Annelies Verbeke’s 2003 debut novel Slaap! (Sleep!) was published in 22 countries and was much-lauded. Her 2015 novel Thirty Days was chosen best Dutch novel of 2015 by readers of a leading Dutch newspaper, won the F. Bordewijk Award, the Opzij Literature prize for best novel, and was nominated for the ECI Literature Prize. Her 2017 short story collection Halleluja made the shortlist of the ECI Literature Prize and won the J.M.A. Biesheuvel Prize for best short story collection of the year. She lives in Ghent, Belgium.