Since beginning scuba diving in 1965, Lawson Wood has logged over 15,000 dives in various seas and oceans worldwide. Lawson, from Eyemouth in Scotland, has authored and co-authored over 50 books and is also a Fellow of both the Royal Photographic Society and the Royal Geographical Society. Alongside his diving and photography, Lawson founded the first marine reserve in Scotland and co-founded the Marine Conservation Society.
Former singer, shoe-seller and radio show host, Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, and Otherland series have established him as one of the most internationally popular fantasy authors of recent years.
Danny Willett shot to global attention with his incredible Masters victory at Augusta in 2016. He was born in Sheffield in 1987 and is the former world amateur No.1. Danny played Walker Cup in 2007, the same year he won the English Amateur title before turning pro in 1998.Danny had enjoyed steady progress up the world rankings with three European Tour wins over the previous 18 months but it was his first major win, captured in real style with a final round of 67 just days after wife Nicole gave birth to son Zachariah, that has catapulted his career and popularity to new heights. It also moved Danny into the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career.
Dr David Whitehouse is an author and astronomer, former BBC Science Correspondent and spaceflight insider. He is the winner of a Glaxo science-writing award, the first 'Arthur' - the space 'Oscar' for reporting. He is a past President of the Society for Popular Astronomy and is the author of The Moon: A Biography and The Sun: A Biography. Asteroid 4036 Whitehouse is named after him.
Michael Walters has worked in the oil industry, broadcasting and banking. Over the last decade, he has worked as a management consultant across the world, in environments ranging from parliaments to prisons. When not travelling, he lives in Manchester with his wife and three children. The Shadow Walker is his first novel.
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.
Amish gave up a highly successful career as a banker following the enormous success in India of his first book, The Immortals of Meluha. Amish is passionate about history, mythology and philosophy, as well as world cultures and religions. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Preeti and son Neel.
Piers Torday was born in Northumberland. His career started in theatre and live comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. He then moved into television, where he develops programme ideas. Piers' father is the celebrated author Paul Torday (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen). The Last Wild is Piers' first novel.
Hugh Thomson is an unusual combination of writer, film-maker and explorer. Hugh has led many expeditions to Peru, starting in 1982 when he was 21, and has now become one of Britain's foremost modern explorers of Inca settlements. His recent memoir Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico describes his early experiences travelling through that country and his interest in the Maya.
Si�n Thomas is an award-winning Welsh actress who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has appeared on stage, TV and in films such as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in which she played Amelia Bones. She has won the Martini TMA Award for Best Actress as Yelena in Uncle Vanya on its Renaissance Tour and an Oliver Award Nomination for Best Comedy Performance as Vittoria in Countrymania at the RNT. Sian has read numerous audiobooks including East of the Sun and Sisters in Arms for Orion.
Amanda Swift first worked as an actress, appearing in many commercials, including one for Angel Delight and another for Italian toilet-paper, Foxy. Theatre work included a show at Polka Children's Theatre and creating the role of the cleaning lady, Elvira Muckett, for Tony Hart's art show, Hartbeat. She has written for several children's series, including My Parents are Aliens, and has dramatised two Jacqueline Wilson books for Radio 4. She has written three novels for 9-12 year olds: The Boys' Club, Big Bones and Anna/Bella. She lives in London with her husband and her two hairy teenage sons. Jennifer Gray lives in central London and Scotland with her husband, 4 children and overfed cat, Henry (after Henry the Eighth). She has been writing children's comedy for a couple of years and her work has received an honorary mention in the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices Competition. Jennifer likes writing about everything from guinea pigs to fairy godmothers, cats with attitude and evil geniuses. She recently completed the Certificate in Novel Writing course at City University. Writing is Jennifer's passion (along with chocolate cake) and her ambition is to be nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize one day.
A graduate of Leiths School of Food and Wine, Camilla Stephens began her culinary career as head of food development for the Seattle Coffee Company (now Starbucks). In 2003, she set up her own company with husband James, and Higgidy was born. Quickly recognised as one of the fastest-growing UK companies, the Higgidy kitchens now produce over 175,000 award-winning pies and quiches every week. Camilla and James are passionate about good-quality, delicious ingredients, with all their pies individually shaped and filled by hand.
Lili St. Crow
Lili St Crow was born in New Mexico and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She now lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband, three children, and a houseful of cats. STRANGE ANGELS is her first YA novel.
Jonathan Spence is the author of more than a dozen books on China, including the Gate of Heavenly Peace, The Search for Modern China, Mao Zedong and God's Chinese Son (a magisterial study of the Taiping rebellion of the mid-19th century). A Sterling Professor of History at Yale, he is a past president of the American Historical Association and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in Westhaven, Connecticut.
Dava Sobel has spent most of her professional life as a science writer and is author of the bestseller, Longitude.
KERRY SHALE's stage credits include HIS GIRL FRIDAY (National Theatre) and FROST/NIXON (West End). TV credits include DR WHO and LIFE'S TOO SHORT. Recent films include A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING. He has won three Sony Radio Awards, the APA Award for Best Male Audio Book Reader (UK) and the Audie Award for Best Male Audio Book Reader (USA). His audio books include two winners of the Man Booker Prize, LIFE OF PI and THE WHITE TIGER.
R.S. Russell is an Edgar-nominated author of five published novels for adults, two books of short stories about ghosts, and two volumes of Southern Appalachia folklore.
Matt was born in 1974 in Sydney, Australia, and lived in Adelaide for 15 years before returning to Sydney in 1997. He practised law for five years and now writes full-time. He is currently working on a new novel, a feature film script and several short film projects. He is Gillian Rubinstein's (aka Lian Hearn) son.
Mike Revell has always wanted to write for children. He studied Creative Writing at the University of Essex, followed by a postgraduate journalism course at Harlow College. Mike also has a passion for American Football, and when not writing fiction, he reports on the NFL for the Mirror newspaper. He lives near Cambridge with his girlfriend and their new puppy, Toffee. Stonebird is his debut novel.
Georgia Pritchett is a comedy writer who has written for a number of TV comedies and comedians including The Thick Of It, Veep, Miranda, Have I Got News For You, Smack the Pony, Graham Norton, Jo Brand, Paul Merton, Lenny Henry, Ronnie Corbett, Wallace and Gromit and several other real, fictional and occasionally plasticine people. Wilf the Mighty Worrier is Georgia's first work for children. She lives in London with her husband and two children.