Sarah Napthali has never been on a retreat for more than two nights and she can't remember ever meditating for more than an hour and a half. She describes herself as no spiritual giant but rather someone who is bumbling along, constantly humbled by how much she still needs to progress but also amazed at how applying Buddhist teachings can improve her day. She has two children and is the author of Buddhism for Mothers (Allen & Unwin, 2003).Sarah Napthali is a mother of two young boys who tries to apply Buddhist teachings in her daily life. Her working life has ranged from teaching English as a Second Language and corporate training, to human rights activism and interpreting. Since becoming a mother she has focussed on writing. She is the author of Buddhism for Mothers (Allen & Unwin, 2003) which has sold 40,000 copies around the world and been translated into four languages to date, and Buddhism for Mothers with Lingering Questions (Allen & Unwin, 2007). Since the children started school, Sarah is very pleased to report that she manages to meditate daily.
Lisa Neal is not a chef, nor a dietician - just someone who is passionate about good food and believes that food is medicine. Lisa has worked closely with obstetricians, dieticians, a lactation consultant, a midwife and a nutritionist to ensure that all the information provided in the book is reliable and authoritative. Kate Di Prima, Dietician and Spokesperson for the Dieticians Association of Australia, and Professor Michael Bennett, Obstetrician at the Royal Women's Hospital, have both provided written endorsements for the book.
Kitty Neale (real name Brenda Warren) was brought up in Battersea. She started writing after working as a bereavement counsellor which she took up after the death of her son.
Kirsty Needham has been a journalist since 1994, and since 1997 a news reporter and feature writer for the The Sydney Morning Herald. In 2002/03, she worked as a freelance contributor to The South China Morning Post and in 2004 accepted a Medialink/ Australia-China Council fellowship to spend three months in China working as a journalist with the China Daily in Beijing.
Vince Neil was born in 1961 and is the singer for American metal band Mötley Crüe. He has been performing for over 25 years with both Motley Crue and performing solo. Neil also founded the Skylar Neil Memorial Fund to raise awareness and funding for childhood illnesses. He currently lives in California.
Sharon Neill, blind from birth, was studying at college when she first discovered she had an ability to talk to the dead. She began to hone her talents by trying out readings on her friends and, after working as a receptionist for a few years and doing readings in her own time, she gradually became a full-time medium. She now regularly tours the country, and her events most often sell out within a matter of days.
Stan Nicholls has been a reviewer and interviewer in the UK for more than 20 years and is a key figure on the genre scene. He writes a regular column for TIME OUT and contributes to both INTERZONE and STARBURST. As well as the original Orcs trilogy, his Quicksilver fantasy trilogy has also been an international sensation.
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.
Sarah Norris is one of the most accomplished and experienced maternity nurses in the UK. She is an expert in her field, and has cared for over 250 babies during career, which has spanned over two decades. She has worked for celebrity couples including Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge, Jessica and James Purefoy, and a number of the Guinness family. Getting her message out to as many families as possible is Sarah's passion and life's work.
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.