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.
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.
Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including NO SAFE HOUSE, A TAP ON THE WINDOW, TRUST YOUR EYES and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. He lives near Toronto with his wife.www.linwoodbarclay.com.
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.
Kunal Basu was born in Calcutta but has spent much of his adult life in Canada and the USA. He currently teaches at Oxford and McGill universities.http://www.kunalbasu.com/https://twitter.com/kunalbasu100
Mark Baxter is a latecomer to the world of publishing. He has also written The Fashion of Football (Mainstream, 2004), which he co-wrote with Paolo Hewitt, and which was voted as one of just fifty top football books of all time by the magazine 442. He also co-wrote the book WALWORTH THROUGH TIME with Darren Lock which was published in 2010, which has been described as a love letter to the area of SE17. He also loves a sharp crease on a pair of trousers and Millwall Football Club.
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.
Anna Bentinck was trained at Arts Educational College and has worked extensively for BBC radio. Animation voices include the series 64 Zoo Lane. Film credits include The Trojan Women, Alice in Wonderland and To The Devil a Daughter. Her many audio books range from Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, Shirley by Charlotte Bronte, The Five Children and It, by E. Nesbit, One Day by David Nicholls , Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel, The Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, Sanditon and The Watsons by Jane Austen to The Bible.
MacKenzie Bezos was raised in San Francisco and graduated from Princeton University. She now lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and their four children. She was awarded an AMERICAN BOOK AWARD in 2006 for her debut novel THE TESTING OF LUTHER ALBRIGHT.
Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia, and is Director of the Arthur Miller Centre there.
Kate Binchy has worked extensively in all media from West End to fringe theatre. Numerous television appearances include RUTH RENDELL MYSTERIES, FATHER TED, PEAK PRACTICE, CASUALTY, POIROT and FAIR CITY. She has appeared in over 500 radio plays, and films such as MRS DALLOWAY and THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE. She is Maeve's cousin and has read all of Maeve's audiobooks.
Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012. Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com
Lesley Blanch was born in London, England, and has travelled over most of the globe. She began her career as a painter, illustrator and theatrical designer, but in 1937 transferred her allegiance to journalism and became features editor of London VOGUE. Her essays and articles have since appeared in most of Britain's leading periodicals, including the OBSERVER and the NEW STATESMAN.Her website is at www.lesleyblanch.com
Lawrence Block was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2004. He is also a Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America. He is the author of many novels and short stories and has won numerous awards for his mystery writing. He lives and works in New York City.
Dirk Bogarde was one of Britain's most distinguished and successful actors. With films such as Death in Venice, Accident, The Night Porter and A Bridge too far, he established an international reputation. But he also wrote several bestselling memoirs and novels of which Postillion was the first. He died in 1999.
Gordon Bowker is the acclaimed author of a biography of Malcolm Lowry, (author of UNDER THE VOLCANO), entitled PURSUED BY FURIES and an excellent biography of George Orwell. He lives in Notting Hill, London.
A Carleton Hobbs Award Winner, Carole Boyd has worked extensively in radio
drama and features, and is famously known as Lynda Snell in The Archers.
In 1998 she won an APA Audio Award for The Land Girls and a British Talkie
Award for The God of Small Things. In 2001 she won an SWPA Silver Award
for Middlemarch. Carol has read numerous Miss Read titles for Orion Audiobooks.
Simon Brighton was brought up in Lincolnshire, in the shadow of Temple Bruer, one of the most important Templar sites in the country. He became fascinated by the Knights at an early age and has pursued that fascination ever since. His photography of Templar sites has become well known - some of his images of London's Temple Church were included in the illustrated edition of The Da Vinci Code. When not documenting the Templars he is a psychiatric nurse, with an MSc in forensic psychiatry.