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).

Justin Cronin on his The Passage series

“Just for the record, I called my daughter to answer the question. Her answer is that in her own writing, her brain gives her sad people and she tries to write them to comfort. I like that.” Justin Cronin, 54, writer, Texas (USA).

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).

Robert Harris on his book Conclave

“I felt spiritually deepened by writing this book and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.” Robert Harris, 59, writer, Kintbury (UK).

Frank Witzel on his book Die Erfindung der Roten Armee Fraktion durch einen Teenager

“I turn a realistic idea into a little imaginary, you could say surrealistic, writing.” Frank Witzel, 60, writer, Offenbach (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).

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).

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).

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).

Owen Sheers over zijn boek Ik zag een man

“I think that in the process of writing a novel, you tend to fall in and out of love with your work a lot.” Owen Sheers, 41, schrijver, dichter, Talgarth (Wales).

John Boyne on Ancient light – John Banville

John Boyne over Ancient light - John Banville

“The great thing about A John Banville novel is that every sentence in it is always filled with original ideas, interesting images and not a word in there will ever be out of place.” John Boyne, 44, writer, Dublin.