Mirna Funk on her book Winternähe

"Every human being is made through his own story: a personal story, a family story or even a story of a country." Mirna Funk, 35, writer, journalist, Berlin (DE), Tel Aviv (IL).

Karen Köhler on her book Wir haben Raketen geangelt

"I really put all the love and all the effort in it that I could at that time." Karin Köhler, 42, writer, Hamburg (DE).

Samuel Bjørk on his book The Owl

"The reason why I love this book is simple to explain: I have created characters that I really love, they are like family to me." Samuel Bjørk, 46, writer, Norway.

Annegien van Doorn on her book In passing

"Why I loved making this book is because it shows a different perception of our everyday life." Annegien van Doorn, 33, photographer, Amsterdam.

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

"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.

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.

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.

Gary Shteyngart on his book Little failure

"Come for the words, and stay for the photographs. Or maybe the other way around." Gary Shteyngart, 42, writer, United States.

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.