An award-winning feature journalist, Miranda Sawyer spent her formative years in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in a white ra-ra skirt and turquoise mascara. She presented the Art Marathon on BBC2 and co-presented Big Mouth with Tony Parsons in 1996.
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.
Jen Rose Smith
Jen Rose Smith came to Vermont for the mountains and lake, then stayed for everything else. She spends her time exploring the state on bicycles and backcountry skis with her husband, Daniel, searching out the sweetest picnic spots, swimming holes, and snack bars. Jen is a freelance writer whose work on travel, food, and drink has appeared in Best of Burlington, Local Banquet of Vermont, Vermont Magazine, Traveler's Tales: Best Women's Travel Writing, Culinate, and Overnight Buses. Since settling in Vermont, she's continued to travel extensively, hunting iguanas in Mexico, cooking in Italy's, and riding her bicycle across Newfoundland's wilderness. Her adventures in Vermont while researching and writing this book have been just as compelling, and there's no other place she'd rather live.
Steve Smith manages tour planning for Rick Steves' Europe tour program and has been researching guidebooks with Rick for two decades. Fluent in French, he's lived in France on several occasions, starting when he was seven. Steve owns a restored farmhouse in rural Burgundy where he hangs his beret in research season. Steve's wife, Karen Lewis Smith - who is an expert on French cuisine and wine - provides invaluable contributions to his books.
Steven Smith works for Channel 4 news and writes regularly for the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.
Mary Stanley was born in London and educated in Dublin. Graduating from Trinity College she has studied and worked in Italy, England, Malta, Ireland and Germany. She is the author of Retreat, Missing, Revenge, Searching for Home and The Umbrella Tree. The Hijacking of Cassie Peters is her seventh novel. She now lives in Dublin. For further information see www.marystanley.com
John Steinbeck (1902-1968) is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. During the 1930s, his works included The Red Pony, Pastures of Heaven, Tortilla Flat, In Dubious Battle, and Of Mice and Men. The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1962, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
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.
Dr Mark Stevenson is an anthropologist working in Tibetan and Chinese Studies. He lectures in Asian Studies in the Department of Asian and International Studies at Victoria University, Melbourne. He publishes his articles and translations in journals and academic monographs, as well as Buddhist magazines.
Andrew Stevenson has spent over five years and over 1,000 hours on or in the water observing North Atlantic humpback whales off Bermuda. Born in Canada, he spent his childhood in Hong Kong, India, Scotland, Malaysia and Singapore. As an economist working for the United Nations Development Programme, he was assigned to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where he remained after his two-year stint, obtaining his pilot's licence and starting a safari company in the Selous Game Reserve.After five years he returned to North America, but continued to travel widely in Africa and Asia as a consultant in international development for the Canadian, Norwegian and Swedish governments. His work on humpback whales has appeared in The Explorers Journal of the New York Explorers Club and he has co-authored scientific papers for the Society of Marine Mammology on his groundbreaking observations and data on the North Atlantic humpback.Andrew is the author of A Nepalese Journey, a photographic volume, and five travel narratives on Nepal, New Zealand, Norway and Australia. He lives in Bermuda with his Kiwi wife Annabel and their daughters Elsa and Somers. The Humpback Whale Research Project website can be found at www.whalesbermuda.com
Andy Steves was born into a traveling family, heading to Europe each year while his father, Rick Steves, researched his guidebooks and filmed his TV shows. Today, Andy introduces young travelers to Europe though his own company, Weekend Student Adventures (wsaeurope.com), and hosts a successful travel podcast featuring his tips, tricks, and stories.Currently dividing his time between Prague, Medellín, and his home state of Washington, Andy travels frequently to speak about his book, engage diverse audiences in his travel workshop, and seek out the next great adventure.
Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually. He does all of this with the help of more than 100 well-traveled staff members at Rick Steves' Europe in Edmonds, WA (near Seattle). When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie. Find out more about Rick at www.ricksteves.com and on Facebook.Connect with Rick: facebook.com/RickSteves twitter: @RickStevesinstagram: ricksteveseurope
For over 30 years, Tom Stienstra's full-time job has been to capture and communicate the outdoor experience. This has led him across California - fishing, hiking, camping, boating, biking, and flying - searching for the best of the outdoors and then writing about it.Tom is the nation's top-selling author of outdoors guidebooks. He has been inducted into the California Outdoor Hall of Fame and has twice been awarded National Outdoor Writer of the Year, newspaper division, by the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He has also been named California Outdoor Writer of the Year five times, most recently in 2007. Tom is the outdoors columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle; his articles appear on sfgate.com and in newspapers around the country. He also broadcasts a weekly radio show on KCBS-San Francisco.
Ralph Storer was born in England but now lives in Edinburgh where he currently lectures in computer studies at Napier University. One of his great passions is for outdoor activities and he is a well known and well respected author of hillwalking guidebooks. He has walked and climbed extensively all over the world, but feels particularly at home in the Scottish Highlands.
Susan Swann is the pseudonym of an established female author of erotic fiction.
Audrey Sykes hopped across the Atlantic pond in 2005 for a double master's degree in international journalism and never returned. She has been a sportswriter in the Alps, a music critic in England, a nightlife reporter in Berlin, a adventure journalist in the South Caucasus, a beer blogger in Belgium, and above all, an author on Amsterdam. Her love affair with Amsterdam began as a broke grad student giving walking tours for tips. Her first writing gig on the city was for EuroCheapo, revealing all thinkable ways to live on a shoestring in the Dutch capital. Then came SPIN magazine and PartyEarth, writing about the city's sultry nightlife and endless music scene. Sykes worked as a features journalist and editor for expat news sites, bleeds and magazine guides. In the summers Sykes still gives walking tours in Amsterdam, but prefers putting people around by boat when she can commandeer one.