Hanna Bervoets writes novels, essays and screenplays. She won the 2009 Debut of the Year Award for her first novel, Or, How, Why. Its follow-up, Dear Céline, was awarded the Opzij Literature Prize 2012 for best book by a female Dutch author. It has since been adapted for the big screen. After Dear Céline, she made her breakthrough as a novelist with the acclaimed bestseller, Everything There Was. Her next novel, Efter, was nominated for the BNG New Literature Prize and was selected for the longlist of the Golden Book Owl and the Libris Literature Prize. The film rights of Efter have been sold to prominent Dutch producer NL Film. Bervoets' fifth novel, Ivanov, was released to acclaim in January 2016. She is the recipient of the 2017 French Kellendonk Literary Prize for original writing and her forthcoming novel is Fuzzie.