Every few years, another scientific study proves that reading literary fiction enhances the empathy and social skills of readers. Authors discuss how complex characters and nuanced narratives allow readers to empathise with those seemingly very different to themselves. Anuk Arudpragasam (The Story of a Brief Marriage), Michelle Cahill (Letter to Pessoa), bestselling author Margo Lanagan (Swarm) and Graeme Simsion (The Best of Adam Sharp) talk with Grace Menary-Winefield about writing empathy, and how authors can help us to understand the minds of others.