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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.

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.

Alok Jha

Alok Jha is a science journalist based in London. He has worked as a science correspondent for the Guardian and ITN, and made science programmes for BBC TV and radio

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.

Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts is a biographer and historian of international renown whose books include EMINENT CHURCHILLIANS and SALISBURY: VICTORIAN TITAN (awarded the Wolfson Prize for History). His recent book NAPOLEON THE GREAT won the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoléon. Roberts is a Fellow of the Royal Societies of Literature and Arts. He appears regularly on British television and radio and writes for a number of national newspapers.

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.

Brian Moynahan

Brian Moynahan was a foreign correspondent and European editor with the Sunday Times. His many books include The Faith: A History of Christianity, The Russian Century, Comrades, The Claws of the Bear, Rasputin, William Tyndale, Forgotten Soldiers and Leningrad: Siege and Symphony. He died on 1st April 2018.

Cees Nooteboom

Cees Nooteboom was born in The Hague in 1933, and now lives in Amsterdam and on the island of Minorca. He is a poet, a novelist and a travel writer whose books include Rituals (1983), The Following Story (1994), Roads to Santiago (1997) and All Souls' Day (2001).

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.

Ina Rilke

Ina Rilke is the prize-winning translator of books by Cees Nooteboom, W.F. Hermans, Tessa de Loo, Dai Sijie and Margriet de Moor.

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.

John Michael Greer

John Michael Greer is the author of the award-winning The New Encyclopedia of the Occult and Secrets of the Lost Symbol, which has been translated into eight languages. Greer has been featured on The History Channel as an expert on mythology, religion, conspiracy theory and popular culture. He writes a popular futurest blog, The Archdruid Report.

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.

Meher McArthur

Meher McArthur is a freelance Asian art curator, author and educator and used to be Curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, Californaia, USA. She is the author of Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols (Thames and Hudson 2004), and The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles (2005).

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.

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, and of a work of non-fiction, Enraged Citizens, European Peace and Democratic Deficits: Or Why the Democracy Given to Us Must Become One We Fight for (2016). In 2017 he was awarded the German Book Prize for Die Hauptstadt (The Capital).

Roy Jacobsen

Roy Jacobsen has twice been nominated for the Nordic Council's Literary Award: for Seierherrene in 1991, and Frost in 2003, and in 2009 he was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac Award for his novel The Burnt-Out Town of Miracles. The Unseen, the first in a trilogy, was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2017