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 After a busy and all demanding career  I now spend my time on  what I love  doing most: reading and writing. Oh yes, and also gardening, travelling, being with my family (dispersed across the world), learning to play the clarinet, cycling and ….

I have published three books: Half the World (April 2014) is a memoir about living in Iran during the revolution in the nineteen-seventies;  Notes on Anna (Oct 2014) is a novel about a girl who escapes the narrow and claustrophobic upbringing of a religious community in The Netherlands; and For the Love of Ilsa is about a family dispersed across the world. When one of three siblings discovers a secret all three will have to reassess their relationships with each other as well as with their parents and partners

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Books are available in paperback format and as e-pub. They can be bought from   Amazon UK;   from Amazon US (worldwide);.

Note that Half the World, Notes on Anna and the short stories are currently still available for  NOOK and  KOBO.

Don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions.

Happy reading – and of course, I would very much appreciate your  reviews and ratings on the site you bought the book(s) from. Many thanks.


I have started a collection of short stories, two of which have meanwhile also been published and are available for your Kindle (world-wide and the UK), Nook or Kobo as well as directly from the author (see above link).

Motel eCover1   Motet of Betrayal:

Living in East Germany under the watchful eye of the Stasi, trust and love are suspect. Suspicion runs deep about who is watching who. When the wall comes down Bach’s Motetten, performed in the St Thomaskirche in Leipzig, form the background music to Pastor Anselm’s betrayal of the woman he once loved.


Teabags eCover4  The Price of a Teabag:

When she stays in Rotterdam in the middle of the winter after having lived abroad a Dutch woman  goes to the nearby town Delft to meet with an old school friend in rather sad circumstances. She realizes her alienation from everything and everyone living in the country of her birth and that there is no going back.


My blog is at: http://www.corrivandestege.com

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  1. Because you’re interested in Dutch literature and culture you may also be interested to know that Dutch author Arnold Jansen op de Haar launches his new stand-up writer act on 1 April at 7pm in Great Western Sudios 65 Alfred Road London W2 5EU.

  2. Sounds very interesting, Corri. How come it took you so long to write about it?

    • Life. 🙂 although I wrote a number of short stories I never edited fully or published any, for the simple reason that a day job always demanded too much of my time and energy. I’ve now retired so am able to focus on my writing. Working on a novel that’s been languishing in a drawer and some short stories. Very enjoyable!

      • Certainly enjoyable! It’s so nice you can spend your time on writing now.

  3. Hi Corrie, I’ve finally got ‘Ignoring Gravity’ back from the copy-editor and wondered if you would like to review it on your blog? As it is an advance copy it is only available as pdf at this stage. Let me know what you think. Kind regards, Sandra

  4. I’d be delighted to. Will contact you on your site

  5. Hi there Corri,
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little corner of the blogosphere and the follow, your support is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing more from you

    Have a great Day, 🙂


  6. You’re very welcome Eddie. Very nice to meet you and thanks for popping in.

  7. wow

  8. Hi Corri, do you have an email address I can contact you on regarding a query about reviewing? Thanks.

  9. Which do you play A or B flat clarinet? You’re wise to choose the clarinet anyway as it’s one of the easiest musical instruments to learn.

  10. Hello my name is Thomas McRae and I love to mail you a copy of my short fiction novels called Pimp in the pulpit 1 & 2 it’s inspired by my family trails and tribulations but not all facts, my books is filled with drama, comedy and suspense. I guarantee you will enjoy these books and relate to them on some personal level and that is why I like to get a review from you. Pimp in the pulpit will make you laugh, cry and appreciate your own life. You can check current reviews at Amazon.com and Goodreads.com and Nikki McNamara book blog and glamadelaide.com.au owner Rod Lewis and see my interviews with Debdatta Dasgup book blog and Fiona Mcvie at authors interviews.WordPress.com and A.F Stewart owner of are you afraid of the dark blog and Eclectic Moods Blog plus Just Books Blog owner Rainne. Or listen to my online radio interviews at Artists first network radio with Tony Kay and Talk network radio with Jeff Heiser and Steve Coplon right thinking Foundation also affiliated with Talk network radio. Or go to rockawave.com enter my name Thomas McRae and see the articles about me by The Wave paper located at Far Rockaway Queens NY email me anytime thank you and GOD bless. Oh P.S check out my review plus interview with Thunder Horse Publishing courtesy of Joseph Clayton and check out my interview with Rainnes Rambling.

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