Born near Leningrad in 1961, Kurkov was a journalist, prison warder, cameraman and screenplay-writer before his novels took off. He received "hundreds of rejections" and was a pioneer of self-publishing, selling more than 75,000 copies of his books in a single year. His novel Death and the Penguin, his first in English translation, was an international bestseller, drawing acclaim from all quarters. He lives in Kiev with his English wife and their three children.
Dr Marek Kukula is the Public Astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, where he informs the public and press about all aspects of astronomy, cosmology, astrobiology, planetary science and the history of astronomy. He was awarded an Advance Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh and has worked at the Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.Marek has featured on the BBC's Stargazing Live and contributed to TV and radio news - he has also hosted numerous talks at the Royal Observatory, literary festivals and crossover arts/science events.
Jaan Kross is Estonia's best-known and most widely translated author. He was born in Tallinn in 1920 and lived much of his life under either Soviet or German occupation. He won countless awards for his writing, including The National Cultural Award, The Amnesty International Golden Flame and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. He died in 2007.
Snorri Kristjansson was born in Iceland and is a writer and a teacher, as well as a stand-up comedian, actor and musician. He currently lives in Edinburgh with his artist wife. The Valhalla Saga, his Viking fantasy series, and The Helga Finnsdottir books, his Viking historical/crime series, are all published by Jo Fletcher Books.
Daniela Krien was born in 1975 in what was then East Germany and lives in Leipzig, where she is an editor and scriptwriter for Amadelio Film. Someday We'll Tell Each Other Everything is her first novel. 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 Daniel Glattauer.
Marek Krajewski is a lecturer in Classical Studies in the University of Wroclaw. His Eberhard Mock quartet of novels enjoyed massive success in Germany and Poland and is now being translated into the major European languages. Danusia Stok studied French literature at the University of East Anglia and then lived in Poland for several years. She is the author/editor of Kieslowski on Kieslowski, and a translator of modern Polish literature.
Steven Kotler is a best-selling author, award-winning journalist and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. His books include Abundance, A Small Furry Prayer, and West of Jesus. His articles have appeared in New York Times Magazine, Wired, GQ, Outside, Popular Science, Men's Journal and Discover. He lives in New Mexico with his wife, the author Joy Nicholson.
Dorothy Koomson is the award-winning author of 14 novels including the Sunday Times bestsellers My Best Friend's Girl, The Ice Cream Girls and Goodnight, Beautiful. Dorothy's novels have been translated into over 30 languages, and a TV adaptation based on The Ice Cream Girls was shown on ITV1 in 2013. After briefly living in Australia, Dorothy now lives in Brighton. The Brighton Mermaid is her most recent novel.
Sarah Knight's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck, has been published in more than twenty languages, and her TEDx talk, "The Magic of Not Giving a Fuck," has more than four million views. All of the books in her No Fucks Given Guides series have been international bestsellers, including Get Your Shit Together, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for sixteen weeks. Her writing has also appeared in Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Red, Refinery29, and elsewhere. After quitting her corporate job to pursue a freelance life, she moved from Brooklyn, New York, to the Dominican Republic, where she currently resides with her husband, two feral rescue cats, and a shitload of lizards. You can learn more and sign up for her newsletter at nofucksgivenguides.com, follow Sarah on Twitter and Instagram @MCSnugz, and follow the books @NoFucksGivenGuides (Facebook and Instagram) and @NoFucksGiven (Twitter).
Andrew Klavan is the winner of two Edgar Awards. He is also the author of True Crime (adapted for film by Clint Eastwood), Don't Say a Word (adapted as a film starring Michael Douglas) and Empire of Lies.
Dr Niall Kishtainy is a teaching fellow at the London School of Economics. In 2012 he edited The Economics Book for Dorling Kindersley. He has previously worked in international development in Africa and the Middle East, and as a government economist and journalist.
Max Kinnings lectures in Creative Writing at Brunel University in London. He lives in Oxford with his family.
As well as studying to be a coach, Ledley King now mentors disadvantaged Tottenham teenagers and acts as a Tottenham Hotspur Club Ambassador: continuing to give back to the community that shaped his life and the club that holds his heart. Award-winning journalist Mat Snow has been a Spurs and England fan since 1966 and is the former editor of the football magazine FourFourTwo and music monthly Mojo. He has written for numerous national newspapers and other periodicals, including the official club magazine, Hotspur.
Daren King's first adult novel BOXY AN STAR was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and his first children's book MOUSE NOSES ON TOAST won the Nestle Children's Book of the Year Award. He was born in Essex in 1972 and now lives in Dublin.
Caro King was born in London and raised in Surrey where she now lives with her partner, Kevin. She studied art and now works at the Home Office. Seven Sorcerers came from a rainy lunchtime when she began mapping out the world of the Drift. Skerridge and his waistcoat came later.
Dr Pauline Kiernan is a distinguished Shakespeare scholar and literary critic as well as an awarded-winning playwright and screenwriter. She has held lectureships and fellowships at the Universities of Oxford and Reading and is the author of the acclaimed Shakespeare's Theory of Drama and of Staging Shakespeare at the New Globe and Screenwriting They Can't Resist. She was appointed Leverhulme Research Fellow at Shakespeare's Globe on Bankside in its first years, and gives talks on Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama in the UK, Europe and US. She's currently working on a major project about Shakespeare, an experimental biography of Keats and her first novel.
Olivia Kiernan is an Irish writer living in the UK. She was born and raised in County Meath, near the famed heritage town of Kells and holds an MA in Creative Writing awarded by the University of Sussex. Too Close to Breathe is her first novel.
Dan Kieran is the editor of the original best-selling CRAP trilogy, and the author of I FOUGHT THE LAW. He co-authored THE MYWAY CODE and THREE MEN IN A FLOAT with Ian Vince. He is deputy editor of the Idler.
Elias Khoury is the author of thirteen novels, four volumes of literary criticism and three plays. He was editor-in-chief of the cultural supplement of Beirut's daily newspaper, An-Nahar, and is Global Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University.
Philip Kerr has written over thirty books of which the best-known are the internationally renowned and bestselling Bernie Gunther series. The sixth book in the series, If the Dead Rise Not, won the CWA Historical Dagger. His other works include several standalone thrillers, non-fiction and an acclaimed series for younger readers, The Children of the Lamp. Philip died in March 2018, days before the publication of his 13th Bernie Gunther thriller, Greeks Bearing Gifts. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature shortly before his death.