Max Arthur is a skilled interviewer who has written oral histories of the RAF and Royal Navy during the Second World War
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.
Roger Ford, with a background in computing and information technology dating from the mid-1960s, is a relative late-comer to military history. He is the author of dozens of works in the field of military technology and weapons systems, including THE GRIM REAPER, a highly acclaimed account of the development and employment of the machine gun. He lives in rural southern France.
Ken Lukowiak was born in 1959. He served with 2 Para in the Falklands War. Despite his conviction for drug possession he was discharged from the army with an Exemplary Conduct Record. Soldier¿s Song was published in 1992 and became an instant classic.
Graeme McLagan specialises in long-term investigations for BBC news and current affairs programmes. He has been the BBC's expert on police corruption for more than twenty years, presenting three Panorama programmes on the subject as well as several major stories for Newsnight. He won the Royal Television Society prize for his scoops while covering the 'Arms for Iraq' scandal and was commended in 1998 for Bent, the second of his Panorama programmes on police corruption. He is the co-author of Mr Evil, the story of David Copeland, the neo-Nazi bomber. Born in London and still living there, Graeme McLagan is married with two grown-up children. The Newcastle Journal was his first newspaper, followed by the Daily Mail in London. He joined the BBC in 1971, becoming Home Affairs reporter and then Special Correspondent.
Gavin Mortimer was born in London 34 years ago. As a freelance journalist he has contributed articles to a diverse range of magazines and newspapers, including the Observer, the Guardian, History Monthly and Esquire. The Longest Night is his fourth book and the second to be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. The first, Stirling's Men: the Inside History of the SAS in World War II, was published in 2004 and is now available in paperback.
W.B. 'Sandy' Thomas
W.B. 'Sandy' Thomas, CB, DSO, MC and Bar, Silver Star (USA) was captured by Germans during the fall of Crete in 1941. After his miraculous escape he rose through the ranks from Lieutenant to Major General, and eventually became Army Commander, Far East Land Forces. He now lives in his native New Zealand.
Clive Small Tom Gilling
Now retired, CLIVE SMALL was one of NSW's most successful detectives and an Assistant Commissioner of Police before becoming ICAC's chief investigator. TOM GILLING's acclaimed novels, The Sooterkin, Miles McGinty and Dreamland, have all been published in Australia, as well as in London and New York. He co-wrote The Bagman: Final Confessions of Jack Herbert.
Paul Toohey was born in 1963 and brought up in Perth and Darwin. He first worked in journalism for Darwin newspapers, and then moved to music magazines in Sydney and Melbourne, becoming editor of Rock Australia Magazine. Drawn to stories outside the mainstream media agenda, he later edited Melbourne's Truth newspaper and World magazine. In the early and mid-1990s Toohey had articles published in a variety of journals, including the Age's Good Weekend and the Independent Monthly. These were collected with many unpublished items in his first book, God's Little Acre, for which he travelled around Australia, and to New Zealand, America, Britain and Indonesia. He has since won a Walkley Award and the Graham Perkin Award for journalism. Paul Toohey is now a senior writer for the Bulletin.