Crying is good for you and I'm not averse to shedding a tear or two, as I always feel better afterwards. I've even been known to cry at television shows, where someone's home is remodelled or their classic car is secretly restored. Some music churns my emotions, songs such as Mary Chapin Carpenter's Alone Again about a doomed love affair, and Tan Dun's soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with mellifluous cello playing by Yo-Yo Ma. People like art that makes them cry, whether it's a film, song, painting or book. I've been moved by the writing of Patrick Ness in A Monster Calls, Annie Dillard's The Maytrees and Cormac McCarthy's The Road. As a child, I wept to such tales as John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Sheila Burnford's The Incredible Journey and Fred Gipson's Old Yeller. As a grown-up struggling writer, I'm more likely to cry at the mystifying success of Jeffrey Archer—but these are tears of rage! With my own writing, I haven't consciously attempted to make my readers cry, though describing the circumstances of victims' deaths in my crime novels would upset some people. The weepiest of my stories is about a man coming to terms with his wife's death by assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland. What makes you cry? Do you have any favourite tearjerker books? Is your writing likely to cause readers' tears to dampen the pages of your book?