Victoria Ralfs discovered a borderline inappropriate ease in discussing life, love and relationships with her secondary school students early on in her career. This gained momentum in the field of learning disability where she wrote, spoke and trained nationally and (occasionally) internationally on Sexuality & Relationships Education. Her husband and two, now adult, children have happily and healthily survived the Velcro penises in their study in Bristol. Victoria's wider family would probably describe her as an 'annoying, gobby do-gooder type', hence her desire to include them unflatteringly in this, her first book.
SLAVOMIR RAWICZ was born in Pinsk in 1915. After his ordeal of The Long Walk he settled in England in 1944 were he remained for the rest of his life working in education. He died in 2004.
Alex Rawlings has been fascinated by languages and determined to learn as many as possible for as long as he can remember. He was born and raised in London, where he spoke English and Greek at home, studied German, French and Spanish at school, picked up Dutch, Afrikaans, Hebrew, Italian and Catalan on the side, then studied Russian and German at Oxford University, where he was named Britain's Most Multilingual Student in 2012 after being tested for fluency in all those languages in a competition run by Harper Collins. Since then he has studied many more, including tricky ones like Hungarian and Serbian, and has lived in five different countries, teaching languages, coaching learners, and organising conferences and workshops around the world for language enthusiasts. Alex's writes his practical advice and detailed observations on language learning on his popular blog RawLangs.com, and has also contributed to online and offline publications by the British Council, the European Commission, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, and to the blogs of several language learning companies. This book was conceived in Russia, planned in Hungary, written in Spain, and published in London. Alex travels the world speaking and learning new languages with his Hungarian dachshund, Zoltán.
Glyn Rees is a passionate limerick devotee, and regularly runs competitions to generate new verse. An expert in the history of the limerick, he lives in Monmouth, Wales.
JENNIFER REES is a retired Metropolitan Police Officer and Scenes of Crimes Officer with more than thirty years of experience. She joined as a Women Police Constable in 1969, when female police officers were still part of an entirely separate department. In more recent times she changed direction to become a Senior Forensic Training Manager at the Metropolitan Police Crime Academy in Hendon.
PROFESSOR STEVE REICHER is Professor of Social Psychology at St Andrews University and a leading expert in crowd psychology.
Peter Reid has had a distinguished military career in the British Army where he rose to the rank of Major General and was Director of the Royal Armoured Corps. He then became a consultant to Burdeshaw Associates and Vickers and was a frequent military expert for BBC news.
Tim Richman has authored a number of books with Alexander Parker, and written for publications in the UK, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.Zapiro is South Africa's premier political cartoonist; among numerous accolades, he has won the International Publishers Association's Freedom to Publish Prize.
Judy Ridgway is an acclaimed food writer and international expert on olive oil. She was the first non-Italian judge to sit on the judging panel of the prestigious Leone d'Oro international awards for olive oil. She travels frequently to the producing regions meeting the growers and tasting the oils along the way. She is also in regular contact with specialist cooking schools, university agricultural departments and research institutes. Previous books featuring olive oil include two editions of Judy Ridgway's Best Olive Oil Buys Round the World and The Olive Oil Companion. She also has extensive experience of national TV and radio.
Jasper Ridley was a former barrister turned author and became one of England's leading biographers, recent works including lives of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. His Lord Palmerstone was winner of the James Tait Black prize. His last work, The Freemasons, was highly acclaimed.
Brian J. Robb
Brian J. Robb is the editor in chief of Titan Magazines and has been the editor of Star Wars magazine for over a decade. He is also the author of the BGT Star Trek - planned to publish alongside new film in summer 2012.
Jenefer Roberts is the wife of a Type 2 diabetic who grew frustrated at not being able to answer her husband's questions: `Can I eat that?` and `Why can`t I eat that?`. Unable to find clear, accessible and consistent advice on what foods she could cook for her husband, she made use of her background as an academic and began a programme of extensive research on the subject herself. As a result she has helped him manage his condition through his diet and has written this book to help others faced with the same situation.
