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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.
Francis Bacon, philosopher, essayist, lawyer and statesman, was born in London in 1561. He studied at Cambridge and was enrolled at Gray's Inn in 1576. In 1584 he entered Parliament, and made the acquaintance of the Earl of Essex, who endeavoured to advance him in his career. Nevertheless, having been appointed to investigate the causes of Essex's revolt in 1601, Bacon was largely responsible for the earl's conviction. Bacon was appointed Solicitor-General in 1607 and eventually became Lord Chancellor in 1618. In 1621 he was charged with bribery, fined and imprisoned in the Tower. Following his release, he retired to his family home and spent his remaining years in philosophical and literary work. His ambition was to create a new system of philosophy to relace that of Aristotle, and he has been justly acclaimed as an inspiration to later scientists, rationalits and materialists. He died in 1626. John Pitcher is a Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. He has edited Cymbeline for the Penguin Shakespeare and The Winter's Tale for the third series of the Arden Shakespeare.
Chris P. Bacon is better known by the name Mitchell Symons, Blue Peter Award-winning author of DON'T WIPE YOUR BUM WITH A HEDGEHOG, ON YOUR FARTS, GET SET, GO and HOW MUCH POO DOES AN ELEPHANT DO?
Richard Bacon was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 1975. He built his career presenting iconic TV shows including Blue Peter, the Big Breakfast and Top of the Pops. His current work includes newspaper journalism, TV and presenting his weekday Radio 5 Live afternoon show. Richard lives in London with his wife and newborn son. This is his first book.
Ellis Bacon has been writing about bike racing for a living since joining Procycling magazine as deputy editor in 2003. He has since written for a number of other cycling publications and websites, including Cycle Sport, Cyclist, cyclingnews.com and Cycling Weekly, as well as for The Times and the Observer. A keen linguist, he translated Bjarne Riis's autobiography, Riis: Stages of Light and Dark, from Danish into English, and he is also the co-editor, along with Lionel Birnie, of The Cycling Anthology series of books, published twice a year. Great British Cycling is his third book, following World's Ultimate Cycle Races and Mapping Le Tour.
Sebastian Baczkiewicz is an English writer. Bacziewicz trained as an actor at The Drama Centre in London. He was the BBC's first writer in residence in 2000. [Wikipedia]
Sebastian Bacziewicz is a British writer and dramatist. Among his credits are a number of episodes of Holby City and a range of plays for BBC Radio, including adaptations of Les Miserables and The Count of Monte Cristo and six series of Pilgrim, starring Paul Hilton as William Palmer, the immortal title character. His stage plays include The Lives of the Saints, Hello Paris, The Man Who Shot the Tiger and Dancing under the Bridge. In 2012, Pilgrim was nominated for the Prix Italia and awarded silver at the Prix Europa.
Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb are prolific children's writers, perhaps explained by the fact that they have a little girl and boy themselves. Sophie teaches young children and uses her stories in lessons. Ivor used to be a teacher but is now a scriptwriter for television and radio, having also written a children's book on football for Dorling Kindersley and four Unexplained titles for Macdonald Young Books. Ailie Busby was born in London and grew up in Corby, Northamptonshire. She studied graphic design at Nene College, illustration at East Anglia Polytechnic in Cambridge and printmaking at Chelsea and Westminster College. Ailie's wonderfully observant eye and her sense of humour bring great charm and fun to her illustrations. She has previously been published by Orion, Egmont and Scholastic and titles include Hey, Diddle Diddle, Rosie's Zoo and Christmas is Coming, as well as the successful large format nursery rhyme book, Time for a Rhyme. She lives in Newcastle with her husband and two young children.
Steve Hilton (Author) Steve Hilton is co-founder and CEO of Crowdpac, a Silicon Valley political tech start-up, and a visiting professor at Stanford University. He was formerly senior adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron and played a leading role in the modernisation of the Conservative Party and in the implementation of its government reform programme. Steve graduated from Oxford University in 1990 and now lives in California with his wife and young family. Jason Bade (Author) Jason Bade lectures on social problem solving at Stanford Law School and is active in the impact investing space. He graduated from Stanford University and lives in California. Scott Bade (Author) Scott Bade is a researcher at the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies at Stanford University. He graduated from Stanford and lives in California.
Adam Hart-Davis is a well-known BBC television presenter and popular science enthusiast. From 1995 to 2000 he presented Local Heroes, in which he cycled around the country telling the stories of the pioneers of science and recreating their experiments. He went on to present What the Romans Did For Us, followed by series on the Victorians, the Tudors and Stuarts, and the Ancients, all of which were accompanied by successful tie-in books. In April 2006 he presented Stardate: Mysteries of Venus to coincide with the Transit of Venus. Paul Bader is the Executive Producer of The Cosmos - A Beginner's Guide. Paul has worked with Adam for many years and the two have co-authored several books together.
