Joe Ide grew up in South Central Los Angeles. His favourite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing IQ, his debut novel, inspired by his early experiences and love of Sherlock. Joe lives in Santa Monica, California.www.joeide.com
Halil Inalcik is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago. Born in Istanbul, he was a Professor of Ottoman History at the University of Ankara from 1952 until 1972. He then joined the University of Chicago where he taught until his retirement in 1986. He is currently Professor of Ottoman History at Bilknet University in Ankara.
Bernard Ireland has retired from the Ministry of Defence where he worked on a number of Anglo-French projects. Now a fulltime author, he is a fluent French speaker and an internationally acknowledged expert on military history. He is the author of Jane's Battleships of the 20th Century, Jane's Century of Naval Warfare, and Jane's Naval Aviation and The Mediterranean Campaign.
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 Ironmonger was born and grew up in East Africa. He has a doctorate in zoology, and was once an expert on freshwater leeches. He is the author of THE GOOD ZOO GUIDE and the novels THE NOTABLE BRAIN OF MAXIMILIAN PONDER, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa First Novel Prize and the GUARDIAN's NOT THE BOOKER PRIZE, and THE COINCIDENCE AUTHORITY. He was part of a world record team for speed reading Shakespeare and once drove across the Sahara in a £100 banger. He lives in rural Shropshire with his wife Sue and has two grown-up children. Follow him on Twitter @jwironmonger or visit his website http://notablebrain.blogspot.co.uk.
The Pure Package was founded after Jennifer, who was sending her husband off to work each day with a healthy packed lunch, realised there was a gap in the market for a nutritious food delivery service. Jennifer built The Pure Package idea from her kitchen sink to a multi-million pound, award-winning business. She has already won an impressive array of awards including Harper's Bazaar Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2007, BT Essence of the Entrepreneur 2006 and London's Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2005. Jennifer currently works with 11 Downing Street as an Ambassador for Enterprise.http://www.purepackage.com/https://www.facebook.com/purepackage@purepackagehttp://www.youtube.com/user/PurePackage/http://www.pinterest.com/thepurepackage/http://instagram.com/thepurepackage/
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.
Formerly a banker in London, Jamie Ivey elected to quit commuting and office life for a quest in France instead.
Captain Kevin Ivison, GM, was commissioned into the army in 2000, and served in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Iraq, where his work as a bomb disposal expert won him the George Medal. Since leaving the army in April 2009 he has worked for the Ministry of Defence.