Donald MacIntosh is the son of a Perthshire woodcutter and studied forestry in Argyll. He spent 30 years as a tree prospector/surveyor in the rainforests of Liberia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Nigeria. He now lives in the South of England and is still homesick for the Africa he knew.
Robert Macklin was born in Queensland and educated at University of Queensland and the Australian National University. He has worked as a journalist at the COURIER-MAIL, THE AGE and THE BULLETIN, and was associate editor of the CANBERRA TIMES until 2003.Robert is the author of 27 books, including DARK PARADISE, HAMILTON HUME and four works focusing on the SAS and Australia's Special Forces: SAS SNIPER, REDBACK ONE, SAS INSIDER and WARRIOR ELITE. He lives in Canberra.
Recipient of American Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year award for 2005, Mukhtar Mai built two schools in her village with her compensation money - the Mukhtar Mai School for Girls and the Farid Gujjar School for Boys. At 33, she is an eager pupil in her own school.
Somaly Mam lives near Phnom Penh with her three children.
Anna May Mangan
Anna May Mangan has contributed articles to newspapers and magazines including The Times, Independent and Mail on Sunday. She has been shortlisted for the London Fringe Short Fiction Award, the RTE Radio/Frank MacManus Short Story Competition and was placed second in the 2008 Sean O'Faolain Short Story Competition.
Justin Marler first encountered Austin while on tour with his band, where they performed at the famed alternative rock venue Emo's. After writing and traveling in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1990s, he joined a prominent alternative rock band, traveled extensively, and landed his first publishing deal writing fiction. Before finishing his manuscript, he left conventional life and entered an Eastern Orthodox monastery in northern California. As a monk, Justin worked in the publishing arm of the monastery, traveling the world over while penning spiritual texts and travelogues for magazines. After seven years, Justin left the monastery and returned to "the world," where he entered both the music and publishing professions. He fronted an alternative rock band by night and by day worked as an illustrator and occasional travel writer. Today, Justin lives in Austin with his wife and two daughters.
Nigel Marsh was born in Plymouth. Five years later he was sent to boarding school. He has spent the 35 years since thinking of ways of gaining attention and affirmation of his parents. The CEO of communications group Leo Burnett Australia, he lives in Bronte with his wife and four children.
Sharon Marshall presents on THIS MORNING and writes a dating column for the SUN.
After gaining her degree in Environmental Science Tammie Matson was offered a scholarship to do a PhD in Zoology which she completed in 2003. She has been living in Namibia since 2000, based at Etosha National Park. She is currently working for Wilderness Safaris, helping them keep their camps environmentally friendly. Now she is setting up a research project on human?elephant interaction at the request of the chief of the Bushmen.
Simon Mawer was born in 1948 in England, and spent his childhood there, in Cyprus and in Malta. He then moved to Italy, where he and his family lived for more than thirty years, and taught at the British International School in Rome. He and his wife currently live in Hastings. Simon Mawer is the author of several novels including the Man Booker shortlisted The Glass Room, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky and Tightrope.
Peter Mayle has contributed to a wide range of publications in England, France and America and his work has been translated into 22 languages.
Val McDermid is a No.1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over fifteen million copies. She has won many awards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2010 and received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award in 2011. In 2016, Val received the Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2017, she received the DIVA Literary Prize for Crime. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.
Born in Wiesbaden in Germany in 1959, this most American of sports stars was the No 1 player in the world four times (1981-84) and some would say the best ever.
Ewan McGregor first came to notice in Shallow Grave. Since then he has appeared in more than thirty films including Star Wars Episodes I and II and Trainspotting.
Erin McHugh is a former publishing executive and author of more than a dozen books, including The Little Road Trip Handbook. She is also the author of several of the books in Black Dog and Leventhal's State Shape series. She resides in New York City and South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular writers and actors. His books include the bestselling memoirs A Man's Got to Have a Hobby and That'd Be Right. In 2012 his book Worse Things Happen at Sea, co-written with his wife, Sarah Watt, was named the best non-fiction title in the ABIA and Indie Awards. Also an award-winning actor and best known for his leading roles in Blue Heelers and SeaChange, William has won two Logies and an AFI Award for Best Actor in the film Unfinished Sky. He recently starred in the TV dramas Deep Water and Rake. William grew up in Queensland and lives in Melbourne with his two children.
Joy McKean became famous performing with her sister Heather in the 1950s, writing songs that have become Australian classics, and creating a lifelong partnership with Slim Dusty. She wrote many of Slim's most famous songs, was awarded six Golden Guitars and was a founder of the Tamworth Country Music Festival. She has received lifetime achievement awards from the Country Music Association of Australia and Australian Country Music Foundation, received the Songmaker Award from the Tamworth Songwriter's Association, an Australian Bush Laureate Award, and the McKean Sisters were inducted into the Country Music Broadcaster's Hall of Fame.Joy McKean shows her talent as a writer in her bestselling books Another Day, Another Town, the biography of Slim Dusty, I've Been There...And Back Again, and, most recently, Riding this Road.
Ian McMillan was born in Yorkshire in 1956. He first started out on the live poetry circuit in the 1970s and went on to become one of Britain's best loved poets. He has the unique honour of being the first poet-in-residence to a football club, his hometown Barnsley FC
W. C. McRae
W. C. McRae is the coauthor of several travel guides, including Moon Utah and Moon Montana (both with Judy Jewell). He has also edited books for National Geographic and Mobil Guides and has written for websites like GORP.com and Expedia.com. In his spare time he earns money by writing polemics for a high-tech PR company. He makes his home in Portland, OR
Lilia Menconi is a Phoenix gal through and through. She was born and raised in Phoenix with the famous Camelback Mountain visible from her backyard and school playground. While she enjoyed the occasional day hike with her family during her childhood, she truly fell in love with the city's dusty trails as an adult. Lilia is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in local publications, including Phoenix New Times, Arizona Republic, and Generation Health AZ, and on the blog The Broke-Ass Bride. She loves her day job as a communications coordinator and feels lucky to accept additional work as a freelance writer and blogger. She happily lives and works in Phoenix with her husband (who hiked almost every trail in this book with her) and two adorable cats.