Steven L. Davis
Steven L. Davis was born in 1963 and grew up in Dallas, Texas. He is the author of two books: Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond and J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind. Davis is a long-time curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos, which holds the literary papers of many writers. Davis has also edited several books for publication and he is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.
Arnold van de Laar
Arnold van de Laar is a surgeon in the Slotervaart Hospital in Amsterdam, specialising in laparoscopic surgery. Born in 1969 in the Dutch town of 's-Hertogenbosch, van de Laar became fascinated by how the human body works in school biology lessons and went on to study medicine at the Belgian University of Leuven. Having travelled the world - the Himalayas, Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, Kashmir, and extensively in Africa - van de Laar took his first job as general surgeon on the Caribbean Island of Sint Maarten. He started writing pieces on surgical history in the Dutch medical journal Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Heelkunde in 2009. He now lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two children where, a true Dutchman, he cycles to work every day. This is his first book.
Philippa Langley inaugurated the quest for King Richard III's lost grave as part of her ongoing research into history's most controversial monarch. Her project marked the first-ever search for the grave of an anointed King of England, and was made into the acclaimed TV documentary The King in the Car Park for Channel 4. She is a screenwriter and the secretary of the Scottish Branch of the Richard III Society.
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.
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.
Philip Longworth is the author of several books including The Cossacks, The Making of Eastern Europe and Russia's Empires. He was educated by the army and at the University of Oxford and was Professor of History at McGill University for over twenty years
Andrew Lownie first became interested in the Cambridge Spy Ring when, as President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1984, he arranged an international seminar on the subject. After graduating from Cambridge University, where he won the Dunster Prize for History, Lownie went on to take a postgraduate degree in history at Edinburgh University. He is now a successful literary agent, and has written or edited seven books, including a biography of John Buchan.
Michael Lynch is a Modern History Lecturer Leicester University and a best-selling Access To History author as well as an editor on the series as a whole.
Like many boys who don't want to be train drivers or astronauts, Mark grew up wanting to be an Army Officer. After a standard schooling involving rugby, football, girls and all manner of detentions he left Oxfordshire for University College London to study Archaeology. Discovering a lack of real life India Jones moments Mark eventually fulfilled his boyhood ambition and commissioned into the Coldstream Guards in 2004. From Nigeria to Canada, Belize to Buckingham Palace, Mark had a diverse and fulfilling career, seeing active service in both Iraq and Afghanistan.On his return from Afghanistan Mark was diagnosed with PTSD and subsequently left the army in 2010. After a turbulent couple of years dealing with the aftermath of war Mark is now happily settled in South West London with his girlfriend. He runs a yoga business, pursues his passion for Archaeology and goes to therapy.