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.
Australian-born Kate Jacoby has travelled all over the world. She wrote Exile¿s Return, the First Book of Elita, while backpacking through the Middle East.
Allan Jones has been writing children's novels and children's book series for over 20 years now. He grew up with the James Bond movies and has always been a huge fan of spy stories and espionage. At school, he even managed to convince a few classmates that he was in a Top Secret British Security Team. The Zak Archer books bring that world alive at last. Allan lives with his wife Claudia in South East London. Visit Allan's website at www.allanfrewinjones.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/A_Frewin_Jones and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/allan.frewin. Visit the Codename Quicksilver website at http://codenamequicksilver.com.
Gwyneth Jones lives in Brighton with her husband and son. She won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for BOLD AS LOVE; CASTLES MADE OF SAND was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award. She is the previous winner of the James Tiptree Memorial Award and two World Fantasy Awards; four of her previous books have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Terry Jones was a member of the legendary Monty Python team and has directed three highly successful films - Erik the Viking, Consuming Passions, Personal Services, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as well as scripting and performing in The Life of Brian, Jabberwocky and a number of Monty Python films. A previous book The Saga of Erik the Viking won the 1984 Children's Book Award. He is also the author of (for adults) Chaucer's Knight: Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary, Crusades and The Knight and the Squire as well as many other books for children. He read English at Oxford and retains a passion for medieval literature.
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.