Until 2003 Andrew Alderson was a director at the merchant back Lazard's but he quit in search of new challenges. After spending many years in the Territorial Army he served as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo in 2001 and more recently in Iraq. After he left Bara in 2004, he remained in the Middle East and went on to establish Gulf Capital which offers strategic consultancy. He lives in London.
Nigel Cawthorne is the author of a number of successful true crime and popular history books. His writing has appeared in over 150 newspapers, magazines and partworks - from the Sun to the Financial Times, and from Flatbush Life to The New York Tribune. He lives in London.
Frank Giles is a former Editor of The Sunday Times and the author of The Locust Years the story of the Fourth French Republic 1946-1958.Frank Giles is a former editor of the Sunday Times and the author of The Locust Years, the story of the Fourth French Republic.
Christopher Hibbert (1924-2008) was born in Leicestershire and educated at Radley and Oriel Colleges, Oxford. He served as infantry officer during the war, was twice wounded and was awarded the Military Cross in 1945. Described by Professor J. H. Plumb as 'a writer of the highest ability', he was, in the words of the Times Educational Supplement, 'perhaps the most gifted popular historian' of his day. Christopher Hibbert was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Hon. D. Litt of Leicester University.
James Morton is the author of the hugely successful Gangland series. He has long experience as a solicitor specialising in criminal work and was editor-in-chief of NEW LAW JOURNAL for many years.
James Munson has a doctorate in 19th-century history from Oxford and taught there,1970-9. He has written historical and biographical scripts for the BBC and is literary editor of Contemporary Review.
Denis O'Connor trained as a psychologist and teacher. Throughout his career he taught in schools and lectured in colleges and universities. He is retired and lives with his wife Catherine and his two Maine Coon cats in a remote country cottage in Northumberland.
MICHAEL PATERSON is the author of several history books, including A Brief History of Life in Victorian Britain, also published by Constable & Robinson.
Michael Peppiatt served as literary editor for Le Monde and arts correspondent for The New York Times and the Financial Times. He is considered the world expert on Bacon and has curated several groundbreaking Bacon exhibitions, notably 'Francis Bacon: The Sacred and the Profane' and 'Francis Bacon in the 1950s'. He lives in London and Paris.
Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, broadcaster and author of several books. She lives in London.
SLAVOMIR RAWICZ was born in Pinsk in 1915. After his ordeal of The Long Walk he settled in England in 1944 were he remained for the rest of his life working in education. He died in 2004.
Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous studies and biographies.
Born in 1928, Peter Somerville-Large was educated in Dublin. After a decade working abroad he returned to Ireland to take up a writing career. His many books of travel and social history include The Grand Irish Tour, Irish Eccentrics and Cappaghglass.
Elizabeth Stokoe is Professor of Social Interaction in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, using conversation analysis to understand how talk works. Outside the University, she runs workshops with professionals using her research-based communication training method called the "Conversation Analytic Role-play Method". She is one of thirteen WIRED 2015 Innovation Fellows; has given TEDx, New Scientist, SciFoo/Google, Cheltenham Science Festival and Royal Institution lectures, and her research and biography were featured on the BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific.
Richard West is a journalist and writer who contributes regularly to Private Eye and the Spectator.Richard West is a journalist and writer who contributes regularly to The Times Literary Supplement and the Spectator. He has written many books, including a much-admired biography of Daniel Defoe.
UMLANDO WEZITHOMBE (meaning History of Pictures) is a comic production company focusing on using the visual medium for education, training and entertainment. Its mission is to continue creating quality work that is viewed as unique and to create a number of styles to call its own. Central to Umlando's thinking is that, 'We think visually, why don't we then communicate visually?'