Tom Macaulay has lived on four continents, working - among other things - as a journalist, a truck driver, an archaeologist and, for about seven sweaty hours, as a bush firefighter in New South Wales. Born in London, he settled for twenty years in Australia and holds dual Australian/British citizenship. Tom Macaulay is married and lives in Oxford. He has no children but does have a half share in a black Labrador called James.
Ross Macdonald (1915-1983) was the pseudonym of Kenneth Millar who was born in California and educated in Canada and at the University of Michigan, where he also taught. In 1938 he married the writer Margaret Millar. He served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1944 to 1946. He published his first novel, THE DARK TUNNEL, in 1944 and his first Lew Archer story, THE MOVING TARGET, in 1949. He became a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America in 1973.
John D. MacDonald
John D. MacDonald was born in Pennsylvania and married Dorothy Prentiss in 1937, graduating from Syracuse University the following year and receiving an MBA from Harvard in 1939. It was Dorothy who was responsible for the publication of his first work, when she submitted a short story that he had sent home while on military service. It was initially rejected by Esquire but went on to be published by Story magazine - and so began MacDonald's writing career. One of the best-loved and most successful of all the masters of hard-boiled crime and suspense, John D. Macdonald was producing brilliant fiction long after many of his contemporaries had been forgotten, and is still highly regarded today. THE EXECUTIONERS, possibly the best known of his non-series novels, was filmed as Cape Fear in 1962 and 1991, but many of the crime thrillers he produced between 1953 and 1964 are considered masterpieces, and he drew praise from such literary greats as Kurt Vonnegut and Stephen King, who declared him to be 'the great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller'. His novels are often set in his adopted home of Florida, including those featuring his famous series character Travis McGee, which appeared between 1964 and 1985. He served as president of the Mystery Writers of America and in 1972 was elected a Grand Master, an honour granted only to the greatest crime writers of their generation, including Ross MacDonald, John Le Carré and P. D. James. He won many awards throughout his long career, and was the only mystery writer ever to win the National Book Award, for THE GREEN RIPPER.
Tim has read all the Harlan Coben titles for Orion Audiobooks and ONE FALSE MOVE won a goldaward at the 2004 SPOKEN WORD AWARDS. He has worked extensively in theatre, both in Canada and in the UK, ranging from LOOK BACK IN ANGER to MACBETH. He appeared in THE COMPLETE MILLENNIUM MUSICAL (ABRIDGED) touring with the Reduced Shakespeare Co. He featured in THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES on film.
Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on THE TIMES. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He now lives in London with his wife and three children.
Niki Mackay studied Performing Arts at the BRIT School, and it turned out she wasn't very good at acting but quite liked writing scripts. She holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Drama, and won a full scholarship for her MA in Journalism.
Richard Mackney is a journalist and broadcaster, and was a reporter on ITV's GMTV. He is now a freelance writer and producer. He and his wife Rosie Bray - a TV producer - started trying to conceive after five years of being together but, two and a half years and countless prenatal vitamins and ovulation kits later, there hadn't been even a phantom pregnancy. As difficult as it was to face, they knew something was wrong and they needed to get help. So began their adventure into IVF, via blood tests, sperm tests, injections and probes, becoming involuntary experts on embryology through failure, despair, persistence and success. They now have a daughter, Molly.Richard's Twitter is @themackney and Rosie's can be found at @rosiebray
JAMES MACPHERSON played DCI Jardine in Taggart for sixteen years, and has acted on stage in plays as diverse as The Taming of the Shrew and ART by Yasmina Reza. He has presented a regular books programme for Radio Scotland - for which he has interviewed Ian Rankin. He won a Spoken Word Gold Award for his reading of Strip Jack, Crimefest Audible UK Sounds of Crime Awards for Exit Music, Doors Open and Standing in Another Man's Grave and has narrated all the Ian Rankin Rebus books. James lives in Glasgow.
Richard Madeley and his wife Judy Finnigan have become the UK's most popular and influential TV presenters. Madeley began his career as a journalist on local papers in Essex, moving to the BBC as a news producer and presenter. He lives in Hampstead with his wife and two sons.
Robert Madge is a young actor from Warwickshire. He attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School and is currently (2013) a pupil at Ashbourne College. One of his first roles was to perform in Matilda the Musical and has since then had roles in Les Misérables, Oliver and Mary Poppins. Previous audio readings include Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner.
