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Tessa, born in 1946, started her career in education as a teacher. When she had her debut in 1984 with a collection of short stories, she received international praise for this book, and she won several awards.
Her style has always been open towards a broad public, intriguing antitheses are present in most of her books, and keeps the reader almost addicted to reading till the end.
Power, love as well as the burden of history are themes that return in most of her books.
Internationally, her book "Twins" stormed the markets, and was made into a movie.
It is one of the biggest succeses for Dutch authors. In the Netherlands this book sold more than 600.000 copies, and absolute record, and in Germany, the UK and Australia, sales were also high.