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Bart Van Es

Bart van Es was born in the Netherlands in 1972 and grew up in Norway, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates before moving permanently to the UK as a teenager and going on to study English at the University of Cambridge. Since 1999 he has worked at the University of Oxford, where he is now Professor of English Literature and a Fellow of St Catherine’s College. His academic books include Shakespeare in Company, which traces the influence of the playwright’s fellow actors on his writing style. In 2014 he began to look into his family’s wartime history, knowing that his grandparents had been part of the Dutch resistance. This work has resulted in a factual novel, The Cut Out Girl: a Story of War and Family, Lost and Found, which was the winner of the Costa Book Awards in 2018.

He is currently living in Oxford.

Books in order of publication:

Shakespeare in Company (2013).

Shakespeare’s Comedies: A Very Short Introduction (2016).

The Cut Out Girl: a Story of War and Family, Lost and Found (2018).

Agent Name: Natasha Fairweather

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