Born in 1840, Thomas Hardy is one of the nation's best-known novelists. The author of such classics as FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES and JUDE THE OBSCURE, Hardy is renowned for his novels set in the Wessex landscape.
At the age of twenty Frank Harrison served on the signals staff during the siege of Tobruk. He was subsequently captured and spent several years as a prisoner of war in Africa, Italy, Germany and finally Czechoslovakia. Frank became an art teacher after the war and it was while teaching on an Indian reservation in Northern Canada that his writing career began.
Topper Headon joined the Clash in 1977. He was there for the five crucial years of the band before being sacked in 1982.
Little is known about the poet Homer but he is thought to have composed the Iliad in the second half of the eight century BC and according to tradition lived on the island of Chios in the east Aegean.
Barry Humphries is an internationally famous comedian, actor and writer and Dame Edna Everage is his most famous creation. He is the author of numerous books, including two volumes of autobiography.