Jake Adelstein, a Japanese-schooled Jewish-American, worked for 12 years as a journalist on Japan's largest newspaper, Yomiuri Shinbun. In 2005, he became chief investigator for a US State Department sponsored study of human trafficking in Japan.Now a writer and consultant in Japan and the US, Jake and his family remain under death threats from one of Japan's most notorious crime bosses.
Kate Adie was born in Sunderland and educated at Newcastle University. She joined the BBC in 1969 and has been their Chief News Correspondent since 1989. She was awarded the OBE in 1993.
Before sacrificing his soul to dark forces in the Square Mile, Cityboy was a genuine left-wing hippy and political activist, complete with ponytail and hoop earrings. His dream of becoming a global traveller was cruelly dashed when his brother got him an interview at a French bank in the City, which would set him on the rocky road to destruction and despair.
Donald Antrim is an editor (formerly at Little, Brown USA) and highly acclaimed writer, and regularly contributes to the NEW YORKER. He lives in New York.
Paul Arnott was born in 1961. He has contributed to publications such as the Independent and Time Out, before becoming Series Editor of the C4 daily arts programme. He has since evolved into a television producer and director, filming at Cannes, across India and Johannesburg and with the RSC.
Michelle Au received her M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2003 and completed her residency in anesthesiology at the Columbia University Medical Center in Manhattan. She is married to Dr. Joseph Walrath, has two sons and is an anesthesiologist in a private practice
Lauren Bacall has been an icon for over six decades and has made over 50 films. Together with Humphrey Bogart she became Hollywood's most celebrated couple on and off screen. She has various lifetime achievement awards, two Tony awards, two Golden Globes and an Oscar nomination. She has three children and lives in New York City with her beloved partner Sophie, her dog.
Tony Banks was a founding member of Genesis.
Paul Barber is an actor, best known for playing Denzil in 'Only Fools and Horses' and Horse in 'The Full Monty'. Other film roles include 'Porridge', 'The Long Good Friday', 'The 51st State and most recently 'Dead Man's Cards'.
Bob Barker is best known as the epitome of game show hosts, having recently retired after 50 years on television, and 35 years of hosting The Price Is Right - the longest running game show in TV history
Nina Bawden (1925-2012) was one of Britain's best-loved writers for both adults and children. Several of her children's books - Carrie's War, a Phoenix Award winner;The Peppermint Pig, which won the Guardian Fiction Award; and Keeping Henry - have become contemporary classics. She wrote over forty novels, slightly more than half of which are for adults, and she was shortlisted for the 1987 Man Booker Prize for Circles of Deceit. She received the prestigious S T Dupont Golden Pen Award for a lifetime's contribution to literature in 2004, and in 2010 The Birds on the Trees was shortlisted for the Lost Booker of 1970.
Martha Beck is a bestselling author. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio, including the television show OPRAH. She has carried out research at Harvard Business School, and through her company Life Design, Inc. she helps clients develop their careers and their lives.
Born in Grenada in 1979. In 1999 he joined the Prince of Wales' Royal Regiment. He has served in Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Iraq.
Ingrid Betancourt lived in France and New Zealand before returning to Colombia to campaign for the presidency, when she was kidnapped.
JIM BLACK joined the Scottish Sun as chief sports writer in 1975 and spent 24 years with that newspaper before becoming a freelance writer on football, boxing and golf. He has reported on several World Cup and European Championship finals tournaments.
Cherie Blair is a noted barrister and QC, specialising in human rights law. She is married to Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister, and lives with her family in London.
Emma Blair was a pen name for Scottish actor and author Iain Blair, who began writing in his spare time and whose first novel, Where No Man Cries, was published in 1982. During a writing career spanning three decades he produced some thirty novels, but his true identity remained a secret until 1998 when his novel Flower of Scotland was nominated for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award. He was one of Britain's most popular authors and his books among the most borrowed from libraries. Iain Blair died in July 2011.
Jessica Blair grew up in Middlesbrough, trained as a teacher and now lives in Ampleforth. She became a full-time writer in 1977 and has written more than 50 books under various pseudonyms. Visit her at www.jessicablair.co.uk
Kathryn Borel was born in Toronto, the daughter of a hotelier. She spent her early years living in hotels in Paris, Bermuda, Dallas and New Jersey before settling in Quebec City. In 2002 she moved back to Toronto where she still lives and she works at the Canadian Broadcasting Company, where she works as a food and drink writer and reviewer
Mark Bostridge (editor) co-wrote the biography of Vera Brittain and edited LETTERS FROM A LOST GENERATION