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The author himself made the transition from engineer to teacher in one of the toughest of East End schools. Sidney Poitier played him effectively in the subsequent feature film.
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.
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
The author of more than thirty plays, Rebecca Reisert has taught creative writing, drama and literature in both high school and college for twenty-six years. She has twice been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to study literature. Currently she teaches at boys' high school in Louisville, Kentucky and directs a travelling improvisational theatre company.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds
Dr. Barbara Reynolds is an ordained minister, a columnist, and the author of several books, including Out of Hell & Living Well: Healing from the Inside Out. She was a longtime editorial board member of USA Today, won an SCLC Drum Major for Justice Award in 1987, and was inducted into the Board of Preachers at the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. International College of Ministers and Laity at Morehouse College in 2014.
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.
Alyson Richman is the author of The Mask Carver's Son, Swedish Tango, The Last Van Gogh and THE LOST WIFE. The daughter of a painter and an engineer, Richman's novels combine a love of art and research, and have been published in more than ten languages. She lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and two children.www.alysonrichman.comwww.twitter.com/alysonrichman
Dr Fern Riddell is a historian specialising in sex, suffrage and culture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes for the Guardian, Huffington Post, Telegraph and Times Higher Education among others, and is a columnist for BBC History Magazine.
Caroline Righton has worked as a broadcaster, producer and journalist but made the decision to leave her job as a TV executive after developing the Life Audit and auditing her own life. She now works as a freelance TV producer, consultant and writer. She lives in Devon and is married with two children.
Ferzanna Riley was born in Pakistan and brought up in Lancashire. She has studied journalism and has a law degree. Following major heart surgery in 2002, Ferzanna has now become a full time writer, campaigner, broadcaster and speaker. Ferzanna is now a director and international representative of Roshni (Urdu meaning 'light') a charity that highlights abuse in all its forms within the ethnic minority communities.
Talulah Riley is an actress, writer, and director. THE QUICKENING is her second novel. Talulah Riley can be found on Twitter: @TalulahRiley.
Jean Robb & Hilary Letts
Jean Robb and Hilary Letts are educational therapists who have set up the education foundation Successful Learning in Merseyside to enable all children, even those labelled dull, lazy, naughty, difficult or remedial, to astound themselves and their teachers by making good the damage of years of missed or misunderstood lessons and mixed messages.
Born in New York in 1916, Harold Robbins grew up during the Depression. He left school at fifteen-and-a-half to go to work, and by the time he was twenty-one had made his first fortune and lost it. When he was thirty, Harold Robbins began to write. NEVER LOVE A STRANGER became an immediate bestseller. He then became the world's bestselling writer, many of his novels were filmed, and his books translated into almost every language. He died in 1998.
Widely considered to be one of the world`s leading experts on the dietary link between health and the environment, bestselling author, John Robbins' first book, Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth, has now sold more than a million copies. In his new book, Healthy at 100, he explores how society, environment, food and lifestyle all contribute to ageing. Based on the latest research and his anthropological studies of some of the world's healthiest peoples, John shows that we can all live longer, happier lives.
Seth Roberts is an associate professor in the Psychology Department at the University of California, Berkeley.
Peter Robinson's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama starring Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) as Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) as DI Annie Cabbot. Peter's standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award. His critically acclaimed DCI Banks novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.Peter grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. Peter keeps a website at www.inspectorbanks.com.
Deborah Rodriguez from Holland, Michigan, has been working as a hairdresser since 1979. In 2002, Rodriguez helped found the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty school and training salon in Afghanistan.
Joe Root is a product of Sheffield Collegiate, the same nursery that produced Michael Vaughan, while his patience and stubbornness at the crease had Geoffrey Boycott gushing that he reminded him of himself.The 2011 season proved to be a breakthrough season for Root as he made 1,013 runs at 36.17. His form earned him a call up to the England senior squad for their tour of India. He did not disappoint, marking his Test debut in Nagpur with 73 runs from 229 balls.Joe has become an increasingly prominent member of the England squad in all three formats of the game and in 2013 he continued his rapid international progress with a superb 71 as England defeated New Zealand by 140 runs in the first Test at Lord's. In the second Test, Joe hit a marvellous 104 to become the first Yorkshireman to score his maiden Test century at Headingley. He was subsequently named as player of the series as the home side clinched a 246-run second Test victory to win the series 2-0.Joe was promoted to opening batsman and played a prominent role as England secured their third successive Ashes victory in 2013. The highlight of his series came in the second Test, when he was named man of the match after scoring a sensational 180 at Lord's, becoming the youngest ever Englishman to do so at the home of cricket.After returning from injury he quickly scored two more Test centuries, one at Lord's against Sri Lanka where he finished with a career-best 200*.Joe scored an unbeaten 154 against India at Trent Bridge that helped England recover from 298-9 to post 496 as he and James Anderson shared a world record 10th wicket stand of 198 before scoring 149 not out in the fifth Test as his team secured a 3-1 series victory.There was yet another ton in the second Test against West Indies in April 2015, with an unbeaten 182 from 229 balls as England secured a nine-wicket win.The following month, Joe was named England Men's Player of the Year and celebrated with scores of 98 and 84 in England's first Test victory over New Zealand.Joe's performances in The 2015 Ashes Series led to him reaching the top of the ICC World batting rankings.
Betty Rowlands burst on to the crime scene by winning the Sunday Express/Veuve Clicquot Crime Short Story of the Year Competition. Her success continued with her nine highly acclaimed Melissa Craig mysteries. She is an active member of the Crime Writers' Association and regularly gives talks and readings and serves on panels in crime writing conventions.