Jane Bailey taught Italian and French in Bristol, where she wrote Promising (shortlisted for the Dillon's Prize) and An Angel in Waiting. Tommy Glover's Sketch of Heaven and Mad Joy are her third and fourth novels.
Beryl Bainbridge was one of the greatest living novelists. Author of seventeen novels, two travel books and five plays for stage and television, she was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and won many literary awards including the Whitbread Prize and the Author of the Year Award at the British Book Awards. She died in July 2010.
Iain Banks came to widespread and controversial public notice with the publication of his first novel, THE WASP FACTORY, in 1984. He gained enormous popular and critical acclaim for both his mainstream and his science fiction novels. Iain Banks died in June 2013.
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.
David Barun Kumar Thomas
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.
Born in Tanzania in 1963, Mark Behr later moved to South Africa with his family. His first novel THE SMELL OF APPLES won several awards and was shortlisted for several more.
LOGAN BELLE's first visit to a burlesque club on her birthday inspired her to write the erotic burlesque trilogy.Logan Belle lives in New York City, where she is working on her next erotic novel. To read more about Logan Belle and her books, visit www.loganbelle.com
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 Birch was born in 1951 in Manchester and went to Keele University. She has lived in London, southwest Ireland and now Lancaster. For her first novel, LIFE IN THE PALACE, she won the 1988 David Higham Award for the Best First Novel of the Year. In 1991 she won the prestigious Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize with THE FOG LINE.
A stunning emerging Australian writer, Stephanie Bishop's first novel was THE SINGING, for which she was named one of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD's Best Young Australian Novelists. THE SINGING was also highly commended for the Kathleen Mitchell Award. This, her second novel, was recently shortlisted for the 2014 Australian/Vogel's Literary Award under the title DREAM ENGLAND.
Stephanie's fiction and poetry have appeared in SOUTHERLY, OVERLAND and ISLAND and she is a frequent contributor to THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, THE AUSTRALIAN, THE SYDNEY REVIEW OF BOOKS, THE AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW and the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. She is a recipient of an Australia Council New Work Grant, an Asialink Fellowship, an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, a Varuna Mentorship Fellowship and Varuna Residency Fellowship. She holds a PhD from Cambridge and is currently a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of New South Wales. She is currently at work on two new projects - a third novel and a collection of essays. Stephanie lives in Sydney.
Emma Blair was a pen name for Scottish actor and author Iain Blair, who began writing in his spare time and whose first novel, Where No Man Cries, was published in 1982. During a writing career spanning three decades he produced some thirty novels, but his true identity remained a secret until 1998 when his novel Flower of Scotland was nominated for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award. He was one of Britain's most popular authors and his books among the most borrowed from libraries. Iain Blair died in July 2011.
Michele Andrea Bowen
Michele Andrea Bowen graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an M.A. in History and a M.P.H. in Public Health. Michele is the author of the No 1 Essence bestsellers Church Folk and Second Sunday.
Clare Boylan is a highly acclaimed novelist and short story writer whose work also regularly appears in the GUARDIAN etc.
Susie Boyt is the author of five other acclaimed novels and the much-loved memoir My Judy Garland Life which was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize, staged at the Nottingham Playhouse and serialised on BBC Radio 4. She has written about art, life and fashion for the Financial Times for the past fourteen years and has recently edited The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories by Henry James. She is also a director at the Hampstead Theatre.She lives in London with her family.