Adrian Mathews is the author of the literary thrillers The Hat of Victor Noir and Vienna Blood , which won the CWA Silver Dagger Award, and The Apothecary's House , shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award. He has lived in central Paris for over 20 years.
Andrew Sinclair is a novelist, historian, critic and filmmaker. He was a Founding Member of Churchill College, Cambridge, and has taught and travelled across the world. He made the film, now regarded as a classic, of Under Milk Wood. He lives in London and is married to the writer Sonia Melchett.
Angela Thirkell (30 January 1890 – 29 January 1961), began writing early in her life in Australia. An article appeared in the Cornhill Magazine in November 1921 and was the first of many articles and short stories, including work for Australian radio. On her return to England in 1929, this career continued with journalism, stories for children, and then novels. Her success as a novelist began with her second novel, High Rising (1933). She set many of her novels in Anthony Trollope's Barsetshire, his fictional English county developed in the six novels known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire.
Dr Ann Dally (1929-2007) was a pioneering English author and psychiatrist. She was born in London, the daughter of a distinguished lawyer and a half-American mother. She studied history, before qualifying in medicine and then in psychiatry, whilst going on to marry and have six children. Ann Dally wrote eleven books in all, including Women Under the Knife , about the history of gynaecological surgery, A-Z of Babies, The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Modern Medicine, A Child is Born, Mothers: Their Power and Influence and The Morbid Streak .
Barbara Else is the author of five best-selling novels and has edited several anthologies of children’s stories. Her first novel The Warrior Queen was short listed for the Montana New Zealand Book Award and her second, Gingerbread Husbands , for the Booksellers BookData Award. She has been Writer in Residence at Victoria University of Wellington, and has held a Creative New Zealand Scholarship in Letters. She is also a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Literature. With her husband, Barbara also runs an advisory service for writers.
Brad Smith is the author of Busted Flush, All Hat, and One-Eyed Jacks, which was nominated for the Dashiell Hammett Prize and the Arthur Ellis Award. He lives in a farmhouse near Dunnville, Ontario.
Carey Harrison was born in Britain and raised in the United States where he has spent the majority of his working life. He began as a stage playwright, completing 42 plays for the stage and forty plays for BBC radio. He is also an actor, teach and novelist and was described in the Dublin Evening News as ‘one of the most accomplished writers of our time’. He lives in Woodstock, New York.
Carl Rollyson is a writer whose biographies include Beautiful Exile: The Life of Martha Gellhorn, Lillian Hellman: Her Life and Legend and Marie Curie: Honesty in Science. A well-known scholar of biography, he has also published Reading Biography, Essays in Biography, Lives of the Novelists, and British Biography: A Reader .
Catherine Peters is the author of Thackeray’s Universe (1987). She has written introductions to Everyman editions of Vanity Fair by W. M. Thackeray (1991), and The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (1992) and edited and introduced Armadale(1989) and Hide and Seek (forthcoming) in the World’s Classics series. She lives in Oxford and taught English literature at Somerville College, Oxford, from 1981 to 1992. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Cornelia Lynde Meigs (1884–1973) was an American writer of fiction and biography for children, teacher of English and writing, historian and critic of children's literature. She won the Newbery Medal for Invincible Louisa and also wrote three Newbery Honor Books.
Dominic Utton is an author and journalist who lives in Oxford with his wife and two children. Dead End Close is his second novel.
Donald Finnaeus Mayo was born in London and grew up in Australia and South East Asia, the backdrop for his novel Francesca.
He was educated in England, where he graduated in Politics and Culture. At various times he has worked as a radio journalist for the BBC, a business writer for major corporations, and as a photographer. He currently lives in Hampshire with his wife and three children and works on the final draft of his new novel, The Insider’s Guide to Betrayal.
Edward Enfield, father of famous comedian Harry Enfield, is the author of several charming and comic books about cycling, travelling, gardening and growing old. His books include Downhill All the Way, Greece on My Wheels, Dawdling Down the Danube and Old Age and How to Survive It. Rick Stein’s TV series From Venice to Istanbul was inspired by Enfield’s Greece on My Wheels.
Elizabeth Berridge (December 1919 – December 2009) was a novelist and critic. Born in London, where she was partly educated here, she later moved to Geneva. Berridge won the Yorkshire Post Novel of the Year Award, in 1964 for Across The Common.
Edmée Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, commonly known as E. M. Delafield, was a prolific English author. She is best known for her largely autobiographical Diary of a Provincial Lady, which took the form of a journal of the life of an upper-middle class Englishwoman living mostly in a Devon village of the 1930s.
Eva Hanagan was a Scottish author, who died at the age of 85, in 2009. During a Foreign Office posting to Vienna after the Second World War, Hanagan met her husband, with whom she had two sons. She published her first novel, In Thrall , in 1977. Following which, there was a fairly rapid succession of novels. She settled in Sussex, from where she authored her novels.
Geoffrey Trease (1909-1998) was the author of more than one hundred books, including children’s books. He revolutionised children’s literature and was one of the first authors to deliberately appeal to both boys and girls through strong leading characters of both genders. In 1966 Trease won the New York Herald Tribune Book Award for This is Your Century. Geoffrey Trease was educated at Oxford University and travelled widely in Europe and beyond. He lived in Herefordshire on the slopes of the Malvern Hills.
