Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) was born and educated at Knole. She and her husband Harold Nicolson created the famous garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent.
Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage is a Washington Correspondent for The New York Times. His first book, Takeover, a bestselling and award-winning account of the Bush administration's efforts to expand presidential power, was named one of the best books of 2007 by The Washington Post, Slate, and Esquire.
On air for 20 years, MICHAEL SAVAGE has millions of listeners for his #1 streaming radio show. The Savage Nation is one of the top radio talk programs in America, broadcast on over 225 stations. A prolific New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Savage has been profiled inPlayboy and The New Yorker and he has been awarded the Freedom of Speech Award from Talkers magazine. He received his Ph.D. in epidemiology and nutrition sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.
Adam Segal is the Ira A Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security and Director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, Economist, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others.
Åsne Seierstad was born in 1970 and studied Russian, Spanish and the History of Philosophy at Oslo University. An internationally bestselling author, she has also received numerous awards for her journalism. She has worked as a war correspondent across the world, including Russia, China, Iraq and Afghanistan. Her second book, The Bookseller of Kabul, has sold over two million copies and the paperback was in the Sunday Times top ten for over a year. Her other critically acclaimed works include A Hundred and One Days: A Baghdad Journal and The Angel of Grozny. Following the atrocities in Oslo and Utoya in July 2011, she attended the trial of Anders Breivik and then began work on One of Us, which became a European bestseller. All of Åsne Seierstad's books are published by Virago.
Mojgan Shamsalipoor was born in Iran and at seventeen she fled the country hoping to find sanctuary. She arrived in Australia and requested asylum. Mojgan is currently living in Brisbane with her husband, Milad Jafari. She hopes to be able to stay in Australia and study to become a midwife.
Jeff Sharlet, New York Times bestselling author of The Family, is a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone, the coauthor, with Peter Manseau of Killing the Buddha and the editor of TheRevealer.org. He has written for Mother Jones, the Washington Post, The Nation, The New Republic and he has commented on religion and politics for NBC Nightly News
PAUL SIMPSON is the author and co-author of over two dozen non-fiction books including A Brief History of the Spy and The Mammoth Book of Prison Breaks.
Ben Smee is the Deputy Editor of the NT NEWS. He won a Walkley Award in 2014 for his coverage of Northern Territory politics during stints as the paper's Chief Political Reporter and Head of News. Ben is also the 2015 NT Journalist of the Year. He previously worked for the NEWCASTLE HERALD where he won awards for his investigations and news coverage, including being selected as a finalist for Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year in 2009. CROCS IN THE CABINET is Ben's first book. He lives in Darwin.
Jason Sokol is the Arthur K. Withcomb Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire since 2016, and was previously a Fellow at Harvard College's Department of African and African American Studies. He holds a PhD in U.S. history from the University of California, Berkeley, and was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University and a Mellow Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Sokol's first book, There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, received rave reviews and was named one of the best books of 2006 by the Washington Post Book World. He was also named one of America's "Top Young Historians" by the History News Network, and his writing has appeared in the Nation, the New York Times, Slate, and the Boston Globe. Sokol lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Thomas Sowell is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of dozens of books and the recipient of various awards, including the National Humanities Medal, Presented by the President of the United States in 2003.
Elisa Strauss is the founder and head designer of Confetti Cakes in New York City. A former designer for Ralph Lauren, Strauss is famous for her imaginative and elaborate cakes. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, as well as on Good Morning America, the Today show, Martha: The Martha Stewart Show, The View, and the Food Network
Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno is the co-director of the Human Rights Watch's US program. Previously, she served for five years as the organization's primary expert on Colombia's internal armed conflict. Born in Peru, she lived through the bombings of the vicious Maoist insurgent group Shining Path, followed by the authoritarianism of Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. McFarland has conducted extensive advocacy before the governments of the United States, Canada, and European and Latin American countries; has authored and edited numerous Human Rights Watch reports; has testified before the Canadian Parliament and several times before the US Congress; and is a frequent voice in the media.