Reporter and diplomatic editor Leo van der Velde not only writes about diplomatic and society news but also a weekly letter in AD Haagsche Courant to granddaughter Rachel (7) about The Hague then and now. These successful columns have been bundled by the publisher VIperson, with previously unpublished stories and photos, in the book ‘Dear Rachel’. In the columns a world comes to life that we no longer know.

The post-war years, in which most people initially only have a radio and later the first television broadcasts start. The good old days after that when the youth went on dance lessons and students went to the Cineac cinema to skip class. His uncles smelled of aftershave like Old Spice and Tabac. The big fire at K&W, Senfs Flea Market in the Houtrusthallen, the Pasar Malam there and performances by the Rolling Stones in The Hague come along in 52 episodes. In every ‘popular historical’ story, he takes his granddaughter by the hand to tell her about the past and also to listen to her daily experiences.

In short, a wonderful book about the unique atmosphere of The Hague, for all mothers and fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers, children and grandchildren. Van der Velde has previously written paperbacks for Fuiven & Kuiven and Happen & Stappen.

The book Lieve Rachel will be presented on Friday 15 November at 5 p.m. in the Paagman shop on Frederik Hendriklaan. Rachel van der Velde will of course receive the first copy from grandpa Leo.

A nice promotional gift with Sinterklaas or for Christmas. Price € 21.95, 228 pages, ISBN 9789082495133. 


Cover photo: Frank Jansen