Born in the Kingdom of Fife in 1960, Ian Rankin graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and then spent three years writing novels when he was supposed to be working towards a PhD in Scottish Literature. His first Rebus novel was published in 1987, and the Rebus books are now translated into thirty-six languages and are bestsellers worldwide.Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden Fellow, and is also a past winner of the Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient of four CWA Daggers including the prestigious Diamond Dagger in 2005. In 2004, Ian won America's celebrated Edgar Award. He has also been shortlisted for the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark's Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French Grand Prix du Roman Noir and the Deutscher Krimipreis. Ian Rankin is also the recipient of honorary degrees from the universities of Abertay, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and the Open University.A contributor to BBC2's Newsnight Review, he also presented his own TV series, Ian Rankin's Evil Thoughts. Rankin is a No.1 bestseller in the UK and has received the OBE for services to literature, opting to receive the prize in his home city of Edinburgh, where he lives with his partner and two sons. www.ianrankin.net Twitter @Beathhigh
Miss Read, or in real life Dora Saint, was a teacher by profession who started writing after the second world war, beginning with light essays written for Punch and other journals. She then wrote on educational and country matters and worked as a scriptwriter for the BBC. Miss Read was married to a schoolmaster for sixty-four years until his death in 2004, and they had one daughter. Miss Read was awarded an MBE in the 1998 New Year Honours list for her services to literature, She was the author of many immensely popular books, including two autobiographical works, but it was her novels of English rural life for which she was best known. The first of these Village School, was published in 1955, and Miss Read continued to write about the fictional villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green for many years. She lived near Newbury in Berkshire until her death in 2012.
Lyn-Genet Recitas has been studying holistic medicine for over 30 years. She started her practice working with immune response and hormonal balance 20 years ago on the West Coast and has been running health centres for the past ten years in New York and Westchester. Lyn-Genet is Director of Nutrition of Neighborhood Holistic, a non-profit holistic health centre she opened in Central Harlem in 2007. Lyn-Genet and her team at The Plan have helped thousands of women and men to be healthier.
Kerry Reichs is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Oberlin College, Duke University School of Law and
Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Kerry practiced law in Washington, DC for six years prior to settling down to write novels. She currently lives in DC and Los Angeles. Kerry has been a maid of honour five times, a bridesmaid five times and a reader twice. She has never been married.
ANNE REID is BAFTA Award-nominated English film and television actress from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Her first major role was as Valerie in Coronation Street in the 1960s. Since then, her many TV credits include, DINNER LADIES, DR, WHO, LIFE BEGINS and BLEAK HOUSE. She has recorded a number of dramas for Radio 4 and was the voice of Wendolene Ramsbottom in WALLACE AND GROMIT: A CLOSE SHAVE. Her film credits include SAVAGE GRACE, THE MOTHER and HOT FUZZ.
Brenda Reid was an award winning producer at the BBC before becoming Head of Drama at Anglia Television. She worked with, amongst others, Rose Tremain, Alan Bennett, Jilly Cooper, P.D. James, Fay Weldon and Lynda la Plante. She was also the executive producer of the popular series Ballykissangel. Brenda now divides her time between the Welsh borders, her children's houses in London and her village house in Crete.
Frances Reilly does not know when she was born. Abandoned with no birth certificate, her only records were lost at the convent. She lives in Colchester with her family and has recently settled her civil case against the Poor Sisters of Nazareth Convent.
Matthew Reilly is the internationally bestselling author pf many novels including Contest, Temple, Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, The Great Zoo of China, Troll Mountain, and the Sunday Times bestseller The Tournament.Matthew's books are published in over twenty languages and have sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide. Song Pictures have optioned the movie rights to his book The Great Zoo of China. Matthew lives in Los Angeles, California. To find out more visit www.matthewreilly.com or follow him on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. F:/OfficialMatthew ReillyT:@matthew_reillyI: @matthewreillyofficial
Julian Rhind-Tutt is best known for his role as Dr Mac in the BAFTA award winning comedy GREEN WING. Recent work includes Dan in Landscape with Weapon at the National Theatre, the Road Trip Barclaycard advertising campaign and TV dramas including OLIVER TWIST and MERLIN. He recently appeared in the short Amnesty film EVERYBODY, romantic comedy MEANT TO BE and Luc Besson's LUCY alongside Scarlett Johansson.
Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham she worked in the book publishing and film industries in both London and Sydney. She is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Australia and currently lives the South West of England with her family. Hannah is the author of international bestsellers Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow Year. The Peacock Summer is her third novel. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages.
David Rintoul has played leading parts with most of the major British theatre companies. Many television appearances include Darcy in the first BBC Pride and Prejudice. He frequently appears on radio and has recorded over a hundred audio books. At the time of recording he was playing Dr Jake Houseman in the original London cast of the smash-hit musical Dirty Dancing.
For twenty five years, Jamie Rix has combined a career in television as a director, writer and producer with writing for children. He has worked on a wide variety of comedy programmes including the BAFTA winning The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury and Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids, as well as the British Comedy Award winning Faith in the Future and most recently the BBC sitcoms My Hero and Not Going Out. He continues writing for television and film, as well as writing books for children of all ages.
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David L. Robbins is the author of several bestselling novels including THE WAR OF THE RATS. A former attorney, he now writes full-time.
David Roberts is a hugely successful illustrator who has illustrated books by Philip Ardagh, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson and Chris Priestley. He's also the creator of Dirty Bertie and the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling artist of picture books IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT and ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER. David lives in London.
Catherine Robinson has taught English and drama in schools and colleges for more than three decades, and is currently teaching at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. She lives with her husband in Lancashire, where she has always lived, and where (when not teaching or writing) she has raised a son, farmed a small flock of Derbyshire Gritstone sheep, and bred horses.
Helen Rolfe writes contemporary women's fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen's stories always have a happy ending
James Rollins is the author of several bestselling novels and series, including the SIGMA force series, a string of standalone thrillers and the novelisation of the cinema blockbuster INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL. His books are sold in more than 30 countries and have sold ten million copies worldwide. An amateur spelunker and scuba enthusiast, he also holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine. He currently lives and writes in Sacramento, California.www.jamesrollins.com
After a successful career in teaching, Judy Rose obtained an MSc. in organisational psychology. She worked for thirteen years as a psychologist and managing partner in a human resource consultancy, where she developed her interviewing experience. In 2002, she co-founded Hand Me Down Histories, building on her passion for conducting and recording family history interviews.
Liza Ross has made many TV appearances including At Home with the Braithwaites, Emmerdale Farm and Happy Birthday Shakespeare. Her films include Return to the Secret Garden and Batman. She is frequently heard in BBC Radio dramas, such as The Stone Diaries and Little Women, and reads for Women's Hour and Book at Bedtime. She has recorded several audio books.
Tony Ross is one of the most popular and successful of all children's illustrators, with many picture books to his name. He has also produced line drawings for many fiction titles.