Paul Ferris was born in Swansea in 1929. He is the author of an acclaimed biography of Caitlin Thomas and the editor of The Collected Letters of Dylan Thomas (Dent).
Kylie Fitzpatrick was born in Denmark and grew up in England, America, and Australia. She has worked as an actress, as a researcher for documentary films and as a freelance script editor. She lives in Somerset with her partner and young daughter.
Adrian Flanagan was born in Nairobi, Kenya on 1 October 1960. He spent his early life in Africa and the Far East. After boarding school in England, he read medicine at King's College, London before taking time out to travel extensively around Sri Lanka on a motorbike. Adrian joined the army, going through the rigorous selection procedure for the Parachute Regiment, but left the officer-training academy at Sandhurst after dislocating his shoulder only to sustain a severe wrist injury in a motorbike accident. He later qualified in osteopathic medicine but his damaged wrist forced him to stop practice. For a time, Adrian worked as a freelance sports journalist, contributing to The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Daily Mail. He started his own business in food distribution, primarily as a means to fund his central aspirations to sail around the world and to write. His first novel, Cobra, was published in 2001. Adrian has two sons and lives near Oxford. He is currently working on a new novel and planning his next expedition, a microlite flight around the coast of Australia.www.alphaglobalex.com
Giles Foden was born in Warwickshire in 1967 and grew up in Africa. He is the author of four novels, Last King of Scotland, Ladysmith, Zanzibar and Turbulence, and one work of non-fiction, Mimi and Toutou Go Forth. For five years he was assistant editor of the TLS, and was then Deputy Literary Editor at the Guardian. He's now Professor of Creative Writing at UEA. He is married to Matilda Hunt and lives in Norfolk.
Michael Curtis Ford
Michael Ford is 42 years old and is a translator and novelist. He has bachelor¿s degrees from the University of Washington and a graduate degree from Princeton. He speaks several languages and is an avid reader of the classics. He and his wife educate their two children at home.
Emilia Fox appeared in the BBC's PRIDE AND PRJUDICE whilst still at university, and has gone on to star in REBECCA, DAVID COPPERFIELD, BBC's 2009 MERLIN series and in 2012 starred as Lady Portia Alresford in UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS. She also reads regularly on Radio 4 and has taken over the role as Dr Nikki Alexander in the TV series SILENT WITNESS. Emilia has read numerous audiobooks including the MAGICAL CHILDREN series, THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley and SECRETS OF THE TIDES by Hannah Richell for Orion.
Essie Fox divides her time between Windsor and Bow in the East End of London. Her debut novel, The Somnambulist, was selected for the Channel 4 Book Club and was shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category of the 2012 National Book Awards. She is the author of The Virtual Victorian: www.virtualvictorian.blogspot.com
Ilana Fox has worked for a variety of national newspapers and websites, including the Daily Mail, the Sun, ASOS.com, The Telegraph and The Mirror. She's currently CMO at audioBoom. Ilana lives in East Dulwich but can mostly be found causing trouble in Shoreditch and Soho. Find out more about Ilana online at www.ilana.xxx or follow her on Twitter @ilana
Julia Frey was educated in the United States, Mexico and France, and earned her Ph.D. from Yale University. An expert on nineteenth-century French literature and culture, she also trained for years in Paris as an artist and printmaker. She has taught at Yale and the University of Colorado, where she is Associate Professor of French. She divides her time between New York, Boulder and Paris.
Maggie Furey was one of the original WHS Fresh Talent authors and has gone on to be very successful in the UK and USA. She is also widely translated. She underwent extensive heart surgery years ago and has since made a full recovery. Brought up in County Durham, she now lives in Ireland near Limerick.
Alan Furst is widely recognised as the master of the historical spy novel. Now translated into eighteen languages, he is the author of novels including MISSION TO PARIS, SPIES OF THE BALKANS - a TV Book Club choice - THE SPIES OF WARSAW, which became a BBC mini-series starring David Tennant and THE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT. Born in New York, he lived for many years in Paris and travelled as a journalist in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has written extensively for Esquire and the International Herald Tribune. He now lives in Long Island.www.alanfurst.net