Like many boys who don't want to be train drivers or astronauts, Mark grew up wanting to be a soldier. After a standard schooling involving rugby, football, girls and all manner of detentions he left Oxfordshire for University College London to study archaeology. Discovering a lack of real-life Indiana Jones moments, Mark eventually fulfilled his boyhood ambition and was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 2004.From Nigeria to Canada, Belize to Buckingham Palace, Mark had a diverse and fulfilling career, seeing active service in both Iraq and Afghanistan.On his return from Afghanistan Mark was diagnosed with PTSD and subsequently left the army in 2010 after reaching the rank of Captain. His experiences have led him to work with Help for Heroes and Combat Stress to raise awareness for those affected by recent conflicts. After a turbulent couple of years dealing with the aftermath of war Mark is now happily settled in South West London with his girlfriend.
Writer and broadcaster Mark Ellen was born at the wrong time. Five years older and he would have seen The Beatles and The Byrds; five years younger and he'd have been plunged into punk rock. He spent his teenage years sitting at the feet of bands like Hookfoot, Wishbone Ash and Brewers Droop -- the half-baked rear guard of underground rock -- and he knew no better than to admire them. Mark went on to write for Record Mirror and New Musical Express, and edited Smash Hits, Q and Select, and helped to launch MOJO. He stood in for John Peel on Radio One and then joined the Old Grey Whistle Test, becoming one of the TV presenters of Live Aid in 1985.For ten years from 2002, he edited the much-missed music publication, The Word.To find out more visit www.rockstarsstolemylife.com
John Elkington is one of the world's leading business consultants in the fields of environmental and sustainable development. His clients include ICI, BP and Volvo. He is Chairman of SustainAbility and a member of the European Commission's Consultative Forum on the Environment.
Clive Egleton brings years of experience in the Intelligence and Counter Espionage fields to his enthralling novels of suspense. Widely regarded as one of Britain's leading thriller writers, he is the author of nearly thirty highly acclaimed novels. He lives in the Isle of Wight.
Bad Education is a British sitcom produced starring Jack Whitehall as young teacher Alfie Wickers - 'the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system' - at the fictional Abbey Grove School, in Watford, Hertfordshire.The series ran on BBC Three from 2012 to 2014, with a feature film released in August 2015.
Piu Eatwell is the author of BLACK DAHLIA, RED ROSE and The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse and has produced and researched historical documentaries for the BBC and other channels, including the widely acclaimed film Charles Manson: The Man Who Killed the Sixties. She divides her time between Paris and London with her husband and three children.