Menno Schilthuizen is a Dutch evolutionary biologist, ecologist, and permanent research scientist at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden and a professor in character evolution and biodiversity at Leiden University, The Netherlands. He has published numerous articles about evolution and ecology and three popular science books.
Simon Sebag Montefiore
Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous history books, including Jerusalem: The Biography and Catherine the Great & Potemkin, as well as the award-winning Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar and Young Stalin. His books are published in 40 languages. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.
Daniel Smith is the bestselling author of 100 Places You Will Never Visit, which has been translated into eight languages. He has written more than fifteen books, on subjects as diverse as Sherlock Holmes, cockney rhyming slang and the WWII Dig for Victory campaign. Daniel is also a long-time contributor to The Statesman's Yearbook, an annual geopolitical guide to the countries of the world. He lives in London.
Joan Smith is a novelist, columnist and campaigner for human rights. She is the author of the feminist classic Misogynies, the Loretta Lawson crime series and the thriller What Will Survive as well as non-fiction on food, secular morality and the monarchy. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, New York Times, Daily Telegraph, The Times, Independent, Sunday Times and the Labour weekly Tribune. Since 2013 she has been co-chair of the Mayor of London's Violence Against Women and Girls Board. She is a former Chair of the English PEN Writers in Prison Committee and has advised the FCO on freedom of expression. Currently, she is on the board of the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, is a patron of Humanists UK and an honorary associate of the National Secular Society. She lives in London.
Katherine Sorrell is a former associate editor of Homes & Gardens magazine. An experienced interiors and lifestyle writer, she contributes regularly to a range of leading magazines and newspapers, and is the author of numerous books, including The Vintage Modern Home, The Art of Display and The Essential Guide to Craft. She lives in Cornwall with her family.
Gareth Southwell is a freelance philosopher, author and illustrator, and the curator of philosophyonline.co.uk. He is the author of an ongoing series of introductory philosophy books, including A Beginner's Guide to Descartes' Meditations and A Beginner's Guide to Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil. He lives in Swansea with his wife and children.
Peter Stanford's previous investigations into the history, theology, enduring appeal and cultural significance of religious ideas include Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident; Judas: The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle; The Devil - A Biography; Heaven - A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country; and The She-Pope, an investigation of the Pope Joan legend. His other books include biographies of Bronwen Astor, Lord Longford and the Poet Laureate, C Day-Lewis, plus the polemical Catholics and Sex that became an award-winning Channel 4 series in 1992. He is a senior features writer at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph titles, and contributes to the Independent, the Observer, the Daily Mail and the Catholic weekly, the Tablet, where he is a columnist. He has presented programmes on BBC 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as BBC Radios 2 and 4 and the BBC World Service.
Suggs is a singer, songwriter, DJ, actor and TV presenter. He is perhaps best known as lead singer with Madness, who have had 24 top-twenty hits and continue to tour. Suggs lives in Camden, London.