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Adriaan van Dis

Adriaan Van Dis is a Dutch author with roots in what was the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). As a young man he studied Afrikaans at Amsterdam University. His novel My Father's War won a number of awards in the Netherlands and was translated into English by Ina Rilke. Ina Rilke is the prize-winning translator of books by Cees Nooteboom, W. F. Hermans, Erwin Mortier, Tessa de Loo, Dai Sijie and Margriet de Moor.

Alev Scott

Alev Scott was born in London in 1987 to a Turkish mother and a British father. She studied Classics at Oxford before working in London as an assistant director in theatre and opera. In 2011 she moved to Istanbul, where she taught Latin at the Bosphorus University. Her first book, Turkish Awakening, was published in 2014. Alev writes for numerous publications, including the Guardian.

Andrew Greig

Andrew Greig is the author of six books of poetry, two mountaineering books; two non-fiction books and six novels. He has been shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize, and won the Saltire and the Scottish Book of the Year awards. He lives in Orkney and Edinburgh with his wife, the novelist Lesley Glaister.

Antonin Varenne

Antonin Varenne was awarded the Prix Michel Lebrun and the Grand Prix du Jury Sang d'encre for Bed of Nails, his first novel to be translated into English. His second, Loser's Corner was awarded the Prix des Lecteurs Quais du polar - 20 minutes and the Prix du Meilleur Polar Francophone.

Antony Mason

Antony Mason is the author of some 80 books on travel, exploration, history and art. The special role that islands have played in his life has convinced him of their distinctive magic: he met his wife while working in Martinique, they honeymooned in Phuket, travelled around Bali with their nine-month-old son to research his first travel guide, and now they have a house on the Île de Ré. He has written on travel for Cadogan Guides, Dorling Kindersley, Reader's Digest, National Geographic, the Daily Telegraph and Condé Nast Traveller.

Colette Coleman

Colette Coleman has been riding bikes for 25 years over four continents and considers it the best form of transport on which to explore the globe. In 1995 Colette and her husband spent two years motorcycling overland from England to Australia, covering 15 countries and 40,000 kilometres. In 2007 she wrote Great Motorcycle Journeys of the World (New Holland), an inspirational guide to riding motorcycles around the globe. Colette has written articles for Summit hotels and resorts magazine, the Telegraph, Motorcycle Rider (BMF magazine), MCN and Honda Dream magazine.

Daniel Friebe

Daniel Friebe is one of Britain's leading cycling journalists and a veteran of sixteen Tours de France. Daniel has written numerous books on cycling and collaborated with cycling superstar Mark Cavendish on two autobiographies, Boy Racer and At Speed. He is a co-founder and co-host of the award-winning Cycling Podcast. Since 2016, Daniel has also worked as ITV Sport's on-the-ground reporter at the Tour de France and other major races.Pete Goding has travelled the world photographing landscapes, people, culture and international sport for a wide range of clients, including; Men's Health, The Times and the award winning Cyclist Magazine. His unique perspective and outstanding understanding of light and landscape have captured everywhere from the jungles of Vietnam to the fjords of Norway. He has photographed every Tour de France since 2006 and has published intimate, dramatic and exclusive portraits of high-profile figures such as Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins. Currently represented by the UK Press Association for his sports-news content, Pete's images of travel, culture and sport can be seen displayed across book and national newspaper covers, photographic exhibitions and advertisements.

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith is the bestselling author of 100 Places You Will Never Visit, which has been translated into eight languages. He has written more than fifteen books, on subjects as diverse as Sherlock Holmes, cockney rhyming slang and the WWII Dig for Victory campaign. Daniel is also a long-time contributor to The Statesman's Yearbook, an annual geopolitical guide to the countries of the world. He lives in London.

Dominique Sylvain

Dominique Sylvain worked as a journalist in Paris before relocating to Asia where she lived for spells in Japan and Singapore. She is the author of thirteen crime novels and now lives once more in Tokyo where she writes full-time.