Yaba Badoe is a Ghanaian-British documentary filmmaker and journalist. A graduate of King's College Cambridge, she worked as a civil servant in Ghana before becoming a General Trainee with the BBC. She has taught in Spain and Jamaica and is, at present, a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana, where she is completing a documentary film -The Witches of Gambaga. Her short stories have been published in Critical Quarterly and in African Love Stories: an anthology edited by Ama Ata Aidoo.
A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Richard Baer, M.D. is also the former head of the Illinois Psychiatric Society; after several decades in practice as a psychiatrist he received a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Northwestern University. Karen, Baer's Multiple Personality Disoder patient, has been well for over seven years now.
Robert Baer was a case officer in the Directorate of Operations for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1997. He served in places such as Iraq, Dushanbe, Rabat, Beirut, Khartoum, and New Delhi, and received the Career Intelligence Medal in 1997. He now divides his time between Washington, D.C., and France. When Baer left the agency in 1997, he received the Career Intelligence Medal with a citation that says: "He repeatedly put himself in personal danger, working the hardest targets, in service to his country."
Jay Baer is a marketing keynote speaker, consultant, and digital marketing pioneer. He has consulted for more than 700 brands since 1994, including 30 of the Fortune 500. In addition to Youtility, he's co-author of the social business transformation book, The NOW Revolution. Baer runs the popular Convince & Convert blog, and is host of the weekly Social Pros podcast.
Naomi Bagdonas is a Stanford lecturer, a strategy and media consultant and a professionally trained comedian. Naomi has designed and facilitated innovation workshops and strategy offsites for the boards and leadership teams of Fortune 100 companies. She performs improv and sketch comedy in Los Angeles.
Julian Baggini (Author) Julian Baggini’s books include A Short History of Truth, How the World Thinks, Freedom Regained, The Ego Trick, What’s It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life and the best-selling The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He was the co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. Antonia Macaro (Author) Antonia Macaro is an existential psychotherapist, author of More than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age, Reason, Virtue and Psychotherapy and co-author of The Shrink and the Sage. She has many years’ clinical experience in the field of addictive behaviours. Antonia has a degree in Oriental Studies and an MA in Philosophy, and was part of the UK’s philosophical counselling movement from its early days.
Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romance writer. She loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1's Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters. Find out more about Mandy on her website www.mandybaggot.com, follow her on Facebook/MandyBaggotAuthor and on Twitter and Instagram @mandybaggot
Steve Almond is the author of the acclaimed story collection My Life in Heavy Metal. Julianna Baggott is the author of three novels, including the acclaimed bestseller Girl Talk.
Jim Baggott worked as an academic and in the oil industry for 11 years before setting up his own independent management consultancy practice. He was awarded the Marlow Medal by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1989 and a Glaxo Science Writer's prize in 1992. His previous books include Beyond Measure: Modern Physics, Philosophy and the Meaning of Quantum Theory, The Meaning of Quantum Theory: a Guide for Students of Chemistry and Physics and Perfect Symmetry: The Accidental Discovery of Buckminsterfullerene.
Penelope Bagieu was born in Paris in 1982 to Corsican and Basque parents. She is a bestselling graphic novel author, and her editorial illustrations have appeared all over the French media. In America, her graphic novels include Exquisite Corpse and California Dreamin'. She blogs, plays drums in a rock band, and watches lots of nature shows.
Rebecca began illustrating and writing for comics; self-publishing and selling short graphic novels about robots and bears. After deciding to start being grown up and study properly, she graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honors in Graphic Design, working then for a short time in children's publishing as a designer. Her work captures little tales of silliness, often extracted from reality but imagination is usually invited to play too. She enjoys making urban fables that centre around characters and simple pleasures and always has time to bake a cake.
Antonio Mendez (Author) Antonio Mendez was cited by Richard Clarke as one of the top two or three CIA agents in history. He received the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit, the Trailblazer Medallion and the Intelligence Star - for his rescue of six Americans from revolutionary Iran. He and his wife, also a famed agent, were technical consultants on the television series 'The Agency' and founding board members of the International Spy Museum in Washington.
Sir Nigel Bagnall was born in India in 1927. He joined the British Army in 1945 and served in Palestine, Malaya, Borneo, the Canal Zone, Cyprys, Singapore and Germany. He ended his distinguished military career as Chief of the General Staff in London and was also an Honorary fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He died in April 2002.
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