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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 including 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.
Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet and broadcaster. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography, Thames: Sacred River and London Under; biographies of figures including Charles Dickens, William Blake, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock; and a multi-volume history of England. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the South Bank Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.
Michele Hutchison is an editor, translator and blogger. She was born in Solihull, grew up in Lincolnshire and studied at the universities of East Anglia, Cambridge and Lyon. She worked in British publishing before moving to Amsterdam, heavily-pregnant, in 2004. There she worked as an editor and became a prominent translator of Dutch literature. She lives in a leaky, old dyke house with her Dutch husband and two children. Rina Mae Acosta is an Asian-American writer from California currently living in the Netherlands with her Dutch husband and two young sons. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She is the author of a successful parenting blog, Finding Dutchland.
Eliza Acton (1799-1860) was born in Sussex, and, apart from some time spent in France, lived for much of her life at Bordyke House in Tonbridge, where she kept house for her mother. Modern Cookery, first published in 1845, was her first cookery book and quickly gained wide acclaim for its practical, step-by-step approach. Delia Smith has called Acton 'the best writer of recipes in the English language'.
Paul Adam studied law but then decided to write, starting his career as a journalist. He has written ten thrillers for a grown-up audience that have sold widely around the world and have been translated into several foreign languages. Reviews have called his adult books, 'Brilliantly imagined, fiercely authentic and wholly gripping'. Escape From Shadow Island is Paul's first book for children. He lives with his wife and sons in Sheffield.
Tim Adams has been an editor at Granta and literary editor of the Observer, where he now writes full-time. An occasional tennis correspondent and scratchy parks player, he once lost in straight sets to Martin Amis and served a whole game of double faults to Annabel Croft. He lives in London.
Henry Brooks Adams was an American novelist, journalist and historian. He was born in Boston in 1838 into one of the most prominent political families of the time - both his grandfather and great grandfather had been US Presidents. Adams graduated from Harvard in 1858 and later became a political correspondent and journalist.
Jessica Adams is an international Vogue and Cosmopolitan astrologer. She is also a team editor on the Girls' Night In series in aid of the children's charities War Child and No Strings. Her other novels include Single White E-Mail, I'm A Believer and Cool For Cats. Her latest novel, The Summer Psychic, is available now from Black Swan. Fore more information about Jessica Adams, visit her website at www.jessicaadams.com
Bill Adams is an Englishman married to an Indian educationalist. After leaving school at 16 and unloading lorries for a time, he went to night school and then won a scholarship to university. Following a postgraduate diploma at Oxford University he lectured in Communications, wrote radio scripts, formed a theatre company - and now lives in New Delhi where he runs training courses for computer software companies, heads a Soccer Academy and writes regularly for newspapers of the Indian sub continent.
Nicola Adams is the reigning Olympic, World, Commonwealth Games and European Games boxing champion at flyweight. She became the first woman in the UK to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing during London 2012 and won her second Olympic Gold in Rio 2016. She topped the list of the Independent's 101 most influential LGBT people in Britain for 2012 and was voted Glamour's Sportswoman of the Year in 2013. She has also appeared as an extra "Coronation Street" and "Emmerdale", and had a cameo appearance in the BBC drama series "Waterloo Road", where she played herself.
Douglas Adams (Author) DOUGLAS ADAMS was born in Cambridge in March 1952. He is best known as the creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which started life as a BBC Radio 4 series. The book went on to be a No. 1 bestseller. He followed this success with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980); Life, The Universe and Everything (1982); So Long and Thanks for all the Fish (1984); Mostly Harmless (1992) and many more. He sold over 15 million books in the UK, the US and Australia. Douglas died unexpectedly in May 2001 at the age of 49. Mark Carwardine (Author) Zoologist MARK CARWARDINE is an active and outspoken conservationist, award-winning writer, TV- and radio - presenter, widely published photographer, magazine columnist and consultant. He presented the weekly programme Nature on BBC Radio 4 for many years and is co-presenter, with Stephen Fry, of the BBC-TV series Last Chance to See. The author of more than 50 books, including several bestsellers, he has been Chairman of prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition since 2005.
Ellie Adams is happiest when surrounded by crisps, dips, wine and her friends. She is a journalist and dog lover who lives in London. IT HAD TO BE YOU was inspired by a life-long love of redheaded men.
