Martin Walker is a prize-winning journalist and the author of several acclaimed works of non-fiction, including The Cold War: A History. He lives in the Dordogne and Washington, DC.
Carolyn Wall served as the Fiction Editor for Byline Magazine, the award-winning publication of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. In 1997 she was awarded the Creme-de-la-Creme award from the Oklahoma Writers' Federation for her young adult short story, With this Kiss Wally Fishkin. She is now a full-time freelance writer and lecturer and lives with her husband in Oklahoma City.
Alissa Walser is a writer, translator and painter living in Frankfurt am Main. She is the author of three volumes of short stories, and for her first novel Mesmerized she was awarded the Spycher Literaturpreis in 2010. Jamie Bulloch's translations include Ruth Maier's Diary, Portrait of a Mother as a Young Women by F.C. Delius, and novels by Paulus Hochgatterer and Martin Suter. Jamie works with his wife Katharina Bielenberg on the translations of Daniel Glattauer's novels.
John Walter is the acclaimed author of a number of military-themed books, including The Rifle Story, The Airgun Book, The Luger Story, Rifles of the World, The Greenhill Dictionary of Guns and Gunmakers, Guns of the Elite Forces and The Handgun Story. He has also contributed articles to many periodicals, from Guns Review and Guns Digest to The Armourer and Classic Arms & Militaria.
Joseph Wambaugh served with the LAPD for fourteen years, beginning to write during his last three. His first novel, The New Centurions, was published in 1971 to critical acclaim and popular success. He followed this with a series of highly acclaimed novels including The Blue Knight, The Choirboys, The Black Marble and non-fiction titles such as The Onion Field. He also created the hugely popular and influential TV series, Police Story. In 2004 Wambaugh was the recipient of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award. He lives in Rancho Mirage, California with his wife, Dee.
ANNIE WARD has a BA in English Literature from UCLA and a MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, Strange Habit, starring Adam Scott was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award winner at the Aspen Film Festival. She has received a Fulbright Scholarship and An Escape to Create Artists residency. She lives in Kansas with her family.
Born and raised on a south London council estate, Dave Wardell has always loved dogs. The family dog, Jess - actually his father's dog, and also a German Shepherd - was a constant companion. As a small boy, Dave could often be found curled up with her at the bottom of the stairs, waiting for his father's return home from work - something that continued long after his untimely death just before Dave's first birthday.Dave joined the police force in 2003, and trained as a dog handler in 2009. Since then, led by Finn, who was his crime-fighting partner for seven years, he's tracked murderers and rapists, burglars and missing persons, car thieves and assault suspects.Dave is married to Gemma, and they have three young daughters; Jaymee, Tia, and India. Plus six dogs, one kitten and a parrot.
Fiona Watson is a Senior Lecturer in Scottish History and Director of the Centre for Environmental History and Policy at the University of Stirling. She is the author of Under the Hammer: Edward I and Scotland, 1296-1305 and presents History File on BBC Radio Scotland.
Christie Watson was a registered nurse for twenty years before writing full time. Her first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award and her second novel, Where Women Are Kings, was also published to international critical acclaim. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages. The Language of Kindness, Christie's first work of narrative non-fiction, is forthcoming internationally.
BRANDON WEBB is the New York Times bestselling author of The Red Circle. A former U.S. Navy SEAL, he has received numerous distinguished service awards, including the Presidential Unit Citation. As the founder of Force12 Media, he runs the largest military content network on the internet. Brandon lives in New York and Puerto Rico.
Shannon Weber holds a PhD in Feminist Studies from the University of California. She has held positions as a gender studies professor at Tufts University, Brandeis University, Northeastern University and Wellesley College, and has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Shannon is also a writer for The Body Is Not An Apology and Bitch Media.
Marcus Weeks is the author of the hugely successful Philosophy in Minutes, Psychology in Minutes and Politics in Minutes. He has written numerous other books and contributed to prestigious reference works such as The Philosophy Book, the Millennium Encyclopedia and the Definitive Visual Guide series.
Leah Weiss, Ph.D is a researcher, lecturer, consultant, and author of How We Work. Prof Wesiss teaches Compassionate Leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she created the perennially waitlisted course, Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion. She is a principal teacher and a founding faculty member of Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Lama.
Fay Weldon is one of Britain's best loved and most respected authors. She lives in Dorset with her husband, the poet Nick Fox.
Frank Welsh was born in Washington, County Durham, and educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge. His books include The Profit of the State, Uneasy City, Building the Trireme, A History of Hong Kong and A History of South Africa. He lives in France and England.
Johnny West was a Reuters correspondent in the Middle East; for a decade he has run a digital news agency in the area. He is an internet journalist and blogger. He has worked in Afghanistan, as well as Egypt, Tunisia and Iraq. He lives in Jordan. He speaks fluent Arabic, Farsi and French. He now works for the United Nations.
Lindy West is a Seattle-based writer and performer whose work focuses on pop culture, feminism, social justice, humour and body image. Currently a weekly columnist at the Guardian and culture writer for GQ magazine, she was previously one of the most popular and prolific writers at feminist blog Jezebel.com. Lindy's articles typically generate thousands of shares and retweets. In January 2015 her exposure was magnified by a segment aired on US national radio in which she confronted an internet troll who'd impersonated her dead father. The podcast and ensuing article went viral and were shared more than 85,000 times worldwide, gaining Lindy countless new followers. As a live performer and commentator, Lindy has made numerous appearances on radio and TV, and regularly speaks at academic events, conferences and literary festivals. In 2013, she won a Social Media Award from NYC's Women's Media Center, was selected for the Nation's top ten feminist articles of the year and New Statesman's top 20 best online pieces of the year, and was profiled by Cosmopolitan magazine.
Born in 1961, Kjell Westö lives in Helsinki. He made his literary debut in 1986, and since then has published poetry, collections of short stories, and novels. His five great novels set in Helsinki in the twentieth century have established him as a leading name among today's Swedish-language writers in Finland. His international breakthrough came in 2006 with the novel Där vi en gang gått (Where Once We Walked), which was translated into most major European languages and for which he was awarded the Finlandia Prize, Finland's most prestigious literary prize. His novel Hägring 38 (The Wednesday Club) was awarded the Nordic Council award 2014.
SUSAN WIGHTMAN studied at the Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication and Exeter School of Art. She joined Libanus Press as a typographer in 1996. She is the co-author, with Michael Mitchell, of Book Typography: A Design Manual.
Philip Wilkinson's many books include the award-winning Amazing Buildings, the ground-breaking English Buildings Book, and several TV tie-ins for the BBC's major series, Restoration. He is also the author of Quercus' giant book Frank Lloyd Wright.