Brian W. Aldiss (1925 - 2017)Brian Wilson Aldiss was born in 1925. He was a highly decorated science fiction author who achieved the rare feat of acceptance as a writer of real significance by the literary establishment in his lifetime. As well as his many award-winning novels he has been a hugely important anthologist and editor in the field. He also wrote the pre-eminent history of the genre (with David Wingrove), Billion Year Spree (later expanded and revised as Trillion Year Spree). He died in 2017 the day after his 92nd birthday.
Dame Julie Andrews is an Emmy, Grammy and Academy-Award-winning actress and singer, best known for her roles in MARY POPPINS and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. She has written a number of children's books.
Leslie Ash was born in 1960 and made her first TV appearance in an advert for Fairy Liquid at the age of four. She starred in the film Quadrophenia, but her biggest role was in the huge hit comedy series Men Behaving Badly. She married footballer Lee Chapman in 1988.
Danny Baker is an English comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter. He currently presents daily on BBC London 94.9 and a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live.For more, visit Danny Baker's website at www.internettreehouse.co.uk and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/prodnose.
R. Scott Bakker is the son of a tobacco share-cropper, and spent his youth either exploring the wooded bluffs of Lake Erie's north shore or working in hot summer fields. He left the countryside to study English language and literature at University of Western Ontario, and from there moved to Nashville to pursue a PhD in philosophy. He now lives in London, Ontario with his fiancee, Sharron, and their cat, Scully.
Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including NO SAFE HOUSE, A TAP ON THE WINDOW, TRUST YOUR EYES and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. He lives near Toronto with his wife.www.linwoodbarclay.com.
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.
Author and critic Jo Berry has written about TV and film for numerous publications including The Guardian, Radio Times, Empire Magazine, Eve Magazine and Maxim. A contributor to the books 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and The Rough Guide To Cult TV, among others, she is also the author of The Ultimate DVD Easter Egg Guide, Chick Flicks (with Angie Errigo) and The Parents' Guide To Kids' Movies.
Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, and is Director of the Arthur Miller Centre there.
Tony Blackburn made his first radio appearance on 28th July 1964 on Radio
Caroline South. When BBC Radio One commenced broadcasting on 30th
September 1967, Tony presented the daily Breakfast Show, and was the first disc
jockey on the new network. He hosted the Breakfast Show until 1974 when he
took over the Morning Show for several years. Until recently Tony presented the breakfast
show for The Classic Gold Network, which transmits across 18 stations. Tony is a
legend of the airwaves and has become a household name through his DJ-ing, TV
Shows, and he inspired the cult of the radio DJ. He is well remembered for
presenting BBC¿s world famous ¿Top Of The Pops¿ from the late 1960¿s to
throughout the 1970¿s. He continues to make regular guest appearances on a wide
range of television shows, such as ¿I¿m a Celebrity ... Get me Out of Here!¿ in 2002
which was a huge success - he was crowned King of the Jungle!
Lawrence Block was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2004. He is also a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. He is the author of many novels and short stories and has won numerous awards for his mystery writing. He lives and works in New York City.
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.
Samantha Bond is best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the Pierce Brosnan James Bond films. She trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2004 she starred opposite Peter Davison in the ITV drama-comedy Distant Shores and in 2006 she was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in Michael Frayn¿s Donkey¿s Years. Samantha also featured in ITV¿s Downton Abbey as Lady Rosamund Painswick. She has read numerous audiobooks including those by Agatha Christie, Philippa Gregory and also Orion¿s And Furthermore by Judi Dench
Ezekiel Boone lives in upstate New York with his wife and children. He is the author of The Hatching, Skitter, and Zero Day.
Barry Bostwick is an American actor and singer. He is best known for playing Brad in the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and has also had considerable fame in musical theatre.
Actor and writer Scott Brick has performed on film, television and radio. His stage appearances throughout the U.S. include Cyrano, Hamlet and Macbeth. In the audio industry, Scott has won over thirty Earphone Awards, as well as the 2003 Audie Award in the Best Science Fiction category. Having recorded over 300 books to date, AudioFile Magazine named Scott "one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy" and proclaimed him one of their Golden Voices.
At only 19 years old, Lydia hit the nation's TV screens in the BAFTA award winning reality series, The Only Way is Essex. More than 15 series later, and still famed for being the show's resident fashionista and girl next door, she has also added entrepreneur, designer, blogger and campaigner to her accolades. Role model, dreamer and doer, she is determined to use this - her first book - to make readers smile and to inspire them. Find her blogging at http://lydiarosebright.blogspot.co.uk/ and follow on her on Instagram @lydiabright.
Robertski Brothers (a pun on the Wachowski brothers you see, oh well it was funny at the time) is the pseudonym of Adam Roberts, the author of, amongst others, the acclaimed SF novels Salt, On, Stone, Polystom and The Snow.