Jesse Ball on his book The Divers’ Game

“Je realiseert je dat we allemaal meedoen aan dat geweld.” Jesse Ball, 41, writer & poet, Chicago.

Jesse Ball on The Notebook – Ágota Kristóf

“From the beginning to the end, just bad behaviour.” Jesse Ball, 41, novelist & poet, Chicago.

Elisa Albert on Transit – Rachel Cusk

“It has a very unusual narrator, it’s very compelling, and I admire it very much.” Elisa Albert, 38, writer, Albany (USA).

Elisa Albert on her book After Birth

“Sometimes I’m overjoyed with it and think it is a great piece of literature, sometimes I think I failed completely, depends on the day.” Elisa Albert, 38, writer, Albany (USA).

Kristine Bilkau on A Wedding Dress From Warsaw – Lot Vekemans

“It is about how little things, decisions and mistakes can influence your whole life. It’s amazing how she tells that story.” Kristine Bilkau, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

Kristine Bilkau on her book The lucky ones

“I started thinking about this book around 2009, after the Lehmann Brothers crisis happened. I wanted to write about how big economic changes can impact personal life.” Kristine Bilkau, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

Nathan Hill on his book The Nix

“I better love it, because I worked on it for ten years. If I didn’t love it, I would be in big trouble.” Nathan Hill, 40, writer, Naples, FL (USA).

L.S. Hilton on Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

“It’s about religion, it’s about aesthetics, it’s about love and it’s about tragedy.” L.S. Hilton, 41, writer, London (UK).

L.S. Hilton on her book Maestra

“It answers a really serious literary question: why should sociopaths have to be badly dressed? Sex, murder, shoes, it’s got the lot.” L.S. Hilton, 41, writer, London (UK).

Karen Köhler on Wij – Elvis Peeters

“It’s not only a book I love, it’s also a book I hate.” Karen Köhler, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

Karen Köhler on her book Wir haben Raketen geangelt

“I really put all the love and all the effort in it that I could at that time.” Karin Köhler, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

Per Leo on his book Flood and Soil

“It was supposed to be a non-fiction book, but it turned out to be a piece of literature.” Per Leo, 43, writer, Berlin (DE).