Milly Adams lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, dog and cat. Her children live nearby. Her grandchildren are fun, and lead her astray. She insists that it is that way round. Milly Adams is also the author of Above Us The Sky and Sisters At War.
Jessica Adams began her astrology career at Elle magazine and has since written horoscopes for Cosmopolitain, Harper's Bazaar and international editions of Vogue. She is the author of over a dozen books, including the #1 Amazon bestseller 2020 Astrology: Your Five Year Horoscope Guide. Jessica lives between Australia and the UK.
Jenny T Colgan (Author) Jenny T. Colgan has written numerous bestselling novels as Jenny Colgan, which have sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide, been translated into 25 languages, and won both the Melissa Nathan Award and Romantic Novel of the Year 2013. Aged 11, she won a national fan competition to meet the Doctor and was mistaken for a boy by Peter Davison. Jacqueline Rayner (Author) Jacqueline Rayner is the author of over 40 books and audio plays, including number one bestseller The Stone Rose, the highest-selling Doctor Who novel of all time, and two Doctor Who ‘Quick Reads’ for World Book Day. She lives in Essex with her husband and twin sons, and writes regularly for Doctor Who Magazine. Steve Lyons (Author) Steve Lyons has written nearly twenty novels, several audio dramas and many short stories, starring characters from the X-Men and Spider-Man to the Tomorrow People and Sapphire & Steel. He has also co-written a number of books about TV shows, including Cunning: The Blackadder Programme Guide and the bestselling Red Dwarf Programme Guide. His previous Doctor Who work includes the novels Conundrum, The Witch Hunters and The Crooked World, audio dramas The Fires of Vulcan and Colditz, and work for the official Doctor Who Magazine. He lives in Salford, near Manchester. Guy Adams (Author) Guy Adams lives in Spain, surrounded by rescue animals. Some of them are his family. Having spent over ten years working as a professional actor and comedian, eventually he decided he’d quite like to eat regularly, so switched careers and became a full-time writer. Nobody said he was clever. Against all odds he managed to stay busy and since then he has written over twenty books. Andrew Lane (Author) Andrew Lane has written more than 30 books in various genres - fiction and non-fiction, adult and Young Adult, crime and science fiction. Most recently he has been responsible for the internationally successful Young Sherlock Holmes series of novels (8 and counting) while the first book in his new Crusoe series will be published this year. His first novel was a licensed Doctor Who book - the Seventh Doctor novel Lucifer Rising - and he also writes Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions.
Scott Adams is the creator of Dilbert, one of the most popular and widely-distributed comic strips of the past quarter century. He has been a full-time cartoonist since 1995, after 16 years as a technology worker for companies like Crocker National Bank and Pacific Bell. His many bestsellers include The Dilbert Principle and Dogbert's Top Secret Management Handbook. He lives outside of San Francisco.
Richard Adams grew up in Berkshire, the son of a country doctor. After an education at Oxford, he spent six years in the army and then went into the Civil Service. He originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters and they insisted he publish it as a book. It quickly became a huge success with both children and adults, and won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal in 1972. Richard Adams wrote many novels and short stories, including Shardik and The Plague Dogs. He died in 2016, aged 96.
Adam the Gardener was drawn by Cyril Cowell, a much loved illustrator of the 1940s and 1950s who specialised in drawing animals and the natural world, especially for children's books (including Enid Blyton). It was written by Morley Adams, a journalist who was also credited with popularising the crossword in Britain. Alys Fowler has presented Gardeners' World and her own series, The Edible Garden. She has written several books and writes a weekly column on gardening for the Guardian Weekend magazine.
David Adams Richards, born in New Brunswick, Canada, is a novelist, essayist, screenwriter and poet. His novels include Mercy Among the Children, which won the 2000 Giller Prize;The Bay of Love and Sorrows, which was made into a feature film; and the award-winning Nights Below Station Street.
Judith Adamson is the author of several books, including The Dangerous Edge, a political biography of Graham Greene, and Charlotte Haldane: Woman Writer in a Man's World, a biography of J. B. S. Haldane's first wife. She selected and introduced the essays in Graham Greene's much acclaimed last book, Reflections, and is Professor of English at Dawson College, Montreal, Canada.
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