David Baddiel co-created three of the most popular comedy programmes in BBC TV history and his stand-up comedy act is always a sell-out nationwide.
Roy Bainton author of Honoured By Strangers, The Mammoth Book of Unexplained Phenomena and A Brief History of 1917: Russia's Year of Revolution travelled the world in the Merchant Navy. He has written extensively for radio, TV, magazines and newspapers.
Juliet Barker is both a distinguished biographer and a medievalist and scholar.
Nigel Barley is the author of six books, including THE INNOCENT ANTHROPOLOGIST and DANCING ON THE GRAVE. He is the curator of London's Museum of Mankind.
Zoe Barnes' varied career included stints as a hearing-aid technician, shorthand teacher, French translator and the worst accounts clerk in the entire world. When not writing her own novels, she translated other people's and also worked as a semi-professional singer. She died in autumn 2009. www.zoebarnes.supanet.com.
Nevada Barr is an award-winning novelist and New York Times bestselling author. She began her career as an actress, during which time she became interested in the environmental movement and started working in the National Parks during the summers - Isle Royale in Michigan, Guadalupe Mountains in Texas, Mesa Verde in Colorado, and then on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi. Nevada Barr has written a series of mysteries featuring park ranger Anna Pigeon as well as numerous other books, short stories and articles. She currently resides in New Orleans.
Maria Barrett worked in PR in the city of London before leaving to write full time. She is married with three children.
James Barron is a reporter on the metropolitan staff of The Times. He wrote the minute-by-minute stories on the 9/11 attacks for The New York Times on the web and the front page lead story on the 2003 blackout. He initiated the 'Public Lives' column (later called 'Boldface Names') and currently writes a podcast for The Times's Web site summarizing the next morning's front page. Barron wrote the timeline summaries for The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages :1851 - 2008, and is the author of Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand.
Peter Barton is a historian, archaeologist and film-maker. He authored The Battlefields of the First World War after researching the forgotten Imperial War Museum panorama archive for eight years. His other books include The Somme, and Passchendaele. He continues to lead an ongoing project to recover, interpret and publish all surviving battlefield panoramas - widely regarded as the 'missing link' for our full understanding of the First World War. He has since uncovered several equivalent unseen collections of panoramas in German archives, included here.Barton has also led several major excavations on the Western Front, and produced the critically acclaimed documentary films The Underground War, The Soldiers' Pilgrimage and Conviction. He is co-secretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Graves and Battlefields Heritage Group.
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David Barun Kuman Thomas has worked mainly in the IT industry and spent his last ten corporate years with IBM in India and Belgium. In 2003 he moved to Kodaikanal and started an NGO which works towards women's development in the villages in the Palani Hills.
Nina Bawden (1925-2012) was one of Britain's best-loved writers for both adults and children. Several of her children's books - Carrie's War, a Phoenix Award winner;The Peppermint Pig, which won the Guardian Fiction Award; and Keeping Henry - have become contemporary classics. She wrote over forty novels, slightly more than half of which are for adults, and she was shortlisted for the 1987 Man Booker Prize for Circles of Deceit. She received the prestigious S T Dupont Golden Pen Award for a lifetime's contribution to literature in 2004, and in 2010 The Birds on the Trees was shortlisted for the Lost Booker of 1970.
Sally Beauman read English at Girton College, Cambridge. She worked as a journalist in America and Britain before beginning to write fiction. She is the author of six previous novels, including the acclaimed Rebecca's Tale.
Francis Beckett is adistinguished journalistwho regularly writes forthe Guardian and othernational papers. He is theauthor of, amongst otherworks, Enemy Within:The Rise and Fall of theBritish Communist Party,biographies of ClementAttlee and Gordon Brown,and he co-authored TheBlairs and their Court withDavid Hencke.
Amongst other titles, Raymond has written ten authorised James Bond works, including a non-fiction title that was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award. Under a pseudonym, he is also the author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling books that continue Tom Clancy's line of political thrillers.
Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis have been best friends since babyhood. They grew up sharing birthday parties, Saturday morning cartoons, comic books and trading cards and spent much of their childhood exploring the sprawling woodlands behind Derek's family farm, which they secretly suspected was enchanted.
Elizabeth Berg is the author of eighteen novels and has more than 1.5 million books in print. Her novel, OPEN HOUSE, was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000. Berg lives near Chicago, Illinois. Visit her at www.Elizabeth-berg.net
Carol Berkin is the Baruch Presidential Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of many acclaimed books, including A Brilliant Solution. Berkin lives in New York City and Guilford, Connecticut.
Jeremy Black is one of the UK's most respected and prolific historians. He is Professor of History at Exeter University and a renowned expert on the history of war. His recent books include A Brief History of Italy and The World of James Bond, which offers a historian's perspective on the Bond novels and films. He appears regularly on TV and radio, including BBC Radio 4's In Our Time.
Jessica Blair grew up in Middlesbrough, trained as a teacher and now lives in Ampleforth. She became a full-time writer in 1977 and has written more than 50 books under various pseudonyms. Visit her at www.jessicablair.co.uk
Nicholas Blincoe lived in in Bethlehem for over twenty years. He is a best-selling, award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter and is currently a critic and leader writer for the Daily Telegraph.