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Andrew Simms

Andrew Simms is the author of several books including the bestselling Tescopoly. He is a Fellow of nef (the new economics foundation), trained at the London School of Economics and was described by New Scientist magazine as, 'a master at joined-up progressive thinking.' He is also one of the UK's leading campaigners who coined the term 'Clone Towns,' co-authored the groundbreaking Green New Deal, was one of the original organisers of the campaign to cancel poor country debt, and devised how to mark the day in the year when the world enters 'ecological debt.' Andrew witnessed first hand for more than twenty years failed international efforts to solve critical economic and environmental problems, from extreme poverty to climate change.Andrew Simms is Policy Director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and a board member of Greenpeace UK. He is the author of Tescopoly and writes on various issues including climate change and globalisation.

Barney Hoskyns

Barney Hoskyns is the co-founder and editorial director of online rock-journalism library Rock's Backpages (www.rocksbackpages.com), and author of several books including Across the Great Divide: The Band & America (1993), Waiting for the Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes, & the Sound of Los Angeles (1996), Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters & Cocaine Cowboys in the LA Canyons (2005) and Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits (2009). A former US correspondent for MOJO, Hoskyns writes for Uncut and other UK publications, and has contributed to Vogue, Rolling Stone and GQ.

Bob Ross

Robert Norman "Bob" Ross (October 29, 1942 - July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor and television host. He was widely known as the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States, and also aired in Canada, Latin America and Europe. With a soft voice and a permed afro. Ross went from being a television personality in the '80s and '90s to an Internet celebrity popular with fans on YouTube and many other websites

Chip Carter

Chip Carter began his trek into the written world with numerous STAR TREK trading cards. After selling a story pitch to STAR TREK: VOYAGER, he wrote the Obsessed With Star Trek trivia book, gift books highlighting Star Trek technology, and continues to work on other licensed products including thousands of questions for licensed Trivial Pursuit sets for THE WALKING DEAD, HARRY POTTER and of course, STAR TREK.

Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

Christine Lagorio is a senior writer at Inc Magazine and has been covering startups and entrepreneurship for the last seven years. She has previously written for Congressional Quarterly, CBS News, The Village Voice, The New York Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle. This is her first book.

David Owen

David Owen achieved 1st class honours in BA Creative Writing and MA Writing for Children at The University of Winchester, where he went on to teach on the BA Creative Writing course for three years. He hopes that one day all of his students will surpass his own achievements.David's debut YA novel, Panther (2015) received rave reviews, and was nominated for the Carnegie medal. He is the Content and Social Media specialist for gapyear.com and a former freelance games journalist. David spends most of his time thinking about biscuits.

David Sedaris

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in 'The Best American Essays'. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages.

Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm was a Fellow of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before retirement he taught at Birkbeck College, University of London, and after retirement at the New School for Social Research in New York. Previous books include AGE OF EXTREMES, THE AGE OF REVOLUTION and THE AGE OF EMPIRE. He died 1st October 2012

Giles Long

Giles Long represented Great Britain at the highest level in the world of swimming, both as a Butterfly and Individual Medley swimmer and as a relay team member. He won twenty major Championship medals including Paralympic, European, and World Championship Gold medals.

Greg Lockwood

Greg Lockwood is a partner at venture capital firm Piton Capital. He has a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and is the co-author of SUPERCONNECT with Richard Koch.

Heather Child

Heather Child's experience in digital marketing has brought her into close contact with the automation and personalisation technologies that herald the 'big data' age. She lives in Bristol and Everything About You is her debut novel. Find her on twitter at @Heatherika1.

Howard Watson

Howard Watson is a writer and editor. He has a long association with Architectural Design and has written on design for the Independent and many other publications. He has worked with the architect Sir Terry Farrell and other designers, and authored Hotel Revolution, Fashion Retail (with Elaine Curtis), Bar Style and The Design Mix.

