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.
Robert Hilburn was a music critic and pop music editor for the Los Angeles Times for more than three decades, and has worked closely with all-time greats Elton John, Bono, Michael Jackson, John Lennon and Johnny Cash.Visit Robert Hilburn's website at www.roberthilburnonline.com and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/roberthilburn.
Anthony Holden enjoyed an award-winning career at the Sunday Times before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster 20 years ago. Also known for his translating of opera libretti, he is currently music critic of the Observer.
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.