Justin Cronin on Light Years – James Salter

"It's like every sentence is a perfect jewel on black filth. As a writer, I have to read that book every year, just to be in the presence of the sentences." Justin Cronin, 54, writer, Texas (USA).

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).

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).

Frank Witzel on The God thinkable thinkable the God – W.F. Hermans

"I go to every publisher in Germany and say: 'Please let this book be translated'. Germans can't live without this book any longer!" Frank Witzel, 60, writer, Offenbach (DE).

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).

Mirna Funk on In summer all cities stink – Menno Wigman

"I unfortunately lived thirty-five years without knowing Menno Wigman. His poems are amazing." Mirna Funk, 35, writer, journalist, Berlin (DE), Tel Aviv (IL).

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).

Samuel Bjørk on American psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

"I never read a book that made me so physically interested; my body was somewhat shivering when I read it." Samuel Bjørk, 46, writer, Norway.

Per Leo on The darkroom of Damocles – Willem Frederik Hermans

"The reader is really disturbed in the end and he loses the feeling of what is right and what is wrong." Per Leo, 43, writer, Berlin (DE).

Ann Marie MacDonald on Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

"Jane Eyre fired my child's imagination at twelve and it has been an abiding source of literary and personal inspiration to this day." Ann-Marie MacDonald, 56, writer, Toronto.

Paul Bühre over De naam van de wind – Patrick Rothfuss

"It's great, I don't know how to explain, but it's really awesome. You just keep reading, you want to know how it goes on." Paul Bühre, 16, scholier, Berlijn (Duitsland).

Alexandra Heminsley on The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

"The book that I love more than any other in the last year, maybe in the last five or ten years, is The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton." Alexandra Heminsley, 38, author, Hove, UK.