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.
CARLOS SANTANA was born in Autlán de Navarro, Mexico, in 1947. He is a guitarist, songwriter and founding member of Santana. He has recorded or appeared on more than ninety albums. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, the drummer Cindy Blackman.
After a brief period at the Royal College of Art in London, Gerald Scarfe established himself as a satirical cartoonist, working for Punch and Private Eye during the early 60s. He has had many exhibitions worldwide, including New York, Osaka, Montreal, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and London, and 50 one-man shows. He has designed the sets and costumes for plays, operas and musicals in London, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New Zealand; written, directed and appeared in many live action and documentary films for BBC and Channel 4; and published many books of his work. Scarfe has been political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for over 40 years, and has worked for The New Yorker for 17 years. His work regularly appears in many periodicals. Gerald Scarfe received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008. He has had a long association with Pink Floyd - as the designer and director of animation for the Floyd live show Wish You Were Here in 1974, for The Wall between 1970-73 and for Roger Waters' The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in 1984.
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.
Vikram Seth has written five books of poetry, an opera libretto, and a book of other libretti. He is perhaps best known for his acclaimed novel, A SUITABLE BOY, one of the most beloved and widely read books of recent times, as well as his novels THE GOLDEN GATE and AN EQUAL MUSIC. He is the author of two highly regarded works of non-fiction, FROM HEAVEN LAKE and TWO LIVES.
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.
David Sheppard is a well-respected music journalist. He's written for numerous publications, including Mojo, Q, Uncut and the Observer. He's the author of two previous biographies of Leonard Cohen and Elvis Costello.
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.
Oliver Soden was born in Bath, and educated first at Lancing College in West Sussex, and then at Clare College, Cambridge, where he took a double first in English. He worked as literary assistant to RSC founder-director John Barton, editing a volume of Barton's ten-play cycle Tantalus, before becoming a researcher on BBC Radio 3's long-running programme Private Passions. He is an authority on the life and work of twentieth-century British composer Michael Tippett, on whom he has lectured and broadcast widely, publishing articles in, among others, the Guardian, Gramophone, and world-leading academic journals. Soden is writing the first full-length biography of Tippett, to be published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 2019.
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.
Phil Strongman was at the 100 Club in 1976 when the Sex Pistols first performed there, was an extra in The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, and has known many of punk's greatest figures for many years. He is a journalist and author.