Jenny Agutter is the reader of all the Erica James titles. She was most recently seen on television as Jane Clark in The Alan Clark Diaries and in Spooks. She made her name in the films Walkabout and The Railway Children and won an Emmy award for The Snow Goose and a BAFTA award for Equus.
Peter Alson is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie. A writer and journalist, Alson's work has appeared in a wide range of national magazines and newspapers form The New York Times to Esquire and Playboy. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Dame Julie Andrews is an Emmy, Grammy and Academy-Award-winning actress and singer, best known for her roles in MARY POPPINS and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. She has written a number of children's books.
Peruvian by birth, Marie Arana is former literary editor of the WASHINGTON POST and author of five books: BOLIVAR (winner of the 2014 LOS ANGELES TIMES Book Award for biography); a memoir, AMERICAN CHICA (a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award); THE WRITING LIFE: WRITERS ON HOW THEY THINK AND WORK; and two novels set in South America: CELLOPHANE (a finalist for the John Sargent Sr. Prize) and LIMA NIGHTS.http://mariearana.net
Leslie Ash was born in 1960 and made her first TV appearance in an advert for Fairy Liquid at the age of four. She starred in the film Quadrophenia, but her biggest role was in the huge hit comedy series Men Behaving Badly. She married footballer Lee Chapman in 1988.
Michael Asher served in the Parachute Regiment and SAS. A fluent Arab speaker, he has lived for years among the Bedouin peoples. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, his published books include SHOOT TO KILL (1990), THESIGER: A BIOGRAPHY (1994) and an acclaimed biography of Lawrence of Arabia. His THE REAL BRAVO TWO ZERO (2002) was a Sunday Times Top 10 best seller.
Diana Athill was born in 1917. She worked for the BBC throughout the Second World War and then heloed Andre Deutsch establish the publishing company that bore his name. Athill's distinguished career as an editor is the subject of her acclaimed memoir STET, which is published by Granta Books, as are four other volumes of memoirs - INSTEAD OF A LETTER, AFTER A FUNERAL, YESTERDAY MORNING, MAKE BELIEVE - and a novel, DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT.
The son of a City banker, Tom has lived in Sussex, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. He attended Harrow school and his travels have led him to the Andes, Patagonia, and South and North Poles.
Born in Vienna, Afred Bader fled to England at the age of 14 just before the outbreak of World War II, where he was interned as an enemy alien and sent to a Canadian prisoner of war camp. On his release in 1941 he read engineering chemistry at Queen's University, Ontario, and was subsequently a fellow in Organic Chemistry at Harvard. In 1951 he founded Aldrich, which became, as Sigma-Aldrich, one of the world's largest suppliers of research chemicals. After being ousted from the company in a boardroom coup he turned his attention to Old Master paintings, becoming a leading collector and dealer. Alfred and his family have become well known as generous benefactors in many diverse fields and his personal philanthropy has been directed towards helping students and teachers of chemistry and art history.
Danny Baker is an English comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter. He currently presents daily on BBC London 94.9 and a weekly show on BBC Radio 5 Live.For more, visit Danny Baker's website at www.internettreehouse.co.uk and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/prodnose.
Guillem Balague is the author of Messi, Barça, Pep Guardiola, A Season on the Brink, and Cristiano Ronaldo. A key fixture of Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football, he appears regularly both on live match coverage and on the weekly round-up show, Revista de la Liga. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper, and El Larguero, Spain's most popular sports radio show. His work appears regularly in The Times and in Champions magazine, where he writes a regular column on international football. http://www.guillembalague.com/en/homehttps://twitter.com/GuillemBalaguehttps://www.facebook.com/guillembalague
Duncan Bannatyne is the former stoker in the Navy who built up his own business empire and is now worth £320 million and is a star of the TV series Dragons' Den. His first book, Anyone Can Do It, was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and paperback.
Patrick Barclay is the football columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and has won the Sports Journalist of the Year award. He has previously worked for the Independent, Guardian and Observer.Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/paddybarclay.
Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942, educated in Rome and made his piano debut at the age of eight and as a solo pianist at the age of eleven with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His musical tours have taken him all over the world and he has made regular appearances at the Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Prague and Salzburg festivals. In 1967 he married the cellist Jacqueline du Pré (who died in 1987). In 1988 he married Elena Bashkirova. He was musical director of the Paris Orchestra 1975-88, and he has been Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1991 and of the Berlin State Opera since 1992.
Richard Bassett has worked in the City for the last fifteen years advising several of Europe's largest companies. Before then he worked in Central Europe for many years, first as a professional horn player and then as a staff correspondent of the London Times in Vienna, Rome and Warsaw, where his dispatches covered the end of the cold war and gave early warning of the impending disintegration of Yugoslavia. He is married with two children and divides his time between London and other parts of Europe.
Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. With Terry Pratchett he has co-authored the Long Earth novels. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.Visit Stephen Baxter's website at www.stephen-baxter.com.
If you haven't heard of the Beatles, then this probably isn't the book for you.
Neil Belton was born in Dublin and brought up in the suburb of Clontarf. He is an Editorial Director at Faber & Faber and the author of The Good Listener: Helen Bamber, A Life Against Cruelty, which won the Irish Times prize in 1999.