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.
M. John Harrison
M. John Harrison (1945 - ) Michael John Harrison is the author of, amongst others, the Viriconium stories, The Centauri Device, Climbers, The Course of the Heart, Signs of Life, Light and Nova Swing. He has won the Boardman Tasker Award (Climbers), the James Tiptree Jr Award (Light) and the Arthur C. Clarke Award (Nova Swing). He lives in Shropshire.
Topper Headon joined the Clash in 1977. He was there for the five crucial years of the band before being sacked in 1982.
EDITOR BIOGRAPHY:Three compilers who alone determine the selection of poems:Judith Chernaik ? American academic from Brooklyn, now a London resident.Gerard Benson ? widely published professional poet, gives regular poetry performances, lives in Bradford.Cicely Herbert ? widely published, London resident, also professional poet.
Bryan Hitch is a renowned comic book artist. He is also the co-creator and artist behind both The Authority and The Ultimates along with Mark Millar. Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief, Joe Quesada attributed much of the current popularity of comics in the movies to the style of Bryan's work and Time Magazine named The Ultimates as the most influential comic book of the last decade. Bryan lives in Leatherhead, Surrey.
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.
Michel Houellebecq lives in County Cork, Ireland. He is the bestselling author of Atomised, Platform, Lanzarote and Whatever. He is also a poet, essayist and rap artist.