Lindy Woodhead worked in international fashion public relations for over 25 years. During the late 1980s she spent two years as the first woman on Harvey Nichols' board of directors. Lindy retired from fashion in 2000 to concentrate on writing; her first book, War Paint (Virago), a biography of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, was published in 2003. Her second book, Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge (Profile), was adapted into an ITV drama that ran for four series. She is a regular contributor to The Spectator and The Times Saturday Magazine. A Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, she is married with two sons and lives in Oxfordshire. Website: www.Lindywoodhead.com
Mike Wenble has played bridge from an early age and became the English Schools champion. He has played for Yorkshire and Berkshire and is an EBU qualified bridge teacher.
Alice Walker won the Pulitzer prize and the American Book Award for THE COLOR PURPLE. She is the author of many bestselling novels, essays and collections of poetry including MERIDIAN, BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER'S SMILE and THE THIRD LIFE OF GRANGE COPELAND.Visit Alice Walker's official website at: alicewalkersgarden.com
Nicola Hodgkinson won THE PEOPLE'S AUTHOR national writing competition as featured on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Robin Taylor Daugherty
Robin Taylor Daugherty wove her first basket as a Brownie scout and has avidly pursued the history and craft of basket-making for over fifteen years.
William P Spence
William Spence was Professor of Construction Engineering at the School of Technology and Applied Science. As well as writing articles for magazines, he has written numerous successful books including Residential Framing and Woodworking Basics. Spence has designed homes and built two of his own.
Previous titles include: Tricky Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Ingenious Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Perplexing Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Intriguing Lateral Thinking Puzzles
Peter Scher is a graduate from Harvard University and Tulane Law School. He has worked as a Lawyer, Editor and Teacher. This is his first book.
Nikos Sarantakos is a bridge expert owning one of the world's largest bridge libraries. He lives in Luxembourg and Greece.
Santo Bernardo Recaman
Bernado Recamán Santos has been collecting puzzles for over 25 years. He studied mathematics at the University of Warwick, England and has been teaching mathematics since 1973. He lives in Bogotá surrounded by puzzles and children
Rhonda Rainey is an award winning artist, watercolourist, designer and author. She has been an educator of art for more than 20 years, and is currently enjoying work as a freelance artist and designer.
Those associated with Rhonda find her to be thoughtful and innovative when it comes to pushing the boundaries of established crafting techniques.
JoAnn Pugh-Gannon has been involved within the home sewing industry for many years, including a long career with Swiss Bernina, later known as Bernina of America, the Untied States importer of Swiss-made Bernina sewing machines and related products. As Vice-President of Marketing Software for Bernina, she was responsible for all dealer and consumer education, educational material, and Bernina University.
In 1994 she began publishing sewing and craft books under the name of Sewing Information Resources.
Julian Pottage writes regular columns in the bridge press and is the author or co-author of 26 books on bridge. He is an outstanding bridge teacher and has competed in several national and international events. He lives in Wales.
Titles published by Plaid include: Paint Techniques for Home Decorating, Fresh And Fabulous Painted Furniture, Glass Art, Painting Fabulous Floorcloths Decoupage the Easy Way,
Air Tools(October,2000, Trade Paperback Edition), Drills And Drill Presses(October,2000, Trade Paperback Edition), Flooring Basics(January,2001, Trade paperback), Framing Basics(February,2001, Trade paperback)
Barbara Pease is CEO of Pease International, which produces videos, training courses and seminars for businesses and governments worldwide. She is co-author of the bestselling book WHY MEN DON'T LISTEN AND WOMEN CAN'T READ MAPS, which has sold ten million copies around the world.
Allan Pease is the world's foremost expert on body language and relationships. His acclaimed book BODY LANGUAGE has sold over 4 million copies, while his top rated TV series on the same subject has been seen by over 100 million people worldwide. He travels the world lecturing on human communication.
Previous title by the author: Complete Book of Scarves
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.