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Richard Abels is Professor Emeritus at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of Alfred the Great: War, Kingship and Culture in Anglo-Saxon England and Lordship and Military Obligation in Anglo-Saxon England. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Nicholas Abercrombie is Emeritus Fellow in Sociology at the University of Lancaster, who has a particular interest in the role of the mass media. Professor Brian Longhurst is Professor of Sociology at the University of Salford whose research centres on popular music, media audiences and the sociology of knowledge. Past collaborations between the two authors include Audiences: A Sociological Theory of Performance and Imagination (1998).
Mark Abley, a winner of Canada's National Newspaper Award, is the author of nine critically-acclaimed books, ranging from children's fiction to poetry, via journalistic non-fiction. He has written for the TLS, the Toronto Globe and Mail and the Montreal Gazette, amongst other publications. Winning a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 inspired his 2008 book The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches from the Future of English. He lives in Montréal and speaks English, French, and a little Welsh.
David Roden (Author) Originally hailing from Lichfield in Staffordshire, David Roden began his career working as an assistant for legendary film-maker Derek Jarman on films such as Wittgenstein and Blue. In 1993 David wrote the Doctor Who story Dimensions in Time that featured all of the then living Doctors, before moving into theatre writing and directing. David wrote the official schools' adaptation for Ben Elton of We Will Rock You. In more recent years, David studied at the Metropolitan Film School, before becoming an award-winning director and writer with his film The Resurrectionist. He also spent some time working in the BBC Drama Department in Cardiff working in script development, and now finds new writers and directors for the BBC's Continuing Drama series EastEnders, Casualty, Holby and Doctors.
Marc Abraham trained as a vet at Edinburgh University. After setting up his own veterinary practice, he became a veterinary advisor to the Kennel Club of Great Britain and the resident vet on ITV's This Morning. He regularly gives pet advice on BBC Breakfast and other TV shows. In 2007, Marc was voted 'the UK's Favourite Vet' by the British public. He lives in Brighton. www.marcthevet.com.
Tom Abraham was born in Cheshire, and emigrated to America at the age of nineteen. From 1966 until 1969 he served in the American Army, including a tour of duty to Vietnam. Afterwards he returned to England, where he made a successful career in the textile industry. He now lives in Walton-on-Thames.
Marina Abramovic is a Serbian performance artist based in New York. Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Active for over five decades, Abramovic has been described as the 'grandmother of performance art'.
Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind/ body medicine, Dr Deepak Chopra trained in India and the United States, and is Executive Officer of the Chopra Center for Well Being at Carlsbad in California. He has written over thirty books, which have been translated into thirty-five languages. He lectures and conducts seminars and workshops around the world. Visit his website at www.chopra.com
David Abrams served in the U.S. Army for twenty years, and was deployed to Iraq in 2005 as part of a public affairs team. His stories have appeared in Esquire, Narrative and other literary magazines.
Jill Abramson was the executive editor of The New York Times, the first woman to hold its most senior editorial position, between 2011 and 2014. During her seventeen years at the paper she was also the first woman to serve as its managing editor and as its Washington bureau chief. Before joining the Times, she spent nine years at the Wall Street Journal. She is now a senior lecturer at Harvard University and writes a bi-weekly column for the Guardian about US politics. She lives in New York City.
Bill Bonanno (1932-2008) was the son of Joseph Bonanno, the head of the powerful Bonanno crime Family. He was the author of Bound by Honor and co-author of the novel The Good Guys with Joseph Pistone and David Fisher, and he collaborated with Gay Talese on Honor Thy Father, a non-fiction chronicle of the Bonanno family. Gary B. Abromovitz is a retired attorney whose practice involved industrial espionage cases and interaction with criminal profilers from the FBI's renowned Behavioural Science Unit. He gained access to the real history of the Mafia through in-depth interviews with Bill Bonanno over a 12-year period.
Dannie Abse was for many years a chest specialist in a London teaching hospital. A poet, reviewer and playwright, he has written and edited more than fifteen books of poetry, as well as books about medicine and also fiction. He is the author of Ash on a Young Man's Sleeve and several autobiographical volumes, including Goodbye, Twentieth Century, which was published in 2001 to critical acclaim. He died, at the age of 91, in September 2014.
David Abulafia is Emeritus Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and a former Chairman of the Cambridge History Faculty. His previous books include Frederick II, The Western Mediterranean Kingdoms and The Great Sea, which has been translated into a dozen languages. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, and in 2003 was made Commendatore dell'Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana in recognition of his work on Italian and Mediterranean history.
