Matthew d'Ancona is the Editor of the Spectator. He contributes regularly to several other publications and makes frequent radio and television appearances. He appeared in Prospect's list of Britain's 100 most influential intellectuals, as reported in the Independent (23 June 2004).
Niklas Natt och Dag
Niklas Natt och Dag is a member of the oldest surviving noble family in Sweden. His ancestors were responsible for the murder of the rebel Engelbrekt in 1436, commanded the army that lost Stockholm to the Danes in 1520, and were forced into exile after having demanded the abdication of Charles XIV in 1810. His surname, Natt och Dag, translates into Night and Day. The origin of this slightly unusual name is the family crest, a shield split horizontally in gold and blue.
The Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled religious and temporal leader of Tibet and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, is recognised internationally as a spiritual leader and statesman. He lives in Dharamsala, India. Nicholas Vreeland has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist monk since 1985, when he was ordained by the Dalai Lama. Since 1998 he has been the Director of the Tibet Center.
Tess Daly worked as a model for ten years before moving to New York where she began to write for the likes of Paper magazine. Tess made her first television presenter appearance on The Big Breakfast in 2000. She has gone on to present numerous shows including ten series of Strictly Come Dancing. Tess writes a weekly fashion column for The Mirror and has her own award winning Daly Beauty range. Her debut novel The Camera Never Lies was published in 2011 following publication of The Baby Diaries in 2010 which documents her journey through motherhood. Her second novel, It's Up to You, New York is published in April 2013 Tess is mum to two daughters Phoebe and Amber.
Dr Daniel Freeman
Professor Daniel Freeman is one of the UK's leading clinical psychologists. He is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Medical Research Council (MRC) Senior Clinical Fellow at the University of Oxford. He was awarded the 2008 May Davidson prize by the British Psychological Society which marks 'an outstanding contribution to the development of clinical psychology. A key figure in the latest developments in cognitive behaviour therapy, he teaches clinicians around the world.
Lucy Daniels is the author of the bestselling children's book series, Animal Ark, which have sold nearly 3 million copies in the UK alone, and more recently, the Animal Ark Revisited series for adults. Lucy Daniels is the pseudonym for the writing partnership of celebrated author Victoria Holmes and real-life vet, Sarah McGurk. Victoria Holmes grew up on a farm surrounded by animals, and started writing at a young age. After studying English at the University of Oxford, Vicky worked with horses for a year before becoming an English teacher, then moved on to become an editor at Working Partners in London. Over the past two decades, Vicky has been the creator and editor of dozens of well-known series, including Animal Ark, Heartland, Rainbow Magic, Puppy Patrol, Chestnut Hill and, most famously, Warrior Cats. As the creator, editor and, later, author, of the Warrior Cats books, Vicky has travelled around the world to meet fans, appeared in numerous TV and radio interviews, and had a tiny taste of the celebrity lifestyle. She is still happiest at home in her medieval thatched cottage in the Somerset countryside, with her beloved horse Nick for company.Sarah McGurk grew up in the Yorkshire Dales, and was inspired by James Herriot to become a veterinary surgeon some thirty years ago. A few years after she qualified, Sarah realised she wanted to follow him further, into the world of veterinary writing. She began with short stories, then longer works of fiction, related to her work in general practice and in emergency and critical care. Her special interests include anaesthesia and pain relief, and low-stress techniques in small animal handling. Sarah currently lives in Norway, where she works in a local veterinary practice and speaks Norwegian fluently.Currently, Vicky and Sarah collaborate on the Animal Ark Revisited series, returning to the beloved setting of Welford and favourite characters from the original children's books. The first Animal Ark Revisited novel, Summer at Hope Meadows, picks up the story again with Mandy now in her twenties and working as a qualified vet. Full of countryside-charm and plenty of pet rescues, the Animal Ark Revisited series will capture the hearts of original readers of the series, as well as new readers looking for romantic escapism in a small village veterinary surgery.
Thirty-two year old Olivia Darling was born and raised in Cornwall. At the age of eighteen she fell in lust with an Italian art student in St Ives and ran away to Tuscany in hot pursuit of him. The love affair didn't last but Olivia's sojourn in Montepulciano inspired a much more enduring passion for Vino Nobile. She divides her time between Tuscany and London, where she writes her novels of sex, love and luxury.
Jef Davies was the international student adviser at Clark University, he is actively involved at the Oregon Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication as Director of the interns each summer, and is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation.
