Kristin Harmel is the author of three previous novels published by Headline. She is an experienced journalist and a TV presenter for the national US show The Daily Buzz. She divides her time between Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Orlando.
Tupelo Hassman graduated from Columbia's MFA programme. Her writing has been published in the Portland Review Literary Journal, Paper Street Press, Tantalum, We Still Like and ZYZZYVA, among others. Girlchild is her first novel. She lives in Oakland, California.
Elizabeth Hay is the bestselling, award-winning author of Late Nights on Air, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her other works include A Student of Weather (finalist for the Giller Prize and the Ottawa Book Award), Garbo Laughs (winner of the Ottawa Book Award and a finalist for the Governor General's Award), and Small Change (stories). In 2002, she received the prestigious Marian Engel Award. Elizabeth Hay lives and writes in Ottawa.
Elizabeth Heathcote has worked as a feature writer and editor on newspapers and magazines for many years. Her jobs have included women's editor and deputy features editor at the Independent on Sunday, as well as freelance feature writing for publications such as the Independent, Observer, Guardian, Marie Claire and Red. She is presently associate editor at Psychologies magazine. Elizabeth's home is southeast London, where she lives with her partner and two children.
Simon Heffer read English at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He joined the Daily Telegraph in 1986. In 1991 he became Deputy Editor of the Spectator. From 1994 to 1995 he was Deputy Editor of the Daily Telegraph and the paper's political columnist. Since 1994 he has been a columnist for the Daily Mail and a prolific contributor to other newspapers and periodicals. He has written acclaimed lives of Thomas Carlyle and Enoch Powell, and is the author of Nor Shall My Sword: The Reinvention of England (1999). He is married with two sons and lives in Essex.
Born in Chicago in 1951, now living in New York, Amy Hempel has published her acclaimed and prize winning short stories in magazines such as Harpers and Vanity Fair. She is the author of four volumes of short stories, collected here.
Eleanor Henderson lives in Ithaca, where she is an assistant Professor at Ithaca college. She earned her MFA from the University of Virginia in 2005 and her writing has appeared in several American publications including Agni, North American Review, Ninth Letter, and Columbia, among others.
Michael Holroyd was born in 1935, and educated at Eton and the Maidenhead Public Library. His biographies of Hugh Kingsmill, Lytton Strachey, Augustus John and Bernard Shaw have established him as one of the most influential biographers of modern times. He was awarded the CBE in 1989 and was knighted in 2007. He is married to novelist Margaret Drabble and lives in London and Somerset.
SOPHIE HÉNAFF is a journalist, author and former Lyonnaise bar owner. She began her journalism career as a critic at Lyon Poche, before moving to Paris to write for Cosmopolitan, where she established her own humorous column, "La Cosmolite". The Awkward Squad was first published as Poulets grillés in 2015, and is her first novel.