John Vaillant lives in Vancouver. His first book, The Golden Spruce, won the Canadian Governor General's Award for non-fiction. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic and Men's Journal, among other publications. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and children.
ALEX VALENTE is a European half-Yorkshire, half-Tuscan freelance translator. He has researched comics, poetry, and their translation, edits the Arts section of the Norwich Radical, regularly translates for Booksinitaly.com, and does voluntary work for non-profit organisations. He's on Twitter as @DrFumetts.
Penny Valentine was the most well-known music writer in the 60s. Called by Mick Jagger 'the world's best record reviewer', she appeared regularly on Juke Box Jury and knew Dusty well. She now lectures at Goldsmiths and is a desk editor at the Guardian.
Ruth Valerio is a community activist, Christian, academic, eco-warrior, mum, author, veg grower, wife and pig keeper rolled into one. She is Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK and a Director of Cred Jewellery, the world's first fairtrade jewellery company. She has written extensively on justice, environment and lifestyle issues for magazines such as Christianity and Third Way, and has published a bestselling book on sustainable living, L is for Lifestyle.
Lucia Van Der Post
Lucia van der Post is the author of THINGS I WISH MY MOTHER HAD TOLD ME and CELEBRATE. She has a weekly style advice column, 'Van der Postings', in the Financial Times's How to Spend It magazine and has also written for the The Times, New Statesman and Departures, amongst others.
Samantha van Leer
SAMANTHA VAN LEER is a sophomore at Vassar College majoring in psychology with a minor in human development. She cowrote the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the Lines, the companion to Off the Page, with her mother, Jodi Picoult.Jodi and Samantha have four dogs: Alvin, Harvey, Dudley, and Oliver, for whom the prince in this story is named.
Don Van Natta Jr
Don Van Natta has been a top reporter for the Times among many other newspapers and is a bestselling author. He has worked on Pulitzer winning projects and has broken high-profile stories on Hillary Clinton and American political scandals.
The late Sheldon Vanauken was educated at the Universities of Yale and Oxford. For many years he was a Professor of English and History at Lynchburg College in his native Virginia.
Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan was born in New York City in 1877 and was a member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family. She became the Duchess of Marlborough on her marriage to the ninth Duke of Marlborough in 1895, eventually separating in 1906. She remarried in 1921 and spent the remainder of her life involved in philanthropic projects, until her death in Long Island, New York in 1964.
ELENA VARVELLO was born in Turin, Italy, in 1971. She has published two collections of poetry, Perseveranza è salutare and Atlanti, a collection of short stories, L'economia delle cose (nominated for the Premio Strega, the Italian equivalent of the Man Booker Prize), and a novel, La luce perfetta del giorno. She teaches Creative Writing at the Scuola Holden in Turin. Can you hear me? is her first novel to be published in English.ALEX VALENTE is a European half-Yorkshire, half-Tuscan freelance translator. He has researched comics, poetry, and their translation, edits the Arts section of the Norwich Radical, regularly translates for Booksinitaly.com, and does voluntary work for non-profit organisations. He's on Twitter as @DrFumetts.
Sarah Vaughan read English at Oxford and went on to become a journalist. After eleven years at the Guardian working as a news reporter, health correspondent and political correspondent, she started freelancing. Sarah lives near Cambridge with her husband and two small children.
Michael Vaughan was born in Manchester in 1974. Michael began playing professional cricket at the age of seventeen and first captained the England Under-19 cricket team in 1993. He made his Test debut for England in 1999 against South Africa and in May the following year scored his first Test century against Pakistan. In 2002, Michael scored 900 runs in just seven Tests and was named PCA Player of the Year. Michael was appointed captain of England in 2003, the same year in which he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year and reached the top of the world rankings. In 2005, Michael captained the team that reclaimed the Ashes in an historic series against Australia and was awarded the OBE. Injury prevented him from captaining the team that travelled to Australia the following year, but on his recovery Michael returned to the Test side and surpassed Peter May's record of twenty wins as England captain. His final total of twenty-six wins makes him the most successful Test captain of all time. Michael Vaughan resigned from the captaincy in 2008 and in June 2009 he retired from all cricket. Michael lives with his wife and two children in Derbyshire.
Fighting Talk is an award-winning topical sports panel show broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live. Its first season aired in October 2003, and was presented by Johnny Vaughan, the second season featured Christian O'Connell, and it is currently hosted by Colin Murray.
Mark Vernon is writer and author of several books including After Atheism (2007), The Philosophy of Friendship (2005) and Wellbeing (2008). He has degrees in physics and theology, and a PhD in philosophy and is an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck College, London. He also writes for newspapers including the Guardian, TLS and Financial Times, and began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England.
Marco Vichi was born in Florence in 1957. The author of twelve novels and two collections of short stories, he has also edited crime anthologies, written screenplays, music lyrics and for radio, and collaborated on and directed various projects for humanitarian causes.His novel Death in Florence won the Scerbanenco, Rieti, Camaiore and Azzeccagarbugli prizes in Italy. Marco Vichi lives in the Chianti region of Tuscany.You can find out more at www.marcovichi.it.
Toby Vieira was born in New Delhi and has lived and worked in the UK, France, Switzerland and Belgium, inter alia. He has in the past taken a close professional interest in precious stones, but now works on humanitarian issues for a large international organization. If it wasn't for Marlow's Landing, he would probably be spending his free time birdwatching and pursuing an unrequited passion for the works of Jospeh Conrad.
Andrew Viner is a comedy animator and prize-winning scriptwriter. His credits include Rex the Runt for Aardman, Radio 4`s Week Ending, Granada`s The Ark, Radio 5`s Goal Difference, and?occasional?Why I Love columns for the Guardian. He also writes extensively for children`s TV, including Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. VENN THAT TUNE is his first book.
Michael Volpe, the youngest of four brothers, is from an Italian immigrant family and has three children; Leanora, Gianluca and Fiora. He is married to Sally Connew-Volpe and they live in London. Michael joined the Royal Borough Of Kensington and Chelsea in October 1989 after a period of working in the international hotel industry and founded Opera Holland Park in 1996. Michael is a Chelsea supporter, and fervent advocate of cultural engagement for all - neither of which are necessarily related.