Born in 354 AD, Saint Augustine was one of the greatest bishops in the history of the Christian Church. He worked for 34 years in a diocese of Algeria, North Africa. A great scholar, there still survive 113 of his books and treatises, over 200 letters and more than 500 sermons. His best known works are CONFESSIONS and THE CITY OF GOD. He died at Hippo in 430 AD.
Jane Austen was born in 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, where her father was rector. When she was 25 the family moved to Bath till her father's death in 1805, then to Chawton in Hampshire where Jane lived with her mother and sister. She wrote six novels. Sense and Sensibility was first in 1811, then Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma(1816). Northanger Abbey and Persusaion were both published posthumously, in 1817. Jane Austen died in 1817. Well-received during her lifetime, since her death she has become known as not just one of the greatest writers of English fiction, but one of the most beloved.
Calgary Avansino is a journalist and healthy living advocate. Born in California, Calgary now lives and works in London and writes a wellness column for Vogue, where she is a contributing editor. She also writes a healthy living column for The Sunday Times Style magazine. A mum of three, Calgary has a big social media following and is well-known for being at the cutting edge of health, well-being and lifestyle trends. Her own website, www.calgaryavansino.com has become a mecca for anyone interested in reading about and learning about enhancing their health.
Matt Avery is a successful life coach and mentor, whose tried and tested methodologies have been helping people to achieve genuine, lasting happiness for more than a decade.
Denis Avey was born in Essex in 1919. He fought in the desert during the Second World War and was captured and held as a Prisoner of War in a camp near Auschwitz III. In 2010 he received a British Hero of the Holocaust award. Denis lives in Derbyshire.
Clélie Avit was born in 1986 and grew up in Auvergne. She decided to stop being a physics and chemistry professor to dedicate more of her time to writing, though she continues to work as a contemporary dance teacher. Clélie was first published in French after winning the Le Prix Nouveau Talent. I'm Still Here is her first novel to be translated into English.
Chris Ayres is the west coast correspondent for The Times. He was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, grew up in the Scottish borders and was educated at the University of Hull and City University, London, before joining The Times in 1997. Ayres held the positions of media business correspondent and Wall Street correspondent, based in New York, before taking up his current position in L.A. He was an embedded reporter with the United States Marines during the 2003 Iraq War, his coverage earning him a nomination for the British Press Awards 'foreign correspondent of the year'.
Ian Ayres is a professor at Yale both in the Law School and in the School of Management, as well as a lawyer and author. He is a regular commentator on National Public Radio in America and a columnist for Forbes magazine. A contributor to the New York Times and editor of the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, he has written several books.
It's over 30 years since Pam first appeared on the TV talent show 'Opportunity Knocks', and since then her comic poems have contributed enormously to the wider appeal today of all forms of poetry. Many of Pam's poems feature in anthologies used in schools around the world. She's been a regular on TV and Radio over the years - on BBC Radio 2 with her own series, The Comedy Quiz, Pam Ayres' Sunday Afternoon and Pam Ayres' Open Road, and on Radio 4 in Just A Minute, That Reminds Me, The Right Time, Wireless Wise, and her own recent Radio 4 series Ayres On The Air. She was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 2004.
B B King
Born in 1925, B.B. King's career has spanned over sixty years. Today he is a seven-time Grammy Award winnder and is considered the number one blues artist and the father of rock and roll. He has released over 50 albums.
Robert B Parker
Robert B. Parker is the bestselling author of more than forty-one books. He lives in Boston.
In his 'lifetime', Richard Bachman published five novels. A sixth, THE REGULATORS, was published after he died of pseudonym cancer (a relatively painless way to go) in 1985. He developed a cult following both before and after his death. Two of his novels (THINNER and THE RUNNING MAN) were made into motion pictures. BLAZE--both brutal and sensitive--is his final legacy. The last of the Bachman novels, written in 1973 and published for the first time. Stephen King's 'dark half' may have saved the best for last.
Halcyon Backhouse is a writer and editor with her company, Watermark, which she manages with her husband, Robert.
Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A MAN CALLED OVE was a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia, has sold over one million copies worldwide, was a Richard & Judy summer read in the UK and an instant New York Times paperback bestseller, and has been made into an acclaimed film. Fredrik's subsequent novels, MY GRANDMOTHER SENDS HER REGARDS AND APOLOGISES and BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication.
Terry R. Bacon
Terry R. Bacon, Ph.D. is founder, CEO, and chairman of Lore International Institute, a global executive development firm whose work with such Fortune 500 firms as American Express, Cargill, Centex, Fluor, General Electric, Halliburton, Raytheon, and Ford Motor Company has included executive assessment, coaching, education, and organizational consulting in talent management and human capital development. He has coached thousands of executives and designed and delivered hundreds of programs on leadership, management, and interpersonal effectiveness over his 30-year career as a coach, teacher, and consultant. A prolific author and popular speaker, his most recent books include Winning Behavior, The Behavioral Advantage, Powerful Proposals, and Adaptive Coaching.
Louise Badger and Lawrence Kershaw first met in 1986 when working on opposite sides of the music business. A whirlwind romance ensued and they were married in 1987. They have run their own artists' management company since 1998 when they also first fell in love with Italy. After years of promising themselves to do it, they made the move there in 2007. This is their first book written together and is further proof that tolerance is the most important requirement of a successful marriage. They divide their time between London and Lucca.
Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes, writing historical fiction has allowed Martine to indulge in her obsessions with food, history and travel.As an amateur cook, Martine won the Merchant Gourmet Recipe Challenge and was a former UK Dessert Champion, cooking at Le Meurice in Paris. In pursuit of authenticity she has studied with food historian Ivan Day and experienced Georgian food and fashion at first-hand with an historic re-enactment society.Martine lives in Cheshire, England, after spending 20 months travelling and researching in New Zealand and Australia. She is married with one son. THE PENNY HEART is her second novel.
Christine Bailey, MSc, PGCE mBANT,is an award winning qualified functional nutritionist, chef and food & health consultant. Previously awarded Coeliac Chef of the Year she is well known for her inspirational recipes and nutrition expertise. Christine has the ability to merge cutting-edge nutritional science with the practical application required to make healthy eating achievable for everyone. A member of the Guild of Health Writers, she writes for numerous health, food and fitness magazines and is the author of The Gut Health Diet, Supercharged Green Juices & Smoothie Diet, Functional Nutrition Cookbook and Eat to Get Younger among others. She has been involved in the health industry for over 18 years and is one of the most respected nutritional experts in the UK focused on evidence based Functional Medicine. Having transformed her own life and reversed an autoimmune condition in one of her own children Christine now helps to transform the lives of her clients and readers with her science-based approach and practical, no fuss recipes that are accessible for everyone. Christine is sought after both nationally and internationally speaking at numerous health, food and fitness conferences including The Institute of Functional Medicine IFM in the USA.
Dr Roderick Bailey is a historian, broadcaster and bestselling author. A professional historian at the University of Oxford, Roderick is a leading expert in the history of Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE). His previous books include the critically acclaimed The Wildest Province, about SOE exploits in the Nazi-occupied Balkans, Target: Italy, the groundbreaking history of SOE's cloak-and-dagger war on Mussolini, and three bestselling volumes in the Imperial War Museum's Forgotten Voices series.
Julia Baird has an MA in Philosophy of Education and first worked as a teacher of French and English before going on to work as a special needs teacher for 15 years with excluded adolescents in the most deprived areas of Chester. She has three children and is now a director of Cavern City Tours. She has written one previous book, JOHN LENNON: MY BROTHER, now out of print.