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David B. is a founding member of L'Association, a group of French cartoonists who banded together as publishers in 1990 and have revolutionised European comics with their groundbreaking approach to format, subject matter and style. He has received many awards, including the French Alph'art award for comics excellence in 2000, and he was cited as European Cartoonist of the Year in 1998 by The Comics Journal. He lives in France.
Hilaire Belloc was born in France and educated at Newman's Oratory School and at Balliol College, Oxford. From 1906 to 1910 he was Liberal MP for Salford and literary editor of the Morning Post. As well as writing books of verse and novels, he also wrote on religious, social and political topics.
Sara B. Elfgren started her career in the film industry as a screenwriter. As a script doctor, she has been involved in several Swedish film and TV-productions. She has a Master's Degree in Film Studies. Mats Strandberg is journalist and a regular columnist for Sweden's biggest evening newspaper Aftonbladet. The organization Sveriges Tidskrifter (Sweden's Newspapers and Magazines) awarded him the title Columnist of the Year in 2004. In 2008, Sara B. Elfgren met Mats Strandberg. They quickly realized that they shared a passion for supernatural stories about young adults. Soon the idea to write together was born. In August 2009 they began working on their The Engelsfors Trilogy - The Circle and its two sequels, Fire and The Key. Translated by Anna Paterson
Best known for his children's books, BB wrote and illustrated many books for adults under his real name, Denys Watkins-Pitchford. He was born in Northamptonshire, studied art in Paris and London at the Royal College of Art, and taught art at Rubgy School. But for most of his life he lived in Northamptonshire, developing a wide knowledge and deep love of the countryside.
Humphrey Lyttelton was born in 1921 at Eton College, where his father was a housemaster and he was subsequently educated. During World War II he served as an officer in the Grenadier Guards, and he then studied for two years at Camberwell Arts School. In a tremendously varied career, he worked as a cartoonist for the Daily Mail, as a journalist for Punch and The Field, wrote seven books, became an acclaimed jazz trumpeter and formed a record company. He was also well-known as chair of the long-running BBC radio show, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, a role he performed for over 30 years. He died in 2008. June Knox-Mawer was an author and broadcaster who regularly put together scripts and features for the BBC Radio show Woman's Hour, as well as presenting the programme during the early Eighties. She also presented numerous documentaries and wrote non-fiction and romance novels including Sandstorm, which won the 1992 Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists' Association. She died in 2006.
Since the 1960s the very best of BBC radio’s spoken word output has been available to own, first on record and cassette and now on CD and digital download. In addition to its extensive backlist catalogue, BBC Audio continues to publish a wide range of entertainment drawn from recent radio programming and the BBC archive. Comedy titles include Hancock’s Half Hour, The Goon Show, Round the Horne, Cabin Pressure, Ed Reardon’s Week, Just a Minute and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. The realms of fantasy are depicted in Doctor Who, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia. There’s radio drama based on the works of some of our most popular and significant writers including William Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, Anthony Trollope, Arthur Conan Doyle, Samuel Pepys and Alan Bennett. History, science and culture epics include A History of the World in 100 Objects, This Sceptred Isle, A History of Childhood and The Making of Music. These are many more titles are waiting to be discovered in the BBC Audio collection, available from bookshops and online retailers. More information about the BBC’s spoken word radio services can be found at www.penguin.co.uk
606 is BBC Radio 5 Live's football phone-in, broadcast throughout the football season. When the programme started, it typically went on air at 6:06pm on a match day, and it covers topics relating to the current affairs of football. As well as listeners phoning in, a selection of texts and e-mails to the studio are read out, and the show is well known for it's opinionated debate and dedicated callers.
The formula for this long-running and popular radio panel game was devised in the early 1950s by Ian Messiter, a Light Entertainment producer who was on the staff of the BBC from 1942 to 1952. Although Just A Minute was Messiter’s preferred name for the show, the Head of Light Entertainment thought this too slick - and insisted the show e called One Minute, Please. The idea came from a humiliating experience that Messiter had suffered as a schoolboy at Sherborne. The 13-year-old had been staring out of the window, daydreaming during a Latin class. Suddenly the Latin master, Parry-Jones, told him to come up to the front of the class and repeat what had just been said without hesitating or repeating himself. Of course he couldn’t, and the resultant caning in front of the class provided a lasting lesson. In that first show Roy Plomley acted as Chairman, with Gilbert Harding, Kenneth Horne and Reggie Purdell pitting their wits against Yvonne Arnaud, Valerie Hobson and Nan Kenway. One Minute, Please was responsible for introducing the versatile talents of the artist, tuba player and raconteur Gerard Hoffnung to a wider audience. It was on the show that Hoffnung first told his famous Bricklayer Story, which was used to warm up the audience before the start of the programme. In 1952 Messiter left the BBC and set up a commercial radio station in Johannesburg. According to Ian’s wife Enid Messiter, it was here that Just A Minute first went on air in the format we know. Ian Messiter produced and chaired the programme, and Enid herself played Chopin’s Minute Waltz for these South African recordings. In 1967 the Messiters returned to England, and a pilot edition of Just A Minute was proposed to Roy Rich, then Head of Light Entertainment for BBC radio. The pilot was made, but initially rejected. Producer David Hatch threatened to resign unless it was offered to BBC Radio 4 planners. It was, and the rest is history. In addition to the radio series, there have been several TV series on both ITV and BBC. For many years the regular panellists included Clement Freud, Derek Nimmo, Kenneth Williams and Peter Jones. As their numbers dwindled in the early 1990s, however, an increasing number of guests joined the show. Paul Merton has become a mainstay of latter-day Just A Minute, while many others now form a pool of semi-regular contestants. In 2003 the programme won a Gold Sony Radio Academy Award, and in 2012 it celebrated its 45th year. With Nicholas Parsons at the helm for its entire tenure, Just A Minute has been a continually popular feature of the Radio 4 schedules. Decade after decade it has succeeded in both finding new fans and pleasing its legion of loyal older ones.
