Ivor Baddiel started driving at the age of 4 months, before he could even walk. Or talk for that matter. He became the Formula 1 world champion when he was 7, a title he has retained every year to the present day, making him the better than best ever greatest driver of all time, ever. He is also the current 500cc motorbike world champion, Trucker of the Year, Mr Milk Float and recently won the Tour De France on a pogo stick. Last week he joined the Labour party and is already being tipped to succeed Tony Blair as Prime Minister, a post he will probably hold forever. He was recently voted The Best At Everything In the World Ever. As well as the above, Ivor Baddiel has written 13 books and writes extensively for television and radio where he has worked with the likes of Stephen Fry, Ant and Dec, Johnny Vaughn, Dara O' Brian, Joan Rivers, Vernon Kay, James Nesbitt and Jerry Springer.Follow Ivor Baddiel on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ivorbaddiel.
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.
Impressionist Rory Bremner, and veteran 60s satirists John Bird and John Fortune have been collaborating on their Bremner, Bird and Fortune programmes for 12 years with both increasing ratings and reputation. This is their first book together.
Clare Conville is a literary agent who likes to throw her fairy dust over new books, projects and writers' careers.Follow Clare Conville on Twitter at https://twitter.com/C_Conville.
A co-author of the bestselling YIDDISH WITH DICK AND JANE and YIDDISH WITH GEORGE AND LAURA, Barbara Davilman is a writer for television and movies.
Terry Deary was born in Sunderland in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, where the Marsden family of the Tudor Chronicles live. Once an actor and a teacher of English and drama, he is one of Britain's bestselling children's authors, with over 140 books to his credit, including the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories.
Jenny Eclair was the first female winner of the Edinburgh Festival's Perrier Comedy Award in 1995. She now presents a weekend talk show on LBC and regularly appears on Radio 4's Just a Minute quiz. She has appeared on BBC2's Grumpy Old Women, and starred in the sell-out stage-show Grumpy Old Women Live co-written with Judith Holder.
Massimo Fenati was born in Genoa, Italy in 1969. He spent his childhood reading comics and illustrated books. During his university years he experimented with short illustrated stores and published some of his work in Italian comics magazines. After completing his MA in Architecture, in 1995 he moved to London and started his career as a product designer and later set up his own studio. He is now designing products and furniture for international clients including Nokia, Driade, Cappellini, Flos, Alessi, Crabtree & Evelyn, Lapalma, Fiam Italia and more.http://www.massimofenati.com/http://massimofenati.wordpress.com/http://sewnanddrawn.wordpress.com/
Adam Foulds was born in 1974 and lives in South London. He read English at St. Catherine's, Oxford, has a Creative Writing MA from UEA and received the Harper-Wood fellowship from St. John's College, Cambridge. His poetry, praised by Christopher Reid and Craig Raine, has appeared in magazines such as Arete, Stand and Quadrant. He is the author of The Truth About These Strange Times which won The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.
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.
Richard Hammond is internationally famous for co-presenting TOP GEAR and subsequently THE GRAND TOUR with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. He has produced and presented documentaries for BBC One, examining the lives of two of his heroes, Sir Stirling Moss and Evel Knievel. He is the author of a number of bestselling books including ON THE EDGE, AS YOU DO, and IS IT JUST ME? Richard is married to Mindy and has two daughters, Izzy and Willow. He shares his garage with a vast and ever-changing collection of motorcycles both vintage and current.Follow Richard Hammond on Twitter @RichardHammond and visit his website at www.thehamsterscage.co.uk
Buster's father was an Alsatian and his mother a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He has been living with Roy Hattersley since 1995. Roy Hattersley has written many books and has won the Granada Television award for Journalist of the Year.
Liz Hoggard is a journalist who writes for the EVENING STANDARD, DAILY MAIL and the INDEPENDENT.Follow Liz Hoggard on Twitter at https://twitter.com/lizhoggard.
Judith Holder has a distinguished career in television having produced some of the funniest people in the business including Clive James, Billy Connolly, Dame Edna Everage, Victoria Wood and Lenny Henry. She has also written her own comedy pieces which she has performed on Woman's Hour and Home Truths. She is the author of The Secret Diary of a Grumpy Old Woman and Grumpy Old Holidays.Visit Judith Holder's website at http://www.judithholder.com.
Greg Jenner is a public historian and author. He is the Historical Consultant to all seven series of CBBC's award-winning HORRIBLE HISTORIES, being solely responsible for the factual accuracy of over 1,600 sketches and 100 comedy songs with subject matter that has spanned the entirety of human history, and is the author of A MILLION YEARS IN A DAY. He has presented and featured on TV shows for the BBC, and written for BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE, HISTORY REVEALED MAGAZINE and THE HUFFINGTON POST.Greg Jenner is the Historical Consultant to CBBC's multi-award winning HORRIBLE HISTORIES. As well as contributing sketches and co-writing Stephen Fry's links for HORRIBLE HI, over the past four years he has been solely responsible for the factual accuracy of nearly one thousand comedy sketches . Greg studied at the University of York and, after dropping initial plans for a life in academia, has worked on historical documentaries and dramas for the past seven years. He lives in Woking.Follow Greg Jenner on Twitter https://twitter.com/greg_jenner
Chris Jericho is the bestselling author of A LION'S TALE, UNDISPUTED, THE BEST IN THE WORLD and NO IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD. He is a six-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, the lead singer of heavy metal band Fozzy and the host of the TALK IS JERICHO podcast. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and three children, hates thumbtacks, and is obsessed with lake monsters. www.chrisjericho.com @IAmJericho f/ChrisJericho
Ben Lewis' award-winning film HAMMER AND TICKLE was broadcast on BBC4 in 2006.
Sarah-Jane Lovett is a diarist for the EVENING STANDARD and THE TIMES.
Steve Martin is one of today's most talented performers. His huge successes as a film actor include such credits as ROXANNE, FATHER OF THE BRIDE, PARENTHOOD and THE SPANISH PRISONER. He has won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to the bestselling PURE DRIVEL, he has written several plays, including Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the highly acclaimed novels, SHOPGIRL and THE PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY. His work appears in THE NEW YORKER and the NEW YORK TIMES. He is an avid and knowledgeable collector of art.
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.