Jacob F. Field

Dr Jacob F. Field is a research associate at the University of Cambridge, has a degree in history from the University of Oxford, and has taught economic and military history at Massey University and the University of Waikato. He has written and contributed to numerous books and academic papers and is the author of One Bloody Thing After Another, We Shall Fight on the Beaches and D-Day: The Facts Behind Operation Overlord.

John Gimlette

John Gimlette is the winner of the Shiva Naipaul Prize for Travel Writing. He crossed the Soviet Union at the age of seventeen, worked in Argentina on the eve of war and has travelled to over eighty countries. He has published four previous books: At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig, Theatre of Fish, Panther Soup and Wild Coast (winner of the Dolman Travel Book Prize) which have all featured on Radio 4, and contributes articles and photographs to various newspapers and magazines. He lives in London where he practices as a barrister.

Jorge Carrión

Jorge Carrion is a writer and literary critic. He studied at the University of Pompeu Fabra, where he now teaches literature and creative writing. His published works include essays, novellas, novels and travel writing, and his articles have appeared in National Geographic and Lonely Planet Magazine. Bookshops was a finalist in the Premio Anagrama de Ensayo, 2013.

Mark Vanhoenacker

Mark Vanhoenacker is a Senior First Officer for British Airways, flying Boeing 747s to major cities around the world.Skyfaring, his first book about airline flying, was a huge international bestseller.

Mary-Ann Gallagher

Mary-Ann Gallagher grew up in Scotland and was educated at the University of St Andrews. She is a renowned travel writer and transport journalist and has written and contributed to more than 20 guidebooks on destinations across the globe.

Nicolas Cheetham

Nicolas Cheetham studied at the University of Edinburgh where he read Classics and Byzantine History and took a postgraduate MSc in Artificial Intelligence, before working as an editor specializing in popular science for a London publishing house. He also is the author of Universe: A Journey From Earth to the Edge of the Cosmos

Patrick Thorne

Patrick 'Snowhunter' Thorne has been a writer most of his life. He works as a ski travel journalist and editor and has worked to locate every ski area on the planet, building the most extensive database of skiing destinations in the world, containing more than 6,000 ski areas in 80 countries. This database now lies behind many of the world's ski-related websites and literature. Such is his obsession with snow sports that in 2016 he researched snow conditions on the moons and planets of the solar system and compiled 'Snow in Space' a guide to snow on 22 celestial bodies. As well as writing for publications worldwide, Patrick has himself been featured in many articles, particularly due to his work highlighting the damage climate change is doing to ski areas worldwide through his saveoursnow.com website.

Pete Goding

Pete Goding has travelled the world photographing landscapes, people, culture and international sport for a wide range of clients, including; Men's Health, The Times and the award winning Cyclist Magazine. His unique perspective and outstanding understanding of light and landscape have captured everywhere from the jungles of Vietnam to the fjords of Norway. He has photographed every Tour de France since 2006 and has published intimate, dramatic and exclusive portraits of high profile figures such as Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins. Currently represented by the UK Press Association for his sports-news content, Pete's images of travel, culture and sport can be seen displayed across book and national newspaper covers, photographic exhibitions and advertisements.

Peter Bush

PETER BUSH is an academic and translator of French, Catalan, Portugueseand Spanish. He has previously translated works by Federico Garcia Lorca, PedroAlmodóvar and Joan Sales. He was awarded La Creu de Sant Jordi for histranslation and promotion of Catalan literature in 2015.

Peter Stanford

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.

Robert Menasse

Robert Menasse was born in Vienna in 1954 and studied there before moving to Brazil, where he lived for six years as a professor of literature at the University of São Paulo. He is the author of several novels translated into English, including Wings of Stone and Reverse Thrust. In 2017 he was awarded the German Book Prize for Die Hauptstadt (The Capital City).