A man of many talents, Christian Stevenson, aka DJ BBQ, is a food columnist for FHM magazine, he won a BAFTA for his Channel 5 show RAD, has had a successful career in radio, gaming and acting, and his fantastic food van in Brighton was voted Best BBQ Shack in 2013.
Le Bab is a kebab renaissance project founded by Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet. Originally a street food operation, they have since opened a restaurant off Carnaby Street in London. They have reinvigorated kebabs with provenance, seasonality and technique honed in Michelin starred kitchens. Stephen laid the foundations for Le Bab’s menu by experimenting with British produce and Middle Eastern flavours. Ed spent a year in stages at several Michelin-starred restaurants, before joining Le Gavroche, where he gained the key skills of classical French training. Manu Canales is head chef of Le Bab and is inspired by the intensely seasonal, ingredient-driven cookery of his childhood home in Aragon, Spain. Manu rose from first commis chef to sous chef at Le Gavroche, before joining Ed and Stephen at Le Bab. www.eatlebab.com www.instagram.com/eatlebab/
Isaak Babel (1894-1941). Short story writer and playwright who was a correspondent with the Red Army forces of Semyon Budyonny during the Russian civil war. Babel's fame is based on his stories of the Jews in Odessa and his novel Red Cavalry (1926). He was the first major Russian Jewish writer to write in Russian. DAVID MCDUFF was born in 1945 and was educated at the University of Edinburgh. His publications comprise a large number of translations of foreign prose and verse, including contemporary Scandinavian work. His first book of verse, Words in Nature, appeared in 1972. He has translated a number of nineteenth-century Russian prose works for the Penguin Classics series. These include Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot (2004),The House of the Dead, Poor Folk and Other Stories, Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata and Other Stories and The Sebastopol Sketches, and Nikolai Leskov's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. He has also translated Andrei Bely's novel Petersburg for Penguin.
Ingrid Bacci, Ph.D., is a health care practitioner and motivational consultant to corporations, educational institutions, hospitals and churches. She has published articles in scientific, management and spiritual journals, including has produced television shows on mind-body training and has demonstrated the techniques of effortless living on major networks. The author's training and expertise in mind-body healing grew out of her own experience with a serious medical condition. Twenty years ago, she was a young philosophy professor on the academic fast track with degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities. At thirty-one years of age, her career was abruptly shattered by a crippling collagen disease that defied cure by highly respected traditional medical doctors. For three years Bacci was a bedridden invalid in constant pain. During this time she turned her own mind and body into a laboratory for self-study. She explored and subsequently trained in alternative therapies based on the mind-body connection, and studied spiritual traditions that focus on accessing the higher powers of the mind. Ten years later all signs of illness were gone, and Dr. Bacci had transformed herself from a cripple to a tri-athlete. In addition, she had committed herself to a lifelong professional goal of assisting others in achieving optimum health and creativity.
David Bach is the author of Smart Women Finish Rich and Smart Couples Finish Rich. He lives in New York with his wife and new-born son. www.automaticmillionaire.com
A former USAF pilot, gypsy barnstormer and airplane mechanic, Richard Bach is the author of fifteen books. He is also the author of the multi-million international bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Dr Edward Bach studied medicine at the University College Hospital, London and, after several years, gave up his lucrative medical career and Harley Street practice to travel the countryside in order to complete his discovery into the healing benefits of herbs and plants. One by one he found the remedies he wanted, each aimed at a particular mental state or emotion and his highly successful system of medicine is now used all over the world.
