Vladimir Nabokov was born to an aristocratic family in St Petersburg in 1899. He attended Trinity College in Cambridge and emigrated to the United States in 1940. He wrote his first literary works in Russian, but rose to international prominence for the novels he composed in English. Nabokov died in 1977 in Switzerland.
Rafael Nadal is a 24 year old professional tennis player, currently ranked number 1 in the world and winner of nine grand slam singles titles to date. He is widely considered the greatest player in the world.John Carlin is an award-winning British journalist and author.
Jennifer Nadel qualified as a barrister before becoming an award-winning journalist. She has reported for the BBC, Chanel 4 News and ITN. Pretty Thing is her first novel. She lives in Central London with her three sons, her husband and their dog.
Joanna Nadin is the author of more than seventy books for children and young adults, including the bestselling Rachel Riley diaries, the critically acclaimed Eden and Undertow, and the Carnegie-nominated Joe All Alone, now being adapted for television. A former broadcast journalist, political speechwriter, and special adviser to the Prime Minister, she has a PhD on the concept of self in young adult literature, and lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She lives in Bath with her daughter.
Tappei Nagatsuki is the author of the light novel series RE:Zero.
Anita Naik is a freelance journalist who has written for magazines including GLAMOUR and RED. She was the agony aunt on JUST 17 and the health columnist on CLOSER magazine. She is currently an editor on the Dove Campaign For Real Beauty website, writing about self-esteem issues for teenage girls and their mothers.
Born in London, Kamala Nair grew up in the United States. She won the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Jacqueline Award for Prose, the Florence Annette Wing Memorial Prize for Lyric Poetry, and the Virginia Wainwright Sonnet Prize. Kamala received an M.Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin in 2005. She currently works for ELLE Decor magazine.
Sajita Nair was a Short Service Commissoin officer in the Indian Army, one of the first few women there. She lives in Vizag and is married to a submariner in the Indian Navy. This is her debut nove.
Ed Mayo and Agnes Nairn
Ed Mayo is a leading campaigner and commentator on social and economic issues and is Chief Executive of Consumer Focus. Ed has written widely, including research on children as consumers, described by Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian as 'a groundbreaking study'. Ed helped to foundthe Fairtrade brand and was the strategist behind the world's most successful anti-poverty campaign, Jubilee 2000. TheGuardian nominated him as one of the top 100 most influential social innovators and he is a World Economics Forum 'Young Global Leader'. Ed is married with threechildren and lives in South East London.Agnes Nairn is an academic researcher, writer, speaker and consultant. She is Professor of Marketing at two of Europe's leading business schools, EM-Lyon Business School in France and RSM Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Agnes's academic research has been published in a wide range of international journals and her policy-related work includes the first study of the links between media exposure,materialism and self-esteem in UK children. She has also written on Barbie torture, how children use David Beckham to understand moral values, covert marketing techniques on the internet and how neuroscience throws new light on how children relate to advertising. She is on the government panel convened by the Department of Children, Schools and Families to assess the impact of the commercial world on children. Agnes is married with two children and lives in Bath.
Miyuki Nakayama is the author of Spirits & Cat Ears.
A former sports journalist, Moti Nandy has written about the lives of sports people ? footballers in particular ? in a series of remarkable novels in Bengali.
Despite brief out-of-state interludes for college, grad school, and stints as a ski and whitewater bum, Hilary Nangle has never been able to resist the lure of her home state. She grew up on Maine's coast, spending much of each winter skiing in the western mountains. Her sense of wanderlust was ignited when she became a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide on the Kennebec River, which gave her a chance to explore the central and northern regions of the state.
Belleruth Naparstek is a psychotherapist and the creator of the Health Journeys series of guided-imagery audio programs, which are used in more than 1,500 hospitals and clinics, and also by the Oklahoma City disaster services, Columbine High School and the Red Cross among others.
KALI NAPIER worked in Bangladesh as an anthropologist on gender programs before working as an Aboriginal family history researcher for the Queensland government and as a Native Title anthropologist in the mid-west of Western Australia, the setting for THE SECRETS AT OCEAN'S EDGE. The novel was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award as was her first manuscript - also a finalist in the Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program. Kali is currently an MPhil candidate in creative writing at the University of Queensland. She now lives in Queensland with her two children.
Ryohgo Narita is the author of a number of successful novel series, including the original "Durarara!!" books. His earlier series, "Baccano!" was honored with the Gold Prize at the 9th Dengeki Novel Awards.
Charlotte Nash was born in historic Lincoln, England and grew up in the sunny Redland Shire of Brisbane. Obsessed with horses and riding, she began stealing her mother's Jilly Cooper novels at the age of thirteen, and has been enthusiastic for romance ever since. Always a little unconventional, she took a meandering path to writing through careers in engineering and medicine, including stints building rockets and as an industrial accident investigator. Now she writes romantic stories, and moonlights as a creative writing PhD student, studying how narratives engage the brain. She lives in a cosy Brisbane cottage with her husband and son, and a small flock of lovable chooks.
Ed Nash was born in the South East of England and, after a number of years of travelling in Africa and Asia, studied for a degree in History at a university in the North West of England, gaining first class honours. He worked as a press officer with the Free Burma Rangers, anorganisation that provides medical support and assistance to persecuted minority movements across Burma.
The National Gardens Scheme (NGS)
THE NATIONAL GARDENS SCHEME was founded in 1927. Its Patron is HRH The Prince of Wales. The NGS gives more than ?2.5 million each year to nursing, caring and gardening charities, with more than 80p in every ?1 raised going directly to its beneficiaries.
Martina Navratilova is simply the most successful tennis player - male or female - of the modern era. No one has won more tournaments or matches. Her 58 Grand Slam titles -- including 18 singles titles -- is the second highest of all time.
After her escape from slavery, Mende Nazer has been granted asylum in the UK, and works to publicise the plight of modern-day slaves around the world.