Astrid Harrewijn

Astrid Harrewijn
Witty novel about love and friendship

Astrid Harrewijn studied law and worked as a translator. After winning a writing competition she debuted in 2006. So far she published seven novels. She writes with humour about the pitfalls of our daily existence. Astrid Harrewijn lives in The Hague with her husband and her dog Saartje, and has two daughters in college.

Books

Detailed English synopsis & English sample available 

For the readers of Jojo Moyes, Cecilia Ahearn, Harriet Evans, Marian Keyes

Over 20,000 copies sold in the trilogy

 

The I ♥ My Friends – trilogy is a new series by Dutch bestselling author Astrid Harrewijn. The series revolves around three friends living in Amsterdam, who all have jobs in the art-world. Noor, Kiki and Joost are lucky enough to live in an old house on one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals. A mutual friend has bought the house, but it needs a complete overhaul, and he has asked the three to house-sit. So while the handyman renovates the house, the three friends go about their jobs, their lives, and their loves.

THREE FRIENDS, A HOUSE (AND A HANDYMAN) – February 2016

THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR  – August 2016

FRIENDS FOR LIFE – September 2017

A humorous novel about friendship and the big decisions in life. And how tempting it is to put them off.

He would like to be a ladies man, but Joost he is a little stuffy and nerdy. Forty, unmarried, a writer, art historian and archaeologist, he works at the RijksMuseum and the University of Amsterdam. After spending two months in Rome working on a book about Emperor Augustus, he decides to turn his life around. He realizes that time won’t stand still, and he needs a bit of a kick in the behind if he wants to change. One moment of reckless confidence makes him change his appearance completely, and he secretly hopes the rest will just follow naturally. But back in the Netherlands, life is pretty different than in the Italian sunshine. In an unfortunate coincidence, he is dismissed twice on the same day and becomes entangled in a secret society and a mystery. But what keeps him awake at night the most is the realization that he desperately wants a child. And as his friends gently remind him: if he wants a child, then he needs to start by finding a woman…

 

Represented by 2 Seas Agency

 

Detailed English synopsis & English sample available

For the readers of Jojo Moyes, Cecilia Ahearn, Harriet Evans, Marian Keyes

Over 20,000 copies sold in the trilogy

Going beyond chicklit. Life is more than just love. – De Telegraaf

If you like funny stories, with a bit of suspense thrown in, that won’t let stop reading, then I completely recommend “Three Friends, a House (and a Handyman)”.  —Boekhopper.nl

Humour is my weapon. – Astrid Harrewijn in an interview for Het Parool

The I ♥ My Friends – trilogy is a new series by Dutch bestselling author Astrid Harrewijn. The series revolves around three friends living in Amsterdam, who all have jobs in the art-world. Noor, Kiki and Joost are lucky enough to live in an old house on one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals. A mutual friend has bought the house, but it needs a complete overhaul, and he has asked the three to house-sit. So while the handyman renovates the house, the three friends go about their jobs, their lives, and their loves.

THREE FRIENDS, A HOUSE (AND A HANDYMAN) – February 2016

THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR  – August 2016

FRIENDS FOR LIFE – September 2017

Three friends share life’s joys and sorrows, and their front door, with each other.

Some things you simply don’t do when you’re in your mid-thirties, such as giving up a steady job, a lovely house of your own in the south and the prospect of marriage – all for a temporary job at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Noor does so though, to the regret of her parents and boyfriend. Together with her younger sister Kiki and her old friend from university, Joost, she moves in to a run-down house along a stately canal in Amsterdam. Kiki is consciously single, the black sheep of the family, and she sees the world as her very own playground. She works for Jeff Koons and was responsible for bringing his high-profile exhibition to the Stedelijk Museum. Joost, a friendly if somewhat nerdy bachelor, works as an advisor at the Rijks Museum.
Noor, Kiki and Joost share life’s joys and sorrows, and their front door, with each other, and they really only have one rule: at home they don’t discuss their respective jobs at the Museum Square. While the house undergoes a much-needed renovation, Nora discovers herself, the true value of friendship, and a huge scandal in the art world. In short, she discovers life and living.

 

Represented by 2 Seas Agency

For the readers of Jojo Moyes, Cecilia Ahearn, Harriet Evans, Marian Keyes

Over 20,000 copies sold in the trilogy

The I ♥ My Friends – trilogy is a new series by Dutch bestselling author Astrid Harrewijn. The series revolves around three friends living in Amsterdam, who all have jobs in the art-world. Noor, Kiki and Joost are lucky enough to live in an old house on one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful canals. A mutual friend has bought the house, but it needs a complete overhaul, and he has asked the three to house-sit. So while the handyman renovates the house, the three friends go about their jobs, their lives, and their loves.

THREE FRIENDS, A HOUSE (AND A HANDYMAN) – February 2016

THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR  – August 2016

FRIENDS FOR LIFE – September 2017

A humorous novel about friendship and the big decisions in life. And how tempting it is to put them off.

A month of holidays, maybe even two. That’s what Kiki, successful as art intermediate, has promised herself when Jeff Koons’ new exhibition finally opens in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. But the exhibition culminates in political uproar, and Kiki finds herself in a rollercoaster of unpleasant events instead of on a tropical beach. Despite the unconditional support of her friends, her career goes downhill from that moment on. Finally she gets a clarifying insight: she lives her life too fast. But to change that and really learn to embrace the art of slow living takes more than just good intentions…

 

Represented by 2 Seas Agency