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).

Elisa Albert on her book After Birth

"Sometimes I'm overjoyed with it and think it is a great piece of literature, sometimes I think I failed completely, depends on the day." 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).

Kristine Bilkau on her book The lucky ones

"I started thinking about this book around 2009, after the Lehmann Brothers crisis happened. I wanted to write about how big economic changes can impact personal life." Kristine Bilkau, 42, writer, Hamburg (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).

L.S. Hilton on her book Maestra

"It answers a really serious literary question: why should sociopaths have to be badly dressed? Sex, murder, shoes, it's got the lot." 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).

Mirna Funk on her book Winternähe

"Every human being is made through his own story: a personal story, a family story or even a story of a country." 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).

Karen Köhler on her book Wir haben Raketen geangelt

"I really put all the love and all the effort in it that I could at that time." Karin Köhler, 42, writer, Hamburg (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.

Annegien van Doorn on her book In passing

"Why I loved making this book is because it shows a different perception of our everyday life." Annegien van Doorn, 33, photographer, Amsterdam.