The Cheese Factory

(De Kaasfabriek)

Simone van der Vlugt

Broken family ties and the longing for freedom in times of war.

The Cheese factory

The Cheese Factory is the new historical novel by Simone van der Vlugt, bestselling author of Midnight Blue amongst other titles. This magnificent novel throws light on a fascinating period in Dutch history in an accessible and page-turning way. Amsterdam, 1892. Lydia is grieving the deaths of her parents, who died one quickly after the other. She has inherited their house in Amsterdam and the country house in Purmerend. In spite of her loss she is full of ideas for the future and for putting her father’s plans in place: to start a modern cheese factory, using steam power and with far increased production levels. But as a woman she is not allowed to start a business: she must work together with a modern farmer from the area, Huib Minnes. Together they build the biggest cheese factory in North Holland. Antwerp, 1914. Nora, Lydia’s daughter, marries Ralph Reymaekers and the couple settle down in the port city. After a serious fall out with her mother, about her origins, Nora is happy to be away from Waterland. But then the First World War breaks out and, during one horrific night, they have to flee.

What will the future look like for these progressive forward looking women?

Multimillion copy bestseller Simone has once again created an irresistible tale of family ties, love, suffering, strong women who refuse to accept their given lot in life set against a backdrop of dramatically changing times and the tumultuous war years.

‘With DE KAASFABRIEK Simone van der Vlugt has written a beautiful historical novel about the life of a mother and a daughter at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. A story about progress, emancipation, impossible loves and making the right choices.’ Boekrecenciesblog nl


  • AmboAnthos NL (original publisher, publishing August 2020)
  • Editions Philippe Rey France

Material: Dutch finished copies (384pp)