Harry T. Moore (1908-1981) is best remembered for his studies of the life and works of D.H. Lawrence. He also wrote and edited books on the writings of John Steinbeck, E.M. Forster, Henry James, as well as several collections of essays on twentieth-century literature. Moore’s biography of Lawrence, The Priest of Love became the basis for a film starring Ian McKellen and Janet Suzman in 1981. Moore became a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, as well as the President of the College English Association. He also won the Guggenheim Fellowships in 1958 and 1960.
Jerrard Tickell was born in Dublin and wrote his first book at just 18. He was a member of the Royal Army Service Corps. His official duties took him all over the world including Egypt and practically every port in the Near East. His books, a number of which have been made into successful movies, include Moon Squadron, Island Rescue and Hussar Honeymoon.
Karen Kenyon is a journalist and author. She teaches Creative Writing at MiraCosta College in Cardiff, California. Her books include Sunshower and The Bronte Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses.
Les Edgerton is a full-time writer and creative writing teacher. He’s written two sports books, two writer’s how-to books, two short story collections, three business books, and several novels.
His work has been nominated for or won: the Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, Derringer Award, Spinetingler Magazine Thriller of the Year (Legends category), Jesse Jones Book Award, Edgar Allan Poe Award (short story category), Violet Crown Book Award, and others.
Lettice Cooper was an English writer. She began to write stories when she was seven, and studied Classics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford graduating in 1918. Her first novel, The Lighted Room, one of ten novels written whilst she was in Yorkshire, was published in 1925. Cooper went to live with her sister in Bayswater, London, and spent a year as Associate Editor of the Time and Tide. She published twenty novels, in addition to children’s books and non-fiction, including biographies of Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Maggie Freeman has written primary literacy non-fiction for Collins and Oxford and another historical novel, Daughter of the Sea . Maggie tutors Creative Writing classes in Adult Community Learning. Some of her short stories and poems have been published in the literary magazine Stand .
Marguerite Steen (12 May 1894 – 4 August 1975) was a British writer. Very much at home among creative people, she wrote biographies of the Terrys, of her friend Hugh Walpole, of the 18th century poet and actress (and sometime mistress to the Prince of Wales) Mary 'Perdita' Robinson, and of her own lover, the artist Sir William Nicholson. Her first major success was Matador (1934), for which she drew on her love of Spain, and of bullfighting. Also a best-seller on both sides of the Atlantic was her massive saga of the slave-trade and Bristol shipping, The Sun Is My Undoing (1941). She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1951.
Maria Lampadaridou Pothou is a bestselling author in Greece and has published both historical and contemporary fiction as well as poetry and plays. She was educated at the Panteion University of Athens and the Sorbonne, Paris. Her work has been highly acclaimed by the Academy of Athens as well as other literary societies, and has been translated into English, French and Swedish. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2001 Greek State Theatre Prize and two Academy of Athens prizes for her novels With the Storm Lamp and Maroula of Lemnos. Her poetry collection The Mystic Passage was nominated by the Greek Ministry of Culture for the Prize of Europe. Maria currently lives in Athens.
Melissa Josias is a young writer from Cape Town, South Africa. A self-proclaimed book nerd, she also loves avocados and thinks whales are cool. When she’s not writing or devouring ridiculous amounts of books, she’s daydreaming of faraway places that look good on postcards. When she’s not doing that, she is fervently busy writing her next novel.
Patrice Chaplin is an author, playwright, journalist and the producer of the BBC radio documentary on The Cabala in Spain. In addition to seven novels, including Harriet Hunter, Having it Away and The Unforgotten , she has written many short stories and plays for radio and television. She is the author of From the Balcony written for the National Theatre and Radio 3. Her novel Siesta is based on the years described in her volume of autobiography, Albany Park , and has been filmed.
Dr Peter Dally (1923-2005) was the senior consultant psychiatrist at the Westminster Hospital, London, until his retirement in January 1988. His previous books include Anorexia Nervosa and The Fantasy Factor, as well as classic textbooks and writings on psychology and psychiatry.
Peter Lewis is a prize-winning author whose book about John le Carré received the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe award from the Mystery Writers of America as the best critical/non-fiction title of its year. His subsequent book about Eric Ambler was shortlisted for another non-fiction Edgar Allan Poe award as well as for an Anthony Award.
Richard Foreman is the author of numerous best-selling Kindle books, including Augustus: Son of Rome and the Raffles series of historical crime novellas. He is also the author of Warsaw, a literary novel set during the end of the Second World War. He lives in London.
Robert Lewis Taylor was born in southern Illinois. After graduating from the University of Illinois he travelled for more than a year in Europe and the South Seas. He served in the Navy during World War II, was discharged a lieutenant commander, and then joined the staff of The New Yorker . He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1959 for The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
Robert Pollock was a London native, he had an extensive writing, teaching, film, and public relations career. As a journalist, he wrote for The London Sunday Times, The London Sunday Observer, Vanity Fair, The San Francisco Examiner and The Los Angeles Times Syndicate . He worked for both Paramount Pictures and Twentieth Century Fox, and was involved in the production of many films, including "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," "The Only Game in Town" and "Hard Contract." His published books include: The Persuader, Loophole or How to Rob a Bank, The Legend of John Dougan, Soccer for Juniors, The Everything World Religions Book and The Everything Screenwriting Book.
Robin Douglas-Home in 1932, Douglas-Home was a both a jazz pianist and author. Eldest son of the Honourable Henry Douglas-Home, from his first marriage, Robin Douglas-Home was a leading social figure. His younger brother was the Editor of The Times. His work included the authorised biography of Frank Sinatra along with the publication of other novels.
W. David Kay is an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Illinois and is known for his in-depth and engrossing work.