Eliza Pakenham read English at Oxford, was an editor in publishing and is now a writer and journalist. She is married with three children.
Thomas Pakenham is the author of the critically acclaimed THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA which won the W.H. Smith Award and the Alan Paton Award. He is also the author of THE BOER WAR, THE MOUNTAINS OF RASSELAS and THE YEAR OF LIBERTY. He lives in County Westmeath, Ireland and is chairman of the Irish Tree Society. He plants trees both for profit and ornament.
Hannah Pakula attended Wellesley College, the Sorbonne and Southern Methodist University. She is a book reviewer for the Los Angeles Times.
Theo Paphitis is the self-made multi-millionaire and star of Dragons' Den. He has specialised in turning round failing companies, such as Rymans and La Senza, and for a while was chairman of Millwall FC.
Frances Partridge was born in Bedford Square in 1900. Family friends included Henry James, Conan Doyle and various members of the Strachey family. She has translated many books and with her husband Ralph edited the Greville Memoirs.
John Pearson is a novelist and biographer. He won the 'Author's Club Award' for best first novel and has written on figures as diverse as Ian Fleming and the Kray twins. The Profession of Violence was acclaimed on its release, even in the US where it won the Edgar Allan Poe Special Award.
Dave Pelzer is recognised as one of America's most effective and respected communicators addressing corporations, conventions and health/psychology/primary care workers. His unique accomplishments have garnered personal commendations from Ronald Reagan and George Bush. He was selected as torchbearer for the 1996 Olympic Torch relay. He has dedicated his life to helping others help themselves.
Rosemary Penfold lives with her husband of 54 years not far from where she grew up, in the heart of Somerset. She has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. She is still close to her extended Romany family who meet regularly for family gatherings. Although 'settled', her Romany roots mean she is still a gypsy at heart.
Rupert Penry-Jones played Piers du Pré in HILARY AND JACKIE and Donald Maclean in CAMBRIDGE SPIES (alongside another Orin audiobooks reader, Samuel West). He has appeared in television as diverse as POIROT, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, COLD COMFORT FARM and JANE EYRE, and other films include CHARLOTTE GRAY and THE FOUR FEATHERS. He played an acclaimed Valmont in LIAISONS DANGEREUSES at the Bristol Old Vic, and other stage parts
Arturo Perez Reverte lives near Madrid. Originally a war correspondent, he now writes fiction full time. His novels include THE FLANDERS PANEL, THE CLUB DUMAS, THE FENCING MASTER, THE SEVILLE COMMUNION, THE NAUTICAL CHART, THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH and the bestselling CAPTAIN ALATRISTE series. In 2003 he was elected to the Spanish Royal Academy. His website can be visited at www.perez-reverte.com
Mark Perry of BBC's Dead Ringers fame (as the voice of Martin Jarvis and Graham Norton) is a political and sports impressionist in other BBC radio series and in The Archers. On TV he has appeared in Mr Charity and in various stage productions around Britain.
Leslie Phillips was born in Tottenham in 1924. He began his theatrical career before the war and has appeared in more than 110 films. He was awarded the OBE, and in 2003 presented the British Comedy Awards with Jordan, showing once again how timelessly popular he is.
Helia Phoenix is a national music journalist and author, based in Wales. She specialises in writing biographies, and is currently working on her first novel.
Richard 'Pitch' Picciotto
A former New York City police officer, Chief Picciotto had been a Fire marshal, an arson investigator, a lieutenant and a captain, prior to becoming chief in 1992.He holds a B.B.A. degree and has been the recipient of departmental awards and commendations for bravery and meritorious service Picciotto lives in Port Chester, New York with his wife Debbie and his son Stephen.
Pete Postlethwaite was born in Warrington in 1945. At the age of 24 he trained at the Bristol Old Vic, beginning a distinguished career on stage and screen. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Giuseppe Conlon in The Name of the Father (1993), and became one of Hollywood's A-list stars through his leading role in Jurassic Park: The Lost World. He was made an OBE in the 2004 New Year's Honours List, and was well known for his support of libertarian politics. He died in January 2011, aged 64.
Robert Powell won many awards for this portrayal of Jesus in Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth. Further TV appearances include the BBC serial Jude the Obscure, The Detectives and the children's drama Merlin and the Crystal Cave. Films include Harlequin (best actor award), and Imperative (best actor award 1982), Mahler and The Thirty Nine Steps.
Christopher Priest's novels have built him an inimitable dual reputation as a contemporary literary novelist and a leading figure in modern SF and fantasy. His novel THE PRESTIGE is unique in winning both a major literary prize (THE JAMES TAIT BLACK AWARD and a major genre prize THE WORLD FANTASY AWARD); THE SEPARATION won both the ARTHUR C. CLARKE and the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARDS. THE ISLANDERS won both the BSFA and John W. Campbell awards. He was selected for the original BEST OF YOUNG BRITISH NOVELISTS in 1983.