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A K Benedict writes crime and speculative fiction in a room filled with clowns, mannequins and Doctor Who figures. Her first novel, The Beauty of Murder, was nominated for an eDunnit award and is in development for a major 8-part TV series by Company Pictures. Her second, Jonathan Dark or The Evidence of Ghosts, came out in February 2016. She's written Torchwood audio dramas for Big Finish and her short stories have featured in anthologies including Great British Horror and Best British Short Stories. She lives in St Leonards-on-Sea with her dog, Dame Margaret Rutherford.
King ADZ is the author of eight books, published by Thames & Hudson and HarperCollins. All his books to date have been concerned with youth-culture, sub-culture and street art. He has been creative consultant for numerous global brands including Adidas, Vice, Levis, Diesel, Smirnoff and Guinness. His latest feature documentary, The Iconoclast, profiling the notorious international art smuggler, Michel Van Rijn, has secured cinema distribution in the UK and US.
Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Booker Prize in 1997 and has been translated into more than forty languages, and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2017. Roy has also published several works of non-fiction, including The Algebra of Infinite Justice, Listening to Grasshoppers and Broken Republic. She lives in Delhi.
Dr Jennifer Aaker is a behavioural psychologist, author, and the General Atlantic Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research focuses on the psychology of time and money and the choices driving lasting happiness. She teaches courses on innovation, the power of storytelling and purpose.
Samuel Wang is an associate professor of neuroscience and molecular biology at Princeton University. An awardwinning scientist, and public speaker, he is also known for developing a new method for understanding presidential election polls. He met his co author at a brass band performance. Sandra Aamodt is the editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, the leading scientific journal in the field of brain research. She spent four years doing postdoctoral research at Yale and lectures widely. She lives in California with her husband, a professor in neuroscience.
Soazig Aaron was born in Rennes. She lived in Paris for several years, working in a bookshop, and now lives in Brittany. For this, her first novel (published in France as Le non de Klara), she was awarded the Prix Emmanuel-Roblès and a Goncourt scholarship.
David Aaronovitch is an award-winning journalist, who has worked in radio, television and newspapers in the United Kingdom since the early 1980s. He lives in Hampstead, north London, with his wife, three daughters and Kerry Blue the terrier. His first book, Paddling to Jerusalem, won the Madoc prize for travel literature in 2001 and his second, Voodoo Histories, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.
Ben Aaronovitch writes tie-in novels and TV scripts, and wrote the screenplays for the Seventh Doctor episodes Battlefield and Remembrance of the Daleks. He is the author of a series of audio dramas based on TV's Blake's 7, as well as the acclaimed Rivers of London series. He also works as a bookseller.
After a life of crime, Frank Abagnale has cleaned up his act. As the founder of an anit-fraud corporation he lectures regularly to top executives nationwide from the Department of Justice to the American Institute of Banking and has run over 3000 programmes in 22 years. He is also the author of another book entitled THE ART OF STEAL.
Chris Abani is the author of Becoming Abigail and Graceland which won the Hemingway/PEN prize and was a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Award. He was born in Nigeria and has lived in London, New York and Los Angeles. He teaches at the University of California, Riverside.
Carolyn Abbate is Professor of Music at Harvard University and the author of Unsung Voices and In Search of Opera. Her work has been translated into many languages. She herself is a translator, and has been involved in theatre as a dramaturge and director.
Aoife Abbey (Author) Aoife Abbey grew up in Dublin, Ireland. She completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, before graduating in 2011 from medical school at Warwick University. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and council member at the Intensive Care Society UK. From September 2016, Aoife Abbey wrote a blog under the guise of the British Medical Association’s 'Secret Doctor’. This is her first book.
Edward Abbey was born in Pennsylvania in 1927 and spent most of his life in the American southwest. His books include the celebrated Desert Solitaire, which established Abbey as one of the country's foremost defenders of the environment. Edward Abbey died in 1989.
Alan Durant (Author) Alan Durant is the author of books for a wide age-range, from picture books such as Burger Boy, Angus Rides the Goods Train and Always and Forever to top-end teenage thrillers (Blood, Flesh and Bones). Having worked as a copywriter at Walker Books, he is now a full-time author. He's married, with three children and lives in Brighton. He does a lot of school visits throughout the UK and abroad and also runs writing workshops. Judi Abbot (Illustrator) JUDI ABBOT was born in Italy but now lives in London with her family. She studied Illustration at art school in Milan. She usually works with acrylics, collage and colour pencils.
