Mark Shand has worked at Sotheby's and as a jackaroo in Australia, has completed the London-Sydney motor-race and been shipwrecked in the South Pacific. In 1991 he received the accolade Travel Writer of the Year at the British Book Awards for TRAVELS ON MY ELEPHANT.
Ted Simon was raised in London, studied chemical engineering then went to Paris where he fell into journalism. He has ridden twice around the world on a motorcycle, and published five books on travel and other matters. He now lives in northern California. He has one son.
Steven Smith works for Channel 4 news and writes regularly for the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.
Stuart Stevens is a political consultant and writer. His articles and stories have appeared in THE NEW REPUBLIC, WASHINGTON MONTHLY, ESQUIRE and the INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE.