Beppe Severgnini is a columnist for Italy's largest-circulation daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera and covered Italy for The Economist from 1993 to 2003. He is also the author of the international bestseller Ciao, America! Beppe lived in London for more than fifteen years and is a self-confessed Anglophile. He now lives with his family in Crema on the outskirts of Milan.
Neil Simpson is a writer and award-winning journalist. His recent biographies include Gordon Ramsay: The Biography and Paul O'Grady: The Biography. Neil has also been a former staff reporter on the Daily Mirror, Sunday Telegraph and Mail on Sunday.