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.
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.
Walter Popp was born in Nuremberg in 1948. He studied law at the University of Erlangen and spent postgraduate and research time in both Cambridge, England and the USA, where he worked alongside Bernhard Schlink. In 1978, he started a law practice in Mannheim before moving to France in 1983. He now lives in a Provençal village with his teenage daughter and works as a translator.
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.