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Abraham Eraly

Abraham Eraly, who was born in Kerala, has taught Indian history in Madras and the United States. He is the author of a number of books, including THE MUGHAL THRONE and THE MUGHAL WORLD. He lives in Madras.

Adrian Goldsworthy

Adrian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, THE ROMAN ARMY AT WAR was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptionally impressive work, original in treatment and impressive in style. He has gone on to write several other books, including PAX ROMANA, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, THE FALL OF THE WEST, CAESAR, IN THE NAME OF ROME and ROMAN WARFARE, which have sold more than a quarter of a million copies and been translated into more than a dozen languages. A full-time author, he regularly contributes to TV documentaries on Roman themes.

Barry Strauss

Barry Strauss read History at Cornell and gained a PhD at Yale in 1979. He is now Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University. The author of nine books, he has appeared in many TV documentaries, and has contributed op-ed pieces to the WASHINGTON POST and LOS ANGELES TIMES.

Ben Chu

Ben Chu is the Economics Editor of the INDEPENDENT. He was born and brought up in Manchester, and studied Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford.

Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis was Emeritus Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Formerly Professor of Middle Eastern History at the School of Oriental & African Studies, London, 1949-74.

Charles Higham

Charles Higham has been active in archaeological research in Southeast Asia since 1969. He has published a series of final excavation reports and is the author of two major syntheses of the region's prehistory, The Archaeology of Mainland Southeast Asia, and The Bronze Age of Southeast Asia. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank is a regular presenter on the BBC best known for his popular BBC Two series THE BEST BUILDINGS OF BRITAIN and WHAT THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION DID FOR US. He is one of Britain's leading architectural and historic building experts.

David Miles

David Miles is currently Chief Archaeologist at English Heritage. Previously the Director of Oxford Archaeological Unit, he was an Associate Professor of Stanford University and is a Research Fellow of the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford and a fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. His particular interests are the history of the English landscape and the archaeology of the first millennium AD. He has worked in many areas of England and also France, Greece, Israel, Africa and the Americas. He is the author and co-author of many books and articles on archaeology. He was a columnist for the Oxford Mail and Times for ten years and frequently broadcasts on radio and TV. He is on the Board of the Cultural Heritage National Training Organisation and is a member of the Society of Antiquaries.

Efraim Halevy

Efraim Halevy, the former head of the Mossad, is now the Head of the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was also Israel's ambassador to the European Union before his appointment to the Mossad. During the time he worked for the Israeli government, he was the secret envoy to five of that country's Prime Ministers: Rabin, Shamir, Netanyahu, Barak and Sharon. In April 2005 he received the prestigious Chaim Herzog Prize for extraordinary contributions to the state of Israel.

Hiram Bingham

Hiram Bingham was born in Hawaii in 1875 and educated at Yale. His early expeditions to South America and his discovery of Machu Picchu were just the start of a long and colourful career: he went on to command air force troops in France during the First World War and to become a Senator. He died in 1956. Hugh Thomson, the editor of this edition, is an explorer, travel writer and documentary filmmaker living in Bristol.

Hope Mirrlees

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Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thomson's previous books include The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland and Nanda Devi, a journey to a usually inaccessible part of the Himalayas. He has led many research expeditions to Peru. He is also a film-maker and has won many awards for his documentaries, which include Indian Journeys with William Dalrymple, and Dancing in the Street: A Rock and Roll History. He lives in Oxfordshire.

Jane Wellesley

Jane Wellesley spent four years in the art world before starting her career in TV in 1975. She worked for the BBC and Granada before becoming an independent producer. This is her first book. She lives in London.

Julian Spilsbury

Julian Spilsbury is the military obituarist for the DAILY TELEGRAPH and a script writer for THE BILL, TAGGART and CASUALTY. He is the author of several thrillers including NIGHT OF THE BEAR and VISION OF THE HUNTER.

Justina Robson

Justina Robson is an Arthur C. Clarke shortlisted author of ten SFF novels, including the highly regarded Quantum Gravity series, and was one of the first writers to win amazon.co.uk's Writer's Bursary in 2000. Based in Leeds, she's been shortlisted for multiple international awards and is a sought-after creative writing teacher who has taught at the Arvon Foundation. A graduate of the Clarion West workshops in Seattle (1996) she has been invited to teach there also, though she hasn't made it yet for various practical reasons. She acted as a judge for the Arthur C Clarke awards on behalf of the Science Fiction Foundation in 2006. Her most recently published novel is Glorious Angels, shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Best Novel 2015. You can learn more at justinarobson.co.uk or by following @JustinaRobson on Twitter.

Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, an experience she recollected in her two volumes of best-selling autobiography, THROUGH THE NARROW GATE and BEGINNING THE WORLD. She is the author of the world-wide best-seller, A HISTORY OF GOD (which has now appeared in more than thirty languages), the acclaimed HISTORY OF JERUSALEM and, moRE recently, THE BATTLE FOR GOD. She is a teacher at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and, in 1999, she received the Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award.

Kenneth Rose

Kenneth Rose was born in 1924. He was educated at Repton and was a scholar at New College, Oxford. He served in the Welsh Guards during the Second World War and was subsequently a schoolmaster at Eton, before working for the British Council in Rome and Naples. He joined the DAILY TELEGRAPH in 1951 and worked on the Peterborough column before starting the long-running Albany at Large column in the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH in 1961. He published prize-winning biographies of Lord Curzon, King George V and Victor Rothschild, as well as acclaimed studies of the Victorian Prime Minister Lord Salisbury and his family in THE LATER CECILS. His journals, spanning 1944 to his death in 2014, are to be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in two volumes.

Michael Asher

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.

Michael Swanton

Michael Swanton is professor of Medieval Studies at the University of Exeter, and has held visiting professorships at Justus-Liebig Universität (Germany), and l'Université de Lausanne (Switzerland). Formerly Editor of the Royal Archaeological Institute, he is Fellow of both the Society of Antiquaries and The Royal Historical Society, and lectures widely on various aspects of early English culture. His extensive publications include translations of the epic poem Beowulf (1978) and a selection of Anglo-Saxon Prose (2nd edition, Everyman, 1993)

Noel Barber

Noel Barber has enchanted millions of readers with his six bestselling novels. In these powerfully exotic novels he drew upon his own experience as one of the leading foreign correspondents from the 40s to the 60s working on the Daily Mail. He was the first Briton to reach the South Pole since Scott, was stabbed five times while covering the wars in Morocco and was shot during the Hungarian uprising. He died in 1988.