's review

Review in Dutch daily newspaper AD

Review in Dutch daily newspaper AD

In Dutch daily newspaper Algemeen Dagblad or AD, my book in the Top Books on #3 of recommendations! #proudmoment #harpercollinsholland

My Dutch audiobook is ready!

My Dutch audiobook is ready!

Besides the Dutch paperback and e-book version of my book, there now is an audiobook available as well! So beautifully told by narrator Johannes Sneekes. Such a special experience it is to listen to a book (let alone your own book) instead of reading it! You can buy...

My successful book tour in Holland has come to an end

My successful book tour in Holland has come to an end

Today the promotional tour of a month in the Netherlands for my book 'Hiding behind bamboo' came to an end, with the last visit to the bookstore Dominicanen in the city of Maastricht. Many thanks to all bookstores who were willing to receive me to sign books: Kramer...

Book release today: August 11th 2020

Book release today: August 11th 2020

Today the Dutch version of my book HIDING BEHIND BAMBOO has been released! It is now widely available in bookstores in the Netherlands and Belgium as a paperback and online as an e-book. Many of my friends rushed to their favourite store, to pick up a copy of my book,...