“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).
“Why I love this book: it says something that I really, really want to say.” DBC Pierre, 53, writer, London.
“Come for the words, and stay for the photographs. Or maybe the other way around.” Gary Shteyngart, 42, writer, United States.
“And I wondered about what it was like for the families back home, when they would lose their son in a war, and their sacrifice would not be remembered or honoured in some way.” John Boyne, author, 40, Dublin.