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Aeronwy Thomas

Aeronwy Thomas was the only daughter of Dylan Thomas and his wife, Caitlin, and was her father's literary executor. A writer and a poet in her own right she was also president of the Dylan Thomas Society, patron of the Dylan Thomas Award, president of the Association of Literary Societies and president of Swansea Little Theatre.She regularly lectured and attended readings around the world up until her death in 2009, just weeks before the publication of My Father's Places.

Angela Huth

Angela Huth has written three short story collections and several novels. She also writes plays for radio, television and stage, and is a well-known freelance journalist, critic and broadcaster. She is married to a don, lives in Oxford and has two daughters.

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.

Busy Philipps

Busy Philipps is an American actress. She got her first break on the seminal high school show Freaks and Geeks, and went on to star in Dawson's Creek, ER, White Chicks, Cougar Town and I Feel Pretty. Philipps lives in Los Angeles.

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.

Charlie Mortimer

Charlie Mortimer was born in 1952 and educated at Wellesley House, Broadstairs and (reluctantly) Eton. He has been, among other things, an officer in the Coldstream Guards, a vintage car restorer, an estate agent, a roughneck on an oil rig, a pop group manager, a mechanic in Africa, a manufacturer of boxer shorts and an antiques dealer. He currently describes himself as a 'middle aged, middle class spiv (mostly retired)'.

Chrissie Wellington

CHRISSIE WELLINGTON is the world-record holder for ironman-distance triathlon. She is a four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion, having won the World Championship consecutively in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and regaining it in 2011. She remains undefeated over the Ironman distance.

D.J. Taylor

D. J. Taylor is a writer and critic. His collection of short stories, After Bathing at Baxter's was published in 1997 and he is the author of six novels: Great Eastern Land (1986); Real Life (1992); English Settlement (1996); Trespass (1998), a satire of 1970s England; The Comedy Man (2001), the story of one half of a comedy duo; and Kept: A Victorian Mystery (2006). Several of his books are set in his home city of Norwich.His books of non-fiction include Afer the War: The Novel and England Since 1945 (1993); A Vain Conceit: British fiction in the 1980s (1989), a critical look at the quality of fiction-writing in Britain; and most recently, Bright Young People: The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918-1940. He is also well-known for his biographies: Thackeray (1999); and Orwell: The Life, published in 2003 to coincide with the centenary of Orwell's birth. This book won the 2003 Whitbread Biography Award.

Dambisa Moyo

Dr Dambisa Moyo is an international economist who writes on the macroeconomy and global affairs.She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa, How The West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly - And the Stark Choices Ahead and Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World.Moyo was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and was named to the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders Forum. Her work regularly appears in economic and finance-related publications such as the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.She completed a doctorate in Economics at Oxford University and holds a Masters degree from Harvard University. She completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and an MBA in Finance at the American University in Washington DC.

Daniel Raeburn

Daniel Raeburn's writing has appeared in the New Yorker and Tin House, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at the University of Chicago.

Danny Dorling

DANNY DORLING is the Professor of Geography at Sheffield University. He is the honorary president of the Society of Cartographers. In 2009 he was awarded the Gold Award of the Geographical Association and the Back Award of the Royal Geographical Society. He has appeared on the recent Story of Now series and will appear with Andrew Marr on a BBC2 programme to co-incide with the census in April 2011. He advises government and the office for national statistics on matters relating to the census.

David Craig

David Craig has been a consultant for twenty years, working for and competing against some of the world's best and worst management consultants. His books Plundering the Public Sector and Rip-off!: The scandalous inside story of the management consulting money machine have both been bestsellers.He also writes novels, notably the Brade and Jenkins series, as well the Harpur and Iles series under the name of Bill James for Macmillan.

Denis O'Connor

Denis O'Connor trained as a psychologist and teacher. Throughout his career he taught in schools and lectured in colleges and universities. He is retired and lives with his wife Catherine and his two Maine Coon cats in a remote country cottage in Northumberland.

Evelyn Shillington

Born in 1893, Evelyn Shillington carefully documented her life as an army wife in the second world war, accompanying her husband, Captain Rex Shillington, around his postings. She died in 1981.

I. D. Roberts

I. D. Roberts was born in Australia in 1970 and moved to England when he was three. For the past decade he has been the film writer for a national listings magazine. His first novel, Kingdom Lock, an Historical adventure set during the Great War was published by Allison & Busby in May 2014.

Jane Torday

Jane Torday is a freelance writer specialising in gardening, food, social and oral history, and family memoir. She lives in Northumberland.

John Waters

John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and Cecil B. DeMented. He is also the author of a memoir, Role Models. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lilly Miles

FLEET STREET FOX, a national newspaper reporter for over a decade, has worked in London news agencies, on broadsheets, tabloids, daily and Sunday papers. She uses a pseudonym because if she were named the chances are she would be sacked. Her news-comment blog at www.fleetstreetfox.com has seen her invited on to Woman's Hour, Newsnight and Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe.

Lisa Ballantyne

Lisa Ballantyne is the author of the Edgar Award-nominated The Guilty One which was translated into nearly thirty languages. Her second novel, Redemption Road, was a USA Today Bestseller. Originally from Armadale, in Scotland, she now lives in Glasgow.

Matthew Elliot

Matthew Elliott is co-founder and Chief Executive of the Taxpayers Alliance, the UK's most high profile campaign group. He has written the Bumper Book of Government Waste and with David Craig has co-authored The Great European Rip-Off.