Derek Robinson is a policeman's son from a council estate who crossed the class barrier by going to Cambridge, where he got a degree in history and learned to write badly. A stint in advertising in London and New York changed that, and in 1971 he finally got it right when Goshawk Squadron was shorlisted for the Booker Prize. This novel of the Royal Flying Corps led to a sequel, Hornet's Sting, and War Story. His equally acclaimed trilogy of World War Two novels are Piece of Cake, A Good Clean Fight and Damned Good Show. His other novels include The Eldorado Network and Artillery of Lies. Derek Robinson has also published non-fiction on a variety of themes, from the laws of rugby to the nuclear tests on Christmas Island in the 1950s. His most recent book is Invasion, 1940 a revisionist history of the Battle of Britain. He lives in Bristol.
Jane Robinson is a writer and lecturer. Her popular books on women travellers (Wayward Women, Unsuitable for Ladies, Angels of Albion and Parrot Pie for Breakfast) have won her acclaim as a social historian with an appreciative eye for eccentricity.
Thomas S. Roche
Thomas S. Roche's short stories have appeared in more than 400 anthologies, magazines and websites. He began writing and publishing in his late teens and has written, edited or co-edited more than ten books, including an erotic BDSM series as N.T. Morley, the Noirotica series of erotic crime noir anthologies and the short story collection Dark Matter. He also blogs about sex, drugs, cryptozoology and occasionally podcasts erotic fiction at www.thomasroche.com. His recently published the horror novel The Panama Laugh, a science fiction zombie apocalypse about viral media, military contracting and LOLZ. He has also been a blogger, marketing executive and web reporter for more than a decade, having written regularly for Techyum.com, TinyNibbles.com, Night-Bazaar.com, Gothic.net, GettingIt.com, WriteSex.net, GoodVibes.com, 13thStreet.com and many other websites. He is a community sex educator in San Francisco with San Francisco Sex Information, a non-profit educational organization.
JUAREZ RODRIGUES is an award-winning art director in the advertising industry, one half of a media- and design-savvy couple with VICKY JACOB-EBBINGHAUS, an award-winning copywriter from Johannesburg, South Africa. They live and work in Hamburg, Germany.
Nicholas Royle was born is Cheshire in 1963. He is the author of two previous novels, and more than a hundred short stories. He has written for TIME OUT, GUARDIAN, INDEPENDENT, OBSERVER and others. He lives in West London with his wife and son.
Dr LEO RUICKBIE, PhD (Lond), MA, BA (Hons), Associate of King's College, is a professional writer, editor, social scientist and historian, specialising in controversial areas of human belief and experience. His PhD is from King's College, London, for his thesis on contemporary witchcraft and magic use, building on research on the theory of re-enchantment that won him an MA with distinction from Lancaster University. He is the author of several books - Witchcraft Out of the Shadows (2004 and 2011), Faustus: The Life and Times of a Renaissance Magician (2009), A Brief Guide to the Supernatural (2012), A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting (2013) and The Impossible Zoo (2016) - as well as numerous publications in scholarly journals, magazines, such as Fortean Times, and newspapers, including the Daily Express. He is also the co-editor with Dr Simon Bacon of Little Horrors: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Anomalous Children and the Construction of Monstrosity (2016), and with Dr Antje Bosselmann-Ruickbie of The Material Culture of Magic (forthcoming).As well as writing, he is the editor of the Paranormal Review, the magazine of the Society for Psychical Research, established in 1882 for the scientific study of what we now call the 'paranormal', and has worked on several editorial projects for the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum (Romano-German Central Museum) in Mainz, Germany. In addition, he is an elected member of the Royal Historical Society, a council member of the Society for Psychical Research, a committee member of the Gesellschaft für Anomalistik (Society for Anomalistics), as well as a member of the Parapsychological Association and the Royal Anthropological Institute. He has appeared several times on the Travel Channel series Mysteries at the Castle and his work has been mentioned in the media from the Guardian to Radio Jamaica. Not only has his expertise been sought by film companies, museums and charities, but he is also cited in the current student book for A-Level Sociology in the UK. He can be found on the web at www.ruickbie.com.
Russell is an important figure in the history of British film-making. From putting on war-time film shows in his father's garage then joining the back row of a post-war chorus, he made a series of acclaimed ground-breaking drama-documentaries and to write and direct many memorable films.
James M. Russell
JAMES M. RUSSELL has a philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge, a post-graduate qualification in critical theory, and has taught at the Open University in the UK. He currently works as director of a media-related business. He is the author of Brief Guides to Philosophical Classics, Spiritual Classics and Business Classics. He lives in north London with his wife, daughter and two cats.