Christopher Isherwood (1904–1986) was one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. Born in Cheshire, England, he left Cambridge without graduating, and went to Berlin (‘Berlin meant Boys’) where he wrote Goodbye to Berlin on which the musical Cabaret was based. He emigrated to America with W.H. Auden in 1939; whilst Wystan stayed in New York, Chris struck out for California and became a US citizen in 1946. He became involved with Don Bachardy on Valentine’s Day 1953 and their life together is chronicled in Isherwood’s later Diaries. Bachardy (b.1934, Los Angeles) pursued a successful career as a portrait artist and Isherwood went on to write another five novels including A Single Man (which was made into a movie directed by Tom Ford in 2009). In the 1960s and ‘70s he turned to autobiographical works including Kathleen and Frank and Christopher and His Kind. Don continues to live in the house which he shared with Chris for 33 years, overlooking Santa Monica Canyon. Katherine Bucknell is editor of all four volumes of Christopher Isherwood's Diaries and of W.H.Auden's Juvenilia: Poems 1922-1928. She is co-editor of Auden Studies and a founder of the W.H.Auden Society. She is also the author of four novels and is currently working on a major new biography of Christopher Isherwood. www.katherinebucknell.com
The son two of shoemakers, Gaston Bachelard had an illustrious academic career at the Sorbonne, eventually gaining the Légion d'Honneur and the Grand Prix National des Lettres. His work has influenced intellectual titans like Foucault, Merleau-Ponty, Deleuze and Althusser. Mark Z. Danielewski is best known for his striking debut novel, House of Leaves. Richard Kearney is the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College.
Armando Iannucci is a writer, director and producer who first became successful as part of the cult comedy team involved in On the Hour and The Day Today. He then presented the satirical comedy show Saturday Night Armistice and wrote and starred in the surreal sketch series The Armando Iannucci Shows before creating the BAFTA Award-winning comedy The Thick of It. A movie spin-off, In The Loop, was released in 2009 to great acclaim. This in turn led to an HBO series, Veep, which has won numerous awards including four Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. James Bachman is an actor, comedian and writer who has appeared in numerous TV comedy shows including Saxondale, Hyperdrive,The Mighty Boosh, 15 Storeys High, Comedy Nation and The 11 O'Clock Show. He was also a regular cast member on That Mitchell and Webb Sound for BBC Radio 4. His writing credits include Armando Iannucci's Charm Offensive. Jon Holmes is an eight-time Sony Award and double BAFTA-winning writer, comedian and broadcaster. His radio credits include writing and performing on The Now Show, co-creating and writing Dead Ringers, writing and being a regular panellist on The 99p Challenge and working with Armando Iannucci on his Sony Award-winning Charm Offensive.
Ingeborg Bachmann (1926-1973) was an icon of postwar literature in Europe. A poet and a philosopher, she wrote radio plays, short stories, essays and a single novel universally recognized as her masterwork, Malina. Born in 1926 in Klagenfurt, Austria, Bachmann was the daughter of a Nazi party member. She rose to prominence in the 1950s with two collections of poems that grapple with what she considered to be the jarring dissonance of writing poetry in German "after Auschwitz". Famously photogenic, she was courted by journalists, critics and fellow writers. She had affairs with Paul Celan (who gave her so many flowers that her studio in Vienna was transformed into 'a poppy field'), Max Frisch and even Henry Kissinger, who she met on her first visit to America in 1955 as a visiting scholar at Harvard-all of which were the subject of a swirl of cultural gossip. She steadily produced poetry and philosophical essays, as well as co-writing two operas and a ballet, and becoming politically involved with Heinrich Boll, Gunter Grass and Uwe Johnson against the Vietnam War. She was the constant subject of interviews, documentaries, and dissertations, and featured the front covers of Der Spiegel. She won all the major German and Austrian literary awards, including the prestigious Georg Buchner prize. But she was a naturally shy person and, sick of the sustained attention to her life and work, she left Austria for Ischia, then Naples, then Munich, Zurich, Berlin and finally Rome. In her final years she became dependent on alcohol and sedatives; she died in a fire in her bedroom in 1973, which police concluded was caused by a lit cigarette. Since her death she has been recognized as a significant influence on such writers as Günter Grass, Max Frisch, Christa Wolf, and Peter Handke. The annual Ingeborg Bachmann Prize is one of the most important awards for literature in the German language.
Estanislao Bachrach has a PhD in molecular biology, is a Professor of leadership and innovation and has also founded an international consultancy on creativity and innovation. He taught at Harvard for 5 years, where he was awarded a distinction in teaching 4 years running. He speaks fluent English and is an international speaker on radio, tedx and tv.
Professor of the History and Philosophy of Economics at the University of Birmingham, Backhouse is a leading historian of economics.
Ged Backland, the creator of Groovy Chick and Cool Dude, worked for Carlton Cards and Hallmark as Creative Director before setting up his own design studio, Backland. He works in a barn in Yorkshire.
Fredrik Backman is the number one New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove (in development as a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks), My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises, Britt-Marie Was Here and Beartown, which is being adapted for TV by the team behind The Bridge. As well as two novellas And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer and The Deal of a Lifetime, he is also the author of a collection of heartfelt and humorous essays about fatherhood: Things My Son Needs To Know About The World. Fredrik Backman's books are published in more than forty countries and have sold over ten million copies. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.
Born in 1973. Steve Backshall was brought up on a smallholding in the home counties of England. He studied English at university before going on to study biology, eventually becoming Adventurer in Residence for National Geographic. He travels the world as presenter of BBC TV’s ‘Deadly’ series, for which he has won two BAFTAs. He presented BBC One’s Big Blue Live alongside Matt Baker and Liz Bonnin in 2015, which went on to win the BAFTA Television Award for Best Live Event. His other documentary series include Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge, Down the Might River, and Steve Backshall and the Vertical Mile.
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