PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
Tessa de Loo was born in Bussum, a small town not far from Amsterdam. She made her début with The Girls from the Sweet Factory. Her novels include Meander, Isabelle, The Smoke Sacrifice and The Miracle of the Dog; while A Pig in the Palace looks at Byron's travels in Albania. The Twins grew out of her maternal grandmother's experiences during the war, when she hid ten Jews and two conscientious objectors in her house – in addition to her eight children. All survived the war – and one of the conscientious objectors would become Tessa de Loo’s father.
Tessa de Loo now lives in a village in Portugal, where 'life is as it was in Fifties Holland and sometimes even as it was in the Middle Ages'.