Irene Sabatini was born in Hwange, a coal mining town in southwest Zimbabwe and grew up in Bulawayo. She studied psychology at the University of Zimbabwe and then took a Masters at the Institute of Education in London. She has had a wide variety of jobs including teaching in Bogotá and doing research work in Barbadian schools. She currently lives in Geneva with her husband and two sons.
Eduardo Sacheri was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. He has published four collections of stories and four novels. The Secret in Their Eyes, his first novel, has been published in fifteen languages, and the film adaptation won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2010.
Peter Salmon is an Australian writer now living in the UK and running The Hurst - the Arvon Foundation writing centre once owned by playwright John Osborne. He has written for television and radio and has published short stories. The Coffee Story is his first novel.www.peter-salmon.co.ukwww.twitter.com/petesalmon
Sujit Saraf was born in India in 1969. He was educated in Darjeeling and Delhi, and graduated as an engineer from IIT in 1991. He subsequently studied at Berkely, receiving a PhD in 1997. His first novel, Limbo, was published by HarperCollins India in 1994 and in 1995 he co-founded the theatre company, Naatak, for which he has written and directed plays as well as two feature films. In 1999, after two years of conducting research for NASA, he moved back to India to teach at IIT, but a year later returned to the United States. He currently works as a research scientist on space missions and satellite control, and lives with his wife and daughter in San Jose, California.
Duncan Sarkies has written several plays, film scripts and live shows as well as two novels including Two Little Boys. He wrote an episode for the HBO TV series Flight of the Conchords and his book of short stories, 'Stray Thoughts and Nose Bleeds', won Best First Book at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2000. Two Little Boys was released as a feature film in 2012.
A native of Orange County, California, Julie Sarkissian attended Princeton University, where she won the Francis Leon Paige award for creative writing. She holds an MFA in fiction from the New School in New York and her short fiction has appeared in Tin House Magazine and Quick Fictions and she has written for the New York Times, New York Observer and the Huffington Post. She currently lives with her husband in Brooklyn Heights, New York.DEAR LUCY is Julie's debut novel.Visit Julie's website at www.juliesarkissian.com, Like DEAR LUCY on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Dear-Lucy and follow Julie on Twitter @SarkissianJulie
Al Sarantonio is an expert editor in this field and he has edited collections of horror writing with top auithors of the genre including Stephen King.
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Dreda Say Mitchell is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Spare Room, the Gangland Girls and Flesh and Blood series, as well as the DI Rio Wray thrillers Vendetta and Death Trap. Her debut was awarded the CWA's John Creasey Dagger and she chaired the Harrogate Crime Fiction Festival in 2011. Since her sixth book she has been co-writing with Tony Mason. She has been a frequent guest on television and radio including Question Time, BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Victoria Derbyshire, The Stephen Nolan Show, Front Row, Woman's Hour and numerous others. She has also presented Radio 4's Open Book. Dreda was named one of Britain's 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek in association with Nokia. She was born and raised in the East End of London where she continues to live.
Alexei Sayle is a comedian, actor, presenter and writer. His television work as a writer and performer includes The Young Ones, Alexei Sayle's Stuff, and The All New Alexei Sayle Show and Alexei Sayle's Liverpool for BBC 2. He has written for many newspapers and magazines and appeared in numerous films, from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to Gorky Park. He is currently writing his memoir, STALIN ATE MY HOMEWORK, which will be published by Sceptre in 2010.
Claudia Schreiber lives in Cologne. Emma's Luck is her first novel.
Frank Schätzing has had a career as a marketing executive as well as being the author of several highly successful historical crime novels, and he lives and writes in Cologne.Schätzing became Germany's most successful thriller writer in decades when he published Der Schwarm in 2004. THE SWARM (Der Schwarm) topped the German bestseller charts for over a year after it was published, and was translated into English and published by Hodder in the UK in 2006. Uma Thurman bought the film rights to THE SWARM in May 2006, which is now in development and due for release in 2010.
