Chyna was born in South London in 1989. After years spent moving between deprived homes and safehouses, her family settled in an estate in the middle of gangland. She was enrolled at the local secondary school, where she immediately made a close-knit group of friends. After an attack left one of the girls badly beaten, they resolved to form the Nothing 2 Lose gang. Several years of brutal gang warfare followed. At the age of 16, Chyna fell into a life of drugs and crime, operating on the city streets and out of crackhouses across the country. Affiliated with boys from several notorious South London gangs, Chyna finally managed to escape the gang lifestyle after a tragic incident involving a friend served as a wake-up call. Find out more information on Facebook and Twitter https://www.facebook.com/bookfam and @FAMChyna.
A former computer games designer and illustrator for Judge Dredd, Siku is an artist first and foremost, and as a Christian THE MANGA BIBLE - and now MANGA JESUS - represents the pinnacle of his achievement.Radically reinventing the ancient stories of the Bible to give a Manga-like take, yet being careful to remain within orthodox interpretation, he somehow uncovers truths that we had forgotten to look for and brings the stories of the Bible to life in new ways.
Donald & Petie Kladstrup
Until his retirement in 1997, Donald Kladstrup was one of America's most distinguished network correspondents. He and his wife, Petie Kladstrup, have made Paris and Normandy their home for decades and are widely published on French Wine. Their articles have appeared in The Wine Spectator, among other magazines.
Chambers is one of the world's most respected dictionary publishers, appealing particularly to word lovers and those who revel in all the quirks of the English language. Its extensive list of innovative language and reference titles includes the renowned Brewer's list of endlessly browsable dictionaries of phrase and fable, and covers English-language dictionaries and thesauruses for every level of user from school to crossword fan, from English learner to student of slang. Meticulously researched and expertly written, the highly acclaimed Chambers range has been at the forefront of presenting knowledge and learning in an engaging and accessible way since it was first established in the 19th century.
Robert A. Heinlein
Robert A. Heinlein was the grand master of science fiction in the twentieth century. Over the course of his long career he won numerous awards and many of his novels have cemented their place in history as science fiction classics, including STARSHIP TROOPERS, THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS, and the beloved STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND.
John A. Keel
John A. Keel was born in New York state in 1930. He started his writing career in the 1940s, writing for magazines, comic books and television, then travelled the world, spotting his first UFO in Egypt and a yeti in Sikkim. The author of more than a dozen books, he is most famous for THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, his classic account of the paranormal phenomena he experienced in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in 1966. He died on July 3, 2009 in New York City, at the age of 79.
Stephan Abarbanell was born in 1957 and grew up in Hamburg. He studied protestant theology and general rhetoric in Hamburg, Tübingen and Berkeley/USA. He also worked as a chaplain at the University Hospital San Francisco. For many years he was chief of programming at rbb Broadcasting, and is now in charge of cultural affairs with the public rbb-Televison and Radio in Berlin. He lives with his wife in Potsdam. Displaced is his first novel.
Annabel Abbs lives in London with her husband and four children. Her bestselling debut novel, The Joyce Girl, won the Impress Prize for New Writers and was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award, the Waverley Good Read Award and the Caledonia Novel Award.
Stig Abell is the editor and publisher of the Times Literary Supplement, which he thinks is the most important literary publication in the world. He presented a weekly radio programme on LBC for the last three years, in which he got the chance to talk about political and social issues with anybody who called in, and pops up as a commentator on Sky News and the BBC. He has written for almost every newspaper in Britain, and one or two in America as well. He now presents Front Row on Radio 4.Previously, he had been the Director of the Press Complaints Commission and the Managing Editor of Britain's biggest newspaper (The Sun). He also worked in crisis communications, although not for very long. How Britain (Really) Works is his first book.
Sarah Abell started her career as a BBC News trainee and spent seven years working as an on-screen reporter for programmes such as Breakfast News and Working Lunch. She has spent the last seven years working in relationships education, helping to develop courses and resources for use with individuals, couples and families. She met her husband David on a counselling course and they have been married five years. Together they present courses about relationships. Sarah currently writes the weekly 'Inside Out' column for The Telegraph.
Vanessa Able began her travel writing career as a correspondent for an English-language weekly in post-Saddam Iraq. She then settled in Turkey where she became Editor in Chief of Time Out Istanbul, and she has also written for The Observer, National Geographic Traveler, Esquire and The New York Times. Her love affair with travel and driving continued as she drove a Yugo through Serbia, a Chevy through the American deserts to the Pacific coast and a pimped-out Jeep Grand Cherokee in the abysmal traffic of Mexico City. Vanessa now lives between Rome and Jersey with her husband (Thor!). Follow her on Twitter: @vanessable
Jill Abramson, a bestselling and award-winning author, has worked on the Wall Street Journal and Time and, from 2011 until 2014, she was the executive editor of the New York Times (the first woman to hold this position). A dog-lover all her life, she has long been fascinated by the complex relationship between dogs and their owners. She, her husband, and Scout live in New York City and Connecticut.
Kate Adams has been immersed in healthy food since an early age - her parents helped to launch the original Vegeburger. Kate has worked in health publishing for 10 years. Her site and blog www.flattummyclub.co.uk now has thousands of visitors.
R J Q Adams
R. J. Q. Adams is Patricia and Bookman Peters Professor of History at Texas A&M University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is a former Research Fellow of St Catherines College, Oxford, and is the author of many acclaimed books on British political history in the Edwardian and inter-war periods.
Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah Addison Allen is the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells, The Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon and The Peach Keeper. She lives in North Carolina, where her novels are set.You can discover more at www.sarahaddisonallen.com, find Sarah on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sarahaddisonallen, or follow her on Twitter @SarahAddisonAll.
Chris Addison is an acclaimed stand-up comic and actor. He has been twice-nominated for the PERRIER AWARD at the Edinburgh Festival and twice-nominated for the Barry Humphries Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In December 2005 he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards for his role in the BBC's new political satire, THE THICK OF IT. He writes for the Guardian and the Times. This is his first book.
Kate Adie became a household name through her work as the BBC`s chief news correspondent, reporting major stories and from war zones around the world. She has won numerous awards including two Royal Television Society awards, the Bafta Richard Dimbleby Award, and the Broadcasting Press Guild`s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. She was awarded an OBE in 1993.Kate Adie presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of several bestselling books.
Mary Adkins is a former lawyer living in New York. She teaches storytelling for The Moth and is an award-winning playwright. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, The Atlantic and more.
Born in Yorkshire, Elizabeth Adler is married with one daughter and lives in California. Her first novel, Private Desires, launched an enormously successful writing career. She has now written sixteen internationally acclaimed bestsellers.
Renée Ahdieh is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. Her most recent novel is The Flame in the Mist.