Jo Spain has worked as a party advisor on the economy in the Irish parliament. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and went on to be a top-ten bestseller in Ireland. Joanne lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.
Giles Sparrow studied Astronomy at University College London, and works as an editor specializing in popular science. He is the author of - amongst other books - The Genius Test, The Universe and How To See It, The Stargazer's Handbook and Hubble: Window on the Universe and was a major contributor to Dorling Kindersley's Universe.
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.
Matthew Sperling is a lecturer in English Literature at UCL. His fiction and poetry has been published in, among others, New Statesman, 3:AM, The Junket and Best British Short Stories 2015 edited by Nicholas Royle.
Peter Spiegelman is the author of several novels, including Thick as Thieves, Black Maps - which won the 2004 Shamus Award for Best First P.I. Novel - Death's Little Helpers and Red Cat. A twenty-year veteran of the financial services and software industries, he lives in Connecticut.
Mickey Spillane was born in 1918 Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey of an Irish father and Scottish mother. He started writing in high school. He concocted adventures for major 1940s comic book characters, including Captain Marvel, Superman and Batman. Many of his thrillers featured his signature detective Mike Hammer. By 1980 Spillane was responsible for seven of the top fifteen all-time bestselling fiction titles in America. He died in 2006.
Julian Spilsbury is the military obituarist for the DAILY TELEGRAPH and a script writer for THE BILL, TAGGART and CASUALTY. He is the author of several thrillers including NIGHT OF THE BEAR and VISION OF THE HUNTER.
Neil Spring was born in south Wales in 1981. He started writing at the age of twenty-eight. Between 1999 and 2002 he studied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxford. In 2013 he published The Ghost Hunters, a paranormal thriller based on the life of Harry Price. The Ghost Hunters received outstanding reviews and has been adapted into a major television drama under the title Harry Price: Ghost Hunter for ITV. Neil is Welsh and lives in London. The Watchers is his second novel. You can contact him on Twitter @NeilSpring or visit him at www.neilspring.com.
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.
Nick Stafford was born in 1959 in Staffordshire. He has been a freelance creative writer for over 15 years, mainly writing for the theatre but his scripts have also been produced for radio and television. His most famous success was adapting Michael Morpurgo's War Horse for the stage. He lives in London.
Peter Stanford's previous investigations into the history, theology, enduring appeal and cultural significance of religious ideas include Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident; Judas: The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle; The Devil - A Biography; Heaven - A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country; and The She-Pope, an investigation of the Pope Joan legend. His other books include biographies of Bronwen Astor, Lord Longford and the Poet Laureate, C Day-Lewis, plus the polemical Catholics and Sex that became an award-winning Channel 4 series in 1992. He is a senior features writer at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph titles, and contributes to the Independent, the Observer, the Daily Mail and the Catholic weekly, the Tablet, where he is a columnist. He has presented programmes on BBC 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as BBC Radios 2 and 4 and the BBC World Service.
Richard Stark was one of the many pseudonyms of Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008), a prolific author of crime fiction. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America bestowed the society's highest honor on Westlake, naming him a Grand Master.
C.K. Stead is the renowned author of poetry, literary criticism, short stories, and of novels such as Mansfield and My Name Was Judas. He was awarded the C.B.E. for services to New Zealand literature and was the winner of the 2010 Sunday Times Short Story Award.
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.
Paul Stephenson is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Durham and a specialist in the early and middle Byzantine periods. His publications include The Legend of Basil the Bulgar-slayer (2003) and Byzantium's Balkan Frontier: A Political Study of the Northern Balkans, 9001204 (2000), both for Cambridge University Press. Stephenson has researched and taught in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the USA.
Professor Ian Stewart is a world renowned populariser of mathematics. In 1995 he was awarded the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Medal for furthering the public understanding of science. He has been awarded the 1998 Communications Award of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics in the USA, the 2000 Gold Medal of the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, and the 2002 Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology.He is the author of over 20 popular science and mathematics titles including Does God Play Dice?, Nature's Numbers (shortlisted for the 1996 Rhone-Poulenc Prize), Life's Other Secret and Flatterland, which was in the top 20 Bestseller List in the USA.Professor Stewart is the mathematics consultant for New Scientist, and has been a consultant for Encyclopaedia Britannica. From 1990 to 2001 he wrote the 'Mathematical Recreations' column in Scientific American. He is an active research mathematician with over 160 published papers and is currently Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University where he is Director of the Mathematics Awareness Centre. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001.
Mats Strandberg, an award-winning writer of adult, YA and children's fiction, was born in the small industrial town of Fagersta, in the northwest of Sweden; the place inspired Engelsfors, the setting for the internationally bestselling YA fantasy Engelfors Trilogy (with co-author Sara B. Elfgren). The Circle, Fire and The Key (UK: Cornerstone; US: Overlook Press), are published in 30 countries, and ABBA founder Benny Andersson has turned the first book, The Circle, into a hit movie. Blood Cruise, his fourth solo novel, is a top ten bestseller across Europe; Mats is currently writing the screenplay (with frequent collaborator Sara Elfgren). His award-winning journalism won him Columnist of the Year for his regular columns for Aftonbladet, Sweden's biggest evening newspaper. You can find Mats on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/matsstrandbergofficial and on Twitter at @matsstrandberg_
Sara Stridsberg, born in 1972, is a writer and playwright. Her first novel Happy Sally was published in 2004, and her break-through came two years later with the publication of The Faculty of Dreams, her second novel. Her latest novel, Darling River, was published in 2010. In addition to several, important prizes (see below) she has been shortlisted to the prestigious August Prize three times, most recently. in 2012 for her collection of plays, Medealand and other plays. Sara Stridsberg lives in Stockholm.
Jordan Stump has translated many authors from the French including Marie Redonnet, Eric Chevillard, and Honoré de Balzac. His translation of Jardin des Plantes by Claude Simon won the 2001 French-American Foundation translation prize, and he was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres in 2006.
Daniel Suarez has designed software for the defence, finance and entertainment industries. He originally self-published DAEMON when rejected by mainstream publishers and agents. Blog raves, Amazon raves, and a feature in Wired magazine turned the book deservedly into a runaway hit. He lives in California, USA.