Elizabeth George is the author of highly acclaimed novels of psychological suspense. She won the Anthony and Agatha Best First Novel awards in America and received the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière in France. In 1990 she was awarded the prestigious German prize for international mystery fiction, the MIMI. Her novels have now been adapted for television by the BBC. An Edgar and Macavity Nominee as well as a New York Times and international bestselling author, Elizabeth George lives on Whidbey Island in the state of Washington. She keeps a website at www.elizabethgeorgeonline.com
Midge Gillies is the acclaimed author of Amy Johnson: Queen of the Air and Marie Lloyd: The One and Only. She is also a freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Guardian and the Press Association. She acted as consultant and contributor to the Channel 4 documentary The Real Amy Johnson, drawn from her biography of Johnson.
John Gillingham is professor of history at LSE and the author of a number of highly-regarded academic works on the Middle Ages, as well as the popular history book Medieval Britain: An Introduction.
Lady Glenconner is now 87. She was born Lady Anne Coke in 1932, the eldest daughter of the 5th Earl of Leicester, and growing up in their ancestral estate at Holkham Hall in Norfolk. A Maid of Honour at the Queen's Coronation, she married Lord Glenconner in 1956. They had 5 children together of whom 3 survive. In 1958 she and her husband began to transform the island of Mustique into a paradise for the rich and famous. They granted a plot of land to Princess Margaret who built her favourite home there. She was appointed Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret in 1971 and kept this role - accompanying her on many state occasions and foreign tours - until her death in 2002. Lord Glenconner died in 2010, leaving everything in his will to his former employee. She now lives in a farmhouse near Kings Lynn in Norfolk.
Stephen Greenleaf is the award-winning author of the John Marshall Tanner series and two standalone novels. A graduate of Carlton College in Minnesota, he received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley and attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Zane Grey was born in Ohio in 1872 in the town his ancestor, Ebenezer Zane, founded. He is most famous for his novels set in pioneering America and can be credited for creating the Western genre. He had a lifelong passion for fishing, for writing and for women - a situation that his wife endured stoically. He was the author of over 90 books and became one of the first millionaire authors. In addition to his novels, he wrote articles on fishing and set up fishing resorts in New Zealand and Australia. He died in 1939.
Michele Guinness is a well-known speaker and the bestselling author of The Guinness Spirit, Is God Good for Women?, Autumn Leave and, most recently, Archbishop. She worked for many years as a broadcast journalist, then in PR for the NHS, eventually heading up NHS communications for Cumbria and Lancashire. She is now retired with two children and three grandchildren, and divides her time between Kent and France with her husband, Canon Peter Guinness.