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).
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.
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.