Leslie Ash was born in 1960 and made her first TV appearance in an advert for Fairy Liquid at the age of four. She starred in the film Quadrophenia, but her biggest role was in the huge hit comedy series Men Behaving Badly. She married footballer Lee Chapman in 1988.
Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the south coast of England. She is the author of four novels and winner of the Mail on Sunday Novel Competition. After giving up a successful career in product marketing to study English at the University of Chichester, her debut GLASSHOPPER was published and named as one of the best books of the year by the Observer and the London Evening Standard. She has a first class degree in English and an MA in Creative Writing with distinction. In 2014 Isabel was Writer in Residence at the University of Brighton, where she has taught on their Creative Writing MA. Along with dachshund Leonard she is a volunteer for Pets as Therapy, as part of their Read2Dogs scheme. Isabel lives in West Sussex with her carpenter husband, two children and their dogs.
Michael Asher served in the Parachute Regiment and SAS. A fluent Arab speaker, he has lived for years among the Bedouin peoples. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, his published books include SHOOT TO KILL (1990), THESIGER: A BIOGRAPHY (1994) and an acclaimed biography of Lawrence of Arabia. His THE REAL BRAVO TWO ZERO (2002) was a Sunday Times Top 10 best seller.
( With over 3 millions viewers, Trade Secrets is one of BBC2's most celebrated successes ( Trade Secrets has sold 60,000 copies in HB and PB ( All the advice and hints are from professionals with a lifetime of experience
Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)Isaac Asimov was one of the most famous, honoured and widely read science fiction authors of all time. Born in Russia but raised in the USA, his career as an SF writer began in 1939 with 'Marooned Off Vesta', in Amazing Stories. His output was prolific by any standards - in a career spanning five decades, he wrote more than four hundred books, won six Hugos, two Nebulas and the SFWA Grand Master Award, among many others, and provided pleasure and insight to millions of readers. He died in 1992 at the age of 72.
Diana Athill was born in 1917. She worked for the BBC throughout the Second World War and then heloed Andre Deutsch establish the publishing company that bore his name. Athill's distinguished career as an editor is the subject of her acclaimed memoir STET, which is published by Granta Books, as are four other volumes of memoirs - INSTEAD OF A LETTER, AFTER A FUNERAL, YESTERDAY MORNING, MAKE BELIEVE - and a novel, DON'T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT.
Peter Atkins gained his PhD at Leicester University and his MA at Oxford, where he is Lecturer in Physical Chemistry and Fellow of Lincoln College. Visiting professorships have taken him all over the world ¿ to Israel, Japan, China, France and New Zealand. His research interests include quantum theory, particularly the theory of molecular properties.
A. A. Attanasio (1951 - )Alfred Angelo Attanasio was born in New Jersey in 1951, and published his first story, 'Beowulf and the Supernatural' in 1971. In addition to an MFA in creative writing, he holds a BA in biochemistry and an MA in linguistics. The author of many novels, he is best known for his Radix Tetrad, the first of which - Radix - was nominated for the Nebula Award. He lives in Honolulu, and writes most of his fiction inside a volcano: Koko Crater, a botanical garden near his home.
Marcus Aurelius reigned from 161 AD to 180 AD - perhaps the only true philosopher-king in the history of the world. In his MEDITATIONS, a series of notes to himself, he formulated his pantheist Stoic beliefs with a passionate religious conviction. The MEDITATIONS were written day by day, in every situation including war. They often appear to be responses to the stress of supreme power, from the imminent fear of death in battle, to the trials of everyday life.
Jane Austen was born in 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, where her father was rector. When she was 25 the family moved to Bath till her father's death in 1805, then to Chawton in Hampshire where Jane lived with her mother and sister. She wrote six novels. Sense and Sensibility was first in 1811, then Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Northanger Abbey and Persusaion were both published posthumously, in 1817. Jane Austen died in 1817. Well-received during her lifetime, since her death she has become known as not just one of the greatest writers of English fiction, but one of the most beloved.
