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.
If you haven't heard of the Beatles, then this probably isn't the book for you.
Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, and is Director of the Arthur Miller Centre there.
Dirk Bogarde was one of Britain's most distinguished and successful actors. With films such as Death in Venice, Accident, The Night Porter and A Bridge too far, he established an international reputation. But he also wrote several bestselling memoirs and novels of which Postillion was the first. He died in 1999.
Chris Evans began his broadcasting career at Manchester Piccadilly radio, going on to become a household name in TV and radio. With his production company Ginger he launched and presented the hugely successful Channel 4 show THE BIG BREAKFAST. TFI FRIDAY, which originally ran from 1996 to 2000, was recommissioned for a new series in 2015.After working for Radio 1 and then Virgin Radio, Chris joined Radio 2 in 2005. He is now presenter of the Radio 2 breakfast show, which attracts 9.6 million listeners a week. In June 2015 Chris was announced as the new lead presenter of TOP GEAR on BBC Two.Follow Chris Evans on Twitter @achrisevans
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.
Kohl was born in 1930, married in 1960. Educated at Frankfurt and Heidelberg universities. Leader of the CDU in the Rhineland Palatinate from 1963. Leader of the Opposition in the Budestag 1976-82.
Judith Mackrell is a writer and Dance critic for the Guardian. She was the ghostwriter for Darcey Bussell's 'Life in Dance'. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.
Nick Mason was a founder member of Pink Floyd as drummer/percussionist. He is the only member of the band to survive from its foundation and has played on every Pink Floyd album. He has produced music for TV commercials and played and produced several albums for other bands. His solo album NICK MASON'S FICTICIOUS SPORTS was released in 1981. His other passion is motor cars and he has taken part in the Le Mans 24-hour race. For years he has accumulated images and memorabilia associated with the band with a view to writing their definitive history.
John Miller's career has principally been in TV and radio (for the BBC) and for ten years until 1992 for the South of England ITV company, TVS. He is the author of biographies of Ralph Richardson, and for W&N/Orion: Judi Dench and Peter Ustinov. He collaborated with John Gielgud on AN ACTOR AND HIS TIME (Pan pb). He has also edited DARLING JUDI (W&N/Orion) which celebrated Judi Dench's 70th birthday.
Nana Mouskouri was born in Athens and continues to be one of the most successful popular singers in the world. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1993, and served as a member of the European Parliament in the 1990s.
Pete Postlethwaite was born in Warrington in 1945. At the age of 24 he trained at the Bristol Old Vic, beginning a distinguished career on stage and screen. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Giuseppe Conlon in The Name of the Father (1993), and became one of Hollywood's A-list stars through his leading role in Jurassic Park: The Lost World. He was made an OBE in the 2004 New Year's Honours List, and was well known for his support of libertarian politics. He died in January 2011, aged 64.
Keith Richards was born in Dartford in 1943 and founded the Rolling Stones with Mick Jagger in 1962. He lives in Connecticut.
After a brief period at the Royal College of Art in London, Gerald Scarfe established himself as a satirical cartoonist, working for Punch and Private Eye during the early 60s. He has had many exhibitions worldwide, including New York, Osaka, Montreal, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and London, and 50 one-man shows. He has designed the sets and costumes for plays, operas and musicals in London, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New Zealand; written, directed and appeared in many live action and documentary films for BBC and Channel 4; and published many books of his work. Scarfe has been political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for over 40 years, and has worked for The New Yorker for 17 years. His work regularly appears in many periodicals. Gerald Scarfe received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008. He has had a long association with Pink Floyd - as the designer and director of animation for the Floyd live show Wish You Were Here in 1974, for The Wall between 1970-73 and for Roger Waters' The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in 1984.
SUNDAY TIMES journalist Michael Smith was the defence correspondent of the DAILY TELEGRAPH for many years. He is a former member of the British Army's Intelligence Corp and lives in Henley with his wife and family.Michael Smith is the Defence Correspondent of the Sunday Times. A former member of the Army Intelligence Corps, Smith has reported on all Britain's recent wars and broken a number of important stories.
After from graduating from RADA, June Whitfield has been a 'with', and then most decidedly an 'and' to all the comic greats since the late 1940's: Arthur Askey, Tony Hancock, Wilfrid Pickles, Jimmy Edwards, Bob Monkhouse, Ronnie Barker, Benny Hill, Dick Emery, Terry Scott, Frankie Howerd, Roy Hudd, Kenneth Williams, Julian Clary, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders. Her range has encompassed Shakespeare and the 'Carry On'' films, Oscar Wilde and 'Absolutely Fabulous', Noel Coward and 'Friends' but she is best known for an iconic run of television comedies starring alongside a galaxy of leading men and for the many parts on radio and television she has made her own: as Eth Glum, wife to Ron, in Take it from Here in the 1950's to Jennifer Saunders' Mother' in Absolutely Fabulous in the 1990's.
Kevin Wilson has spent most of his working life as a staff journalist on British national newspapers, including the Daily Mail and latterly the Daily and Sunday Express. He is married with three grown-up sons and a daughter.