Rosa Rankin-Gee grew up in Kensal Rise, London, but now lives by the Parc de Belleville in Paris. In 2010, she was one of Esquire magazine's '75 Brilliant Young Brits'. In 2011, she won Shakespeare & Company's international Paris Literary Prize. Rosa Rankin-Gee runs a night-bird version of a Book Club, where up to 300 people come to swap books and drink cocktails in the former home of George Bizet. She also does freelance copywriting. She is twenty-six.
Amy Raphael is a British writer and critic who has worked for The Face, Esquire, Elle, NME, Rolling Stone and all the British broadsheets. Her books include Danny Boyle in Conversation with Amy Raphael and Mike Leigh on Mike Leigh. She co-wrote Easily Distracted, Steve Coogan's autobiography, and worked with David Hare on his memoir, The Blue Touch Paper. She lives in Brighton with her daughter.
Claire Rayner, OBE, writer, broadcaster and social campaigner was married for fifty years to actor and artist Desmond Rayner. They had three children and live in north London. She died in October 2010.
Davaa was born in Mongolia in 1971 and grew up there. She now lives in Germany and is a filmmaker, most recently of THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL. She made the film and wrote the book with the director, Lisa Reisch.
Carolina De Robertis
Carolina De Robertis, a writer of Uruguayan origins, is the author of the novels The Gods ofTango, Perla, and the international bestseller The Invisible Mountain, all published by Knopf.Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have been named Best Books of the Year in venues including the San Francisco Chronicle, O, The Oprah Magazine, BookList, and NBC. She is the recipient of a Stonewall Book Award, Italy's Rhegium Julii Prize, and a 2012 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, among other honors. She is also an award-winning translator of Latin American literature, and has contributed to anthologies including Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories and Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships. She currently teaches fiction and literary translation at San Francisco State University. She lives in Oakland, California with her wife and two children.
Half-English/half-French, Michèle Roberts was born in 1949. DAUGHTERS OF THE HOUSE (1992) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the W.H. Smith Literary Award. She has just been appointed Professor of Creative Writing at UEA.
E. Arnot Robertson
E. Arnot Robertson (1903-1961) wrote eight novels. Combining wit with a talent for storytelling and a realistic romantic eye, she was one of the most popular English novelists of the 1930s and 40s.
Marilynne Robinson was born in 1947. Her first novel, Housekeeping (1981) received the PEN/Hemingway award for best first novel as well as being nominated for the Pulitzer Prize
Merce Rodoreda is considered the most preeminent Catalan writer. She was born in 1908 in Barcelona. During the Spanish Civil War, she was exiled in France and later Switzerland.
Charlotte Rogan studied architecture at Princeton University and worked for a large construction firm before turning to fiction. She is the author of The Lifeboat, which was nominated for the Guardian first book award and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and which has been translated into twenty-six languages. After many years in Dallas and a year in Johannesburg, she now lives in Westport, Connecticut.
Viola Roggenkamp was a reporter for DIE ZEIT for three decades. This is her debut novel, based on her experiences of growing up half-Jewish in post-war Germany. She has lived in Asia and Israel for many years and now lives in Germany.
Katie Roiphe is an important voice in non-fiction. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire, Harper's and The New Yorker. She has also written widely for the UK press.
Jacqueline Rose has written and lectured widely on feminism, psychoanalysis and culture. She is the author of The Case of Peter Pan, or The Impossibility of Children's Fiction, Sexuality in the Field of Vision, Why War? - psychoanalysis, politics and the return to Melanie Klein and States of Fantasy, the 1994 Clarendon Lectures. The Haunting of Sylvia Plath received wide critical acclaim on its publication in 1991. She has a chair in English at Queen Mary University of London. She lives in London.
Hannah Rothschild is a freelance director, working for the BBC. Her credits include KEEPING UP WITH THE MEDICI and THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. She is also Vice President of the Hay Literary Festival.
Jane Rule (1931-2007) was born in New Jersey. She became a Canadian citizen in the 1960s. Author of seven novels, short stories, essays and criticism, and university lecturer, Rule was the recipient of several awards including the Canadian Authors' Association Award for Best Novel (1978) and the Order of Canada (2007).
Simon Russell Beale
Simon Russell Beale studied at Cambridge before joining the RSC. Described by the Daily Telegraph as 'the finest actor of his generation', he has been lauded for both his stage and TV work, winning many awards including the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Evening Standard Best Actor Award and the BAFTA Best Actor Award.
Suzanne Ruta is an author and journalist whose work has appeared the NEW YORK TIMES.