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).

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Samuel on Catch-22 – Joseph Heller

“Joseph Heller, the author, writes a book in a time and a place, where no one in America thought there would be more happiness.” Sam, 26, student, Amsterdam.