“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).
“It has a very unusual narrator, it’s very compelling, and I admire it very much.” Elisa Albert, 38, writer, Albany (USA).
“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).
“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).
“It’s about religion, it’s about aesthetics, it’s about love and it’s about tragedy.” L.S. Hilton, 41, writer, London (UK).
“I unfortunately lived thirty-five years without knowing Menno Wigman. His poems are amazing.” Mirna Funk, 35, writer, journalist, Berlin (DE), Tel Aviv (IL).
“It’s not only a book I love, it’s also a book I hate.” Karen Köhler, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).
“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.
“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).
“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.
“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).
“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.