A prominent figure in TV and the arts in Britain, Joan Bakewell has been a broadcaster for over forty years, a print journalist for over twenty years, and has published her autobiography, The Centre of the Bed. ALL THE NICE GIRLS was her first novel. She was made a Dame in 2008.
Lisa Ballantyne is the author of the Edgar Award-nominated The Guilty One which was translated into nearly thirty languages. Her second novel, Redemption Road, was a USA Today Bestseller. Originally from Armadale, in Scotland, she now lives in Glasgow.
Juliet Barker is both a distinguished biographer and a medievalist and scholar.
Shirley Barrett is best known for her work as a screenwriter and director. Shirley's first film, Love Serenadewon the Camera D'Or (Best First Feature) at Cannes Film Festival in 1996. The script for her most recent filmSouth Solitary won the Queensland Premier's Prize (script) 2010, the West Australian Premier's Literary Prize (script) 2010, and the West Australian Premier's Prize 2010. RUSH OH! is Shirley's first novel. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
Jane Beaton is the author of two novels, CLASS and RULES. She lives in London.
Born in Grenada in 1979. In 1999 he joined the Prince of Wales' Royal Regiment. He has served in Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Iraq.
Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death was broadcast on BBC1. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.
Sarah Bilston is British but lives in Connecticut. She is an academic and teaches at Trinity College, Hartford. She is married with three children.
Carol Birch was born in 1951 in Manchester and went to Keele University. She has lived in London, southwest Ireland and now Lancaster. For her first novel, LIFE IN THE PALACE, she won the 1988 David Higham Award for the Best First Novel of the Year. In 1991 she won the prestigious Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize with THE FOG LINE.
Rosie spent her university years writing pantomimes based on old classics. The 2003 production of The Wizard of Odd: Search for the Ruby Strippers enjoyed critical acclaim. This was followed a year later with a successful showing of Harry Potter: The Musical (complete with moving opening number, 'In My Cupboard I Will Stay').Rosie has written features for Cosmopolitan, The Lady, The Sunday People, Reveal and Best Magazine. Her first rom-com, How to Get a (Love) Life, was published in 2014. Corvus, an imprint of Atlantic Books, published How To Stuff Up Christmas in 2015 and How To Find Your (First) Husband in 2016.
Catherine Blyth is a writer and editor. She has contributed to THE TIMES, MAIL ON SUNDAY, EVENING STANDARD, DAILY TELEGRAPH, NEW STATESMAN and LITERARY REVIEW, worked for several leading publishers and written scripts for the BBC and Channel 5. This is her first book.
JILLY BOND has recorded over 300 audiobooks and won four Audiofile Earphones Awards. She also regularly appears on stage, and has appeared at the National Theatre in "Island", at the Birmingham Repertory in "Jump!", Manchester Lowry in "Transmissions", the English Theatre of Hamburg in "Othello" and "Mrs Warren's Profession" and on the Edinburgh and London Fringes, including at the Finborough as human-rights lawyer Fethiye Cetin in "I Wish to Die Singing" which won the Best Play UK Studio Theatre Awards. She has recorded over 100 radio plays for the BBC, as well as playing Bridget in "The Archers", and TV work has includedDr Greene in "Doctors", Dr Jannatie in "Judge John Deed" and roles in "Comedy Nation", "People Like Us", "My Hero" & "Alastair McGowan's Big Impression".
Charley Boorman is the author of RACE TO DAKAR and co-author of LONG WAY DOWN and LONG WAY ROUND. All are bestsellers. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
Nicholas Boothman is a licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He lectures and conducts seminars throughout North American and Europe.
Gyles Brandreth is a writer, broadcaster, former MP and Government Whip - and one of Britain's most sought-after award ceremony hosts and after-dinner speakers. A reporter on The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on Radio 4's Just a Minute, his many books include The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries and the No 1 best-seller: The 7 Secrets of Happiness.
Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full-time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Frances Brody is the author of ten mysteries featuring Kate Shackleton as well as many stories and plays for BBC Radio, scripts for television and three sagas, one of which won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award. A Woman Unknown was short-listed for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her stage plays have been toured by several theatre companies and produced at Manchester Library Theatre, the Gate and Nottingham Playhouse. Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award.Frances lived in New York for a time before studying at Ruskin College, Oxford, and reading English Literature and History at York University. She has taught in colleges, and on writing courses for the Arvon Foundation.
Adam Brookes for many years a journalist and foreign correspondent for BBC News. He reported from China, Indonesia, the US and many other countries, Iraq and Afghanistan among them. His debut novel, Night Heron, was nominated for the 2014 CWA John Creasey Dagger and appeared on best of the year lists in the TLS, Kirkus and NPR; its follow-up, Spy Games was nominated for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger. The Spy's Daughter is his third novel. He lives with his family in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Roy Chubby Brown
Roy 'Chubby' Brown was born Royston Vasey, in Middlesbrough 1945. He is one of Britain's most successful and controversial entertainers.
Season Butler is a writer, performance artist and activist. She was born in Washington, DC and moved to London in 2002. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London.