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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of the RCSI Cyberpsychology Research Centre, Academic Advisor to Europol and Lecturer in Criminology at Middlesex, Mary Aiken is the world's premier forensic specialist in Cyberpsychology and hugely charismatic and inspiring figure. She advises at national and European level in policy debates and recently co-chaired a White House research team. Mary is a consultant for CSI: Cyber and such an inspiration to the writers and producers that she had to fight to stop them naming Patricia Arquette's character after her. For more information: www.maryaiken.com
Alice Albinia read English literature at Cambridge and South Asian history at SOAS, then worked for two years in Delhi as a journalist, critic and editor. Written during an audacious journey through Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Tibet, Empires of the Indus is her first book, for which she won a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for work in progress.
Sameem Ali lives in Manchester with her husband and two sons. She is active in local politics and is a councillor for Moss Side, Manchester. She also speaks openly about forced marriage at government conferences. Find out more at www.sameemali.com
Ted Allbeury was a lieutenant-colonel in the Intelligence Corps during World War II, and later a successful executive in the fields of marketing, advertising and radio. He began his writing career in the early 1970s and became well known for his espionage novels, but also published one highly-praised general novel, THE CHOICE, and a short story collection, OTHER KINDS OF TREASON. His novels have been published in twenty-three languages, including Russian. He died on 4th December 2005.For more information visit www.hodder.co.uk/ted-allbeury
Charles Allen was born in India, where six generations of his family served under the British Raj. After being educated in England, he returned to the Indian sub-continent in 1966 to work with Voluntary Service Overseas in Nepal. He ended his service with a long walk through the Himalayas that won him the Sunday Telegraph Traveller of the year trophy in 1967. Since then he has trekked and climbed extensively in the Himalayas and in other corners of the world. He is the author of many highly acclaimed books.
Peter Alliss was born in 1931, the son of Percy Alliss, one of Britain's leading professional golfers in the 1920s and 30s. Peter himself turned professional in 1947, at the age of sixteen. During his pro career Peter won three British PGA championships, played in eight Ryder Cup teams, and ten teams representing England in the World Cup. He won 23 major tournaments in all.Peter Alliss is now universally known and loved for his golfing commentaries throughout the world, for the BBC in the UK and ABC in the US. For millions of people around the world, Peter Alliss is 'the Voice of Golf'. He was voted by Golf Digest as 'The Best Golf Commentator ... Ever.'
Kirstie Allsopp has starred in Channel 4's Kirstie's Vintage Home, Kirstie's Handmade Britain, and Kirstie's Homemade Home and is the co-presenter, with Phil Spencer, of Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation. She got her first job with interior decorator Nikki Haslam, worked for Country Living magazine before setting up a property buying business with a friend. Kirstie lives in Devon and West London with her partner Ben Anderson and their two sons and two stepsons.