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.
Previous titles include: Great Paper Quilling, Wonderful Wire Works, Glass Painting In An Afternoon, Decorating Your Garden, Fantastic Furniture
Willie Benz has played a major part in popularising the art of Suiseki in his native Germany and throughout Europe. He is President of the German Suiseki Association. In addition, he serves as Honorary Counsellor of the Bonsai Club of Germany ¿ proving his devotion to yet another popular Asian technique.
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.
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Graham Bull began carving for a hobby as a teenager 39 years ago, and now he teaches full-time at his Sydney, Australia studio. His Whistlewoodcraft School has trained some 1500 students, and offers one of the World¿s few government-accredited professional Woodcarving Certificate courses, which he designed five years ago. He has written many articles for related magazines.
Art has always been a passion for Rebecca Carter and after receiving a scholarship for Southern Utah University, she graduated with a degree in fine art and a three year degree in interior design. After leaving university, Rebecca taught calligraphy and watercolour classes, until the opportunity to work as a corporate designer came along. She now works from home as a free-lance artist for many companies.
Anastasia Catris graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA Hons in English Literature and then travelled to the United States to pursue her passion for illustration by studying at The Kubert School of Comic and Cartoon Art. She returned to the UK in 2009, and has since worked as a freelance illustrator for HarperCollins, Kerrang!, Fox, Marvel, DC and Cygnus Alpha: The Doctor Who Fanzine. Ana lives in Wales, United Kingdom, and is an advocate of art therapy and of the calming power of colouring in. www.anastasiacatris.comInstagram: @AnastasiaCatris
Giovanni Civardi is an Italian artist and teacher who for years has combined studies at the Faculty of Medicine, Milan, with the practice and teaching of sculpture, drawing and illustration. He is author of a number of practical art instruction books including Drawing Human Anatomy and Drawing the Female Nude.
Trinny & Susannah's eighth primetime television series will be shown on ITV in the autumn. They are contributors to Heat magazine and the Sun. They are Britain's best known style experts, called upon to adjudicate on all matters sartorial.
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.
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.
Anita Louise Crane
Previous titles by the author include: Two Hour Teddy Bears and Two Hour Dolls Clothes
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.
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.
A former interior decorator, Donna Dewberry finally became interested in decorative painting when she opened her own craft shop. Author of several craft bestsellers, she is the inventor of the one-stroke painting technique.
Plaid Enterprises is the largest manufacturer of creative art products in the world, operating in over 50 countries.
Anton Ehrenzweig abandoned a career as a lawyer after fleeing Austria after the Anschluss. He studied law, psychology and art in Vienna and settled in England in 1938. He was a lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He wrote numerous books, but is best known for THE HIDDEN ORDER OF ART, which has been in continuous publication since 1967, and is considered a classic of its genre.
The only English translation of the three sagas in a single volume
Includes introduction, notes, selected criticism, further reading, text summary, indexes and a chronology of early Icelandic literature
Includes nine specially commissioned maps
Reset with wide B format pages to give generous margins for notes
Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers. She was awarded the Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000 and was made a DBE in 2011 for services to literature.Her previous books include MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, KING CHARLES II, THE WEAKER VESSEL: WOMAN'S LOT IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND which won the Wolfson History Prize, MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY, PERILOUS QUESTION; THE DRAMA OF THE GREAT REFORM BILL 1832 and THE KING AND THE CATHOLICS: THE FIGHT FOR RIGHTS 1829. MUST YOU GO?,a memoir of her life with Harold Pinter, was published in 2010, and MY HISTORY; A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP in 2015. She lives in London.Visit Antonia Fraser's website at www.antoniafraser.com
An acclaimed author and designer who has written for such magazines as Good Housekeeping, Women¿s Day and more