Yann Martel - 'My suffering left me sad and gloomy.''
LIFE OF PI
J.K. Rowling - 'Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.'
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
Ray Bradbury - 'It was a pleasure to burn.'
Hunter S. Thompson - 'We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.'
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
Alice Walker - 'You better not never tell nobody but God.'
THE COLOR PURPLE
J.G. Ballard - 'Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.'
Sylvia Plath - 'It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.'
THE BELL JAR
Norman Maclean - 'In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly-fishing.'
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT