Ena Jansen published books on Elisabeth Eybers and the Anglo-Boer War before her interest in Krotoa led to her research into the key role of domestic workers in South African society. Her award-winning book Soos Familie (2015) and its highly-acclaimed Dutch translation, Bijna Familie (2016) are the predecessors of Like Family (2019). Ena grew up in KwaZulu-Natal and studied and worked at the universities of Stellenbosch, Utrecht and Wits. She was appointed professor of South African literature at the University of Amsterdam in 2001, a post she held for fifteen years. She lives in Cape Town and Amsterdam.