Karen Armstrong spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, an experience she recollected in her two volumes of best-selling autobiography, Through the Narrow Gate and Beginning the World. She is the author of the world-wide best-seller, A History of God (which has now appeared in more than thirty languages), the acclaimed History of Jerusalem and, most recently, The Battle for God. She is a teacher at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and, in 1999, she received the Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award.
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.
Bestselling author of Tanamera
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.
Anita Louise Crane
Previous titles by the author include: Two Hour Teddy Bears and Two Hour Dolls Clothes
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.
Abraham Eraly, who was born in Kerala, has taught Indian history in Madras and the United States. He is the author of Gem in the Lotus: The Seeding of Indian Civilisation. He lives in Madras.
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).
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.
Pietro Forquet has the reputation of being one of the most celebrated bridge players of all time.
Lori Gardener has also written Sweet and Simple Country Cross Stitch (1997)
Hugh Kelsey will always be remembered as one of the giants in bridge. He had a formidable reputation as an international player and as a writer and analyst of the highest order.
Michael Glauert is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of East Anglia.
An acclaimed author and designer who has written for such magazines as Good Housekeeping, Women¿s Day and more