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.
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.
Dr. Harry Barry is a highly respected Irish author and medic, with over three decades of experience as a GP. With a keen interest in the area of mental health and suicide prevention, Dr. Barry is the author of numerous books addressing various aspects of mental health including depression and toxic stress.
Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012. Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com
Tim Bono, PhD is a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis. He has won several teaching awards and thousands of students have taken his popular courses on the Psychology of Young Adulthood and the Science of Happiness. He is an expert consultant on psychological health and happiness for a number of national media outlets.
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.
Peter Bregman writes the most read blog at Harvard Business Review (100,000 unique page views a month), is a popular columnist at CNN (200-500k hits per article) and is the CEO of Bregman Partners, a global management consultancy. He is very much an international consultant and keynote speaker and his work brings him regularly to the UK.www.peterbregman.com
Regina Brett is a columnist and writer. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in both 2008 and 2009. Regina won the prestigious National Headliner Award for columns she wrote about being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998. During her chemotherapy and radiation treatments, she shared extensively and candidly about her experience. The award put her in the great company of past Headliner recipients including Mitch Albom and Carl Hiaasen.
Tina Brown is an award-winning writer and editor and the founder of the Women in the World summits. Between 1979 and 2001 she was editor successively of TATLER, VANITY FAIR and THE NEW YORKER. She is the author of the 2007 bestselling biography of the Princess of Wales, THE DIANA CHRONICLES. In 2008 Brown founded THE DAILY BEAST, and in 2014 launched Tina Brown Live Media to expand Women in the World internationally. She is married to editor, publisher and historian Sir Harold Evans and lives in New York City.
John Browne (Lord Browne of Madingley) was born in Germany in 1948 and joined BP as a university apprentice in 1966. He was Group Chief Executive of BP from 1995 to 2007, where he built a reputation as a visionary leader and was regularly voted the most admired businessman by his peers. He was knighted in 1998 and made a life peer in 2001. He is now a managing partner of Riverstone LLC, an international energy private equity firm, a Fellow of the Royal Society (UK), President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Chairman of the Tate Gallery.
Jack Canfield is the cocreator and coauthor of the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL series which has sold over 1 million copies. He is also known as one of the teachers featured in the hit movie and bestselling book THE SECRET. Jack and his wife, Inga live with their children in California, USA.
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Mike Carey is a comics writer, novelist and screenwriter who lives and works in London, England.He is best known for his work on the multiple Eisner-nominated series Lucifer and for a critically-acclaimed run on Vertigo's flagship title, Hellblazer.He is the author of the Felix Castor novels and is currently writing the monthly series The Unwritten for DC Vertigo.He has also written X-Men, X-Men Legacy and Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics. His latest novel is the extraordinary future thriller The Girl With All the Gifts.
Stephen Coonts is the author of fifteen New York Times bestsellers, which have been published in over 20 countries worldwide. A former Navy pilot and Vietnam combat veteran, he and his wife live in Nevada. Visit his Web site at www.coonts.com.
Clare Corbett has had a successful career on stage, screen and radio. Theatre credits include 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' 'Pygmalion' and Spoonface Steinberg' and her TV credits include BBC's 'Spooks,' 'Fastnet' and 'Final Demand'. A winner of the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Radio Award, she has appeared in over 250 radio plays including 'Absolute Power' 'Venus and Adonis' and ' Dr Zhivago'. Her other voice work comprises of Aardman Animation's ' the planet sketch' and numerous audiobooks (children and adult) including 'Poppy Shakespeare', 'Swallowing Grandma' and 'Child X'. She read 'Alys, Always' by Harriet Lane for Orion.
Geoffrey Cousins is one of Australia's best known business and community leaders. His corporate life includes periods as CEO at George Patterson and Optus, in addition to positions on ten public company boards ranging from PBL to Telstra. He was the founding chairman of the Starlight Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art among many other community involvements. The Butcherbird is his first novel.
Steven Crossley graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and has since established an acting career on both sides of the Atlantic in Theatre, Television, Film and Radio Drama; performing with distinguished Theatre companies in New York and London. His audio book performances cover an eclectic range of subjects in both fiction and non-fiction, from thrillers, mysteries, classics and histories to children's fantasy and biographies.
Rosamund Dean is a British journalist who has worked at Marie Claire, Grazia, Elle, Psychologies and Red. She has profiled stars such as Renée Zellweger, Ralph Fiennes and Winona Ryder and, in the name of healthier living, has been hypnotised into drinking less alcohol and had her kitchen rearranged by a professor of human behaviour.
Jim DeFelice is the bestseeling author of two thrillers Coyote Bird and War Breaker. But he is best known for his collaborative work with - amongst others - Dale Brown. Dreamland which he wrote with Brown was a New York Times bestseller.
David Devereux is a former professional exorcist. His non-fiction debut, MEMOIRS OF AN EXORCIST was published by Andre Deutsch in 2006. He has also written radio comedy scripts. When not writing he enjoys Noel Coward songs, cinema, art and walking. And the occasional drink.
Elkington and Hailes helped trigger a consumer revolution with The Green Consumer Guide, and co-founded Europe's leading environmental strategy consultancy, SustainAbility.