Tarquin Hall became an under-age journalist at nineteen and spent the next ten years working in Africa, America, Asia and the Middle East. He is the author of Mercenaries, Missionaries and Misfits, an account of his early adventures and To the Elephant Graveyard: A True Story of the Hunt for a Man-killing Elephant, a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. He is married to the BBC World Service presenter Anu Anand. They live in East London.
Robin Harris studied at Oxford University, won the Gibbs Prize, and obtained a DPhil in modern history. In the 1970s and 1980s he worked in various political and governmental capacities, and is now consultant director of the London-based Politeia think tank and a regular contributor to a range of British and American journals, mainly on politics and foreign affairs.
In 2000 Robin Harvie ran his first marathon after a bet. Since then he has run many more.
Selina Hastings is a writer and literary journalist who worked on the Daily Telegraph for fourteen years, and subsequently became the literary editor for Harpers and Queen. Prior to writing THE SECRET LIVES OF SOMERSET MAUGHAM, she published biographies of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh and Rosamond Lehmann. Her biography of Waugh won the Marsh biography prize.
Stephen Hawking is the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and author of A Brief History of Time which was an international bestseller. He is now the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Founder of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge.
Henry Hemming lives in London, UK.
Bevis Hillier devoted more than twenty-five years to writing Betjeman`s life, a task entrusted to him by the poet himself. Like Betjeman he was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. Later he joined The Times, became editor of The Connoisseur and a columnist on the Los Angeles Times, as well as writing for many other papers and journals. He edited Betjeman`s 'Uncollected Poems' now included in COLLECTED POEMS, compiled JOHN BETJEMAN: A LIFE IN PICTURES and is the author of YOUNG BETJEMAN, NEW FAME, NEW LIFE and THE BONUS OF LAUGHTER. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in Hampshire.
Henry Hitchings was born in 1974. He has contributed to many newspapers and magazines, and is theatre critic for the Evening Standard.
Born in 1946, Simon Hoggart is the eldest child of the writer and academic Richard Hoggart. After Cambridge he worked for the Guardian in Northern Ireland, Africa, and Westminster. He joined the Observer in 1991 as US correspondent, based in Washington, then returned to the UK to rejoin the political world. From 1996 to 2006 he chaired the News Quiz on Radio 4, and in 2001 became wine correspondent at the Spectator.
Julia Hollander is a mother and writer living in Oxford.
Meredith Hooper has the rare, possibly unique, distinction of being selected as a writer in Antarctica by three government programmes - the US National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Program, twice; by the British Admiralty, travelling on HMS Endurance, and by the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions. She has written a range of books and articles on Antarctica (general market, academic, children's). Meredith Hooper is a UK Trustee of the Brussels-based International Polar Foundation, a Trustee of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust and served as a juror on the British Antarctic Survey's Artists and Writers Programme. She was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal by the US Congress in 2000. Meredith was born in Australia and has been living in the UK since taking up a scholarship at Oxford to do post-graduate research.