John Lahutsky is a high school student who lives in Pennsylvania with his mother, Paula Lahutsky, a school psychologist who adopted him and brought him to the US.
Charles Lamb was born in 1914, and went to sea as an apprentice with the Clan Line in 1930. He later served as a Midshipman in the RNR , and joined the RAF in 1935 to learn to fly. He transferred to the Fleet Air Arm in 1938, flew throughout the war, and was given a permanent commission in 1945. He remained active in naval and public affairs until his death in 1981.
Karine Lambert is a photographer and novelist. Her first novel, L'Immeuble des femmes qui ont renoncé aux hommes, sold more than 120,000 copies in France. Now Let's Dance has sold in nine territories, and is already a bestseller in France and Germany.
Christopher Landon served with the 51st Field Ambulance in North Africa during WWII. After the war he wrote several novels, including A Flag in the City, Stone Cold Dead in the Market, and Hornet's nest. His most famous novel, however, was Ice Cold in Alex, which was made into an internationally famous movie, starring John Mills.
Harriet Lane has worked as an editor and staff writer at TATLER and the OBSERVER. She has also written for the GUARDIAN, the TELEGRAPH and VOGUE. She lives in north London.
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.
Alfred Lansing was a native of Chicago. After serving more than five years in the Navy, he enrolled at North Western University, Illinois and majored in journalism. Until 1949 he edited a weekly newspaper in Illinois. He then joined the United Press and in 1952 became a freelance writer. ENDURANCE was his first book. He died in 1975.
Jon Latimer studied Oceanography at University College, Swansea. He served for 16 years in the Territorial Army and was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He taught at the University of Wales, Swansea and wrote on a number of military and naval subjects, from the desert war in World War II to the war of 1812.
Ray Laurence is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Reading. He has published seven academic books on Roman archaeology and history.
Anne Laurence studied history at the Universities of York and Oxford. She has worked at the Open University since 1976, where she is a Senior Lecturer in History. She has recently completed work on an Open University course on France and the British Isles in the seventeenth century, with a television series on the use of buildings for social history.
Stephen Law was a school dropout who became a postman in Cambridge, then took a degree in philosophy at Oxford, becoming a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen's College. He now teaches philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He has published a number of books including THE PHILOSOPHY FILES, THE OUTER LIMITS and THE PHILOSOPHY GYM.
Richard Leakey, the son of leading paleoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey, was Director of the National Museums of Kenya for twenty years and more recently has served his country in a more political role as Director of the Wildlife Service. He made the important discovery of the Turkana Boy, a virtually complete skeleton, and his popular books include ORIGINS, THE PEOPLE OF THE LAKE and THE MAKING OF MANKIND.
David Leavitt is the author of several story collections and novels. He teaches creative writing at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he lives.
Adam LeBor is a veteran foreign correspondent who has covered Hungary and Eastern Europe since 1990. He is the author of thirteen books and writes for the Economist, Financial Times and Monocle. He divides his time between Budapest and London.
Stewart Lee grew up in Solihull and began stand-up in 1988 at the age of 20, having been inspired by seeing the post-punk anti-comic Ted Chippington open for The Fall in Birmingham in 1984. He won the Hackney Empire new act of the year award in 1990 and for the next decade was a five nights a week regular on the stand-up club circuit. In 2001 he was asked to contribute to the libretto for the composer Richard Thomas' JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA which went on to win four Olivier awards. His most recent stand-up shows have been Stand Up Comedian (2004), 90s Comedian (2005), 41st Best Stand-up Comedian (2007), If You Prefer a Milder Comedian, Please Ask for One (2009), Carpet Remnant World (2012) and Content Provide (2016). STEWART LEE'S COMEDY VEHICLE, featuring his stand-up, ran for four series on BBC2, and won the BAFTA for Best Comedy Programme in 2012. Stewart is also the author of the stand-up comedy studies HOW I ESCAPED MY CERTAIN FATE (2010) and IF YOU PREFER A MILDER COMEDIAN PLEASE ASK FOR ONE (2012). He has written for THE WIRE, UNCUT, the OBSERVER and MOJO, and won CELEBRITY MASTERMIND answering questions on the guitarist Derek Bailey. Stewart has two children and has lived in Stoke Newington, Hackney, since the 1990s. He recently recorded a half hour piece inspired by his contribution to this book, TELLY SAVALAS LOOKS AT BIRMINGHAM, with the free-jazz trio capri-batterie.
John Lennon was, as one of the Beatles and the composer of many of their greatest songs one of the most famous people of the 20th century. He died aged 40 in 1980.
Nathan H. Lents
Nathan H. Lents is a professor of biology at John Jay College at The City University of New York. He is the author of NOT SO DIFFERENT and HUMAN ERRORS.
Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans in 1925. He wrote forty-five books during his phenomenal career, including the bestsellers MR PARADISE, TISHOMINGO BLUES, BE COOL and THE HOT KID. Many have been made into successful movies, including GET SHORTY with John Travolta, OUT OF SIGHT with George Clooney and RUM PUNCH, which became Tarantino's JACKIE BROWN. He is the recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. He died in 2013 in Detroit.www.elmoreleonard.com
James A. Levine
James A. Levine is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. In collaboration with the United Nations, James has focused his work on the plight of women and children in low-income countries. For his scientific work, Dr. Levine has regularly appeared on CNN, BBC, CBC and the Discovery Channel, and has been repeatedly featured in the NEW YORK TIMES, USE TODAY, TIME, WALL STREET JOURNAL, US NEWS, THE TIMES and many other major US and international papers.
Shawn Levy is a former film critic for The Oregonian newspaper and the bestselling author of RAT PACK CONFIDENTIAL and PAUL NEWMAN: A LIFE. His work has appeared in major publications including the NEW YORK TIMES, the LOS ANGELES TIMES, the GUARDIAN, the INDEPENDENT and SIGHT AND SOUND. He lives in Portland, Oregon.