The son of a City banker, Tom has lived in Sussex, Rio de Janeiro and Paris. He attended Harrow school and his travels have led him to the Andes, Patagonia, and South and North Poles.
Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known only for the worst traffic rotary in the continental United States. She moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She currently splits her time between the East and West coasts. As an author and screenwriter, she uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies.Find out more at www.victoriaaveyard.com or follow her on Twitter @VictoriaAveyard
Pam Ayres has ben performing on television, radio, and stage for more than thirty years. She first became a household name during the seventies when she appeared regularly on television. She continues to perform on stage extensively, and has also published seven books books of poems, sales of which have exceeded over two million world-wide.
Sean B. Carroll
Sean B. Carroll is an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His scientific discoveries have been featured in Time and The New York Times, and Carroll himself has written articles for Natural History and Playboy. His first book, Endless Forms Most Beautiful was a 2005 Top Popular Science Book of the Year (USA Today). He and his wife and children reside in Madison, Wisconsin.
Born in 1973, Steve Backshall was brought up on a farm. He studied English at University before taking a second degree in Biology. He is the presenter of the top-rated CBBC natural history programme, DEADLY 60. After writing for ROUGH GUIDES and filming documentaries for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC he became a key member of the expedition team for the hit series, LOST LAND OF THE JAGUAR, LOST LAND OF THE VOLCANO and LOST LAND OF THE TIGER. Steve has also written several books for children.Steve's website is http://www.stevebackshall.com/, and you can follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/stevebackshallofficial and Twitter @SteveJBackshall
Ivor Baddiel started driving at the age of 4 months, before he could even walk. Or talk for that matter. He became the Formula 1 world champion when he was 7, a title he has retained every year to the present day, making him the better than best ever greatest driver of all time, ever. He is also the current 500cc motorbike world champion, Trucker of the Year, Mr Milk Float and recently won the Tour De France on a pogo stick. Last week he joined the Labour party and is already being tipped to succeed Tony Blair as Prime Minister, a post he will probably hold forever. He was recently voted The Best At Everything In the World Ever. As well as the above, Ivor Baddiel has written 13 books and writes extensively for television and radio where he has worked with the likes of Stephen Fry, Ant and Dec, Johnny Vaughn, Dara O' Brian, Joan Rivers, Vernon Kay, James Nesbitt and Jerry Springer.Follow Ivor Baddiel on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ivorbaddiel.
Born in Vienna, Afred Bader fled to England at the age of 14 just before the outbreak of World War II, where he was interned as an enemy alien and sent to a Canadian prisoner of war camp. On his release in 1941 he read engineering chemistry at Queen's University, Ontario, and was subsequently a fellow in Organic Chemistry at Harvard. In 1951 he founded Aldrich, which became, as Sigma-Aldrich, one of the world's largest suppliers of research chemicals. After being ousted from the company in a boardroom coup he turned his attention to Old Master paintings, becoming a leading collector and dealer. Alfred and his family have become well known as generous benefactors in many diverse fields and his personal philanthropy has been directed towards helping students and teachers of chemistry and art history.
Robert Baer spent 21 years in the CIA as a field operative. He resigned after leading an aborted attempt on Saddam Hussein. He is the author of four NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers. His memoir SEE NO EVIL was made into the Academy Award-winning movie SYRIANA. He anchored an Emmy-nominated British documentary series, THE CULT OF THE SUICIDE BOMBER. He is the intelligence columnist for TIME.com and a regular BBC and CNN contributor. He currently lectures various US government agencies on assassination.
Tilly Bagshawe upset the nuns at her Catholic boarding school by getting pregnant at seventeen. Expelled but undaunted, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter alone and went on to Cambridge University before fulfilling her dream of becoming a writer. Now a happy (but tired!) mother of three, she has contributed to many newspapers and magazines including GLAMOUR, COSMOPOLITAN, THE SUNDAY TIMES and THE DAILY MAIL.