Jane Bailey taught Italian and French in Bristol, where she wrote Promising (shortlisted for the Dillon's Prize) and An Angel in Waiting. Tommy Glover's Sketch of Heaven and Mad Joy are her third and fourth novels.
Peter Barton is a historian, archaeologist and film-maker. He authored The Battlefields of the First World War after researching the forgotten Imperial War Museum panorama archive for eight years. His other books include The Somme, and Passchendaele. He continues to lead an ongoing project to recover, interpret and publish all surviving battlefield panoramas - widely regarded as the 'missing link' for our full understanding of the First World War. He has since uncovered several equivalent unseen collections of panoramas in German archives, included here.Barton has also led several major excavations on the Western Front, and produced the critically acclaimed documentary films The Underground War, The Soldiers' Pilgrimage and Conviction. He is co-secretary of the All Party Parliamentary War Graves and Battlefields Heritage Group.
Quentin Bates made his escape from suburbia at the end of the seventies as a gap year turned into a gap decade spent in the north of Iceland. He worked ashore and at sea before returning to England and, once finally ashore for good, drifted by accident into journalism.Finally the lure of fiction became too strong to resist. Sergeant Gunnhildur and the series of novels she features in have their origins in a deep affection for Iceland and its people, and an intimate knowledge of Icelandic society and its language, customs and quirks.Today he divides his time between the north of Iceland and the south of England, translating books from Icelandic in addition to working on his own fiction.
M.C. Beaton is the author of both the Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth series, as well as numerous Regency romances. Her Agatha Raisin books are currently being turned into a TV series on Sky. She lives in Paris and in a Cotswold village that is very much like Agatha's beloved Carsely.
Francis Beckett is adistinguished journalistwho regularly writes forthe Guardian and othernational papers. He is theauthor of, amongst otherworks, Enemy Within:The Rise and Fall of theBritish Communist Party,biographies of ClementAttlee and Gordon Brown,and he co-authored TheBlairs and their Court withDavid Hencke.
Cara Black lives in Noe Valley with her bookseller husband, Jun, owner of Foto-Graphix Books, and her son, Tate. She's a San Francisco Library Laureate, Macavity and three time Anthony award-nominee for her series, Aimée Leduc Investigations, set in Paris. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Crime Writers and the Marais Historique Society in Paris. She gets to Paris as often as she can.You can also check out her website: www.carablack.com
HELEN BLACK grew up in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. At 18 she went to Hull university and left three years later with a tattoo on her shoulder and a law degree. She became a lawyer in Peckham and soon had a loyal following of teenagers needing legal advice and bus fares. She ended up working in Luton, working predominantly for children going through the care system.Helen is married to a long-suffering lawyer and is the mother of young twins which take up 90% of her waking hours.
Robin Blake is a novelist, art critic and acclaimed biographer of Anthony Van Dyck and George Stubbs. Born and brought up in Preston, he has lived for many years in London.
Andrew Bleiman serves on the Auxiliary Boards of Lincoln Park Zoo and Shedd Aquarium, Chicago; runs Zooillogix.com, a bizarre zoology news blog on ScienceBlogs Network. He runs new media strategy for the Bradford Group.Chris Eastland, a classically trained artist and photographer, former Photography Editor for Quest Magazine, studied and taught at Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence.
Nicholas Blincoe lived in in Bethlehem for over twenty years. He is a best-selling, award-winning novelist, playwright and screenwriter and is currently a critic and leader writer for the Daily Telegraph.
Mihir Bose is one of the most highly regarded sports journalists in the world. Born in Bombay, he moved to England where he has reported for the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and was the BBC's Sports Editor until 2009. He is constantly in demands as a commentator and expert, writing for newspapers, TV and radio.He is also the author of a number of books including a history of Bollywood, the award winning story of Indian Cricket, Manchester Disunited, and Sporting Colours which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book Prize. He lives in London.
Previously Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of East London and head of a team analysing Fossil Record 2, the largest database of information on extinct animals and plants, Mike Boulter is a distinguished scientist. He is the author of Extinction and currently works at the Natural History Museum. He has been secretary and editor for the International Organisation of Palaeobotany for the past 20 years.
Born in Bath, Somerset, Rhys Bowen now lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband. She is the author of many award-winning series including the Royal Spyness and Constable Evans mysteries. Constable is publishing her award-winning series of atmospheric historical dramas featuring feisty Irish immigrant Molly Murphy in old New York City.
David Boyle is a fellow of NEF and the author of a series of books about history, social change and the future, including Authenticity: Brands, Fakes, Spin and the Lust for Real Life, The Tyranny of Numbers and The Sum of Our Discontent. Funny Money: In search of alternative cash launched the time banks movement in the UK.
FRANK BRADY is the author of numerous biographies, including Bobby Fischer: Profile of a Prodigy, one of the bestselling chess books of all time. He is chairman of the Department of Mass Communication, Journalism, Television and Film at St. John's University, is the president of the Marshall Chess Club, and served as secretary of the United States Chess Federation from 2003 to 2005. He lives in New York.
Mike Brearley OBE was educated at Cambridge, where he read classics and moral sciences, and captained the university. He played for Middlesex County Cricket Club intermittently from 1961 to 1983, captaining the side from 1971 to 1982. He first played for England in 1976 and captained the side from 1977 to 1980, winning seventeen test matches and losing only four. He was recalled to the captaincy in 1981 for the Ashes home series, leading England to one of their most famous victories. Since retiring from cricket in 1982, he trained and continues to work as a psychoanalyst, and is a lecturer on leadership and motivation. He is the author of the bestselling The Art of Captaincy, and has written on cricket and the psychology of sport for the Observer and most recently The Times. He lives in London.
SIMON BRETT is the author of over ninety books, many of them crime novels. His humorous writing includes the internation bestsellers How To Be A Little Sod and Summersdale's very successful Baby Tips series. He was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in English. A former radio and television producer, he has to date written over ninety books. A great many are crime novels, including the Charles Paris, Mrs Pargeter and Fethering series. Simon was Chairman of the Crime Writers Association from 1986 to 1987 and of the Society of Authors from 1995 to 1997. He is President of the Detection Club and was awarded the 2014 CWA Diamond Dagger. He lives near Arundel in West Sussex and is married with three grown-up children, three grandsons, one granddaughter, and a cat called Polly.
Neil Broadfoot worked as a journalist for 15 years at both national and local newspapers, including The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and the Evening News, covering some of the biggest stories of the day. A poacher turned gamekeeper, he has since moved into communications: providing media relations advice for a variety of organisations, from emergency services to government and private clients in the City. Neil is married to Fiona and a father to two girls, meaning he's completely outnumbered in his own home. He lives in Dunfermline, the setting for his first job as a local reporter.
Richard Brooks specialized in military history and theory of war at Oxford. He is the author of a number of books, including The Long Arm of Empire: Naval Brigades from the Crimea to the Boxer Rebellion.
Steve Broome is an experienced social and economic researcher and interviewer, having spent the past fifteen years conducting projects in areas such as mental health, substance misuse, unemployment, social inclusion, economic development, and crime. He now works as Director of Research at the Royal Society of Arts, the internationally renowned think-tank.