Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942, educated in Rome and made his piano debut at the age of eight and as a solo pianist at the age of eleven with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His musical tours have taken him all over the world and he has made regular appearances at the Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Prague and Salzburg festivals. In 1967 he married the cellist Jacqueline du Pré (who died in 1987). In 1988 he married Elena Bashkirova. He was musical director of the Paris Orchestra 1975-88, and he has been Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1991 and of the Berlin State Opera since 1992.
Kunal Basu was born in Calcutta but has spent much of his adult life in Canada and the USA. He currently teaches at Oxford and McGill universities.http://www.kunalbasu.com/https://twitter.com/kunalbasu100
Mark Baxter is a latecomer to the world of publishing. He has also written The Fashion of Football (Mainstream, 2004), which he co-wrote with Paolo Hewitt, and which was voted as one of just fifty top football books of all time by the magazine 442. He also co-wrote the book WALWORTH THROUGH TIME with Darren Lock which was published in 2010, which has been described as a love letter to the area of SE17. He also loves a sharp crease on a pair of trousers and Millwall Football Club.
MacKenzie Bezos was raised in San Francisco and graduated from Princeton University. She now lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and their four children. She was awarded an AMERICAN BOOK AWARD in 2006 for her debut novel THE TESTING OF LUTHER ALBRIGHT.
Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, and is Director of the Arthur Miller Centre there.
Mitch Cullin was born in 1968 in New Mexico. He is the author of four novels: Whompyjawed (1999), Branches (2000), Tideland (2000), a film of which is now in production directed by Terry Gilliam, and The Cosmology of Being (2001). He has been the recipient of many awards and honours, including a Dodge Jones Foundation grant and a poetry fellowship from The Arizona Commission of the Arts.
Enrique de Heriz
Enrique de Heriz was born in Barcelona in 1964. He has worked as an editor and translator including translations to Spanish of writers such as Annie Proulx, Nadine Gordimer, Stephen King, Peter Carey, and John Fowles. Travelling, music and the lives of magicians in the Victorian era are his main interests.
34-year-old Arnaud Delalande is a screenwriter and author, whose first novel, The Underground of Notre Dame, has been translated into several languages. His other novels are The Church of Satan and The Music of the Dead. He lives in France.
Kylie Fitzpatrick was born in Denmark and grew up in England, America, and Australia. She has worked as an actress, as a researcher for documentary films and as a freelance script editor. She lives in Somerset with her partner and young daughter.
C. S. Forester
Cecil Scott Forester was born in 1899 in Cairo and educated in England. He went to Hollywood during the opening years of World War II to help write and produce 'propaganda' films that would convince U.S. filmgoers that the they should take the side of the British and Allies in the War, which led to such films as Eagle Squadron (1941). He is most famous for his celebrated Hornblower series. He died in 1966.
Almudena Grandes is one of Spain's top selling authors. Her first book, The Ages of Lulu, sold over a million copies worldwide and was translated in 21 languages. None of her six novels have sold less than 150,000 copies in Spain. She has won several prizes including the Crisol Readers Prize which is awarded directly by customers votes. Two of her books have been made into films and two more films have been contracted.
Peter Guralnick is one of popular culture's greatest biographers and his 2-volume biography of Elvis is widely regarded as definitive.Visit the website for more www.peterguralnick.com, join on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peterguralnickofficial and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PeterGuralnick.
Alan Hammond worked in North Yorkshire as a legal executive and his experiences there became the inspiration for the stories in his first book, All's Fair in Love and Law. He lives in Weston-under-Penyard, near Ross-on-Wye, with his wife Eileen.
Paolo Hewitt is best known as a music journalist and he worked for Melody Maker and NME during the 1980s. His acclaimed memoir The Looked After Kid (Mainstream), is currently in pre-production for a feature film. He has also written novels, biographies of The Jam, Oasis, and Steve Marriott and has collaborated with Spurs player Martin Chivers on his autobiography, Big Chiv! which was published in October 2009. His most recent book was the bestselling Paul Weller - the Changing Man (Bantam Press).
Nick Hornby was born in 1957 and worked as a teacher before becoming a full time writer. He lives in north London.
Dr J.W. Ironmonger is 55 years old and works in software consultancy, which often takes him abroad. He is married with grown up children and lives in Shropshire. The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder is his first novel.@jwironmonger
John Irving was born in New Hampshire. He studied at universities in America and Europe and published his first novel at the age of twenty-six. Several of his novels have been made into films, and in 2000 he was awarded an Oscar for the screenplay for THE CIDER HOUSE RULES. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Vermont and Toronto.
Christian Jungersen's first novel, Krat, won the Danish Best First Novel of the Year Award. The Exception is his second novel and has been a huge bestseller in Denmark with rights now sold in 11 countries. He lives in Dublin.
Aryn Kyle is 27 and lives in Grand Junction, Colorado.She has published stories in The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and BEST AMERICAN VOICES 2005, and, in 2005, she was awarded the Rona Jaffe Award. "Foaling Season," taken from the first chapter of this novel, was one of the three stories that won The Atlantic Monthly National Magazine Award for fiction in 2004.
Joe R Lansdale
Joe R. Lansdale is the winner of the British Fantasy Award, the American Horror Award, the Edgar Award, and six Bram Stoker Awards. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas.