Ben Coates is the best-selling author of the books ‘Why the Dutch are Different: A Journey into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands’ and ‘The Rhine: Following Europe’s Greatest River from Amsterdam to the Alps’.
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 currently lives in a cottage in the Dutch countryside with his wife, children and assorted farmyard animals. He is a Dutch/British dual citizen and speaks and writes in both languages.
Ben has also worked freelance as a journalist for outlets including the Groene Amsterdammer, Politico, the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, BBC, NRC, Scotsman and Irish Times. He writes a regular weekly column for the Dutch newspaper AD.
He also occasionally takes on other freelance writing projects such as speechwriting. If you have a project which you’d like to discuss, please email firstname.lastname@example.org