Shena Mackay was born in Edinburgh in 1944. Her writing career began when she won a prize for a poem written when she was fourteen. Two novellas, Dust Falls on Eugene Schlumberger and Toddler on the Run were published before she was twenty. Redhill Rococo won the 1987 Fawcett Prize, Dunedin won a 1994 Scottish Arts Council Book Award, The Orchard on Fire was shortlisted for the 1996 Booker Prize and, in 2003, Heligoland was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and Whitbread Novel Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Southampton.
Kathleen MacMahon is an award-winning television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE, where she reports on the major international stories. The grand-daughter of the distinguished short story writer Mary Lavin, Kathleen lives in Dublin with her husband and twin daughters. THIS IS HOW IT ENDS is her first novel.
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.
Mandanipour was born in 1957 in Shiraz and has had both works of fiction and non-fiction published in Iran, although his writing was banned between 1992 and 1998; nevertheless he is regarded as one of the most accomplished and successful writers in contemporary Iran.
Joyce Mandeville lives and writes in Vermont.
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.
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 several years as a clinical psychologist, Agnès Martin-Lugand now devotes herself to literature full time. She is also the author of Happy People Read and Drink Coffee (Les Gens Heureux Lisent et Boivent du Café) Michel Lafon 2013, and Happiness Slips Through My Fingers (Entre mes Mains le Bonheur se Faufile), Michel Lafon 2014. She lives in Paris.
Sarah Mason lives in Cheltenham. At the age of 25 she began importing gourmet popcorn from America and was soon running a company with a seven figure turnover. She started writing when she sold the business on. This is her first novel.
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.
Carole Matthews is the Sunday Times bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the top ten bestsellers The Cake Shop in the Garden, A Cottage by the Sea, Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses, The Chocolate Lovers' Christmas and Calling Mrs Christmas. In 2015, Carole was awarded the RNA Outstanding Achievement Award. Her novels dazzle and delight readers all over the world and she is published in more than thirty countries.For all the latest news from Carole, visit www.carolematthews.com, follow Carole on Twitter (@carolematthews) and Instagram (matthews.carole) or join the thousands of readers who have become Carole's friend on Facebook (carolematthewsbooks).
Roisin McAuley joined the BBC in Northern Ireland and went on to become a reporter for Spotlight, Newsnight, Panorama and File on 4. She has also produced and directed television documentaries for ITV and Channel 4 and written and presented programmes for BBC Radio.
Lauren McCrossan trained as a lawyer before becoming a writer and magazine journalist. Born in Scotland, she has lived in England since she was eight. An amateur team cyclist she met her husband, a professional surfer, in the oversized luggage section of Lanzarote airport.
Colleen McCullough was born in Wellington, New South Wales, working in hospitals in Sydney and London before moving to the Yale University Medical School to train as a nurse. There she wrote the phenomenal bestseller THE THORN BIRDS.
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.
Victor McGlothin is a former bank vice-president who nearly forfeited an athletic scholarship due to poor reading skills. Ultimately, he overcame that obstacle and later completed a Masters degree in Human Relations & Business. Victor is the on-line columnist of Victor Said?, a real Brotha to Sistah look at relationships. He lives in Dallas with his wife and two sons
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.
Sarah McKerrigan is a third-generation California girl who is an avid traveller, the wife of a rock star, the mother of two children and the beloved mistress of a pug named Worf.