´Provides the answers to all the questions I had but didn´t dare ask about the Netherlands´ DutchNews
Stranded at Schiphol airport, Ben Coates called up a friendly Dutch girl he´d met some months earlier. He stayed for dinner. Actually, he stayed for good.
Ben Coates delves into the heart of his adopted homeland and discovers why Amsterdam´s brothels are going out of business, who really killed Anne Frank and why the colour orange is so important. He also discovers a country that is changing fast, with the Dutch now questioning many of the liberal policies that made their country famous.
You´ll find out why the Dutch are...
the tallest people on Earth
closing prisons through lack of demand
not as environmentally friendly as everyone thinks
A personal portrait of a fascinating people, a sideways history and an entertaining travelogue, this is the story of a man who went Dutch - and loved it.
´Full of fascinating details. Coates is entirely convincing in his affectionate portrait´ Prospect
´Vivid and informative. Coates intertwines the nation´s journey to its modern iteration with his own adaptation to the Dutch lifestyle. An accomplished debut´ Geographical
Ben Coates was born in England in 1982. After completing a master´s degree in economics, he worked as a political adviser, corporate speechwriter, lobbyist and aid worker. He now works for an international charity and lives with his Dutch wife in Rotterdam.