“His languages is shifting perspectives and his unbelievable leaps of imagination, let me know that I can do anything as a writer.” Adam Johnson, 44, professor at Stanford University, San Fransisco, USA.
“I thought I would try and write about the strange, very swiftly changing world that we live in, through the eyes of the people that experience those changes most directly.” Paul Murray, auteur, 37, Dublin, Ierland.
“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, auteur, 40, Dublin.
“I wanted to write a love story between a brother and sister. That interested me. ” Sarah Winman, actress & author, 47, London.
“North Korea? I personally think it's the most fascinating place on earth. A psychological experiment, the likes of which no one has ever seen before.” Adam Johnson, professor at Stanford University, 44, San Fransisco, USA.
“My book is about self-compassion, which is basically treating yourself with the same kindness, concern, care and support as you would a good friend.” Kristin Neff, professor of psychology, 44, Austin, Texas, USA.
“I'll tell you the book I have chosen as my favourite book. And it may make some people's heart sink, because it is associated with difficulty, where in fact it should be associated with joy...” Stephen Fry, 53, polymath, trader in words, entertainer, national embarrassment, London & Hollywood.
“I managed after prison to pull myself together, do a bit of work, and get a scholarship to Cambridge. It's a story really, about how I grew into becoming a television performer and writer, and the extraordinary amount of money I made by mistake...” Stephen Fry, 53, polymath, trader in words, entertainer, national embarrassment, London & Hollywood.
“It is a feel-good book. And my experience is that people do prefer to feel good. It is a slightly intelligent, very humoristic book.” Jonas Jonasson, fulltime vader & parttime schrijver, 50, Gotland, Zweden.
"This book changed my life. It gave me a lot of confidence. It 's about how life pulls you to do what everybody does. You learn that if you've got balls ... you can do whatever you want in life." Ohad is businessman, 33 years old and lives in Israel.