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.

DBC Pierre on The Memoirs of Casanova

“It is one of the most incredible descriptions of everyday life in the eighteenth century.” DBC Pierre, 53, writer, London.

DBC Pierre on his book Breakfast with the Borgias

“Why I love this book: it says something that I really, really want to say.” DBC Pierre, 53, writer, London.

Gary Shteyngart on his book Little failure

“Come for the words, and stay for the photographs. Or maybe the other way around.” Gary Shteyngart, 42, writer, United States.

Philipp Blom on The Sound of Things Falling – Juan Gabriel Vasquez

“And that past opens up a Columbian history of drugs and violence, and of people struggling to live normal lives and to still find a little corner of happiness.” Philipp Blom, 44, writer, Vienna.

Philipp Blom on his book Fracture

“It was a fascinating time for experiments, terrible political experiments, wonderful cultural experiments. and I tried to capture them.” Philipp Blom, 44, writer, Vienna.

Matthew Jobin on A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

“It helped me form and understand how to write books for children that both speak to who they really are and take their mind to places they have never been.” Matthew Jobin, 41, anthropologist, writer, East Palo Alto, USA.

Veit on Mapping – Kim Boske & Erik de Jong

Veit over Mapping - Kim Boske en Erik de Jong

“I love this book, because I love Kim Boske, she’s a young artist. And I don’t love only this book, but I love her entire work.” Veit, 34, gallery manager & art historian, Berlin.

Sander Marsman on his book Dianna – ‘Every day is dressed up’

Sander Marsman over zijn boek Dianna - Every day is dressed up

“There’s also this kind of archive images, where she’s really looking for herself, for her identity, and that’s what you see when you see the pictures.” Sander Marsman, 32, photographer, Amsterdam.

Todd on The Dwarf Empire – Sanne de Wilde

Todd on The Dwarf Empire - Sanne de Wilde

“What I really like about this book is that the photographer is going and she’s spending a lot of time with this community.” Todd, 45, photographer & educator, San Francisco, California.

Matthew Jobin on his book The nethergrim

Matthew Jobin over zijn boek De nedergrim

“When I was playing in the forrest, when I was about 14, I imagined other worlds in between the trees all around me. That was around the time I imagined the little village of Moorvale…” Matthew Jobin, 41, anthropologist, writer, East Palo Alto, USA.