Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 34 Asterix albums.
A native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx, Dorothy Uhnak (1930-2006) attended the City College of New York and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice before becoming one of the New York Police Departments first female recruits in 1953. She wrote a memoir detailing her experiences, Police Woman, before creating the semi-autobiographical character of Christie Opara, who features in The Bait, The Witness and The Ledger. Opara is the only woman on the District Attoney's Special Investigations Squad, and applies the same cool, methodical approach to hunting down criminals as she does to raising a child on her own and navigating complex relationships with her colleagues. During her 14 years in the NYPD Uhnak was promoted three times and twice awarded medals for services 'above and beyond'; she also earned the department's highest commendation, the Outstanding Police Duty Bar. Her writing was equally highly regarded: The Bait was widely praised by critics, and won the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery of 1968. Dorothy Uhnak died in Greenport, New York, and is survived by her daughter Tracy.
Ludmila Ultiskaya is one of Russia's most popular and renowned literary figures. A former scientist and the director of Moscow's Hebrew Repertory Theatre, she is the author of thirteen works of fiction, three children's books and six plays. She has been awarded the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, Russia's Booker Prize and has been nominated for the International Man Booker Prize. THE FUNERAL PARTY is her first full-length novel to be published in English.
Kaye Umansky is very well known for her PONGWIFFY stories (Puffin) and other books for this age group. She lives in North London.Her website is http://kayeumansky.com/
Michael Underwood (1916-1992, and the pseudonym of John Michael Evelyn) was born in Worthing, Sussex and educated at Christ Church College, Oxford. He was called to the Bar in 1939 and served in the British army during World War Two. He returned to work in the Department of Public Prosecutions until his retirement in 1976, and wrote almost 50 crime novels informed by his career in the law. His five series characters include Sergeant Nick Atwell and lawyer Rosa Epton, of whom is was said by the Washington Post that she 'outdoes Perry Mason'.
Tania has published two novels for adults with Viking/Fig Tree - THE SEAHORSE and BEFORE WE BEGAN. THE ONE SAFE PLACE is her first children's novel. She is the daughter of the late Booker prize winning novelist, Barry Unsworth. She lives in Boston, USA, with her husband and two boys, but travels frequently to the UK. Visit her author website www.taniaunsworth.com and follow her on Twitter @TaniaUnsworth1
Peter Utton is well-known as the illustrator of many popular picture books.