“My book is about self-compassion, which is basically treating yourself with the same kindness, concern, care and support as you would a good friend.” Kristin Neff, professor of psychology, 44 years old, Austin, Texas, USA.
“North Korea? I personally think it’s the most fascinating place on earth. A psychological experiment, the likes of which no one has ever seen before.” Adam Johnson, professor at Stanford University, 44 years old, San Fransisco, USA.
“I wanted to write a lovestory between a brother and sister. That interested me. ” Sarah Winman is actress & author, 47 years old and lives in London.
“And I wondered about what it was like for the families back home, when they would lose their son in a war, and their sacrifice would not be remembered or honoured in some way.” John Boyne, author, 40, Dublin.
“I thought I would try and write about the strange, very swiftly changing world that we live in, through the eyes of the people that experience those changes most directly.” Paul Murray, author, 37 years old, Dublin.
“I managed after prison to pull myself together, do a bit of work, and get a scholarship to Cambridge. It’s a story really, about how I grew into becoming a television performer and writer, and the extraordinary amount of money I made by mistake…” Stephen Fry, 53, polymath, trader in words, entertainer, national embarrassment, London & Hollywood.