Sean Laidlaw is a former Royal Engineer and bomb disposal expert. He now runs a successful health and fitness business.
Warren Lakin has worked as a comedy producer, promoter and agent and was Linda Smith's lover and constant companion for 23 years. In 2006 he co-authored I Think the Nurses are Stealing My Clothes: The Very Best of Linda Smith.
Larry Lamb has appeared in films including Superman and Buster, on the stage with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre and recently in Educating Rita at the award-winning Chocolate Factory Theatre, and in all the greats of British television from A Touch of Frost and Silent Witness to Spooks and Casualty. In recent years he has starred in two of the nation's most loved television greats: Eastenders and Gavin and Stacey. Follow Larry on Twitter @larrylamb47.
Katherine Lapworth worked at the BBC for six years as a Producer and Director in both radio and television before launching her own copywriting business. She is also a founder member of Maverick Media the sister company to Maverick Television, established to exploit all the print and video opportunities arising from Maverick's broadcast work.
John Lazenby trained on local newspapers in Sussex before joining the Press Association in Fleet Street, where he covered rugby union and cricket. He has worked for national newspapers, including The Times and the Sunday Times, and currently works as a freelance for the Daily Telegraph. He lives in London.
Carol Lee is an author, journalist and Alexander Technique teacher. She has written for the Observer, Independent, Guardian, Sunday Times and many national magazines.She is the author of Crooked Angels, To Die For and A Child Called Freedom.
James Lees-Milne died in 1997. Once Country Houses Secretary of the National Trust, he is now best known for his memoirs and diaries, described by Jeremy Lewis as second to none in their comicality, rueful self-knowledge and feline observations.
Patrick Leigh Fermor
In December 1933, at the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) walked across Europe, reaching Constantinople in early 1935. He travelled on into Greece, where in Athens he met Balasha Cantacuzene, with whom he lived - mostly in Rumania - until the outbreak of war. Serving in occupied Crete, he led a successful operation to kidnap a German general, for which he won the DSO and was once described by the BBC as 'a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene'. After the war he began writing, and travelled extensively round Greece with Joan Eyres Monsell whom he later married. Towards the end of his life he wrote the first two books about his early trans-European odyssey, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. He planned a third, unfinished at the time of his death in 2011, which has since been edited by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper and published as The Broken Road.
Cynthia Lennon was born in Blackpool in 1939 and brought up in Liverpool. She went to Liverpool's Junior Art School and graduated to Liverpool College of Art in 1957. There she met John Lennon, whose rebellious style, caustic wit and passion for rock and roll already marked him out. In their second year at college John and Cynthia fell in love. They married in 1962 and in 1963 their son, Julian was born. The Lennons moved to London in 1963 and then to Surrey, where they lived during the years of Beatles fame. In 1968 their marriage broke down and they were divorced in 1969. Julian remained with Cynthia, but saw John in London and later in New York, where he moved with his second wife, Yoko Ono. Cynthia now lives with her fourth husband, Noel Charles.
Leona Lewis was born in London on 3rd April 1985, to a Guyanese father, Joe, and a Welsh mother, Marie. She has two brothers and is very happily coupled up with her childhood sweetheart Lou Al-Chamaa.She first began dreaming of becoming a singer at the tender age of five, when her parents enrolled her into London's Sylvia Young Theatre School. Lewis then attended the prestigious performing arts academy The BRIT School, where she honed her songwriting and production skills. Encouraged by winning several talent contests as a teen, she left school and took part-time jobs -- including working in Pizza Hut as a waitress -- to earn money to pay for studio time. "It was about doing my music," she says. "It has always been my passion to be a singer and songwriter."There were times when Leona came close to giving up on her dream, times when it seemed like it would never happen, and Leona was considering enrolling on a university course when her boyfriend Lou persuaded her to audition for the X Factor.She won a landslide victory in December 2006 and has never looked back.She signed a contract with Simon Cowell's record label, Syco Music, and went on to sign a five-album deal in the United States with legendary music producer Clive Davis's record label, J Records. Her second single, "Bleeding Love", was released worldwide and reached number one in over 30 countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, the Republic of Ireland, France, Italy, Germany and Russia.She's now a global superstar with record-breaking album sales, and performed to a TV audience of over three billion people at the Olympic handover ceremony in 2008.Her second album is due for release in November 2009, a month after her book, and it is set to be an even bigger hit than her incredible debut. She has worked with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Ne-Yo, Will.i.am and Jay-Z and is happier than ever with her sound./
Michael Lewis is a former banker who worked at Salamon Brothers in the height of Eighties boom. He writes regularly as a journalist and is the author of several books, including the international bestseller, LIAR'S POKER.Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans and educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics. He has written several books including the international bestseller, Liar's Poker, widely considered the book that defined Wall Street during the 1980s. Lewis is contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and also writes for Vanity Fair and Portfolio magazine. He is married with three children.
Though he'd have you believe he was an aristocratic orphan left in the jungle and raised by monkeys, Roger Lewis was in fact born in industrial South Wales in the last century, educated in Scotland, and became a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, at the age of twenty-four. His book The Life and Death of Peter Sellers was made into the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning film by HBO, starring Geoffrey Rush and Charlize Theron. Lewis, who in 2010 received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters, divides his time between a collapsing Georgian property in the Herefordshire Balkans and a flat above a dirndl shop in the imperial spa town of Bad Ischl, near Salzburg in Austria. When in London he is reliably to be found in Rules, the charming old-world restaurant in Covent Garden.
Agnes Light has been a midwife for over 30 years. She lives in London and this is her first book.
Mikael Lindnord is an adventure racer and race planner. As a boy he wanted to be an ice hockey player, but failing to make a professional team at the age of 17 set him on a different path. After doing military service he became an adventure racer and has been travelling the world and racing in the AR World Series ever since. When not racing he lives with his wife, children and, of course, his dog Arthur. Arthur is a mongrel from somewhere in Ecuador. He likes meatballs, long runs with Mikael and relaxing with his family in Sweden. As an editor of non-fiction at major publishing houses, Val Hudson published many ground-breaking bestsellers. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of a wide range of non-fiction and, as Chloe Bennet, the 'Boywatching' series of novels for young teens..
Born and bred in Minnesota, Matt Logelin was a project manager at Yahoo! until he left the company to focus on writing this book and raising his daughter, Madeline. The two live in Los Angeles, traveling often to see as much of the world as possible. Please visit them at www.mattlogelin.com or follow @mattlogelin.
Clare Longrigg was born in England in 1963. She is a journalist and has worked on the Guardian and the Independent. She has written widely about the Italian mafia. She lives in London.
James Lovell is much in demand for his skill in turning film scripts into novels. He is based in the US.
Pearl Lowe was lead singer in Britpop band Powder. She was also infamously part of the Primrose Hill set along with Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Jude Law. Since her recovery she lives in Hampshire with her partner Danny, of the band Supergrass, and their four children. She is now a fashion designer.
Nat won the Chortle Best Newcomer award after just eight months of doing stand-up. She has taken two shows to the Edinburgh Festival, and has written scripts for Channel 4 and Radio 4. She lives in a rented flat in London. Finally.