Tony Abbott is the author of over 60 books for young readers, including the Droon series, which has sold over 4.5 million books to date, and the Golden Kite winner Firegirl. He has been a bookseller and a librarian and currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.
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.
Joan Aiken (1924-2004) was born in Rye, Sussex. She was the daughter of the American poet Conrad Aiken, and her step-father was English writer Martin Armstrong. Joan Aiken wrote over 100 books for young readers and adults and is recognised as one of the classic children's authors of the twentieth century.Her best-known books are The Wolves of Willoughby Chase chronicles and the Arabel's Raven series, but she is also famous for her brilliant short stories. Joan Aiken received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the United States as well as the Guardian Award for Fiction. She was decorated with an MBE for her services to children's books.
George Alagiah is a widely praised journalist who works for the BBC. He lives in Stoke Newington in North London with his wife and two children.
Mitch Albom is an internationally bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright, and award-winning journalist. He is the author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers and has sold over thirty-five million copies of his books in forty-five languages worldwide, including Tuesdays with Morrie, which is the bestselling memoir of all time.Albom also works as a columnist and broadcaster and has founded eight charities in Detroit and Haiti, where he operates an orphanage. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.
Until 2003 Andrew Alderson was a director at the merchant back Lazard's but he quit in search of new challenges. After spending many years in the Territorial Army he served as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo in 2001 and more recently in Iraq. After he left Bara in 2004, he remained in the Middle East and went on to establish Gulf Capital which offers strategic consultancy. He lives in London.
Elizabeth Alexander composed and recited "Praise Song for the Day" for President Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration. She is the author of six books of poetry--including American Sublime, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize--and is the first winner of the Jackson Prize for Poetry and a National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellow. She is the Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of African American Studies at Yale University.
Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about Indian and the colonial experience elsewhere. A traveller, historian and master storyteller he is one of the great chroniclers of India.
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.
Oscar Andrew Hammerstein
Oscar Andrew Hammerstein III is a painter, writer, lecturer, and family historian. He has devoted much of his life to studying and preserving his family's heritage and their contribution to American culture. He lectures frequently at universities, institutes, and theatrical and civic organizations on the Hammerstein family's pivotal role in shaping the development of musical theater and popular entertainment in this country from the 1860's to the present. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching graduate level New York City theater history.
Dr Maya Angelou was one of the world's most important writers and activists. Born 4 April 1928, she lived and chronicled an extraordinary life: rising from poverty, violence and racism, she became a renowned author, poet, playwright, civil rights' activist - working with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King - and memoirist. She wrote and performed a poem, 'On the Pulse of Morning', for President Clinton on his inauguration; she was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and was honoured by more than seventy universities throughout the world.She first thrilled the world with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969). This was followed by six volumes of autobiography, the seventh and final volume, Mom & Me & Mom, published in 2013. She wrote three collections of essays; many volumes of poetry, including His Day is Done, a tribute to Nelson Mandela; and two cookbooks. She had a lifetime appointment as Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University of North Carolina. Dr Angelou died on 28 May 2014.
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.
Richard Argent is married with children. He is happiest in the wilderness, is a keen skygazer and is a long-standing member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. His main home is near Sutton Hoo in East Anglia but he spends his winters in Andalucia.
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.
Robert B Asprey was a former US Marine Corps captain, a Fulbright scholar and a veteran writer of military history whose works are highly respected throughout the world. He died in 2009.
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.
Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl was one of the most celebrated SF debuts of all time, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Following a number of award-winning novels for younger readers, The Water Knife marks his return to adult fiction. He is a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist, and lives in Colorado with his wife and son.
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'.