Brooke Magnanti received a Ph.D. in Forensic Pathology from the University of Sheffield, where she studied in the Medico Legal Centre and specialised in the identification of decomposed human remains. She later worked for the NHS in child health research and cancer epidemiology, before being revealed in 2009 as the anonymous author of the award-winning blog Belle de Jour and bestselling Secret Diary of a Call Girl series of books. She lives on the West Coast of Scotland with her husband and hardly ever sees dead people any more.
IRON MAIDEN are one of the most internationally successful heavy metal bands of all time with over 80 million album sales to their name. In a career spanning more than three decades they have undertaken twenty World Tours, released fifteen studio albums, six live albums and numerous videos, DVDs and compilation albums earning them over four hundred platinum and gold discs, and countless accolades including an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement in 2002, a Brit Award for Best British Live Act in 2009 and a US Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2011.Visit their website for more www.ironmaiden.com, follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/ironmaiden, join them on Facebook www.facebook.com/ironmaiden and watch them in action on YouTube www.youtube.com/ironmaiden.
Corinne Maier is an economist and author who has 'worked' for years at the state-owned Electricité de France (EDF). Since the publication of her book in France, EDF is now taking legal action against her for running a 'personal campaign ¿ to spread gangrene through the system from within'.
Lewine Mair is the only women golf correspondent in the UK. She has written for the DAILY TELEGRAPH for 20 years and has known Monty for ten years.
Julie Maisey is an accomplished actress who trained at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Since graduating she has worked extensively in theatre and television including roles at The National Theatre , Hampstead Theatre and in Eastenders and the Bill. Voiceover highlights include the BAFTA nominated and British Animation Award winning 'Dad's Dead' and 'Peoples Britain' as well as the many audiobooks she has narrated over the years. She lives in London with her partner and young daughter.
Jodi Ellen Malpas
Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys and a beagle. Her novels have hit bestseller lists for the New York Times, USA Today, Sundays Times, and various other international publications, and can be read in more than twenty-four languages around the world. Find out more at JodiEllenMalpas.co.uk or followe her on Twitter @JodiEllenMalpas
Clive Mantle has had TV roles in DOCTORS, CASUALTY, HOLBY CITY, THE VICAR OF DIBLEY and AFTER THOMAS. On stage he has appeared in OF MICE AND MEN, THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and KILLING CASTRO. He has also read The Last Post, by Max Arthur, for Orion.
Sara Markland trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she received the Chesterton Award for Best Actress. She has performed on stage with the RSC in TALK OF THE CITY (by Stephen Poliakoff) and GOODNIGHT CHILDREN EVERYWHERE, and in COMMUNICATING DOORS in the West End. Television work includes appearances in Casualty, Doctors, The Bill, Heartbeat, Dalziel & Pascoe, Jonathan Creek and THE NEW STATESMAN. She has done extensive radio recordings with the BBC such as In KITTIWAKE, FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT, POETRY PLEASE and TWELFTH NIGHT.
Ken is an actor/narrator with almost 30 years experience in New York City and beyond. He is an Earphones Award Winner for his narration of THE HIGH COUNTRY by Williard Wyman, and currently he can be seen on Broadway as "Uncle Ben" in the hit musical SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK. His narrated books include westerns, thrillers, works of contemporary fiction and educational manuals. Other Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard's Rock N'Roll directed by Trevor Nunn, Wilbur in HAIRSPRAY opposite Harvey Fierstein, SPRING AWAKENING, and Michael in the original production of Brian Friel's DANCING AT LUGHNASA. He played Sir Laurence Olivier in ORSON'S SHADOW Off-Broadway as well as Editor Webb in the recent celebrated and historic revival of OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder, whch ran for over 500 performances. Ken will be seen in the upcoming pilot episode of elemeNtarY for CBS, and in the feature film BITTER PILL, with Jude Law.
Michael Marshall was born in England but spent his early years in the United States, South Africa and Australia. He read Philosophy and Social and Political Science at King's College, Cambridge, before publishing his first novel in 1994. His critically acclaimed novels have won a string of awards and his breakout blockbuster, The Straw Men, was a Sunday Times bestseller, consequently becoming an internationally bestselling sensation. Marshall has also worked extensively as a screenwriter, writing for clients in both LA and London. He lives in Santa Cruz and Brighton with his wife and son.To find out more, visit www.michaelmarshallsmith.com or follow him on Twitter @ememess