Helen Banes is a fibre artist and jewellery designer. Born in Chicago in 1920, she has studied at the University of Maryland and Parsons School of Design. She is a founding member of Fiberworks Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, and the founding president of the Bead Society of Greater Washington. A desire to incorporate beads and other perforated objects into her woven pieces led to her most important artistic innovation: the method of stringing beads on a double warp, using a shaped loom on a light-weight portable board. She has given numerous lectures and workshops throughout the US and Canada, and her necklaces have been exhibited in galleries, including the Smithsonian Institute.
Previous titles include: Great Paper Quilling, Wonderful Wire Works, Glass Painting In An Afternoon, Decorating Your Garden, Fantastic Furniture
David Bird is recognised as the world's leading humorous bridge writer. He has written over 130 bridge books, and in the last ten years he has won six 'Book of the Year' awards from the American Bridge Teachers Association - and in 2016 won the International Bridge Press Association Book of the Year Award for The Abbot, the Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl. David contributes regularly to Bridge Magazine, English Bridge, Bridge World, the American Contract Bridge League bulletin and other magazines around the world, as well as Vu-Bridge on the internet. He is also a voice commentator for Bridge Base Online. He lives in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, England.
George Bredehorn is a retired teacher who lives in Wantagh, New York and is a member of Mensa. His puzzles appear regularly in publications such as The New York Times and Games.
Sally Brock is an internationally known player and writer. Sally is also the current bridge correspondent for the Sunday Times.
Previous titles by the author: Memory Gifts, Beautiful Handmade Natural Soaps, Handcrafted Journals Albums & Scrapbooks, Hand Decorating Paper.
Melt & Pour Soapmaking is a selection of Crafters Choice Book Club
Frank Buttler, former Head of Inorganic Chemistry at Teesside University and an industrial consultant, has written many scientific papers and books. Simon Buttler, his son, is a computer systems analyst, project manager and consultant and also an archaeologist.
Art has always been a passion for Rebecca Carter and after receiving a scholarship for Southern Utah University, she graduated with a degree in fine art and a three year degree in interior design. After leaving university, Rebecca taught calligraphy and watercolour classes, until the opportunity to work as a corporate designer came along. She now works from home as a free-lance artist for many companies.
John Chaneski has a long history of playing and creating games, going all the way back to his reign as world Peekaboo champion of 1963-64. A graduate of New York University¿s Tisch School of the Arts, he has parlayed a degree in drama into a perplexing career writing puzzles, articles and reviews for magazines and websites. John lives in Hoboken, NJ.
Catrin Collier was born and brought up in Pontypridd. She lives in Swansea with her husband, two cats and whichever of her children chooses to visit.
Anita Louise Crane
Previous titles by the author include: Two Hour Teddy Bears and Two Hour Dolls Clothes
Elaine Crowley was born in Dublin, and also lived in England, Egypt and Germany. She had a variety of occupations, including being an apprentice tailor and an Avon lady, doing a stint in ATS, and working in the personnel department of British Steel. In addition to numerous articles, Elaine wrote many successful novels and a collection of short stories.
Kitty Danton was born and grew up in Devon where her books are set. She spent time as a news journalist and a mature student before working in publishing. She lives in London.
Albert Dormer is not only an international bridge champion player but is also one of the world's leading bridge writers with a string of remarkable books to his credit. He lives near Inverness in Scotland.
Eithne Farry has had a patchwork-quilt career. A former backing-singer (and tambourinist) with indie band Talulah Gosh, she is now a freelance reviewer, writer, literary editor and radio personality, who makes most of her own clothes (or at the very least, customises those she buys ready-made in shops).
Julian Fellowes, actor, writer, director, producer, was educated at Ampleforth, Magdalene College, Cambridge and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. He trained in repertory theatre at Northampton and Harrogate. As creator, sole writer and executive producer of the hit television series Downton Abbey, Fellowes has won three Emmy awards and a Golden Globe. Fellowes received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Gosford Park (2002). His work was also honoured by the Writer's Guild of America, the New York Film Critics' Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for Best Screenplay. Other writing credits for film include Piccadilly Jim (2004), Vanity Fair (2004), Young Victoria (2009), The Tourist (2010), Romeo & Juliet (2013), and the three-part drama Doctor Thorne for ITV. Fellowes also wrote and directed the award-winning films Separate Lies and From Time to Time. Fellowes wrote the books for the Tony-nominated stage production of Mary Poppins and for School of Rock: The Musical which opened on Broadway in December 2015, and was written and produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.Fellowes has authored two novels: the international bestsellers Snobs (2005) and Past Imperfect (2008).Julian Fellowes became a life peer in 2011. He lives in Dorset and London with his wife, Emma.
Lael Combe Ferguson
Lael Combe Furgeson has worked as an interior designer and colour specialist in California and Massachusetts. Terry Combe Johnson teaches both water colour and sculpture classes. This is the first project that the sisters have combined their talents to re-create one of the joys of their youth.
Fiona Ford was born in Cornwall and grew up in Bath. As well as having a thirst for books Fiona had a huge interest in history and adored listening to her grandfather talk about his time in the navy during World War Two. Together they spent many a happy afternoon poring over the large collection of photos he had taken travelling the globe, somehow managing to perfectly capture life during wartime. Although Fiona went on to develop a successful career as a journalist, she never forgot her passion for the past. Now, Fiona has combined her love of writing with her love of days gone by in The Spark Girl, the first in a series of wartime sagas.Find out more about Fiona by following her on twitter @fionajourno, or visiting her website www.fionaford.co.uk.
Pietro Forquet has the reputation of being one of the most celebrated bridge players of all time.
Jean Fullerton is the author of seven historical novels. She is a qualified District and Queen's nurse who has spent most of her working life in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She is also a qualified teacher and spent twelve years lecturing on community nursing studies at a London university. She now writes full-time. Find out more at www.jeanfullerton.com