Dominic Sandbrook is set to lead the next generation of narrative historians. Born in Shropshire in 1974 and educated at Oxford, St. Andrews and Cambridge, he is currently Lecturer in History at the University of Sheffield.
Parinoush Saniee is a sociologist and psychologist. She was formerly manager of the research department at the Supreme Coordination Council for Technical and Vocational Education in Iran. Her first novel, The Book of Fate, won the Boccaccio Prize in Italy, Euskadi de Plata Prize in the Basque Country, and was selected as one of World Literature Today's 75 Notable Translations of 2013. I Hid My Voice is her second novel that has been translated into English.
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in 'The Best American Essays'. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages.
Tom Segev is the acclaimed author of ONE PALESTINE, COMPLETE and writes a weekly column for HA'ARETZ, Israel's most prestigious newspaper.
Mark Shand has worked at Sotheby's and as a jackaroo in Australia, has completed the London-Sydney motor-race and been shipwrecked in the South Pacific. In 1991 he received the accolade Travel Writer of the Year at the British Book Awards for TRAVELS ON MY ELEPHANT.
Philip Shenon is an investigative reporter with The New York Times, based in Washington. He was the lead reporter on the investigation of the 9/11 commission and was one of two Times reporters embedded with American troops during the invasion of Iraq.
The author is a psychogist who is a professor at Otterbein College in Ohio, and he has a clinical practice at the Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy of Columbus, where he specialises in the treatment of anxiety orders. THE GOOD PSYCHOLOGIST is his first novel, and it was originally written in Hebrew.
Anita Shreve is the author of nine other critically acclaimed and bestselling novels, all published in Abacus paperback.
Henry Shukman is the author of two novellas, DARIEN DOGS and SANDSTORM, which won the Author's Club First Novel Award in 2006. His collection of poetry, IN DR NO'S GARDEN, was chosen as one of the Books of the Year in 2003 by both The Times and the Guardian, and was awarded the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize the same year. He has also won the Daily Telegraph Arvon Poetry Prize. He has worked as a travel writer and a trombonist, and sometimes writes for the New York Times. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Hampton Sides is a correspondent and columnist for Outside, an award-winning monthly magazine based in Santa Fe. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, New Republic and the Washington Post, among others. He lives in Santa Fe with wife Anne, a journalist.
Ted Simon was raised in London, studied chemical engineering then went to Paris where he fell into journalism. He has ridden twice around the world on a motorcycle, and published five books on travel and other matters. He now lives in northern California. He has one son.
Dr Chris Smith is a medical doctor and scientist, employed as a specialist registrar and clinical lecturer in virology at Cambridge University. He is also the founder and driving force behind The Naked Scientist, live weekly radio talkback show aired by the BBC
Jonathan Smith was educated in Wales and at St John's College, Cambridge. KBO: The Churchill Secret, his seventh novel, is being adapted into a major ITV drama. An earlier novel, Summer in February, was made into a feature film, starring Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper.
Steven Smith works for Channel 4 news and writes regularly for the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.
Maggie Smith-Bendell runs an advisory service for Gypsies and Travellers, and campaigns for the rights of Gypsies.
Matthew Specktor was born and raised in Los Angeles. His father was a talent agent and his mother was a screenwriter. Specktor worked in film development for many years, and has written several screenplays. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, The Believer, Tin House, Black Clock, and Salon.com, among other publications. He is a senior editor and founding member of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Madeleine St. John
Madeleine St John was born in Sydney. She graduated from Sydney University in 1963 and lived in London for most of the succeeding years, until her death in 2006. The Women in Black is her first novel. She also wroteA Pure Clear Light (1996), The Essence of the Thing (1997), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and Stairway to Paradise (1999).
David Stafford, a former diplomat, has written extensively on the Second World War and on intelligence history and is the author of, among other books, THE SILENT GAME, ROOSEVELT AND CHURCHILL and CHURCHILL AND THE SECRET SERVICE. After several years at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and at the Canadian Institute of International Affairs in Toronto, he returned to Edinburgh, where he is now Project Director of The Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars at the University of Edinburgh. David Stafford regularly reviews for the international press and contributes extensively to television and radio features on history.
Stuart Stevens is a political consultant and writer. His articles and stories have appeared in THE NEW REPUBLIC, WASHINGTON MONTHLY, ESQUIRE and the INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE.
Philippa Stockley works on the 'Evening Standard'. She is also a successful painter whose work regularly features in magazines e.g. 'Vogue'.