Vladimir Nabokov was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1899. After studying French and Russian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, he launched his literary career in Berlin and Paris. In 1940 he moved to the United States, where he achieved renown as a novelist, poet, critic, and translator. He died in 1977.
Chie Nakane is Professor Emerita of Social Anthropology at the University of Tokyo. Her work focuses on cross-cultural comparisons of social structures in Asia, notably Japan, India and China. In 1970, Nakane became the first female professor at the University of Tokyo, where she served as Director of the Institute of Oriental Culture in 1980-82. In 1995, she became the first and only female member of the Japan Academy. She is also an honorary member of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland.
Before turning to writing novels full-time, E.M. Nathanson worked for newpapser and magazines in New York, Los Angeles and Washington D.C. His novel The Dirty Dozen became a hugely successful motion picture. He now lives in South Laguna, California.
John Naughton has been an academic and a journalist all his working life. He is a Senior Lecturer in Systems at the Open University, and since 1987 has written a weekly column for the Observer which has won him several major awards including three nominations as Critic of the Year. He is also a Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and the Director of the College's Press Fellowship Programme.
Ramita Navai was born in Iran and grew up in London, but returned to live in Tehran in 2003. She spent three years as the Tehran correspondent for The Times, covering everything from the Bam earthquake to the escalating nuclear crisis. Since leaving Iran, she has worked as a reporter for Channel 4's primetime and award-winning foreign affairs series, Unreported World, and so far has made nineteen documentaries for the series. Ramita has also worked extensively as a journalist for the United Nations, covering crises in Iran, Pakistan and Iraq and has also written for many publications including the Sunday Times, Irish Times, Independent, Guardian and Marie-Claire and has recently started to blog about her work for the Huffington Post.
Tom Neil joined No. 249 Squadron flying Hurricanes just before the start of the Battle of Britain. He flew 141 combat missions (few pilots reached 50), mostly from North Weald airfield in Essex, and is credited with the destruction of more than 17 enemy aircraft. He went on to see further combat in Malta before returning to lead a squadron flying Spitfires over the Channel and elsewhere during 1943. Attached to the American 9th Air Force in 1944, he took part in the invasion of Normandy and remained with the USAAF until the border of Germany was reached.After the war, he remained with the RAF until 1964, retiring with the rank of Wing Commander. He lectured at the prestigious School of Air Support, before spending four years as a Service Test pilot, where he flew over 100 aircraft types and participated in the development of pressurised flight suits. Having served for some years in the British Embassy in Washington at the height of the Cold War, he returned to the US as a businessman before relocating to Norfolk, where his career included running an art gallery. He is the author of many books, including his acclaimed memoir THE SILVER SPITFIRE. He and his wife Eileen, who was a Fighter Command plotter when they met during the war, were married for almost 70 years and had three sons, two of whom became pilots in the Services. Tom Neil died in July 2018 at the age of 97.
Robin Neillands served in 45 Commando Royal Marines during the 1950s. He now works as a journalist and travel writer and has a growing reputation as a military historian. He has published many books on British military history from the Napoleonic era through to the Second World War.
Reviel Netz is Professor of Ancient Science at Stanford University, a leading authority on Archimedes, and editor of the Archimedes Palimpsest.
Julia Neuberger is Senior Rabbi at West London Synagogue. She is a cross bench member of the House of Lords and a trustee of various charities. She chairs the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, and is a member of the board of the Van Leer Foundation. She is also a trustee of Full Fact, an organisation dedicated to getting proper information, and fair evidence, before the public. She writes, broadcasts, and lectures frequently, and is mainly concerned with issues around mental ill health, asylum and refugee issues, health in general, old age and loneliness, end of life care, and the struggle to find meaning in everyday life. She was a member of the Runnymede Trust's Commission on antisemitism, 'A very light sleeper', in 1993, and of its commission on Islamophobia, 'Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All', 1997.
Kate was born in England in 1954 and raised in a theatrical family. Kate left home and school age sixteen, and supported herself working at numberless odd jobs, until she began a successful television and theatre career playing leading roles at the RSC and the National Theatre. In her thirties she read a book that changed her life and she gave up acting to study biology. Between 1976 and 1994, she had six children with whom she has travelled widely.
Paul Nicholls is the UK's most successful National Hunt trainer, winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup on four occasions, so far. He has been Champion Trainer for five consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2009/10.
Mark Nicol is a journalist who has worked for THE EVENING STANDARD, SUNDAY MIRROR and NEWS OF THE WORLD. He has excellent contacts in the military, thanks to growing up in Hereford (his father served in the SAS for sixteen years) and his first book, ULTIMATE RISK (Macmillan 2003) described British special forces operations in Afghanistan. In 2004 he visited Iraq to research LAST ROUND.
Nigel Nicolson, the younger son of Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West, was a publisher, a Member of Parliament, an editor (including six volumes of Virginia Woolf's letters and three of his father's diaries) and the author of many books on history, politics, architecture and literature. He lived at the family home, Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, now a property of the National Trust, until his death in 2004.
William Noel is Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum and Director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project.
Christopher Nolan was born in Mullingar, Ireland, in 1965. Unable to talk, walk or use his hands due to cerebal palsy, he could communicate only via a special computer and keyboard, using a so-called 'unicorn stick' to painstakingly tap each letter as his mother cradled his head. He published his first book, a collection of poetry called A DAM-BURST OF DREAMS, in 1981. He is the author of two novels, including UNDER THE EYE OF THE CLOCK, which won the Whitbread Award. He died in Dublin in 2009. At the time of his death he was working on another novel, which remains unfinished.
Queen Noor was born in the USA, living in New York, California and Washington before going to university at Princeton, where she joined the first freshman class to accept women. She majored in architecture and urban planning. After graduating she worked in Australia, Iran and Jordan before meeting King Hussein. With sons educated in England (one trained as a soldier at Sandhurst), Queen Noor now divides her time between the UK, Jordan and New York.
Philip Norman is an English novelist, biographer, journalist and playwright. At the end of the 1960s, as a correspondent for The Sunday Times, he was assigned to investigate and report on the breakup of Beatles' own business, Apple Corps. Norman is the author of SHOUT! and biographies of John Lennon, Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton.
Anna North is a journalist working for the NEW YORK TIMES, whose writing has previously appeared in the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, THE PARIS REVIEW, JEZEBEL, and BUZZFEED. She lives in Brooklyn.
John Julius Norwich
John Julius Norwich was born in 1929. He was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto, at Eton, at the University of Strasbourg and, after a spell of National Service in the Navy, at New College, Oxford, where he took a degree in French and Russian. In 1952 he joined the Foreign Service, where he remained for twelve years, serving at the embassies in Belgrade and Beirut and with the British Delegation to the Disarmament Conference at Geneva. In 1964 he resigned from the service in order to write.
John Nunneley is the Chairman of the Burma Campaign Fellowship Group, a British veterans' association devoted to the promotion of understanding and reconciliation amongst former enemies.