4mFq295A_400x400Ben Coates is the author of the best-selling book Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands. He was born in England in 1982 and has worked at various times as a political adviser in London, speechwriter, lobbyist and aid worker in Africa. He lives in the Dutch countryside.

Ben’s next book – The Rhine: Following Europe’s Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps – will be published in 2018.

Ben also occasionally works freelance as a journalist, copy editor and speechwriter – if you have a project which you’d like to discuss, please email bencoates1@gmail.com


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  1. I’ve just finished your book, thanks, read on the Isle of Wight in preparation for a trip to the Netherlands in April. Enjoyed the journey and will be looking forward to meeting the Dutch armed with your insight. Don’t forget to update the “will be published” bit!


  2. Thank you! Thank you! Your book : Why the Dutch are Different is TOTALLY wonderful. I loved the whole thing: all the glad, sad, bad and wonderful of it.
    I am 78 years old, English, but live in the USA. (Long story). I lived in The Netherlands from 1957-1960. I have been back many times. I LOVE Nederland and adore you book.


  3. Loving “why the Dutch are different”, a gem, Bryson-esque, if Bill Bryson had come to the UK and found us Brits indulging in unexplained behaviour


  4. Thanks for the Netherlands book, Ben, wonderful read

    The Dutch are outspoken and fun loving because public life is boring and tedious. Politics are uninteresting, your vote is meaningless, it is a bureaucracy, not a government. Too many meetings at work, no leadership, social value dominate, not commercial ones

    If you can’t do anything, you talk a lot



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