Reviews

Reviews for ‘Why The Dutch Are Different: A Journey Into the Hidden Heart of the Netherlands‘:

‘An insightful gem.’ – Scotsman, Travel Books of the Year

‘Why the Dutch are Different is the best kind of travel memoir – witty, entertaining, thoughtful and thought-provoking, and deeply revealing of the country it’s exploring.’ – Portland Book Review

‘A book that is as quietly appealing as its subject, full of fascinating details… Coates is entirely convincing in his affectionate portrait’. – Prospect

‘Vivid and informative. Coates intertwines the nation’s journey to its modern iteration with his own adaptation to the Dutch lifestyle. An accomplished debut.’ – Geographical Magazine

‘Delightful…. Coates’ playful dalliance with the history of the Dutch people does much to further understanding of their unique culture.’ – Longitude

‘Fascinating. Thoroughly researched and well thought out, Why the Dutch are Different takes us on a journey that goes beyond red-lit windows and Anne Frank to the true depths of the country. Ben Coates’s day-to-day life sits effortlessly alongside deeper dives into history and folklore. A friendly read that strikes the right balance between teaching and entertaining.’ – Bookbag

‘Ben Coates manages to avoid all the pitfalls usually found in books where the narrator is the author himself. The book never feels self important and Coates never wavers in his determined efforts to uncover and reveal the identity of the Dutch. … His interesting and curious odyssey is a mix between engaging self discovery and cultural simulation.In much the same way as John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil … this intriguing non fiction narrative.. is packed with misadventures.’ – San Francisco Book Review

‘One of the few books on our near-neighbour, Coates gets under the skin of a nation renowned for its liberalism.’ –The Bookseller

‘With the Dutch abandoning many of the policies that made their country famous, it is yet to be seen what will happen to the famous tolerance of the Netherlands … Ben Coates senses that in some respects the unforeseen consequences of liberalism have been greater than anticipated, and the tensions that have arisen … mean the struggle for the heart of the country continues.’ – Diplomat Magazine

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