Isla Blair has appeared in Holby City, Heratbeat, Taggart, Darling Buds of May, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Dalziel and Pascoe. Stage work includes One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Noises Off (at the NT), as well as seasons at the Bristol Old Vic. She read the audio book of Atonement.
Captain David Blakeley was second in command of the elite Pathfinder Platoon and fought in the Iraq war in 2003 and in Afghanistan after 9/11. Before that, with 1 PARA he saw action in Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Northern Ireland and was, at one point, the youngest Captain in the British Army. After being seriously injured in Iraq he fought his way back to physical fitness and went on to undertake SAS selection. He now works as a military consultant to TV and film production companies. Pathfinder is his first book. He lives in London.Visit David Blakeley's website at http://www.davidblakeley.co.uk and follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/daveblakeley.
Tim Blanning is Professor of Modern European History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy. He has been described by THE SUNDAY TIMES as 'a long-time Cambridge academic who can make even the most arcane subject thrum with interest'. He lives in Cambridge.
Tim Bouquet is a journalist, writer, editor, broadcaster and traveller. He contributes to leading titles including the Telegraph Magazine and The Times Magazine.
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.
Born in 1893, Vera Brittain won an exhibition to Somerville College, Oxford, in 1914, but a year later abandoned her studies to enlist as a VAD nurse. She served throughout the war, working in London, Malta and close to the Front in France. At the end of the war, with all of those closest to her dead, she returned to Oxford. Vera Brittain was a convinced pacifist, a prolific speaker, lecturer, journalist and writer, she devoted much of her energy to the causes of peace and feminism. She wrote 29 books in all, novels, poetry, biography and autobiography, but it was TESTAMENT OF YOUTH which established her reputation and made her one of the best-loved writers of her time. She died in 1970.
Eric Brown is in the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS for having flown more aircraft types (487) than any other pilot in history. His record is unlikely ever to be broken. Captain Brown CBE, DSC, AFC, KCVSA, RN, became a test pilot during the Second World War and commanded the RAE Aerodynamics Flight at Farnborough. He played a key role in the design of an entire generation of aircraft. No other man could have claimed to have interrogated several senior Nazis, flown their jet aircraft or tested so many experimental machines. The Royal Navy's most decorated pilot, Captain Eric Brown died in 2016 at the age of 97.
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.
Alan Clark, educated at Eton and Oxford, read for the Bar but did not practise. Tory MP for Plymouth Sutton 1972-1992; Kensington and Chelsea, 1997-99. Various junior ministerial appointments in the Margaret Thatcher and John Major governments of the 1980s. Best-known for his Diaries (three volumes) which The Times placed in the Samuel Pepys class. They were filmed by the BBC with John Hurt as Clark and Jenny Agutter as Jane Clark. Alan Clark died in 1999.
Richard Davenport-Hines is a past winner of the Wolfson Prize for History and contributes regularly to the TLS, Sunday Times, Independent and Nature.
Anne de Courcy
Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer and journalist. In the 1970s she was Woman's Editor on the London Evening News and in the 1980s she was a regular feature-writer for the Evening Standard. She is also a former feature writer and reviewer for the Daily Mail. Her recent books include THE VICEROY'S DAUGHTERS and DEBS AT WAR.Go to www.annedecourcy.com for more information.
Clarissa Eden was born Clarissa Churchill in 1920 and married Sir Anthony Eden in 1952, thus becoming a Prime Minister's wife in 1955.
James Evans did his PhD at Oriel College, Oxford, following a first-class Masters in Historical Research. He has worked as a producer on various historical television documentaries, including Dan Cruickshank's 'Hidden Houses' (BBC2), Niall Ferguson's 'Western Civilisation' (C4), Griff Rhys Jones's 'Rivers' (BBC1) and Michael Wood's 'English Story' (BBC2), for which he also contributed to the accompanying book.
After receiving a BA in classics from Dartmouth in 1999, Nathaniel Fick passed the US Marines officer training course and joined the Corps just before 9/11. He saw action in Afghanistan and Iraq in the elite First Recon Battalion (the Marines' equivalent of the Navy SEALs or British SBS). Among the first US soldiers to enter Baghdad in the Iraq war, he left the service after being promoted to captain. He is now in a joint degree programme at Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government.
Rusty Firmin was born in Carlisle in 1950. He joined the Royal Artillery at an early age and was then posted to 49 Field Regiment RA and subsequently to the 29 Commando RA. Getting a taste for commando ops, Rusty passed the SAS gruelling selection and joined B-Squadron 22 (SAS) Regiment in 1977. Following covert tours in Northern Ireland with the SAS, Rusty then led part of the iconic assault to rescue the hostages from the Iranian embassy in 1980. A fitness fanatic who represented the British Army at football, Rusty lives in rural Herefordshire.
Squadron Corporal Major Mick Flynn CGC MC is currently the most highly decorated serving soldier in the British Army. He has seen active service in Northern Ireland, The Falklands, Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan. He is currently based in Windsor with his wife and children.
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.
Nancy Goldstone is the author of FOUR QUEENS - The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe, and JOANNA.Visit the website for more information www.nancygoldstone.com.
Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, including THE FALL OF THE WEST, CAESAR, IN THE NAME OF ROME, CANNAE and ROMAN WARFARE, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes.Visit www.adriangoldsworthy.com for more information.