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Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over eighty books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. He is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie novels and the world's longest-running serial novel, 44 Scotland Street. His books have been translated into forty-six languages. Alexander McCall Smith is Professor Emeritus of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh and holds honorary doctorates from thirteen universities.

Amer Anwar

Amer Anwar grew up in West London. After leaving college he had a variety of jobs, including warehouse assistant, comic book lettering artist, a driver for emergency doctors and chalet rep in the French Alps. He eventually landed a job as a creative artworker/graphic designer and spent a decade and a half producing artwork, mainly for the home entertainment industry. He holds an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London and is a winner of the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award. Brothers in Blood is his debut novel and the first in the Zaq and Jags series.

Angela Chadwick

Angela Chadwick trained as a journalist and worked as a reporter before becoming a communications manager within higher education. XX is her first novel.

Beverly Donofrio

Beverly Donofrio studied at Wesleyan University, then went on to receive an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in The Village Voice and New York magazine. She is also the author of Looking for Mary.

Claire Hall

Claire Hall is a counsellor/life coach who writes a variety of coaching articles and is published in Wellbeing Magazine, Madison Magazine, Good Health Magazine, Empower Magazine, Cleo, Maketheworldmove.com, Escape magazine, Contact magazine and Cosmopolitan. She also writes and delivers tailored workshops and presentations on a broad range of topics.

Clare Mackintosh

With over 2 million copies of her books sold worldwide, number one bestseller Clare Mackintosh is multi-award-winning author of I Let You Go, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and the fastest-selling title by a new crime writer in 2015. It also won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year in 2016. Both Clare's second and third novels, I See You and Let Me Lie, were number one Sunday Times bestsellers. All three of her books were selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and together have been translated into over thirty-five languages.Clare is patron of the Silver Star Society, a charity based at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, which supports parents experiencing high-risk or difficult pregnancies. She lives in North Wales with her husband and their three children. For more information visit Clare's website www.claremackin­tosh.com or find her at www.facebook.com/ClareMackWrites or on Twitter @ClareMackint0sh #ILetYouGo #ISeeYou #LetMeLie

Dr Devora Lieberman

Devora Lieberman joined Genea in 2003, when it was still called Sydney IVF. Prior to that, Devora had spent 3 years as Associate Medical Director, Women's Health at Organon (now part of MSD). Devora now devotes most of her clinical work to infertility and miscarriage management. Devora has also been a clinician in the Menopause Clinic at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital since her arrival in Australia in 1998. She served as President of Family Planning NSW from June 2003 to March 2014. She became a Director of Sexual Health and Family Planning Australia in 2003, and served as its President from 2006-2008. Devora has also been a Director of the Board of the Fertility Society of Australia from 2005-2013, and held the office of Vice President from 2007-2009. Devora has presented at regional and national conferences and has contributed to textbooks and several peer-reviewed publications.

Ghillie Basan

Ghillie Basan is Scottish, brought up in Africa and now married to the Anglo Turkish photographer Jonathan Basan.

Ivy Pembroke

Ivy Pembroke is a law professor who specialises in copyright and trademark law, with a focus on fanfiction. An enthusiastic writer all her life, she loves the backspace button, overuses italics in emails with friends, and thinks there is little better than a story that makes you smile. She splits her time between Mississippi and her home state of Rhode Island.

Jenny Diski

Jenny Diski is the author of eight novels and two memoirs: Skating to Antarctica and Stranger on a Train. She lives in Cambridge.

Jenny Eclair

Jenny Eclair is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: Camberwell Beauty; Having a Lovely Time; Life, Death and Vanilla Slices and Moving. One of the UK's most popular writer/performers, she was the first woman to win the prestigious Perrier Award and has many TV and radio credits to her name. She lives in South-East London.

Lucy Ayrton

Lucy Ayrton is Communications Manager of a prisons charity, and much of ONE MORE CHANCE is informed by the people she has met and the time she has spent in prisons, especially on the Holloway Mother and Baby Unit. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Warwick University, and is a lively presence on the performance poetry scene. She wrote and performed two full-length spoken word shows at the Edinburgh Festival: Lullabies to Make Your Children Cry, recipient of the PBH Best Newcomer Award, and adapted into a pamphlet with Stewed Rhubarb Press. The Splitting of the Mermaid was a winner of the Ideastap Members Presents: Preview Season and was performed at Underbelly. She also blogs as Lucy In The Pub With Cider, about literature, feminism and baking. Lucy is lives in Oxford. This is her first novel, and was a finalist for the Exeter Novel Award.

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom is an internationally bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright, and award-winning journalist. He is the author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers and has sold over thirty-five million copies of his books in forty-five languages worldwide, including Tuesdays with Morrie, which is the bestselling memoir of all time.Albom also works as a columnist and broadcaster and has founded eight charities in Detroit and Haiti, where he operates an orphanage. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.

Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. With over 500 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world. She is both a Sunday Times bestseller in the UK and a number one bestseller in Australia.

Paula McLain

Paula McLain received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry, as well as a memoir, Like Family. Her novels include The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun. She lives in Cleveland with her family.

Samantha X

An author, single mother, journalist, madam and sexpert, Samantha X is a modern day woman who is dedicated to empowering other women.Samantha X grew up in London, where she attended an elite private school. She comes from a middle class educated and conservative background. No stranger to controversy, Samantha launched her career as a young, bright-eyed reporter; having started as a young gun on London's tabloid press, chasing celebrities and writing salacious stories.In the year 2000, she decided to give up London life for sun and sea and set up home in Sydney. There, she spent 10 happy years writing for Australia's top magazines and notched a few top jobs on her resume, from news editor at New Idea magazine to beauty director on the prestigious fashion title InStyle; as well as freelance producer on Seven's Today Tonight. Samantha appeared as the regular beauty expert on Seven's The Morning Show.After her relationship breakdown and a few failed relationships, Samantha decided to dip her toe into what she felt was an empowering industry, and became a high-class escort. She firmly believes it is a far more ethical and kinder career than that of a hard-nosed reporter. In September 2014, Samantha went public and released her first book Hooked: Secrets of a High Class Escort.Her controversial story made global headlines and she was invited to LA and London to appear on various talk shows, as well as becoming a popular voice in Australian press. While some attacked her for job choice, she soon became an inspiration for women and men worldwide wanting to know her secrets in and out of the bedroom.In 2015, Samantha started Samantha X Angels, a high-class escort agency. She now lives by the beach with her two children and two dogs.

Season Butler

Season Butler is a writer, artist and dramaturg born in Washington, DC. Through her work, she explores her interest in identity and otherness, the opportunities and traps of hindsight and hope, and what it means to look forward to an increasingly wily future. An early draft of Cygnet was shortlisted for the SI Leeds Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian Women. She lives and works between London and Berlin.

Susan Fletcher

Susan Fletcher was born in 1979 in Birmingham. She is the author of the bestselling Eve Green (winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award), Oystercatchers and Witch Light - and most recently, the much-lauded Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew.

Susie Boyt

Susie Boyt is the author of five other acclaimed novels and the much-loved memoir My Judy Garland Life which was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize, staged at the Nottingham Playhouse and serialised on BBC Radio 4. She has written about art, life and fashion for the Financial Times for the past fourteen years and has recently edited The Turn of the Screw and Other Ghost Stories by Henry James. She is also a director at the Hampstead Theatre.She lives in London with her family.

Tod Benoit

Tod Benoit is an entrepreneur who has logged more than 10,000 miles driving around the country in search of notable graves.