George R. R. Martin
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally ever since. He has written fantasy, horror, and science-fiction, and for his sins spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer/producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with his wife Parris and their four cats.www.georgerrmartin.com
Tom Rachman was born in London in 1974 and grew up in Vancouver. His first novel, The Imperfectionists, was an international bestseller, published in more than 20 languages. Both novels so far have been feted by critics, who compared him to Charles Dickens, Evelyn Waugh and Anton Chekhov. He lives in London. www.tomrachman.com
Mark Radcliffe was born in Bolton. He is currently employed by the BBC to talk between records on Radio 1. He is married, has two daughters, lives in Cheshire, supports Manchester City F.C. and drinks in the George and Dragon.
Alexandra Raife has lived abroad in many countries and worked at a variety of jobs, including a six-year commission in the RAF and many years co-running a Highland hotel.
David Ramirez is an ex-scientist dividing his time between California and the Philippines. Once a molecular biologist who worked on the Human Genome Project, he currently dabbles in computer science and programmed part of the information system for the chronobiologists of EUCLOCK. This is his debut novel.
Scottish by birth, Gordon was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. With an injury prematurely putting an end to any hopes of a promising career in football, he went back to college to complete a course in hotel management and his dedication and natural talent led him to train with some of world's leading chefs.In 1993 Gordon became chef of Aubergine in London and within three years was awarded two Michelin stars. In 1998, at the age of 31, Gordon set up his own restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which quickly received the most prestigious accolade in the culinary world - three Michelin stars. One of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three stars, Gordon was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to the industry.Now internationally renowned, Gordon has opened a string of successful restaurants across the globe, from Italy to LA. 2011 has proved to be another exciting year and saw the opening of Bread Street Kitchen in London's City district, as well as a venture across the pond in Montreal, Canada.Gordon has become a star of the small screen both in the UK and internationally, with two top rated shows in the US. Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and Hell's Kitchen are both into their third and ninth series respectively, whilst his latest show, Masterchef US, is now in its second series and is proving to be another massive hit with viewers. Gordon has also published a number of books, many of which have become best sellers across the world, notably his autobiography, Roasting in Hell's Kitchen.Gordon lives with his wife and four children in South London, along with their two bulldogs Rumpole and Romeo.
Vivek Ranadive And Kevin Maney
VIVEK RANADIVÉ is the founder and CEO of the international software company TIBCO. Using The Two-Second Advantage Tibco helps businesses worldwide predict future patterns. Vivek is the author of two international bestsellers, The Power of Now and The Power to Predict.KEVIN MANEY is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Maverick and His Machine and Trade-Off.
Jon Rance is the author of the romantic comedy novel, THIS THIRTYSOMETHING LIFE. He studied English Literature at Middlesex University, London, before going travelling and meeting his American wife in Australia. He's currently working on his second novel, HAPPY ENDINGS.
As well as being renowned as a presenter on Classic FM and many other radio stations, Mike Read is also a published poet and an expert on the life and work of Rupert Brooke. He is also the compiler of the bestselling book and audio CLASSIC FM 100 HUMOROUS POEMS.
Beth Redman is a writer and teacher who heads up Soul Sista, a unique ministry affiliated to Soul Survivor that encourages teenage girls in their walk with God. Author of SOUL SISTA: HOW TO BE A GIRL OF GOD, she is married to singer/songwriter Matt Redman.
Nigel Reed is a dog behaviour expert with fifteen years' experience working with all types of dogs and their owners. He grew up in Cornwall where his love of nature and animals began. He studied under the world-renowned author and TV personality Jan Fennell before moving to London to work with dogs full time. Since then Nigel has helped thousands of clients all over the UK and Europe understand and address their dog's behavioural issues. He holds qualifications in Animal Assisted Therapy, Wolf Studies and Canine Nutrition and Health.www.thedogguardian.com
Jennifer Rees Larcombe
Jennifer Rees Larcombe - daughter of world-famous preacher Tom Rees and brought up in the grand surroundings of Hildenborough Hall, one of Britain's influential Christian conference centres - has long lived in the public eye. She made national headlines when miraculously healed from encephalitis, has since written many best-selling books and now runs Beauty From Ashes a retreat centre for broken lives. She is still much in demand as a speaker to Christian groups and continues to touch lives through publication of her daily Bible reading notes.
Patrick Regan has travelled to over thirty countries working with and on behalf of some of the poorest communities. His passion is to see children and young people, from the most deprived and challenging backgrounds, succeed in life - helping them to avoid making wrong choices and to overcome the challenges they face - to realise their amazing potential. To do this he has engaged with politicians and gang members, victims and perpetrators, police, councils and housing associations, and most particularly with the young people themselves and their families. In 1996 Patrick founded a charity, XLP, that today is committed to fighting poverty, supporting education and serving hundreds of young people and their families weekly in inner London.
Major P R Reid
Patrick Robert "Pat" Reid, MBE, MC was a British Army Officer and author of two bestselling memoirs of his time as a Nazi Prisoner of War at Colditz Castle in Germany, The Colditz Story and The Latter Days at Colditz. These books became the basis of a film starring Sir John Mills, and a successful television series starring Robert Wagner and David McCallum.
In addition to presenting BBC Television's Songs of Praise for more than twenty years, Pam Rhodes has authored five novels and six non-fiction books. She lives with her husband in Bedfordshire. www.pamrhodes.co.uk
Griff Rhys Jones
Griff Rhys Jones was born in Cardiff in 1953. He is a comedian, actor and writer whose television credits include Not the Nine O'Clock News, Smith and Jones, Restoration, Mountain and Rivers. He is the author of To the Baltic With Bob, Mountain and the bestselling memoir Semi-Detached.
Eva Rice has written five novels and one non-fiction book. Her third novel, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, was a Richard and Judy Book Club Choice. Her latest novel is Love Notes for Freddie. She is married to a musician and has three children. She lives in London.
Sir Tim Rice was educated at St Albans and Lancing College. His partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber produced three successful musicals (as above). Later musicals include Chess and Blondel. He has received three Oscars for his lyrics for Disney's Aladdin, The Lion King and for the song 'You Must Have Me' from Evita. He was knighted in 1994
Sir Cliff Richard - singer, actor, businessman - was born in India in 1940 and moved to Britain in 1947. He burst onto the rock'n'roll scene in 1958 with his hit single Move It and was then known as Britain's answer to Elvis Presley. His showbiz career includes starring roles in film and television, and in 1995 he became the first rock star to be knighted.
Paul Richards is Pastor of Lister Hill Baptist Church, Leeds, and an expert in pastoral care.