Max Arthur is a skilled interviewer who has written oral histories of the RAF and Royal Navy during the Second World War
Hugh Bicheno has had careers as an academic, an intelligence officer and a freelance kidnap and ransom negotiator in South America. He now devotes himself to writing about men at war. His previous books include the bestselling Rebels and Redcoats, written in conjunction with Richard Holmes.
Pierre Clostermann earned his pilot's license in 1937 at the age of 16. When war broke out in 1939 he was studying engineering in the USA. He volunteered for the Free French forces and joined No. 341 'Alsace' Squadron of the RAF. He ended the war commanding a flight of Tempests and with nearly 30 'kills'. He won the DSO, DFC and Bar. After the war, Closterman went into politics and worked for Dassault. He returned to action briefly during the Algerian war.
After twenty years as a City and Wall Street analyst and trader, Robert Edwards wrote his first book on a private passion: Aston Martin cars. Since then he has written many books in the field of motor racing including Archers and the Listers, voted both book of the year and of the decade by the motoring press. He is a regular contributor to Motor Sport and the Daily Telegraph. A biographical piece in Motor Sport on Sir Stirling was the genesis of this book.
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.
Educated at Clifton College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, William Fowler was land forces editor of DEFENCE magazine and a contributing editor to JANE'S INFORMATION GROUP. A long term territorial soldier, he served with British forces in the Gulf War and graduated from the French Army Reserve Staff Officers course at the Ecole Militaire in Paris. He conducts regular battlefield tours and broadcasts on radio and television. He is married and lives in Hampshire.
Paul Johnson was born in 1928. He edited the New Statesman in the 1960s and has written over forty books. His Modern Times, a history of the world from the 1920s to the 1990s, has been translated into more than fifteen languages. As well as a weekly column in the Spectator, he contributes to newspapers all over the world.
Clive Mantle has had TV roles in DOCTORS, CASUALTY, HOLBY CITY, THE VICAR OF DIBLEY and AFTER THOMAS. On stage he has appeared in OF MICE AND MEN, THE PLAY WHAT I WROTE, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and KILLING CASTRO. He has also read The Last Post, by Max Arthur, for Orion.
Charles Messenger was a Regular officer in the Royal Tank Regiment. He then left the army to take up a career as a military historian and defence analyst. His second career has proved hugely successful, and he has published a large number of books, mainly concentrating on the two World Wars.
Pat R. Reid
Pat Reid was one of the first captives to be imprisoned at Colditz in the Second World War. The tale of how he escaped the prison is one of the classics of twentieth century literature.
Gunther E Rothenberg
Gunther Rothenberg was the world's leading authority on the Napoleonic Wars. He served with the British, Israeli and US Military and was Professor of History at Purdue University in the USA. He was the leading English-speaking historian of warfare in the German-speaking lands. His many distinguished works include The Army of Francis Joseph and The Hapsburg Military Frontier.
Julian Spilsbury is the military obituarist for the DAILY TELEGRAPH and a script writer for THE BILL, TAGGART and CASUALTY. He is the author of several thrillers including NIGHT OF THE BEAR and VISION OF THE HUNTER.
Patience trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has since appeared in many roles in theatres across the country. She has made countless BBC radio broadcasts of plays, poetry and short stories, as well as regular audio books and television work such as The Day Today, Friday Night Armistice and In The Red.
Peter Watson was born in 1943 and educated at the universities of Durham, London and Rome. He was deputy editor of New Society and spent four years as part of the 'Insight' team of The Sunday Times. He was New York correspondent of The Times and has written for the Observer, The New York Times, Punch and The Spectator. He is the author of thirteen books and has presented several television programmes about the arts. Since 1998 he has been a Research Associate at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, at the University of Cambridge.
Kevin Wilson has spent most of his working life as a staff journalist on British national newspapers, including the Daily Mail and latterly the Daily and Sunday Express. He is married with three grown-up sons and a daughter.