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.
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.
Media commentator, public speaker and writer Melinda Hutchings is an inspiring role model who is passionate about increasing the awareness of the dangers of dieting, and frequently addresses forums, conferences and high schools. She is an Ambassador for The Butterfly Foundation and her website, www.bodycage.com, has had over 500,000 hits.