Sophie Sabbage is an author, speaker, facilitator and patient activist. She has worked in the field of human development and esoteric psychology since 1994, both as a senior trainer with the More To Life educational charity and as the leader of her own business consultancy for twenty years. She has been teaching people to learn from their lifeshocks in diverse contexts for most of her adult life.Following an incurable cancer diagnosis in 2014, Sophie became a passionate patient activist, helping cancer patients around the world to navigate the emotional challenges of the disease and to take charge of their own treatment. Sophie's academic background is primarily in English Literature, having fallen in love with books at an early age. She is an agent of change who measures leadership not by how many followers someone has, but by how many other leaders they create.She is happily married to John Sabbage and is the proud mother of their daughter, Gabriella.
Jasvinder Sanghera CBE was born and brought up in Derby. A survivor of a forced marriage, she is the co-founder of Karma Nirvana, a national project that supports both men and women affected by honour-based crimes and forced marriages. Jasvinder is also an international speaker and a Leading Expert Advisor to the Courts in child and criminal proceedings. Her memoir SHAME was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller. Jasvinder has brought the issue of forced marriage into the public eye and helped the Forced Marriage bill go through Parliament. She has won numerous awards for her work including a Metropolitan Police GG2 Diversity Award in 2005. In 2007 she received one of the prestigious Women of the Year awards. Jasvinder was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby in 2008. She was awarded a Pride of Britain Award in 2009 and was named a Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman of the Year in 2010. In 2011 the Guardian listed Jasvinder amongst the top 100 inspirational women in the world.
RIAD SATTOUF is a bestselling cartoonist and filmmaker who grew up in Syria and Libya and now lives in Paris.The author of four comics series in France and a former contributor to the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, Sattouf is now a weekly columnist for l'Obs. He also directed the films The French Kissers (winner of a César Award for Best First Film) and Jacky in the Women's Kingdom.The Arab of the Future - which was awarded the Fauve d'Or Prize for Best Album of the Year at the Angoulême International Comics Festival and has been translated into twenty languages - is his first work to appear in English.riadsattouf.com @RiadSattouf
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.
Brent Schlender, 58 years old, is one of the 'graybeards' of Silicon Valley journalism, having covered the digital revolution almost since it's inception, including 10 years at The Wall Street Journal, and two decades as FORTUNE's lead technology writer. He has won numerous writing awards, and in 2010 was named a 'Silicon Valley Visionary' by SD Forum, the software industry's international trade association.Rick Tetzeli is executive editor of Fast Company. He was Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly, and Deputy Editor of Fortune. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Mari, and their three children.
Eva is in her mid-eighties and lives with her husband Zvi in North London. After the war she became a professional photographer (using the Leica camera Otto Frank had given her) and later opened an antiques shop in Edgware, which she ran for decades. She co-founded The Anne Frank Trust to perpetuate Anne and her step-father Otto's legacy. She was awarded an MBE in this year's New Years Honours for her work in schools, educating children on the perils of intolerance.Karen Bartlett is a writer and journalist based in London. She has written for The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian and WIRED from Africa, India and the U.S, and has presented and produced for BBC radio. She was the youngest Director of democratic reform and human rights campaign group Charter88, and began her career in the UK and South Africa.
Victoria Schofield has worked extensively as a journalist and broadcaster, specialising in international affairs, especially in South Asia. As well as travelling widely for the BBC, she has contributed to The Times, Spectator, Independent and Financial Times. This is her first book.
Will Schwalbe has worked in publishing for many years. He is the author of the international bestseller, The End of Your Life Book Club and the critically-acclaimed Books for Living, and co-author (with David Shipley) of Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better. He has also worked in digital media, and was the founder of Cookstr.com. As a journalist he wrote for the New York Times and the South China Morning Post. He lives in New York City.@willschfacebook / instagram / pinterest > will.schwalbe
At the age of 10, Martino Sclavi and his family moved from Rome to New York. Knowing little English, he spent his time in school learning to sew and type, skills that have now become essential. After studying political science, he moved to Berlin and played bass for a Krautrock band while at the Humboldt and Freie Universität. He completed his MA at Cambridge University, then moved to London where he mixed drinks in a bar in Brixton. After work, with his 35mm camera on his shoulder, he would wander the streets and tell the stories of his neighbourhood. Sclavi became a producer for a variety of documentaries and films. He has previously written articles and screenplays, but The Finch in My Brain is the first project he has typed into his computer without being able to read it back. Martino lives in London and Italy where he invents bedtime stories to carry his young son to his dreams.
Michael Scott is an authority on the folklore of the Celts and has written over eighty books. Michael Scott lives in County Dublin.
Anne Sebba is a biographer, journalist and former Reuters foreign correspondent. She has written many books including the best-selling Mother Teresa: Beyond the Image, Laura Ashley, A Life by Design and That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. She lives in London.
Actress (Sex in the City, Strangers with Candy), film star (Elf, Bewitched), co-author (Wigfield), perennial David Letterman guest and yes, David Sedaris's sister (as the Talent family, they write plays together), Amy also runs a small business selling cheese balls and cupcakes.
Carole Seymour-Jones was born in Wales. She was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for her biography of Vivienne Eliot, first wife of TS Eliot. Her most recent biography of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, A Dangerous Liaison, received widespread acclaim. Carole is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Surrey, and former Deputy President and chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of English PEN, the writers' charity.
Demos Shakarian founded the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship based on his strong Christian beliefs and a vision of working for God which he received in 1951 in Los Angeles. He died in 1993 whilst the FGBMFI now has chapters in over 160 countries .
Julie Sheldon is a former ballet dancer, miraculously healed from dystonia. She lives near Sevenoaks with her husband Tom. She has two daughters, Mimi and Georgie. Her personal testimony DANCER OFF HER FEET is recommended reading on the Alpha course and a Christian bestseller.
Elizabeth Sherrill is a prolific Christian writer, based in the USA. She often collaborates on books with her husband John.
John Sherrill is a prolific Christian writer, based in the USA. He often collaborates on books with his wife Elizabeth.
Jody Shield is a top success coach, motivational speaker, wellbeing influencer, award-winning blogger, meditation expert, author and broadcaster based in the UK. Known as the 'glamorous face of mindfulness' by the Daily Mail, and 'a shining light in the new-gen spiritual movement' by Red magazine, Jody is also recognised as one of the top 30 global influencers by Marie Claire magazine. She's the first European meditation ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, and has sell-out residencies across London and LA. Previously a Business Director in advertising, she has first-hand experience of the stress epidemic that plagues the corporate world. Jody has been featured by BBC radio, TALK Radio, Yahoo News, Business Insider, VOGUE.com, the Daily Mail, The Sunday Times, Grazia, Stylist magazine, Red, Psychologies, Women's Health and the Metro.
David Shimwell is a botanist and a close family friend of the Durrells. He graduated from Durham University with degrees in botany and vegetation ecology and has had a lifelong career lecturing in botany, biogeography and environmental conservation at the universities of Hull and Manchester.
Dr Mike Shooter
Dr Mike Shooter CBE is a former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was the first child psychiatrist to hold that post. He is now an honorary fellow of six Royal Colleges and has spoken from public and professional platforms, written and advised governments in many parts of the world. An ex-journalist, Mike is a passionate believer in the power of stories and the need to share them - those of his patients and his own. He still lives in the Welsh Valleys, amidst a large family, many animals, and the community with whom he worked for more than 40 years.