Sir Derek Jacobi is one of the UK's most distinguished contemporary actors. He made his name with commanding performances on stage and screen, most memorably in the BBC TV series I, Claudius. He was nominated for a 'Best Actor' Tony Award for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the play Breaking the Code, and then for a BAFTA when that was adapted for television. Other notable TV work includes the series Cadfael. His film work ranges from The Day of the Jackal to Gladiator and Gosford Park. He has read numerous audiobooks including, for Orion, The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick. He was knighted in 1994.
Katherine Jenkins is the biggest classical crossover star in the UK today, having already sold almost two million copies of her four albums by the age of twenty-seven. Her record Living A Dream was named the Album of the Year at the 2006 Classical Brit Awards, and her work entertaining the troops has earned her the accolade of the new 'forces sweetheart'.
John Paul II
Born Karol Wojtyla in 1920, His Holiness Pope John Paul II was ordained a priest in 1946. He was created a cardinal in 1967. He became Pope on 16 October 1978. He died on 2 April 2005. Pope John Paul II published several monographs straddling theology, philosophy and social policy. He wrote plays and poetry, a special account of his pastoral experience in Krakow, and collections of sermons delivered all over the world.
Paul Johnson was born in 1928. He edited the New Statesman in the 1960s and has written over forty books. His Modern Times, a history of the world from the 1920s to the 1990s, has been translated into more than fifteen languages. As well as a weekly column in the Spectator, he contributes to newspapers all over the world.
Liz Jones is a columnist for the 'Mail on Sunday', Fashion Editor of the 'Daily Mail' and a former editor of 'Marie Claire'. She lives in Somerset.
Nigel Jones is a historian,biographer and broadcaster. Formerly Assistant Editor of 'History Today' and 'BBC History' magazines, he now writes fulltime and leads battlefield tours of the western front. His film about the excavation of Wilfred Owen's dugout on the Somme, 'Journey to Hell' , directed by Catrine Clay, was shown on BBC 2's 'Ancestors' series in February 2004. He is currently writing a short biography of Owen, and a study of the Edwardian era.
Eddie Jordan was born in 1948, and began to make money as a superb salesman, which helped fund his love of motor sport. In the 1980s he began to move from driving to running racing teams, eventually moving into Formula One in 1989. Eventually, he sold his team in January 2005. In autumn 2006, he presented Eddie Jordan's Bad Boy Racers on Channel Five.
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.