Edward Paice is the author of Lost Lion of Empire: The Life of 'Cape-to-Cairo' Grogan (2001) and Tip and Run: The Untold Tragedy of the Great War in Africa (2007). Both books received widespread critical acclaim.
Douglas Palmer is a lecturer in Natural and Earth Sciences at Cambridge University and a science writer. He is the author of The Discovery Channel's Prehistoric Atlas of the World, and the principal editor of DK's Earth. He is also a regular contributor to a variety of journals including The Guardian, Science, Nature and New Scientist.
Prajwal Parajuly - the son of an Indian father and a Nepalese mother - divides his time between New York and Oxford, England, but disappears to Gangtok, his hometown in the Indian Himalayas, at every opportunity. Parts of The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories were written while he was a writer-in-residence at Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri.
Australian writer Tony Park fell in love with South Africa on a short trip in 1995. He is a major in the Australian Army Reserve and has worked in journalism and PR, including six months in Afghanistan as PR officer for the Australian ground forces. Tony and his wife Nicola now divide their time between Sydney and the African bush.
Della Parker lives in a Dorset village with her two large hounds. Under the name Della Galton, she has been published in every major UK women's magazine - including Bella, Candis, My Weekly, Take A Break,The Lady, Woman's Weeklyand Yours - and has sold more than 1,500 of her short stories to date!
Dr Paul Parsons is a regular contributor to Nature, New Scientist and the Daily Telegraph. He frequently appears on BBC radio and his television credits include Richard & Judy and BBC Breakfast. He was formerly editor of the BBC's award-winning science and technology magazine Focus. The Science of Doctor Who (Icon Books), was longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. His latest book is Science 1001 published by Quercus.
Louise Patten is one of a small number of women FTSE 100 directors and an even smaller number of FTSE 100 chairmen. She is a senior partner at Bain, a non-executive director of Bradford & Bingley and Marks & Spencer, and chairman of the property group, Brixton. Louise Patten is married to the former Cabinet Minister John (now Lord) Patten and they have one daughter.
Dr Paul Parsons
Dr Paul Parsons is a regular contributor to Nature, New Scientist and the Daily Telegraph. He frequently appears on BBC radio and his television credits include Richard & Judy and BBC Breakfast. He was formerly editor of award-winning BBC science and technology magazine Focus. His latest book, The Science of Doctor Who, was longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books.
David Peace was born in 1967 and grew up in Ossett, near Wakefield. In 1994 he took up a teaching post in Tokyo and now lives there with his family. He wrote the Red Riding Quartet from 1999 to 2002, and has since written two more novels, The Damned United and Tokyo Year Zero. In May 2008 his work was the subject of a South Bank Show.
Dr. Julie Peakman is a well-known for her work as a historian in eighteenth-century culture, sexuality (all eras) and pornography. She is Honorary Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is a frequent contributor to journals, magazines and television documentaries for BBC, Channel 4 and the Biography Channel. Her first book Mighty Lewd Books: The Development of Pornography in Eighteenth-Century England (Palgrave 2003) was met with acclaim, her second book Lascivious Bodies: A Sexual History of the Eighteenth Century (Atlantic Books, 2004) was a more light-hearted romp through the eighteenth-century sexual underworld. Her last book was The Pleasure's All Mine. A History of Perverse Sex (Reaktion, 2013).
Ridley Pearson is the author of an acclaimed series of suspense thrillers for adults starring detective Lou Boldt, set in Seattle. He is also co-author of the recent Peter Pan sequel, Peter and the Starcatchers. He is married with children and lives in Missouri.
Daniel Pennac was born in 1944 in Morocco. He was a teacher before becoming a writer of books for children and a series of hugely successful humorous novels. A continued interest in education and social affairs led to his book The Rights of the Reader, and thereafter to School Blues, for which he won the Prix Renaudot.
Stef Penney grew up in Edinburgh. She has degrees in Philosophy and Theology and Film and TV, and was selected for the Carlton Television New Writers Scheme and has since written and directed two short films. She is the author of The Tenderness of Wolves and The Invisible Ones.
Author of The Innocent, Just One Look, No Second Chance, Tell No One and Gone For Good, Harlan Coben has topped bestseller charts the world over, and is the first author ever to win all four major crime awards in the US. Otto Penzler is the founder of New York's Mysterious Bookshop and The Mysterious Press.
After an English degree and a postgraduate diploma in Journalism, Alison had a long career in television as a researcher and BBC Script Editor before going freelance. Her features have appeared In numerous publications. Alison won the Psychologies Novel Writing competition in association with Quercus. She lives in Brighton with her family.
Georges Perec, born 1936, decided to be a writer at around the age of eighteen, but had a day job as a librarian in a medical research laboratory for most of his adult life. He made his first impact in 1965 with a barely fictional portrait of his own generation, Things. Shortly after, he joined Oulipo, the experimental "workshop" for mathematics and literature founded by Raymond Queneau and Francois Le Lionnais, of which he became the most ardent and celebrated doyen. He is the author of A Void, a novel written without the letter "e", of the semi-autobiographical W or The Memory of Childhood, and, most famously, of Life A User's Manual, hailed by Italo Calvino as "the last real 'event' in the history of the novel so far". He lived in Paris, and died of lung cancer in 1982. Portrait of a Man, written in 1960, remained unpublished in French until 2012. publication.
Thomas Perry was born in Tonawanda, New York in 1947. He received a B.A. from Cornell University in 1969 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester in 1974. He has worked as a park maintenance man, factory laborer, commercial fisherman, university administrator and teacher, and a writer and producer of prime time network television shows. He is the author of fourteen novels. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.
Alice Peterson's first book, A Will to Win - now republished as Another Alice - is her personal story of her tennis days (she was one of the top 10 juniors in the country), followed by her fight to beat Rheumatoid Arthritis. Since then she has written six novels, including Monday to Friday Man, the dog walking romantic comedy that knocked Fifty Shades of Grey off the top of the eBook chart. She lives in west London with her Lucas Terrier, Mr Darcy.
Francesca Petrizzo is nineteen. She is on her way to university to study Classics and is hoping to spend a year of her degree in the UK on an exchange - which could be very handy. This is her first novel, but she plans to be a writer and whenever she isn't socialising, she's reading and writing.
Jan-Erik Pettersson is a journalist. Previously he was editor-in-chief at the Swedish publishing house Ordfront Forlag, in which role he published Stieg Larsson's book on the right-wing party Sverigedemokraterna.