Jesse Ball on his book The Divers’ Game

“Je realiseert je dat we allemaal meedoen aan dat geweld.” Jesse Ball, 41, writer & poet, Chicago.

Jesse Ball on The Notebook – Ágota Kristóf

“From the beginning to the end, just bad behaviour.” Jesse Ball, 41, novelist & poet, Chicago.

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).