Alan F Alford
Alan F. Alford, B Com, FCA, MBA, was born in 1961. Following his first visit to the Pyramids as a fourteen year old, he has travelled extensively to more than twenty-four countries in his quest to solve the riddles of mankind's mysterious past.
Zoe Fairbairns' short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and are published in her collection How Do You Pronounce Nulliparous? Her work has appeared in anthologies including The Seven Deadly Sins, in magazines including The Yellow Room and online. She teaches short story writing and other creative writing courses at the City Lit in London.
Marty Feldman was a comedy writer, comedian and actor. Feldman was born in the East End of London in 1934. By the age of 20 he had decided to pursue a career as a comedian.In 1954, Feldman formed a writing partnership with Barry Took. They wrote a few episodes of The Army Game and the bulk of Bootsie and Snudge, both comedies for ITV, and the BBC radio show Round the Horne, which starred Kenneth Horne and Kenneth Williams. The sketch comedy series At Last the 1948 Show featured Feldman's first screen performances. The other three performers -- future Pythons Graham Chapman and John Cleese, and future Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor needed a fourth and had Feldman in mind. Marty was co-author the famous Monty Python 'Four Yorkshiremen' sketch and was also script editor on The Frost Report with future members of Monty Python.In 1968 Marty was given his own series by the BBC called Marty, it featured Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin and Roland MacLeod with John Cleese as one of the writers. Feldman won two BAFTA awards. The Marty series proved popular enough with an international audience to launch a film career. His first feature role was inEvery Home Should Have One. Feldman's performances on American television included The Dean Martin Show and Marty Feldman's Comedy Machine. Marty Feldman was married to Lauretta Sullivan from January 1959 until his death in 1982. Feldman died from a heart attack in December 1982 at the age of 42. He is buried in the Hollywood Hills Cemetary near his idol, Buster Keaton.
Maggie Fergusson has written for newspapers and magazines including The Times, the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Harpers and Queen and the Independent magazine, and is Secretary of the Royal Society of Literature. She is married with two daughters and lives in London.
Funmi Fetto, a former beauty director of British Vogue and currently Contributing Beauty Editor and Columnist at the title, has over 15 years experience as a fashion and beauty journalist. She has worked and written for numerous publications including the Sunday Times, Harpers Bazaar, the Telegraph, Guardian, Observer, and Elle. She also consults for and collaborates with numerous global beauty brands.
Roger Field And Geoffrey Gordo
Geoffrey Gordon-Creed DSO, MC was born in 1920 and served right through the Second World War, finally retiring as a lieutenant-colonel, aged 28. He was awarded the Military Cross on his first day in action in 1941 on day one of an eleven day battle that saw his regiment almost destroyed. He joined the SAS before being recruited by the Special Operations Executive. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for successfully leading a supposedly 'impossible' operation: the first of many. He died in 2002. Roger Field served in the British army for 10 years and saw action with The Blues and Royals in the Falklands. He qualified as a lawyer, subsequently working in the newspaper, TV, magazine and book publishing industries. He is a freelance writer and runs his own literary agency.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In the 1960s he was removed from the SAS Regiment for misuse of explosives but, joining the army of the Sultan of Oman, received that country's Bravery Medal on active service in 1971. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation.In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £14 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest.
Dr Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian (i.e. Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian) script, languages and cultures Department: Middle East at the British Museum, headquartered in London's Bloomsbury. He is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia, of which the Middle East Department has the largest collection - some 130,000 pieces - of any modern museum. This work involves reading and translating all sorts of inscriptions, sometimes working on ancient archives to identify manuscripts that belong together, or even join to one another.
Victoria Finlay studied social anthropology at St Andrews University, specialising in Asian culture. She worked as a journalist in Hong Kong for eleven years, five of which were spent as arts editor for the South China Morning Post.
