Andrew Sachs has performed widely in stage, film and television including the famous Manuel in FAWLTY TOWERS, Einstein in HORIZON SPECIAL: EINSTEIN, Peter Pryce in JACK OF HEARTS, and Joseph in SILENT WITNESS. He also does commentating, radio work, voice-overs and has read numerous audiobooks including The Magical Children's series for Orion.
John Sessions is an actor and impressionist who has appeared in numerous television productions, including Titus Groan, Gormenghast, Boswell and Johnsons Western Isles, Porter House Blue and Whose Line is it Anyway? He has appeared extensively in the West End including such plays as Tartuffe, Common Pursuit and My Night with Reg, soon to be released as a feature. His film credits include Princess Cariboo, Henry V and In the Bleak Midwinter. Original TV work: Stella Street, Grumpy Old Men, Some Enchanted Evening, Tall Tales and Likely Stories. Original theatre work includes Life of Napoleon, Travelling Tails and most recently Paint Said Fred at the Royal Academy of Art.
KERRY SHALE's stage credits include HIS GIRL FRIDAY (National Theatre) and FROST/NIXON (West End). TV credits include DR WHO and LIFE'S TOO SHORT. Recent films include A FANTASTIC FEAR OF EVERYTHING. He has won three Sony Radio Awards, the APA Award for Best Male Audio Book Reader (UK) and the Audie Award for Best Male Audio Book Reader (USA). His audio books include two winners of the Man Booker Prize, LIFE OF PI and THE WHITE TIGER.
Gary Sheffield is Professor of Modern History at King's College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and author of Forgotten Victory: The First World War - Myths and Realities and The Somme. He broadcasts regularly on television and radio, and writes for the national press. He lives in Oxfordshire.
Dr John Bourne is Director of the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Vice-President of the Western Front Association. He has written widely on the First World War, including Britain and the Great War 1914-1918 and Who's Who in the First World War. He lives in Birmingham.
Robyn Sisman was born in Los Angeles, but lived in Illinois, Geneva, Oxford and Munich as a child. She worked as an au pair, an English teacher in Ethiopia and then finally as a secretary in publishing from where she worked her way up to a glittering career, before changing it all and becoming a mother and bestselling novelist. Robyn was married to the biographer, Adam Sisman, and died in 2016.
The most eloquent and acclaimed opponent of government oppression in the twentieth century, Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970, and his work continues to receive international acclaim. Through his writings, particularly THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO and ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH, he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union's forced labour camp system. He was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and returned to Russia in 1994. He died on August 2, 2008.
Rowan Somerville was born in the West End of London in 1966. He was educated by Jesuits and took an honours degree in Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He has worked in film, televison and radio and he now lives in Donegal, Ireland.
Sally worked as a teacher both in England and Iran - where she witnessed the fall of the Shah. She now lives in Spain and writes full-time.
Laura Stoddart trained at the Royal College of Art and was the youngest artist ever to be commissioned to design the Christmas stamps for the Royal Mail. Since then her work has appeared in many magazines, on greetings cards and giftwrap, and on packaging for Crabtree & Eveyln and the New York label, Kate Spade.