Koushun Takami was born in 1969 and is best-known as the author of the novel Battle Royale, originally published in Japanese, and later translated into English by Yuji Oniki.
After graduating from Osaka University with a degree in literature, he dropped out of Nihon University's liberal arts correspondence course program. From 1991 to 1996, he worked for the news company Shikoku Shimbun, reporting on various fields including politics, police reports and economics.
Battle Royale was completed after Takami left the news company, and was rejected in the final round of the literary competition for which it was intended, owing to its controversial content. It become a bestseller when finally released in 1999, and a year later, was made into a manga and a feature film.
Sheri S. Tepper
Sheri S. Tepper (1929 - 2016)Sheri S. Tepper was the author of several resoundingly acclaimed novels, including THE MARGARETS and GIBBON'S DECLINE AND FALL both shortlisted for the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD, A PLAGUE OF ANGELS, SIDESHOW and BEAUTY, which was voted BEST FANTASY NOVEL OF THE YEAR by readers of LOCUS. She is one of the few writers to have titles in both the SF and Fantasy Masterworks lists. She died in 2016.
Siân Thomas is an award-winning Welsh actress who trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has appeared on stage, TV and in films such as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in which she played Amelia Bones. She has won the Martini TMA Award for Best Actress as Yelena in Uncle Vanya on its Renaissance Tour and an Oliver Award Nomination for Best Comedy Performance as Vittoria in Countrymania at the RNT. Sian has read numerous audiobooks including East of the Sun and Sisters in Arms for Orion.
Paul Torday burst on to the literary scene in 2007 with his first novel, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, an immediate international bestseller that has been translated into 28 languages and has been made into a film starring Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emily Blunt. His subsequent novels, THE IRRESISTIBLE INHERITANCE OF WILBERFORCE, THE GIRL ON THE LANDING, THE HOPELESS LIFE OF CHARLIE SUMMERS, MORE THAN YOU CAN SAY, THE LEGACY OF HARTLEPOOL HALL and LIGHT SHINING IN THE FOREST, were all published to great critical acclaim. He was married with two sons by a previous marriage, had two stepsons, and lived close to the River North Tyne. He died at home in December 2013.
Gemma Townley is the author of five previous novels. Before turning to fiction Gemma worked in magazines. She now lives in London with her husband, Mark, and two children.
Anthony Trollope is the author of many titles, including BARCHESTER TOWERS.