Professor Joann Fletcher is based in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, where she teaches world mummification and funerary archaeology. She is also Consultant Egyptologist for Harrogate Museums and Arts and archaeology advisor to Barnsley and Wigan museums. Joann is the author of nine books and numerous articles including contributions to the BBC's History website. Among her many television appearances, the follow-up programme to 'The Search For Nefertiti' (televised as 'Mummifying Alan: Egypt's Last Secret') won a BAFTA, a Royal Television Society Award and an Association for International Broadcasting Award. She wrote and presented 'Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings' and 'Egypt's Lost Queens' for BBC2, and has recently completed a four-part series on the history of ancient Egypt again for BBC2.
John Follain was born in 1966. He studied at Oxford before joining Reuters, for which he worked as a correspondent in Rome and Paris. He has covered Italy for The Sunday Times since 1998. His previous books include DEATH IN PERUGIA, THE LAST GODFATHERS, which was translated into 10 languages, MUSSOLINI'S ISLAND and the international bestseller ZOYA'S STORY. He was voted runner-up for the 2006 Paul Foot Award for Campaigning Journalism, and nominated for the 2008 Magazine Journalism Awards for his interview with the Knox family.
Kevin Fong is a doctor of medicine with a special interest in human space exploration and the medical challenges of living and working in extreme environments. He is a lecturer in physiology at University College London and has worked with NASA at Johnson Space Center in Houston. He currently works as a consultant anaesthetist at University College London Hospital, is founder and associate director of the Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine and is a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow. Dr Kevin Fong's broadcast career includes the acclaimed BBC TV documentaries Space Shuttle: The Final Mission, Back from the Dead and How to Avoid Mistakes in Surgery; Channel 4's series Extremes A&E, as well as presenting science programmes for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.
Debbie Ford conducts seminars on the dark side at the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California, where she is a consultant, teacher, and integral faculty member. She also leads her own day and weekend Shadow Process workshop nationwide. She lives in La Jolla with her son, Beau.
Mark Forster is a full-time life coach. He frequently runs workshops and seminars specialising in time management.
Alys Fowler is an award winning journalist and passionate gardener. She is the author of several books and writes a weekly column on gardening for Guardian Weekend magazine. She lives in Birmingham.
James Fox & Sue Elliott
James Fox was born in 1935 and was once one of the youngest pupils at the British Memorial School when it was evacuated in May 1940. After serving in the RAF with SHAPE in Paris he worked for NATO and in 1966 began a long and distinguished career with the Magnum Photos as Editor in Chief in New York and Paris. An accomplished photographer in his own right, he has published several volumes of photography. He lives in Paris. Sue Elliott is the author of the bestselling social history of adoption, Love Child. She lives in west London.
Nick Freeman had intended to pursue a career in corporate law. However, after being entered for and winning an advocacy competition, he took a job as a prosecutor for Greater Manchester Police in 1981. It was at that stage that he realised the huge benefit of knowing the law intricately to secure success in the courtroom - the precursor to his Mr Loophole technique. In 1983, he moved to a large firm of criminal lawyers in Manchester and was made a partner within six months. Although his work involved representing those facing serious criminal charges such as murder, fraud and rape, he established an unparalleled reputation for winning road traffic cases. At the age of 42 he left to go it alone and established his own law practice, Freeman and Co. His cases involving clients such as Katie Price, David Beckham and Colin Montgomerie are widely reported across the media. And he frequently appears on radio and television to offer comment on topical matters of the law. He makes regular contributions to the Sunday Times motoring pages and writes a monthly opinion column in the Manchester Evening News. Follow Nick on Twitter @TheMrLoophole.
Jason Freeman is a writer and editor in the areas of popular psychology and self help.
Internationally respected Script Doctor and Script Advisor, Ray is former Chairman of The Screenwriters' Workshop (formerly the London Screenwriters' Workship - the UK's leading script organisation since 1983). He has written for, and worked with, international TV and film companies; he also regularly lectures, runs seminars, script workshops and clinics. He is also associated with a number of film judging panels, including the Fujifilm Scholarship. 'Teach Yourself Screenwriting' is one of the imprints biggest selling titles and is recognised worldwide as one of the top essential books on the subject.
Jo Frost has had over fifteen years experience as a nanny to children from newborns to teens, on both sides of the Atlantic. She was watched by over six million viewers on Channel 4's Supernanny.