Alexandra Heminsley on The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

“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.

Alexandra Heminsley on her book Running like a girl

“You’ve got a running book here about what you will see, about how much more you get out of life by getting up and going out.” Alexandra Heminsley, 38, author, Hove, UK.

Ann-Marie MacDonald on her book Adult Onset

“Answering the question why I love this book is, when it’s with reference to a book I’ve written, is extremely hard.” Ann-Marie MacDonald, 56, writer, Toronto.

Lisa Gardner on her book Touch & Go

“My favourite part of the writing process is research, and Touch & Go is no exception. In this case, the novel was inspired by a situation close to home.” Lisa Gardner, 43, author, Jackson, New Hampshire, USA.

Lisa Gardner on Cop Town – Karin Slaughter

“She does an excellent job of recreating a very historical moment of when a lot of minorities were joining the forces of the police.” Lisa Gardner, 43, author, Jackson, New Hampshire, USA.

Santa Montefiore on Love in the time of cholera – Gabriel García Márquez

“I chose the book, because I love Latin America and I wanted to read a big love story based there.” Santa Montefiore, 44, author, Londen.

Santa Montefiore on her book The Beekeeper’s Daughter

Santa Montefiore on het book The Beekeeper's Daughter

“It’s a big love story based in the war of England and on an island of Massachusetts.” Santa Montefiore, 44, author, London.

Ece Temelkuran on her book The sound of bananas

Ece Temelkuran over haar boek Het geluid van bananen

“The title of the book might sound a little bit ridiculous, but actually bananas do have sounds.” Ece Temelkuran, 40, writer, Istanbul.

Jacqueline García on her book C6

Jacqueline García on her book C6

“C6 stands for the element carbon, which is one of the main components that enables life as we know it.” Jacqueline García, 57, visual artist & illustrator, Zurich.

Kirsty Gunn on her book The Big Music

Kirsty Gunn on her book The Big Music

“It took me seven years to write my book. It took me seven years to find out the answers to these questions. Who was the baby? What was this man’s relation to this baby?” Kirsty Gunn, Writer, Edinburgh/London.

Shoshi Breiner on her book The Book of Farewell

Shoshi Breiner over haar boek Ira’s bekentenis

“I came across a family that told me that after their father died, they discovered he wrote a little book in which he claimed that 30 years after the war, he killed the guy that gave his family away to the nazis.” Shoshi Breiner, 60, writer, Tel Aviv.

Kristin Neff on her book Self-Compassion

Kristin Neff on her book Self-Compassion

“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.