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 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).

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).

Frank Witzel on The God thinkable thinkable the God – W.F. Hermans

"I go to every publisher in Germany and say: 'Please let this book be translated'. Germans can't live without this book any longer!" 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).