Willie Daly thinks he was born on 1 April 1943, though he can't be sure because the priest who recorded the date was 'very fond of the drink'. He has lived in Ballingaddy all of his life, and still lives next door to the 300-year-old cottage where he was born.
Danny Danziger has written fourteen books on a range subjects, including The Year 1000 which went to number one and stayed on the bestseller list for seven months. Danny's weekly Sunday Times column, 'Best of Times, Worst of Times', won many accolades and awards over 12 years.
Marlena de Blasi
Marlena de Blasi is the author of two other bestselling memoirs for Virago. She lives in Orvieto in Umbria, Italy.
Robin Derrick has worked as art director for The Face, Italian Elle, Glamour France and Arena magazines. He now juggles his time between his role as creative director at Vogue and his photography commissions.
Jonathan Dimbleby is a distinguished writer and broadcaster on both radio and television. His previous books include biographies of the Prince of Wales and of his father, Richard Dimbleby.
Sally was born in Tasmania in 1953. She got a BA in politics and history before going to live in Australia where she had a variety of jobs including in television and radio. She then got a Diploma of Journalism and is married with two children.
As a literary agent over the past 14 years, James Donovan has sold several bestselling nonfiction titles; previous to that he was a bookstore chain buyer and a trade book editor.
Kirk Douglas is one of the all-time Hollywood greats, a fact confirmed by his 1996 Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. He is also a highly successful and critically acclaimed writer.
Darryl Dymock works part-time as a senior researcher at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, and has a special interest in adult learning and educational history. Already a well-published author in his field, he gave up full-time employment to spend more time on writing narrative non-fiction, and he has also written prize-winning short stories. Darryl has four grown-up children and lives in Brisbane with his wife and his laptop. So far he has had eleven different jobs, including clerk, high school teacher, taxi driver, soldier and university lecturer, and he has lived in three Australian states, England and Papua New Guinea. His biography of Bert Hinkler was developed through the Queensland Writers Centre/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program.