ILYA

Writer and artist ILYA draws on more than thirty years of professional experience - as an internationally published comics creator and author, but also as an educator. Since 1990 he has designed and delivered workshops on the art of drawing for schools, colleges, galleries, museums, libraries, youth groups and prisons, across the UK as well as abroad. His Manga Drawing Kit (2005) was an international bestseller, resulting in co-editions in French, German, Spanish and more. How to Draw Comics is a new title for 2016. Other book titles by ILYA include the award-winning graphic novel series, The End of the Century Club, Manga Shakespeare's King Lear, and Room for Love; as compiling editor: The Mammoth Books of Skulls, The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics and three volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, also Colour Me Bad. 2017 sees the debut of the all-ages sci-fi action adventure, Kid Savage, produced in collaboration with a co-creator of Ben10, Deadpool/Spider-man wrangler Joe Kelly.

John C. Maxwell

JOHN C. MAXWELL, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26 million books, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world's most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine in 2014. His organizations--The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation--have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many top world business leader

John P. Strelecky

John P. Strelecky an internationally bestselling author and has over 20 years experience as a business and management consultant. He has lectured on the ideas in The Big Five for Life to large and small companies, including Boeing, Walt Disney World and Audi.

Julia Pimsleur

Julia Pimsleur is CEO and Founder of Little Pim, the leading program for introducing young children to a second language at home. It sells internationally in nineteen countries, and has won more than twenty-five awards for its proprietary Entertainment Immersion Method®. Pimsleur is dedicated to helping other female entrepreneurs access growth capital - one of the greatest keys to business success. To this end, she has created the "Double Digit Academy" fundraising boot-camp and the online course "Further. Faster. Funded." Pimsleur has blogged about entrepreneurship for Forbes.com since 2012, and she has been a speaker at Stanford University, Yale University, NYU Stern Business School, and the Yale School of Management. A popular TV guest, she has been featured on TODAY, NBC Weekend Todayand Fox News, and her company has been highlighted in Business Week, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She won the 2013 Smart CEO Brava! Award for women entrepreneurs.

Katy Sobey

Katy Sobey BiographyKaty is from Bristol and trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.Theatre includes: Orpheus & Eurydice (Insane Root, Suspension Bridge Vaults), Rocky: A HorrorShow (The Wardrobe Theatre), The Woodlanders (Hammerpuzzle/Cheltenham Everyman), Othello(Stafford Gatehouse), Here Be Monsters (UK Tour), Hot Air (Tobacco Factory Theatre/MyrtleTheatre Co.), King John (Hammerpuzzle/The Egg), A Midsummer Night's Dream (UK Tour), Flood(Bike Shed Theatre), Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin (Little Wolf/Loughborough Town Hall), EarlyDoors (Edinburgh Festival) and The Taming of the Shrew (Sam Wanamaker Festival, The Globe).Katy has appeared in several radio plays for BBC Radio 4, including Tess In Winter, The All-Clear,The Shining Heart and Writing the Century: The Dock. She has also featured in multiple episodesof Poetry Please with Roger McGough.On television, Katy has appeared on BBC 1's daytime drama, The Indian Doctor.Katy has recorded numerous audiobooks and is a featured artist on Audible UK's Narrator'sGreatest Hits. She is the voice of the popular young adult series, Geek Girl.

Laura Marshall

Laura Marshall grew up in Wiltshire and studied English at the University of Sussex.After almost twenty years working in conference production, in 2015 Laura decided it was time to fulfil a lifetime's ambition to write a book, and enrolled on the Curtis Brown Creative three month novel writing course. Laura's debut novel, Friend Request, was an ebook number one bestseller and was shortlisted for both the Bath Novel Award and the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2016. Three Litle Lies is Laura's second novel.Laura lives in Kent with her husband and two children.For more information visit Laura's website www.lauramarshall.co.uk or find her at www.facebook.com/lauramarshallauthor or on Twitter @laurajm8 #FriendRequestBook

Melissa A Schilling

Melissa A. Schilling is a professor at New York University's Stern School of Business and the author of the number one innovation strategy textbook in the world, Strategic Management of Technological Innovation. As one of the world's leading experts on innovation, she has appeared on numerous media outlets including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, CNBC, The Brian Lehrer Show, Scientific American, USA Today, South China Morning Post, Energy Biz Insider, Clean Technica, and New Energy

Richard Koch

Richard Koch is a millionaire entrepreneur who has started or turned round a number of successful companies, including Belgo Restaurants, Filofax, Zoffany Hotels and Betfair. He is also the author of 13 highly acclaimed non-fiction books.