Juliet Ace is a dramatist and screenwriter who contributed to EastEnders and The District Nurse. She has written many original scripts and dramatisations for BBC Radio drama, including The Archers. Her other radio plays include Her Infinite Variety, Small Parts, Dead-Heading the Roses, Skin and Chocolate Frigates. Her dramatisations for radio include Love Story, The Marseilles Trilogy, and Lynne Reid Banks's The L-Shaped Room. She wrote the screenplay for Cameleon, which won the Golden Spire Award for Best Dramatic Television Feature at the 1998 San Francisco International Film Festival.
Daron Acemoglu is the Killian Professor of Economics at MIT and recipient of the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal.
Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He was raised in the large village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria, and was a graduate of University College, Ibadan. His early career in radio ended abruptly in 1966, when he left his post as Director of External Broadcasting in Nigeria during the national upheaval that led to the Biafran War. Achebe joined the Biafran Ministry of Information and represented Biafra on various diplomatic and fund-raising missions. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and began lecturing widely abroad. For over fifteen years, he was the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana studies at Brown University. Chinua Achebe wrote over twenty books - novels, short stories, essays and collections of poetry - and received numerous honours from around the world, including the Honourary Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as honourary doctorates from more than thirty colleges and universities. He was also the recipient of Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement, the Nigerian National Merit Award. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction. He died in 2013.
Shawn Achor is one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness, success and potential. His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, and his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with 16 million views. He has worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, the Pentagon and the White House, and lectured in more than 50 countries (from CEOs in China to doctors in Dubai and school children in South Africa). His Happiness Advantage training is one of the most successful corporate training programmes in the world. His research has been published in the New York Times, WSJ, Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Fortune. He is the author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness.
The late Jeanne Achterberg was an award-winning scientist who received international recognition for her pioneering research in medicine and psychology. She was Professor of Psychology at Saybrook Institute, San Francisco and a consultant and advisor to other foundations. The author of five books and over 100 papers, she was named by Time Magazine as one of the innovators of complementary and alternative medicine for the coming century.
Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin are undergraduates at the University of Chicago. Alexander's journalism has appeared in The New York Times and New York Sun and Emmett is a contributor to the Huffington Post. They are both less than twenty years old.
Kathy Acker was born in 1948 and was raised in New York. In her twenties she broke ties with her family and worked as a stripper, while writing and publishing with the underground literary scene. She burst into the mainstream with Blood and Guts in High School, which caused a sensation upon publication in 1987 - the book was banned in several countries. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, she abandoned Western medicine after a traumatic experience of surgery to treat the cancer, which was unsuccessful. She died in an alternative treatment centre in Tijuana, Mexico in 1997. Her major novels include Blood and Guts in High School, Great Expectations, Don Quixote and Pussy, King of the Pirates. A collection of her emails with McKenzie Wark was published in 2015, titled I'm Very into You.
J. R. Ackerley was born in Herne Hill, Kent, in 1896 and educated at Rossall School and Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1922 he met E.M. Forster and the two developed a close friendship. It was through Forster's influence that Ackerley left for India in 1923 to work as Private Secretary to the Marharajah of Chhokrapur, which resulted in Hindoo Holiday. He also worked as an assistant producer for the BBC and later as literary editor of the Listener.
James S. Ackerman is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Fine Arts Emeritus at Harvard University and a Fellow and former Trustee of the American Academy in Rome. Professor Ackerman has lived for several years in Italy, beginning with service during the last war, and is the author of many studies on Italian architecture, including The Cortile del Belvedere (1954), and The Architecture of Michelangelo (1961). He has published The Villa: Form and Ideology of Country Houses (1990) and Distance Points. He is co-author of a volume on historical practice and theory, Art and Archaeology (1963) and has also conceived and narrated the films Looking for Renaissance Rome (1975, with Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt) and Palladio the Architet and His Influence in America (1980). Phyllis Massar is an architectural photographer who lives in New York City.
Elliot Ackerman is the author of several novels to include Dark at the Crossing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and most recently Waiting for Eden. His writings appear in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C.
Joss Ackland CBE was born in 1928 in London. Trained as an actor, he has appeared in more than 130 films, and countless theatre, alongside such luminaries as Dame Judi Dench, Ingrid Bergman and Lauren Bacall. However, his first priority was always his wife Rosemary, and now their seven children and 33 grandchildren.
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