Donald E. Westlake
Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was a prolific author of crime fiction. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the society's highest honour on Westlake, naming him a Grand Master.
Jakob Ejersbo was born in Aalborg in 1968. He trained as a journalist, and his breakthrough came with the 2002 novel Northern Powers, which won the Golden Bay prize in 2003. He died in 2008 at the age of forty, after a ten-month battle with cancer. Mette Petersen lives in Kgs Lyngby in Denmark, where she works for a literary agency and as a translator. Previous translations include My Friend Jesus Christ by Lars Husum.
Mel Elliott graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2007. She began designing fun, printed products such as colouring books and paper dolls, and increasingly her 'I Love Mel' signature became less of a badge and more of a brand. She has always been influenced by pop culture, celebrity and fame, and created the Colour Me Good series to resounding success.
Will Elliott was a struggling 27-year old writer who had lived modestly for the past four years in order to focus his energies on writing. He wrote five manuscripts during this period and was on the brink of giving up on his writing career, when he entered the competition and won the $10,000 prize. He lives in Australia.
Clive Emsley is co-director of the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research at the Open University and president of the International Association for the History of Crime and Criminal Justice.
Leif Enger was born in Minnesota and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio until Peace Like a River was published in 2001 and he became a full-time writer. He is married and lives in Minnesota with his wife and two sons.
The Enthusiast operates between Bangor (Co. Down) and Whitstable (Kent). Committed to adventure, to pleasure, to quality, to optimism, to seriousness, to good humour, and to the general raising of spirits, The Enthusiast is a force to be reckoned with in a weary world. The Times called the magazine 'Invaluable!', while The Observer described it as 'Flawless!'
JULIAN EVANS wrote and presented the BBC Radio 3 series on the European novel, The Romantic Road, and has won the Prix du Rayonnement de la Langue Française. His most recent book is Semi-Invisible Man: the life of Norman Lewis.