Saskia Noort (1967) is a novelist and columnist. She has two children. After secondary school, she studied journalism and dramaturgy in Utrecht. Ever since the early 1990s, Saskia Noort has written for numerous Dutch magazines including Viva, Marie Claire, TopSanté, VT Wonen and Ouders van Nu. At the moment, she writes columns for the Dutch Playboy and the glossy magazine LINDA.
Saskia Noort published her first book in 2003, the literary thriller Terug naar de kust (Back to the Coast), followed by De eetclub (The Dinner Club) in 2004, Nieuwe buren (New Neighbours) in 2006 and De verbouwing (The Renovation) in 2009. Terug naar de kust and De eetclub were both nominated for the Golden Noose, the prize for the best thriller in Dutch. Three collections of her columns have also been published, Aan de goede kant van 30 (Pushing 30), 40: over lijf en leven van een veertiger (40: On the Body and Life of a 40+er) and Babykoorts (Baby Fever).
A total of more than a million and a half copies of her books have been sold and her work has been published in more than fifteen countries including Germany, Great Britain, Russia, Sweden and France. In February 2010, Saskia Noort won the Prix SNCF du Polar, an important French readers’ prize, for Petits meurtres entre voisins, the French translation of De eetclub.
The film Terug naar de kust started showing in late October 2009 with the Dutch actress Linda de Mol playing the leading role. The film De eetclub, with Bracha van Doesburg, Halina Reijn, Peter Paul Muller and Thom Hoffman, premiered at the end of 2010. The director of the film is Robert Jan Westdijk, who also directed Zusje (Little Sister) and Phileine zegt sorry (Phileine Says Sorry).