Simon Brighton was brought up in Lincolnshire, in the shadow of Temple Bruer, one of the most important Templar sites in the country. He became fascinated by the Knights at an early age and has pursued that fascination ever since. His photography of Templar sites has become well known - some of his images of London's Temple Church were included in the illustrated edition of The Da Vinci Code. When not documenting the Templars he is a psychiatric nurse, with an MSc in forensic psychiatry.
Peter Brune is a leading authority and writer on the Australian campaigns in New Guinea in World War II. Peter has also written the bestselling Those Ragged Bloody Heroes, The Spell Broken and A Bastard of a Place and has co-authored with Neil McDonald 200 Shots: Damien Parer and George Silk and the Australians at War in New Guinea.
Bob Carruthers is a filmmaker and producer of TV historical documentaries, of all periods, sold and broadcast around the world. He specialises in military history. Professor John Erickson is a noted historian and widely published author.
Clarissa Eden was born Clarissa Churchill in 1920 and married Sir Anthony Eden in 1952, thus becoming a Prime Minister's wife in 1955.
Felipe Fernández-Armesto is a Professorial Fellow in History and Geography at Queen Mary College, London, and a member of the faculty of modern history at Oxford University. He is the author of ten books and the editor of several more, including the TIMES ATLAS OF WORLD EXPLORATION. He is a frequent journalist and has presented "Analysis" on BBC Radio 4.
Joachim Fest was born in Berlin in 1926 and educated in Freiburg, Frankfurt and Berlin. After the war, in which he served and was taken prisoner, he worked in radio and television before becoming a full-time writer. Following Speer¿s release from Spandau Prison in 1966, Fest worked closely with him as the general editor of Speer¿s memoirs Inside the Third Reich (1970) and Spandau: The Secret Diaries (1976). Fest¿s biography of Hitler is generally regarded as the finest biography of the German dictator in any language. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his historical writing.
Born in Cuba in 1959, Luis M. Garcia arrived in Australia with his parents and brother in 1972. After many years as a journalist for major publications, he became a political advisor and is now a partner in one of Australia's leading corporate communications companies. He lives in Sydney with his wife, daughter and son.
Michael Grant (1914-2004) was a highly successful and renowned historian of the ancient world. He held many academic posts including those of Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Professor of Humanity at Edinburgh University; Vice Chancellor of The Queen's University, Belfast and Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum. He was a Doctor of Letters at Dublin and a Doctor of Laws at Belfast. He has also been President of the Classical Association of England, the Virgil Society and the Royal Numismatic Society, and was a Medallist of the American Numismatic Society.
Victoria Hammond holds a Master of Arts and has worked as a Director of the Shepparton Art Gallery and Guest Curator at the National Gallery of Victoria. An award-winning author, she has written several art catalogues and sponsored histories in addition to the critically acclaimed Letters from St Petersburg (Allen & Unwin, 2004) and Visions of Heaven: the Dome in European Architecture (photographs by David Stephenson; Princeton Architectural Press, 2005). Victoria is a full-time writer and art historian.
Cate Haste is a writer and freelance documentary film-maker. Her last book, The Goldfish Bowl, co-written with Cherie Booth, is about Prime Ministers¿ spouses at No.10 since 1955. Previous books include Nazi Women, Rules of Desire - a history of sexual mores in the 20th century - and Keep the Home Fires Burning about First World War propaganda.
Michael Hastings was a reporter for BuzzFeed and contributing editor at Rolling Stone until his death in 2013. He regularly covered politics and international affairs, including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. In 2011, he received the George Polk Award in journalism for his Rolling Stone story, 'The Runaway General'.
Leo Hollis was educated at Stonyhurst College and read history at UEA. He is the author of books on London and Paris, and works in publishing. He lives with his wife and children in London.
Professor Tristram Hunt is a lecturer in history at Queen Mary, University of London. Previously, he was an associate fellow at the Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge, and research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). Educated at Cambridge and Chicago Universities, he has worked as a government adviser. As well as authoring a number of BBC television programmes, he is a regular contributor to the Guardian, The Times and The Observer.
Traudl Junge was a brewer's daughter born in 1920 in Munich. From the end of 1942 until April 1945 she was Hitler's private secretary. In 1942 she married one of Hitler's staff, Hans Junge who was killed a year later. After the war she was sent to a Russian prison camp and later returned to Germany to work as a secretary and a sub-editor.
She died on February 10th, 2002 shortly after publication of her book.
Sir Frank Kermode was the author and editor of over forty books, including SHAKESPEARE'S LANGUAGE, THE SENSE OF AN ENDING and ROMANTIC IMAGE. Described by the INDEPENDENT as 'the greatest literary scholar of his generation', he taught at numerous universities including Cambridge, Harvard and University College London. He was knighted in 1991.
Evi Kurz was born in Furth and started her career as a journalist with Bavarian Television. She has made her name as the author, director and producer of TV documentaries for German television, notably DIE KISSINGER SAGA which was produced by her company TimeLineFilm and was a spectacular success in 2006.
Jon Latimer studied Oceanography at University College, Swansea. He served for 16 years in the Territorial Army and was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He taught at the University of Wales, Swansea and wrote on a number of military and naval subjects, from the desert war in World War II to the war of 1812.
Wendy Moore is a freelance journalist and author. Her first book, THE KNIFE MAN, won the Medical Journalists' Association Consumer Book Award in 2005 and was shortlisted for both Saltire and the Marsh Biography Awards. Her second book, WEDLOCK, has been highly acclaimed in reviews and was chosen as one of the ten titles in the Channel 4 TV Book Club. HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT WIFE was published to rapturous reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
John Morris was the first professional historian to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the scattered evidence concerning the infant years of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, their influence on each other and their relationship with Europe. The Age of Arthur is now the classic account of the British Isles from the fourth to the seventh centuries. Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at University College, London, the late Dr John Morris founded the journal Past and Present in 1952 and was its first editor. He initiated a major new edition of the Doomsday Book and, with A.H.M. Jones, the Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire. His last book, Londinium: London in the Roman Empire, was published in 1982.
Gavin Mortimer was born in London 34 years ago. As a freelance journalist he has contributed articles to a diverse range of magazines and newspapers, including the Observer, the Guardian, History Monthly and Esquire. The Longest Night is his fourth book and the second to be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. The first, Stirling's Men: the Inside History of the SAS in World War II, was published in 2004 and is now available in paperback.