Professor A. D. P Briggs
Anthony Briggs, Professor of Russian at Birmingham University, Senior Research Fellow at Bristol University, is a well-known writer and broadcaster on Russian cultural affairs and European poetry. His recent translation of War and Peace was critically acclaimed. Among his many publications are six editions in the Everyman's Poetry series.
Nadine Abensur was born in Morocco to French-Jewish parents. She draws on a rich culinary heritage to create delicious recipes with flavours broadly influenced by the Middle East and Mediterranean. She worked in restaurants around the world before setting up her own vegetarian catering company, Culinary Arts. For five years, she was the Food Director of the UK vegetarian restaurant group, Cranks. Nadine now divides her time between France and Australia, where she runs cookery courses and and a small catering business. She also owns art piece gallery near Byron Bay, another string to her creative bow.
Leila Aboulela was born in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She is the author of four novels: THE TRANSLATOR, MINARET and LYRICS ALLEY, all of which were longlisted for the Orange Prize, and THE KINDNESS OF ENEMIES. LYRICS ALLEY won Novel of the Year at the Scottish Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, while Aboulela's collection of short fiction, COLOURED LIGHTS, won the Caine Prize. She lives in Aberdeen.
Marc Abrahams is a Harvard mathematician and is the editor of 'The Annals of Improbable Research'. He founded the Ig Nobel Prizes in 1991, and it now receives worldwide coverage. He has a weekly column in the Guardian.
Georgie Adams was born in Tunbridge Wells, and grew up in Kent and Sussex. She was an editor for many years in the UK and Australia, was co-director of a small publishing company in London, before becoming a successful writer of children's books. She has written over 70 books, mostly for young children. Georgie is married to artist and printmaker, Tom Adams, has two daughters and three stepchildren, and lives in a rural part of North Cornwall, overlooking the Kensey Valley. Her website is http://www.georgieadams.com/
Aravind Adiga was born in Madras in 1974 and was raised in Australia. He studied at Columbia and Oxford Universities. A former correspondent in India for TIME Magazine, his articles have also appeared in publications like the FINANCIAL TIMES, the INDEPENDENT, and the SUNDAY TIMES. He lives in Mumbai.
Katie Agnew was born in Edinburgh and educated at Aberdeen University and City University, London. She worked as a journalist for many years, writing for MARIE CLAIRE, COSMOPOLITAN, RED and the DAILY MAIL amongst others. She was features editor on MARIE CLAIRE magazine for two years before becoming a novelist. Her first novel, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, was published in 2003 and won a WH SMITH FRESH TALENT AWARD. Her subsequent novels, including DROP DEAD GORGEOUS and WIVES V GIRLFRIENDS, are loved by readers who like their fiction packed with glamour, passion and drama. Katie lives in Bath with her family.
Jenny Agutter is the reader of all the Erica James titles. She was most recently seen on television as Jane Clark in The Alan Clark Diaries and in Spooks. She made her name in the films Walkabout and The Railway Children and won an Emmy award for The Snow Goose and a BAFTA award for Equus.
BORIS AKUNIN is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over forty million copies around the world. He lives in London.
Dr Jim al-Khalili is a theoretical physicist and senior lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey. He has twice been nominated for the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Award for the Public Understanding of Science and is the Institute of Physics Schools and Colleges lecturer. He is the author of BLACK HOLES, WORMHOLES AND TIME MACHINES and has appeared on Radio 4's LEADING EDGE and the BBC's TOMORROW'S WORLD and HORIZON programmes.
Annie Aldington was born in South London and attended the Guildford School of Acting, followed by a degree in community theatre. As well as recording many audio book titles she has acted in numerous plays, which include her one woman show Regarding X and a stint at Shakespeare's Globe. She is a street performer on National Poetry Day and also works as a storyteller.
Tim Alexander is a huge Barack Obama fan. He lives and works in London.
Phoebe Alexander wrote her first book when she was five. There was a long gap in her writing career while she was at school, and after studying classical music at university, she decided the world of music was better off without her and took up public relations, campaigning, political lobbying and a bit of journalism instead. She takes an anthropological interest in family, friends and life in her West Sussex village (think, The Archers crossed with Twin Peaks) where she lives with her husband, children and various other pets.
Poppy Alexander wrote her first book when she was five. There was a long gap in her writing career while she was at school, and after studying classical music at university, she decided the world of music was better off without her and took up public relations, campaigning, political lobbying and a bit of journalism instead. She takes an anthropological interest in family, friends and life in her West Sussex village (think, The Archers crossed with Twin Peaks) where she lives with her husband, children and various other pets.
Roger Allam done a lot of radio work, and won two Olivier Awards recently including Best Actor in 2002.
Roger trained at Manchester University. He was a founder member of Monstrous Regiment and has been in seasons at Birmingham, the Glasgow Citizens and the Contact Theatre, Manchester.
J M Alvey studied Classics at Oxford in the 1980s. As an undergraduate, notable achievements in startling tutors included citing the comedic principles of Benny Hill in a paper on Aristophanes, and using military war-gaming rules to analyse and explain apparent contradictions in historic accounts of the Battle of Thermopylae. Crime fiction was always relaxation reading and that love of mysteries and thrillers continued through a subsequent, varied career, alongside an abiding fascination with history and the ancient world.
Adjoa Andoh has worked extensively in both television and theatre with parts in TV projects such as 'Dr. Who' and Philip Pullman`s `The Shadow of the North`. She also had a role in 'His Dark Materials' at the National Theatre. Adjoa has read many audiobooks including numerous titles by Alexander McCall Smith's.
Robert Angell trained at Rose Bruford College. His theatre credits range from the title role in Hull Truck Theatre's Dracula to Quince in the Globe Theatre Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Robert's television credits include Nigel Hinchliffe in Waterloo Road; Red Riding; Dead Clever; Coronation Street; Cold Feet; The Mark of Cain; The Royal; Emmerdale; The Odd Squad; Thunder Road; Doctors; Bloomin' Marvellous; 2.4 Children; Love Birds; Sons and Lovers; Wing and a Prayer; The Bill; Brookside; Bugs; Castle of Adventure; Boon and The Saint.
Dr Caroline Apovian is the director of the Nutrition and Weight Management Centre and co-director of the Nutrition and Metabolic Support Service at Boston University Medical Centre. She is an associate professor of medicine and paediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine.For over twenty-five years, Dr. Apovian has held the position at the forefront of the obesity and weight-managment field.One of the world's premier weight-loss experts, she has distinguished herself as a leading researcher, treatment provider, and teacher in the fields of obesity and weight loss.