Barney Elizabeth Bardsley took a degree in languages at Hull University in 1979. Throughout the 1980s she worked in London as a freelance arts journalist, and for two years was books and arts editor for the Tribune newspaper. Her first book, Flowers in Hell, about women and crime, was published by Pandora Press in 1986. She then trained in T`ai Chi, and as a dancer and taught movement skills to actors in London and Hungary. From 1994 to 2004 she looked after her husband Tim, during his long struggle with cancer. She now lives in Leeds - with her daughter, Molly, and dog, Muffin - teaches T`ai Chi and writes. All her spare time is devoted to her unruly garden and allotment.
Kate Berridge started her writing career with obituaries and progressed to writing a book about death, VIGOR MORTIS - her irreverent, witty and never morbid account of society`s attitude to death. She moved on to WAXING MYTHICAL, a biography of Madame Tussaud. Kate has contributed to a wide range of broadsheets and magazines including Vogue, the Spectator, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph.
John Betjeman was born in London on 28 August 1906. He was educated at Marlborough and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1931 his first book of poems, 'Mount Zion', was published by an old Oxford friend, Edward James. His second book was 'Ghastly Good Taste', a commentary on architecture, published in 1934. He was knighted in 1969 and was appointed Poet Laureate in 1972. John Betjeman died on 19 May 1984 at his home in Trebetherick, Cornwall and was buried at the nearby church of St Enodoc.
William Blacker lived in Romania from 1996 to 2004. He now divides his time between England, Romania and Italy. He has contributed articles and photographs to the Daily Telegraph, Ecologist, Art Newspaper and The Times. ALONG THE ENCHANTED WAY was shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Prize in 2010.
Michael Bloch read law at St John's College, Cambridge and was called to the bar by the Inner Temple. Appointed James Lees-Milne's literary executor in 1997, he edited the final five volumes of the complete diary as well as abridging it into three volumes, DIARIES, 1942-1954, DIARIES, 1971-1983 and DIARIES, 1984-1997. He also wrote the acclaimed biography, JAMES LEES-MILNE: THE LIFE. Find out more at www.jamesleesmilne.com
Anne Boston has written and edited for various publications including Nova, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Times, New Society and Country Living. Her anthology Wave Me Goodbye: Stories of the Second World War was published in 1988.
Gyles Brandreth is a writer, performer, former MP and government whip whose career has ranged from hosting Have I Got News For You to starring in his own award-winning musical revue in London's West End. Currently a reporter with The One Show on BBC1 and a regular on Radio 4's Just a Minute, his acclaimed Victorian detective stories - THE OSCAR WILDE MURDER MYSTERIES - are now being published in nineteen countries around the world and are currently in development for TV. All six books in the series, OSCAR WILDE AND THE CANDLELIGHT MURDERS, OSCAR WILDE AND THE RING OF DEATH, OSCAR WILDE AND THE DEAD MAN'S SMILE, OSCAR WILDE AND THE NEST OF VIPERS, OSCAR WILDE AND THE VATICAN MURDERS and OSCAR WILDE AND THE MURDERS AT READING GAOL are available from John Murray. You can find out more about the Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries at www.oscarwildemurdermysteries.com and about Gyles Brandreth at www.gylesbrandreth.net