Hugh Stoddart, Courttia Newland, Marina Benjamin, Esther Selsdon, Nicola Baldwin and Mario Petrucci discuss their desert island book.
John Pilkington shares several tales of serendipity, showing how luck has played a part in his literary life.
Chris Simms introduces his writing talisman, chosen from a plethora of candidates to ward off the perils of dark places in the psyche.