Piet Hein Wokke was born in Haarlem, a small city next to Amsterdam that withstood a siege from the Duke of Alva, in 1573, until there wasn’t a single rat in the city left to eat.
He grew up in Bilthoven, and spent his childhood on the football pitch, playing games and working in restaurants. Nonetheless, when he turned eighteen his school decided to give him a degree for his birthday, and he moved to Groningen to study History.
Before he decided he was going to write books, he managed a beach restaurant and worked in politics. He’s lived in The Hague, Amsterdam, London and Lesbos.