Born in Glasgow in 1962, Kirsty was educated at the High School of Dundee and Edinburgh University. She won an international journalism scholarship to study in America and returned to the UK to work as a reporter, feature writer and columnist for Scottish and UK national newspapers. She is currently a correspondent for the Guardian, and a frequent contributor to BBC Radio Scotland. Kirsty's first novel, MOTHER'S DAY, was published in 2006. The story of three women who meet through their daughters' school was a Sunday Times bestseller. Her second novel, BETWEEN YOU AND ME, was published in 2007, and her third novel, FORTUNE HOUSE, was published in May, 2009 in hardback and will be published in paperback in September 2009. Aged 46, Kirsty is married with two children and lives in Stirlingshire.
Belinda Seaward began her career as a journalist and has worked on national newspapers, including the Daily Mail and Sunday Times. She has also spent time on a coffee plantation in Zambia and in the Middle East, and now lives and works in Devon, where she has raised two Arab horses. You can follow Belinda on Twitter at www.twitter.com/belindasea.
Erich Segal was born in Brooklyn in 1937 and graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in 1958, followed by a Masters and a Doctorate. He first made his name as an academic writer in the field of classical literature before moving on to write the book that made him famous - LOVE STORY, which published in 1970 and went on to sell over 21 million copies worldwide - and seven other romantic bestsellers. In 1998 he was awarded the Legion d'Honneur from the French government. He was married and had two children. Erich Segal died in London in 2010.
Anya Seton was born in New York City and grew up on her father's large estate in Cos Cob and Greenwich, Connecticut, where visiting Indians taught her Indian dancing and woodcraft. One Sioux chief called her Anutika, which means 'cloud grey eyes', a name which the family shortened to Anya. She was educated by governesses, and then travelled abroad, first to England, then to France where she hoped to become a doctor. She studied for a while at the Hotel Dieu hospital in Paris before marrying at eighteen and having three children. She began writing in 1938 with a short story sold to a newspaper syndicate and the first of her novels was published in 1941. She died in 1990.
Gerald Seymour exploded onto the literary scene in 1975 with the massive bestseller HARRY'S GAME. The first major thriller to tackle the modern troubles in Northern Ireland, it was described by Frederick Forsyth as 'like nothing else I have ever read' and it changed the landscape of the British thriller forever.Gerald Seymour was a reporter at ITN for fifteen years. He covered events in Vietnam, Borneo, Aden, the Munich Olympics, Israel and Northern Ireland. He has been a full-time writer since 1978.
Leife Shallcross lives at the foot of a mountain in Canberra, Australia, with her family and a small, scruffy creature that snores. She has a tendency to overindulge in reading fairy tales, then lie awake at night listening to trolls (or maybe possums) galloping over her tin roof. Ever since she can remember, she has been fascinated by stories about canny fairy godmothers, heroic goose girls and handsome princes disguised as bears. She is particularly inspired by those characters that tend to fall into the cracks of the usual tales. She is the author of several short stories, including Pretty Jennie Greenteeth, which won the 2016 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Short Story. The Beast's Heart is her first novel.
Jordan Shapiro, PhD, is a world-renowned thought leader on global policy and education. He's a senior fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, where he coordinates research and advocacy around digital technology, child development, and family life. He teaches at Temple University, and he wrote a column for Forbes' on global education and digital play from 2012 to 2017. He lives in Philadelphia.
Irwin Shaw was born in new York in 1913 and began his literary career writing short stories, and plays for the stage and radio. During World War Two he served in North Africa, the Middle East and all over Europe, and it was after the war that he achieved widespread acclaim with his first novel, THE YOUNG LIONS. Irwin Shaw wrote more than a dozen novels, all of which became worldwide bestsellers. A number of his books have also found success as feature films and TV serials, and they have been translated in to twenty languages. Irwin Shaw died in 1984.
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JM Shaw lives in Bath. His first novel, THE ILLUMINATION OF MERTON BROWNE, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth First Book Award.