Philippa Davies runs her own company, Voiceworks, which trains and runs seminars on presentation skills, media skills, voice technique, motivation and handling difficult interactions. She has had 4 books previously published by Piatkus. She also regularly appears on TV and radio, and speaks at conferences throughout Europe. She lives in Wales with her husband and two sons.
Martin Davies grew up in North West England. All his writing is done in cafes, on buses or on tube trains, and an aversion to laptops means that he always works in longhand. He has travelled widely, including in the Middle East and India, and substantial parts of THE UNICORN ROAD were written while travelling through Sicily. He works as a consultant in the broadcasting industry.Translation rights in Martin's books have now been sold in Germany, Sweden, Poland, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Korea, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Holland.
Peter Ho Davies
One of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, Peter Ho Davies is the author of the bestselling novel The Welsh Girl and the story collections The Ugliest House in the World and Equal Love. The Welsh Girl, a Richard and Judy Book Club selection was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC International Literary Award; The Ugliest House in the World won the John Llewelyn Rhys and PEN/Macmillan prizes; Equal Love, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the Asian American Literary Award. Davies is also a recipient of the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts in the US, where his work has appeared in Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Paris Review and been anthologized in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. Born in Britain to Welsh and Chinese parents, Davies now makes his home in the US where he teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Jonathan Davies is the author of three previous novels (all published by Hodder). He is a criminal barrister and Crown Court Recorder with chambers in the Middle Temple. He lives in South London.
Dr Brenda Davies is Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Women's Services at Charter Nightingale. She is also a member of the Federation of Spiritual Healers, the International Healing Group and belongs to the Doctor-Healer network. She holds regular workshops on healing and includes many celebrities among her clients.
Dr. Jef Davis has worked in international education for nearly 30 years, most recently as Director of International Studies & Programs at Youngstown State University. He earned a PhD in International Higher Education from Boston College and is the author of Intercultural Sensitivity in Foreign Student Advising (VDM-Verlag, 2011).
Jill Dawson is the author of the novels Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred and Edie, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, The Great Lover, Lucky Bunny, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Crime Writer, which won the East Anglian Book of the Year. An award-winning poet, she has also edited several poetry and short story anthologies.Jill Dawson has held many Fellowships, including the Creative Writing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. In 2008 she founded a mentoring scheme for new writers, Gold Dust. She lives in the Cambridgeshire Fens.www.jilldawson.co.uk
Kerry Daynes is a Forensic Psychologist. She runs her own private psychology practice and works with her team of psychologists and psychotherapists for a variety of agencies, including making contributions to major police investigations. An average week can involve working with everything from shoplifters and stressed out parents to serial killers. She also acts as an expert witness in Criminal Court proceedings. She has worked with some of Britain's most complex criminals in prison and community settings. Kerry regularly makes expert comments for TV and radio, including appearing in the Sky series 'Killing Mum and Dad' and the Channel 4 'Mania' series. She presented 'The Making of a Monster' series for the Crime and Investigation Channel in 2008, examining the background of notorious killers. Find out more information on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/psychoinyourlife
Sarah De Carvalho
In 1992 Sarah de Carvalho left her glittering, well-paid media career in London to live and work amongst the street children of Rio de Janeiro's slums. Sarah founded the Happy Child Mission which is dedicated to providing physical, educational and spiritual care for street children. Today, Happy Child runs 9 homes in two major cities in Brazil and has rescued, rehabilitated and reintegrated over 7500 children.
Miguel De Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra lived an unsettled life of hardship and adventure. After studying in Madrid (1568-69), he took part in the sea battle at Lepanto (1571) and in 1575 he was captured by pirates. Cervantes spent five years as a slave until his family could raise enough money to pay his ransom. His first play, LOS TRATOS DE ARGEL (1580), was based on his experiences as a Moorish captive. During the next 20 years he led a nomadic existence, also working as a purchasing agent for the Spanish Armada and a tax collector. He suffered a bankruptcy and was imprisoned at least twice, and wrote DON QUIXOTE in prison.
Walter De La Mare
Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was an English poet, short story writer and novelist, probably best remembered for his works for children and the poem The Listeners. He was also a significant writer of subtle psychological horror and ghost stories. His novel, Memoirs of a Midget won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction in 1921. He was made a Companion of Honour in 1948 and received the Order of Merit in 1953.
Tatiana De Rosnay
Tatiana de Rosnay is the author of more than ten novels, including the New York Times bestselling novel Sarah's Key, an international sensation with over nine million copies sold in forty-two countries worldwide that has now been made into a major film starring Kirstin Scott Thomas. Tatiana lives with her husband and two children in Paris.