David Daiches, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Royal Society of Edinburgh, grew up in Edinburgh and was educated there, then Oxford. His two-volume Critical History of English Literature accompanies a wealth of literary studies and historical, critical and topographical writing on Scottish subjects.
Helen Dardik is a professional illustrator and a surface pattern designer based in Ottowa, Ontario. Born by the Black Sea, she lived in Siberia for a time and then moved to Israel, where she studied art and design. She later got a graphic design degree and found work as a designer and illustrator in Canada.
Davaa was born in Mongolia in 1971 and grew up there. She now lives in Germany and is a filmmaker, most recently of THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL. She made the film and wrote the book with the director, Lisa Reisch.
Marlena de Blasi
Marlena de Blasi is the author of two other bestselling memoirs for Virago. She lives in Orvieto in Umbria, Italy.
Aude de Tocqueville
Aude de Tocqueville is an award-winning cultural heritage and history author who has written more than 20 books. She lives in France.
After a childhood spent in Moorestown, New Jersey, Camille DeAngelis studied art history and Irish Studies at New York University, the highlight of which was a semester at La Pietra in Florence. After several years of visiting Ireland on vacation - once with her sister Kate, sometimes with friends, but more often solo - she moved to Galway in 2004 to participate in the masters program in writing at the National University of Ireland.Camille thoroughly enjoys writing about all that Ireland has to offer: making 10-pointed K-turns on back country roads, drinking a pint of Bulmers (no Guinness, thank you) at the corner pub, and typing up the day's experiences in B&B rooms with faded floral wallpaper. She is also the co-author of Hanging Out in Ireland, a shoestring guide for college students published in spring 2001. In addition to travel writing, she also writes fiction. Her debut novel is Mary Modern, published by Shaye Areheart Books, a division of Crown/Random House.
Mark Denton is from Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, and brings a unique perspective to the photographing of London. Specialising in the panoramic format, he takes his inspiration from British photographers such as Joe Cornish and Colin Prior. Cameras used are principally the Fuji G617 Professional and Mamiya M645.
After getting laid off from her copywriting job, Geraldine DeRuiter hit the road, and began chronicling her travel adventures on her blog, The Everywhereist. Seven years and many, many posts later, the Everywhereist has racked up thousands of fans, millions of page views, and plenty of buzz: it was named one of Time magazine's Top 25 Blogs of the Year, one of Forbes magazine's Top 10 Lifestyle Websites for Women for three consecutive years, The Independent's 50 Best Travel Websites, and The Huffington Post's Top Travel Blogs. Whether it's eating roasted guinea pig in Peru, yelling at locals in Rome, or struggling to decipher the behavior of her fellow passengers ("Why would you use an airplane lavatory without shoes on?"), DeRuiter tackles travel with an equal mix of snark and heart as she hops around the globe with her husband, Rand Fishkin.
Jeanne Montague writes pseudonymously as Zara Devereux
Josie has cycled 280,000 miles across 43 countries, some by accident. The survivor of 5 continents, several wonky knees & a handful of worn-out bottom brackets, she is still firmly fixed in the saddle. WIND IN MY WHEELS was shortlisted for the 1992 Travel Writer of the Year Award.
Jenny Diski is the author of eight novels and two memoirs: Skating to Antarctica and Stranger on a Train. She lives in Cambridge.
Joel A. Dombrowski
A native of Buffalo, New York, Joel Dombrowski was introduced to the natural world by his grandfather. Every weekend, he and his five siblings, his mother, and his grandparents would pile into a car and explore the parks, beaches, and monuments of Western New York and Southern Ontario. These trips fostered a curiosity for the region that he could never quite shake.After receiving a degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University, Joel worked in TV news while performing stand-up comedy on weekends and evenings. After realizing that his true love is storytelling and history, he is now the CFO (Chief Fun Officer) of his own tour company, entertaining visitors to Niagara Falls and Buffalo.In addition to writing, Joel fishes, hunts, and hypnotizes squirrels (you'll need to take his tour to find out how). He lives Clarence Center, New York, with his wife and four children.
Ben Donald lives in West London with his wife and two children. He works for the BBC. He does not advocate public nudity other than in exceptional circumstances.
Eileen Dreyer has won five RITA Awards from the Romance Writers of America, which secures her fourth place in the Romance Writers of America prestigious Hall of Fame
Daphne Du Maurier
Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day. In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children.Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.
Ryan Dubé first arrived in Peru more than a decade ago, as an exchange student in Lima. He was captivated by the country's diversity and history and charmed by the kindness of its people. After completing his degree in Latin American studies and anthropology, Ryan returned to Lima where he now lives with his wife, Tatiana, and their son, Ticiano.Using Lima as his base, Ryan has traveled throughout Peru-both its most famous sites and lesser-known attractions. He has hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, explored the islands on Lake Titicaca, and slept under the stars in the Amazon. He has traveled to Chincha and El Carmen, the home of an annual Afro-Peruvian music festival, and Pozuzo, a remote village in the high jungle.Ryan currently works as a journalist, specializing in economics, business, and politics. His articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Globe & Mail, and BNamericas, among others.
Slim Dusty was one of Australia's most prolific recording artists, releasing over 100 albums since his first commercial recording in 1946, and record sales of over seven million. Slim was awarded an MBE in 1970 and an OA in 1998 and was the first Australian to have an international hit record. Until his death in 2003, he held more gold and platinum record awards than any other Australian artist.
Geoff Dyer is the author of three novels, a critical study of John Berger, and three genre-defying titles: BUT BEAUTIFUL (winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize), THE MISSING OF THE SOMME and OUT OF SHEER RAGE (a finalist, in the US, for a National Book Critics Circle Award). His collection of essays,ANGO-ENGLISH ATTITUDES, was critically acclaimed.