Edwin A. Abbott (1838 - 1926) was a leading scholar of the Victorian period. A schoolmaster from the age of 26, Abbott oversaw the education of many luminaries of the Edwardian era and beyond, including Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. In his retirement, Abbott devoted himself to writing theological discussions and biographies. In 1884, he wrote Flatland, a highly original work of satirical science-fiction. Although not an initial success, its quiet whimsy and unique subject matter saw its significance grow, and it is now considered a canonical example of the genre.
Chris Abbott is an influential writer and researcher in the areas of defence, security and international relations. He is the Founder & Executive Director of Open Briefing, the world's first civil society intelligence agency. He is an Honorary Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Social and International Studies at the University of Bradford, and until 2009 was the Deputy Director of Oxford Research Group. His two books are published by Rider: 21 Speeches that Shaped Our World: The People and Ideas that Changes the Way We Think (2010), and Beyond Terror: The Truth About the Real Threats to Our World, co-authored with Paul Rogers and John Sloboda (2007). Chris has a degree in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, and a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. He lives in West Cornwall with his wife and their dog.
Paul Abbott studied at Manchester University before becoming the youngest ever script editor on Coronation Street at 24. He created his first television drama series, Touching Evil, in 1997 and has since written much of the most popular and critically praised television drama in the UK since, including Clocking Off, Linda Green and State of Play. He was given the Dennis Potter Award at the 2004 British Academy Television Awards. He lives in Cheshire with his wife and two children.
Greg Abbott is an illustrator and designer who lives in West Sussex, England. In addition to children's books, he has created art prints, apparel, toys, greetings cards, and other merchandise. Visit him on Tumblr at gregabbott.tumblr.com.
For over fifteen years, Rodrigo Abdalla has been spreading the zero-based mindset across the globe in a broad spectrum of sectors. Besides ZBx, his experience includes M&A and corporate turnaround. Based in London, he also acts as an angel investor, board member, and senior adviser to PEs and startups.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and social advocate with a background in mechanical engineering. Yassmin founded her first organization, Youth Without Borders, at the age of sixteen, published her debut memoir, Yassmin's Story, with Penguin Random House at age twenty-four, and followed up with her first fiction book for younger readers, You Must Be Layla, in 2019. An advocate for the empowerment of women, youth and people of colour, Yassmin has been awarded numerous awards for her advocacy, including the 2018 Young Voltaire Award for Free Speech. Yassmin has travelled to over twenty countries speaking to governments, NGOs and multinational companies on a range of topics including unconscious bias, resilience, and the impact of technology on society. Her TED talk, 'What Does My Headscarf Mean to You?', has been viewed over two million times and was chosen as one of TED's top ten ideas of 2015. Yassmin's critically acclaimed essays have been published in numerous anthologies, including the Griffith Review, the bestselling It's Not About the Burqa and The New Daughters of Africa. Her words can also be found in publications like the Guardian, Teen Vogue, The New York Times, The Independent and Glamour. Yassmin's broadcasting portfolio is diverse: she presented the national TV show Australia Wide, a podcast on becoming an F1 driver and created Hijabistas, a series looking at the modest fashion scene in Australia. Yassmin is a regular contributor to the BBC, Monocle 24 and is a co-host of The Guilty Feminist. Outside advocacy, she worked as a drilling engineer on oil and gas rigs for four years and is an internationally accredited F1 journalist.
His Majesty King Abdullah II, the eldest son of King Hussein and forty-third generation direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, became King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1999. Before that, he served as Major General and Commander of Special Forces in the Jordanian army. He is married to Queen Rania, with whom he has four children. He lives in Amman, Jordan.
Naoko Abe is a Japanese journalist and non-fiction writer. She was the first female political writer to cover the prime minister’s office, the foreign ministry and the defence ministry at Mainichi Shimbun, one of Japan’s largest newspapers. Since moving to London with her British husband and their two boys in 2001, she has worked as a freelance writer and has published five books in Japanese. Her biography of Collingwood Ingram in Japanese won the prestigious Nihon Essayist Club Award in 2016. She has now written an adaptation of the book for English-language readers. She is a trained classical pianist and an advanced yoga practitioner.
Kobo Abe was born in Tokyo in 1924, grew up in Manchuria, and returned to Japan in his early twenties. Before his death in 1993, Abe was considered his country's foremost living novelist. His novels have earned many literary awards and prizes, and have all been bestsellers in Japan. They include THE WOMAN IN THE DUNES, THE ARK SAKURA, THE FACE OF ANOTHER, THE BOX MAN, and THE RUINED MAP.
Dr Chris North is an academic researcher at Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy. He has worked on the Planck Satellite (launched in 2009 to map space and help explain how the universe was formed) and the Herschel Space Observatory. Dr Paul Abel is an astronomer and lecturer at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Science at the University of Leicester, specializing in the research of black holes and General Relativity. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an Assistant Director of the British Astronomical Association.
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