Peter Martin was born in Argentina of English parents and educated there and in the US. He has taught English literature on both sides of the Atlantic and written extensively on 18th-century British and American literature and culture. He divides his time between Spain and a house in West Sussex.
Mark Mazower is a Professor of History at Princeton University and has recently been appointed Professor of History at Birkbeck College, London.
Graeme McLagan specialises in long-term investigations for BBC news and current affairs programmes. He has been the BBC's expert on police corruption for more than twenty years, presenting three Panorama programmes on the subject as well as several major stories for Newsnight. He won the Royal Television Society prize for his scoops while covering the 'Arms for Iraq' scandal and was commended in 1998 for Bent, the second of his Panorama programmes on police corruption. He is the co-author of Mr Evil, the story of David Copeland, the neo-Nazi bomber. Born in London and still living there, Graeme McLagan is married with two grown-up children. The Newcastle Journal was his first newspaper, followed by the Daily Mail in London. He joined the BBC in 1971, becoming Home Affairs reporter and then Special Correspondent.
Patti Miller is the author of Writing Your Life, The Last One Who Remembers and Child (all Allen & Unwin), and Whatever the Gods Do (Random House). She has taught writing at universities and writers' centres for 20 years. In 1991, she founded Life Stories Workshops. Her website is www.lifestories.com.au.
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.