Ann Marie MacDonald over 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, schrijfster, Toronto.

Patrick Ness over Middlemarch – George Eliot

"The whole world is in that book and it changes. If you read it as an adult it is different than if you read it 10 years before and it is different again if you read it 10 years later." Patrick Ness, 42, writer, Los Angeles.