Helen Wallen is a blogger, funny lady, mother of two, and all round gin, wine and cake enthusiast. Formerly a copywriter/PR-type person, she is now dedicated to growing human-beings in her uterus and blogging about life with babies, toddlers and beyond.Helen's award winning 'Just a Normal Mummy' blog is the inspiration and basis for her first witty, and hilariously honest, debut fiction title BABY BOOM!
J Wallis Martin
J Wallis Martin was born in Sussex. She was formerly a commissioning editor with Hodder & Stoughton (South Africa). Her previous novels have been published to international acclaim and have been adapted for the screen. She now lives in Southern Ireland.
Mikey Walsh was one of the first Romany Gypsies ever to write a book. He grew up living in a caravan on sites across the UK, and had hardly any schooling. He taught himself to read and write, and his first book Gypsy Boy published in 2008 and became a Number 1 Bestseller. It sold all over the world and a film adaptation is in the works as a joint production between BBC Films and Bowery & Bond.Mikey's second book, Gypsy Boy on the Run follows Mikey as he leaves the Gypsy camp, and takes his first steps in to the real - Gorgia - world, to find a place to belong.Mikey has had overwhelming support from all over the world since the publication of Gypsy Boy, including Stephen Fry who tweeted, 'It was a revelation. Moving, terrifying, funny and brilliant. I shall never forget it - an amazing achievement'. Attitude magazine called it 'the best memoir since Running with Scissors' and even Dermot O'Leary and Dannii Minogue have reviewed it.
Jess Walter is the author of the highly acclaimed novels LAND OF THE BLIND and OVER TUMBLED GRAVES, which was a New York Times notable book for 2001. He is also the co-author on Christopher Darden's number one bestseller IN CONTEMPT and wrote the non-fiction book EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW. Jess Walter lives in Spokane with his family.
Christopher Ward is the grandson of Jock Hume, at 21 the youngest member of the Titanic`s orchestra. Christopher joined the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle-upon-Tyne aged 17, and moved to Merseyside to become the Daily Mirror`s Liverpool correspondent at the height of Beatlemania. In his early twenties, he moved to London, writing a column in the Mirror for more than ten years. At 38 he became Fleet Street`s then youngest editor when he was appointed editor of the Daily Express. He left, aged 42, to co-found Redwood, Europe`s first customer magazine agency, of which he is Chairman today. He lives in the Scottish Borders, seventy miles from Jock Hume`s birth place in Dumfries.
Jasmine Warga lives in Mariemont, Ohio with her husband, Greg, a cat named Salvador Dali, and a puppy named Scout. She was born and raised just outside of Cincinnati, and spent her days making up stories, listening to emotive music, staring up at the night sky, and reading. She graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in History and Art History, and went on to teach 6th grade science at a school in Houston, Texas. In June 2013, she received a Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Lesley University.
Born in Victoria, Australia in 1969, Shane Warne emerged in the early 1990s as a bowler whom many would now consider the greatest spinner of all time. He made his test debut against India at Sydney in 1991-2. By the end of 1996, he had dismissed Gooch, Atherton, Stewart and Thorpe, England's leading batsmen, six times each in 11 Tests. He currently plays for Hampshire.
Born in 1948, Neil Warnock has enjoyed a long career in football. His 11-year career as a player saw him make 326 appearances for clubs including Scunthorpe United, Barnsley, York City, and Crewe. He began his managerial career at Burton Albion in 1981 and has since managed Gainsborough Trinity, Scarborough, Notts County, Huddersfield Town, Plymouth Argyle, Oldham Athletic and Bury. He managed Sheffield United from 1999 to 2007.
Patricia was born in Redditch but has always loved the countryside and wanted to be a matchmaker, ever since she played at matching her dolls as a child. But it wasn't until she moved to Derbyshire and met and married the rugged, bearded farmer she'd always dreamed of that she turned her childhood ambition into a thriving business. Pat lives with her husband and their two teenage children on their livestock farm in the Peak District.Patricia was born in Redditch but has always loved the countryside and wanted to be a matchmaker, ever since she played at matching her dolls as a child. But it wasn't until she moved to Derbyshire and met and married the rugged, bearded farmer she'd always dreamed of that she turned her childhood ambition into a thriving business. Pat lives with her husband and their two teenage children on their livestock farm in the Peak District.
Lauren Fern Watt
Lauren Watt is a writer from Nashville now living in New York City. When her 160-pound English Mastiff Gizelle was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, Lauren created a bucket-list adventure of everything they wanted to do together, to make sure the time they had left together was even more precious.
Ruby Wax is a comedian, writer, performer and mental health campaigner. She has suffered bouts of depression throughout her life and completed her Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive therapy at Oxford in 2012.
Christa Weil is a freelance journalist and fabulous shopper who lived in New York and Paris before moving to London. This is her first book.
Simon Wells has written on film and music for numerous magazine and newspapers including the Guardian and The Times and is a regular contributor to Record Collector, Hotdog and Total Film. In addition to his writing credits, Simon has researched numerous projects for the likes of the BBC, Channel Four and Virgin, as well as broadcasting live on LBC and BBC radio on film and music.
Louise Wener was born and raised in Ilford, East London. In the mid nineties, after years of singing into hair brushes and working in dead end jobs, she found fame as lead singer with the pop band Sleeper and went on to record three top ten albums and eight top forty singles. She is now a full time author and mother of two.
Patricia Wentworth was born in Uttarakhand, India but as a young girl moved to London to study at Blackheath High School for Girls. After writing several romances she turned her hand to crime fiction. She wrote dozens of bestselling mysteries before her death in 1961, and is recognised as one of the mistresses of classic crime fiction.
Frank White, who was born in Manchester in 1927, now lives with his wife June in Lincolnshire, midway between Cleethorpes and Louth. He is a veteran of the wartime British Pacific Fleet. He has contributed essays and short fiction to numerous magazines and is the author of two novels and a short book on the First World War. Other work includes a dozen plays for stage and radio, and material for BBC television. In 2013, realising that the world was no longer full of people who could write at first-hand about the Second World War, he spent the summer working on There Was a Time.
Oli White is a 21-year-old British vlogger who creates quirky comedy entertainment videos, ranging in content from celebrity interviews and challenges to collaborations with fellow vloggers. Oli started making videos in 2012 and his vlogs across his three YouTube channels, OliWhiteTV, OliWhiteVlogs and OliWhiteGames, are watched by millions of viewers every month. Originally from Hertfordshire, Oli now lives in London.
Laura Jane Williams
Laura Jane Williams has written about love, lust, and her feelings everywhere from The Guardian to Buzzfeed to RED, to the Telegraph, Stylist and more, and from September 2016 - February 2017 was Grazia's single girl dating columnist. She is the author of heartbreak memoir BECOMING, Marie Claire's #BREAKFREE from Fear ambassador, and blogs about being 'messily human' at www.superlativelyrude.com
Martin Williams is a freelance investigative journalist. His work has appeared in Private Eye, the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, and elsewhere. He hosts a live comedy show called 'Investigations', with the comedian Josie Long, which combines investigative journalism with stand-up comedy. In 2011 Martin won the Guardian's Scott Trust bursary and studied for an MA in Newspaper Journalism at City University. Before that, he read History and Politics at the University of York.
David Wishart studied Classics at Edinburgh University. He then taught Latin and Greek in school for four years and after this retrained as a teacher of EFL. He lived and worked abroad for eleven years, working in Kuwait, Greece and Saudi Arabia, and now lives with his wife and family in Scotland.