Bestselling Fiction & Non-Fiction Authors, from The Orion Publising Group
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Dan Vyleta

Dan Vyleta is the son of Czech refugees who emigrated to Germany in the late 1960s. After growing up in Germany, he left to attend university in the UK where he completed a PhD in History at King's College, Cambridge. His debut novel, PAVEL & I, gathered immediate international acclaim and was translated into eight languages. His second novel, THE QUIET TWIN, was shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and his third, THE CROOKED MAID, was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the J.I Segal Award. When not reading or writing novels, Dan Vyleta watches cop shows, or listens to CDs from his embarrassingly large collection of jazz albums. He lives in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Kurt Vonnegut

Born in 1922, Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) was a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany, during the saturation bombing which devastated the city near the end of the Second World War, an experience which formed the basis for the novel which made him a world-wide bestseller, Slaughterhouse-Five.
Hasso and Catherine von Bredow

Hasso von Bredow was a successful businessman and father of three. At the age of 42 he suffered a massive stroke at the base of his brainstem, leaving him the victim of 'Locked In' Syndrome. Totally paralysed but complete cognisant, Hasso used coded blinking and state of the art technology to painstakingly write this incredibly moving memoir letter by letter, helped only by his wife and carer, Catherine von Bredow. Tragically, Hasso died of pneumonia in 2003. He is survived by his three children and Catherine, who continue to live in the family home in Kent.
Philipp von Boeselager

Philipp Frieherr von Boeselager was born in the Rhineland in 1917. After leaving school he joined the German cavalry, and after war broke out in 1939 he enthusiastically took part in the invasion of France. As the war went on he became increasingly disgusted with the Nazis, and in 1943-4 he took part in various plots to kill Hitler, including the famous Stauffenberg plot, 'Operation Valkyrie'. After the war he became a forestry expert. He has since been honored by both France and Germany for his part in the plot.
Hans Christian von Baeyer

Hans Christian von Baeyer is Chancellor Professor of Physics at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. His essays in Discover, The Sciences, Reader¿s Digest and The Gettysburg Review have won him several awards, including the 1990 Science Journalism Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a 1991 National Magazine Award. He has also written over seventy technical and popular articles.
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Sara Vogler

Jan and Sara were already friends when one day they decided they wanted to write children's stories and it would be more fun to write them together. That was 18 years ago. Since then they've written over 160 stories - including some about ghosts, football, ghosts playing football and naughty gargoylz. Jan lives in Essex with her family and Sara lives in London with hers. They both have black cats who completely rule their lives. For more information, please visit Jan and Sara's website www.burchettandvogler.co.uk and follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BurchettVogler. Keep up-to-date with the Sam Silver: Undercover Pirate blog at http://samsilverundercoverpirate.blogspot.co.uk.
Paul Vlitos

Paul Vlitos was born in Oxford in the death throes of the 1970s. Having lectured in English language and culture in Japan for several years, he now lives and works in Edinburgh.
Dave Vitty

Dave Vitty, aka Comedy Dave, is one of the most recognised voices on British radio. He can currently be heard every weekday morning as the co-host and self appointed Director of Comedy on the Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1.https://twitter.com/davidvitty
Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge (1944 - )Vernor Steffen Vinge was born in Wisconsin in 1944. He is a retired San Diego State University Professor of Mathematics, a computer scientist and science fiction author. He is best known for his two epic space operas A Fire Upon the Deep (1992) and A Deepness in the Sky (1999), both of which won the Hugo Award and were shortlisted for the Nebula. He is the winner of 5 Hugos, 4 Prometheus Awards and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, among many others. In addition to his works of science fiction, Vinge authored the influential 1993 essay 'The Coming Technological Singularity', in which he argued that the creation of superhuman artificial intelligence will mark the point at which 'the human era will be ended', such that no current models of reality are sufficient to predict beyond it.
Tim Vine

Tim Vine is a British comedian, writer, actor and presenter. He starred in the BBC series Not Going Out, has written joke books and has released four comedy DVDs. He can be followed on Twitter at @RealTimVine and go to his website for more puns and silliness - www.timvine.com.
Jeremy Vine

Jeremy Vine presents the award-winning JEREMY VINE SHOW on Radio 2, weekdays at noon. He presents one of the BBC's longest-running quiz shows, EGGHEADS, as well as POINTS OF VIEW. He also does the BBC election graphics. After starting his training at the COVENTRY EVENING TELEGRAPH, Jeremy became a BBC news trainee in 1987. He worked for many years as a reporter - in Westminster, Africa, and on the BBC Radio 4 TODAY programme. He was a presenter of NEWSNIGHT too. He lives with his wife Rachel and daughters Anna and Martha in west London.
Ian Vince

Ian Vince is the author of Brtain: What a State and The Myway Code. He's been a contributing editor to the Idler and has written for Bremner Bird and Fortune and Radio 4 comedy shows.
Roy Vickery

Roy Vickery worked as a botanist at the Natural History Museum, London, from 1965-2007; he remains a Scientific Associate at the Museum. He has been collecting and writing about the folklore and traditional uses of plants for many years. He has served as chairman of Meetings Committee the Botanical Society of the British Isles (now Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland), and as a vice-president of the Society, has served on the committee of both the Folklore Society and the Society for Folk Life Studies, and is currently President of the South London Botanical Institute. He also writes on Quaker and green issues.
Jules Verne

Jules Gabriel Verne (8 February 1828 - 24 March 1905) was a French author who helped pioneer the science-fiction genre. He is best known for his novels A Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1864), From the Earth to the Moon (1865), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1869-1870), Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) and The Mysterious Island (1875).
Carrie Vaughn

Carrie Vaughn was born in California, but grew up all over the country, a bona fide Air Force Brat. She currently lives in Colorado with her miniature American Eskimo dog, Lily. She has a Masters degree in English Lit, loves to travel, and is known occasionally to pick up a rapier.
Pip Vaughan-Hughes

Pip grew up in South Devon. He studied medieval history at London University and later worked as a reader for a literary agency when he wasn't dabbling as a bike messenger, saxophonist, food critic, gardener and restaurant owner. He now lives in Devon with his wife and children.
Blanche Vaughan

Blanche Vaughan is a food writer and chef. She trained at the River Cafe and then worked at Moro and St John. She writes for the GUARDIAN online.You can follow Blanche on Twitter at https://twitter.com/blanchevaughan
Elizabeth Vaughan

Elizabeth Vaughan is a barrister specialising in bankruptcy and financial cases in addition to being a fantasy romance novelist. She lives in Ohio, and you can learn more at www.eavwrites.com.
Beth Vaughan

Elizabeth Vaughan is a barrister specialising in bankruptcy and financial cases in addition to being a fantasy romance novelist. She lives in Ohio, and you can learn more at www.eavwrites.com.