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Award-winning horticulturist Fran Bailey grew up on a cut flower nursery near York, where her Dutch father encouraged her love of all things botanical. After studying at the Welsh College of Horticulture she moved to London working as a freelance florist. Later she opened her first shop the Fresh Flower Company in South London expanding into houseplants with the opening of Forest in 2013, which she runs with the help of her daughters. Fran has written two other House Plant books in collaboration with the RHS. Visit forest.london or follow @forest_london on Instagram.
Scarlett Bailey has loved writing stories since childhood. Before writing novels she worked as a waitress, cinema usherette and bookseller. Passionate about old movies, Scarlett loves nothing more than spending a wet Sunday afternoon watching her favourite films back to back with large quantities of chocolate. Scarlett also writes novels under her real name Rowan Coleman. She is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book and The Summer of Impossible Things.
Linda Bailey (Author) Linda Bailey is the author of more than two dozen books for children, including the Stevie Diamond mystery series, the Good Times Travel Agency graphic novels, and an eclectic assortment of picture books including If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur and the acclaimed Stanley's Party. She has won many awards such as the California Young Readers' Medal, the Georgia Storybook Award, the Ontario Blue Spruce and Silver Birch Awards, the Oregon SMART Award and the Arthur Ellis Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Born in Winnipeg, Linda has travelled the world, and so have her books. She has two grown daughters, Lia and Tess, and lives in Vancouver within strolling distance of the sea. Júlia Sardà (Illustrator) Júlia Sardà is an illustrator from Barcelona. After her studies, Júlia started working as colorist in a studio which made the editorial merchandising for Disney/Pixar and then moved on to freelancing two years later. Now focusing on children’s illustration, Júlia has had the chance to illustrate some incredible debut fiction and everlasting classics.
Melissa Bailey read English at Oxford, before studying law in London and then pursuing a career in Media Law. Beyond the Sea is her second novel. She lives in London with her partner, a human rights lawyer.
Professor Susan Bailey OBE MB ChB FRCPsych is Professor of Child Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire, Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatrist at Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Snr Research Fellow at University of Manchester. She is currently the Registrar of The Royal College of Psychiatrists and her clinical and research work is in the field of young offenders who commit grave crimes. She is also the author of a number of books on young offenders' mental health. Dr Mike Shooter CBE is a past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a former Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Gwent HealthCare Trust. He has worked clinically as leader of multi-disciplinary Child and Adolescent service teams in Wales for 25 years. An ex-journalist, he has worked with the media to promote the interests of the children and young people in mental distress, mental health services and psychiatry.
Eleanor Bailey is a writer and journalist. She lives in Japan. She has recently been selected as one of twenty-one women writers in the Orange Futures promotion, highlighting the writers to watch in the twenty-first century. Her novels Idioglossia and Marlene Dietrich Lived Here are both published by Black Swan.
A graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities and a former Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, Roderick Bailey is a historian attached to the Imperial War Museum. He is the author of Forgotten Voices of D-Day, Forgotten Voices of the Secret War, which was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, and the acclaimed The Wildest Province: SOE in the Land of the Eagle.
Sam Bailey was born in Romford in 1978. She began working as an exotic dancer at 17 and continued in this field for 10 years. She is now a make-up artist.
Anthony Bailey is the author of two studies of Rembrandt and a full-length life of Turner. For many years he was a writer for The New Yorker. He was born in Portsmouth and studied history at Oxford University. His many books include a novel, Major Andre, and two much-acclaimed memoirs, America, Lost & Found and England, First & Last. He lives in Greenwich.
Rosemary Bailey has written two further books about the Pyrenees. The Man who Married a Mountain (Bantam Books 2005) followed the romantic 19th century mountaineer. Sir Henry Russell-Killough, in his quest for the sublime. Her most recent book, Love and War in the Pyrenees, (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2008) is an investigation of the Second World War, combining her own travels with contemporary interviews, documents andletters, described by the Jewish Chronicle as, 'a quiet triumph of historical reconstruction'. She is a fellow of the Royal Literary Fund and teaches writing for the Arvon Writers' Foundation and runs her own writers' retreats in the Pyrenees. www.rosemarybailey.com
Catherine Bailey is the author of two bestselling works of twentieth-century history: Black Diamonds and The Secret Rooms. She lives in London.
Brian Bailey has written more than 20 non-fiction books, including The Resurrection Men and Hangmen of England.
James Bailey was born in Arkansas City, Kansas. After pursuing an acting career in the early '80s, he discovered that writing was another way to express his pent-up anger and creativity. He was content to leave Hollywood but soon after was struck with a crippling form of OCD. Now recovered, he lives in Louisiana, where he continues to write and act.
Peter Bailey has illustrated numerous children's books, and lives in Liverpool. He has illustrated books by some of Britain's best known authors and poets including Allen Ahlberg, Alexander McCall Smith and Philip Pullman.
Tony Mitton is an award-winning poet, whose gently mesmerising, often humorous poetry is irresistible to both children and adults alike. He is an extremely versatile author, writing story poems and shorter verse with skill and wit. Tony does lots of author events, school visits and poetry readings and always leaves his audience entranced.
Jo Bailey, 47, lives in Devon with her two sons Sam, 12 and Will, 11, and her husband Darren - and of course Chester the pig, aged 6.
Ginny Baily was born in Halifax in Yorkshire, grew up in Cardiff and now lives in Devon. She has taught English as a Foreign Language, Italian and French, has lived and worked in both France and Italy and has long worked on the Africa Research Bulletin - a monthly journal of African affairs. She is also the co-founder and co-editor of Riptide, a journal which has the aim of championing the short story. She has won various prizes for her poetry and short stories. Africa Junction is her first novel. She has two sons and lives in Exeter.
A. J. Baime is the New York Times bestselling author of THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY and GO LIKE HELL, which has been optioned for a major motion picture. A former editor at Playboy, he is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Popular Science and Men's Journal. He lives in Granite Bay, California.
Dame Beryl Bainbridge was born in Liverpool in 1933. From a young age she worked as an actress until she married and had her first novel published in 1967. Another Part of the Wood was her second. She worked for some time as a clerk at the publishers Duckworth, who subsequently published her novels. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2000. Beryl Bainbridge lives in north London.
Joe King (Author) Joe King was born and grew up in Little Chortle. He recently moved to Greater Guffaw with his wife, Lar. Lar and Joe enjoy joking and larking around and playing with their two guinea pigs, chuckle and giggle. Joe King is the author of The Funniest Spooky Joke Book Ever and The Funniest Christmas Joke Book Ever.
From the age of sixteen, Tracy worked summer seasons, pantomimes and everything else in-between at the local end of the pier show. She met her husband when he was appearing with the Nolan Sisters and she was Assistant Stage Manager. Her knowledge of the theatre world from both sides of the stage and the hierarchy that keeps the show running really bring this saga to life. She’s also written articles and short stories for key publications for this audience including Woman’s Weekly, Take a Break, The People’s Friend and My Weekly.
Roy Bainton works as a freelance journalist specialising in social and military history. He has contributed to a number of documentaries for BBC radio, and written articles for numerous publications, including THE OBSERVER, NEW STATESMAN and FORTEAN TIMES. He is currently a regular contributor to SAGA and BBC HISTORY.
Talia Baiocchi is the editor-in-chief of Punch and the author of James Beard Award-nominated Sherry. She has written for Bon Appétit, Saveur, and many more. She lives in Brooklyn. Leslie Pariseau is the former deputy editor of Punch. She has written for the New York Times, GQ, Esquire, and Saveur. She too lives in Brooklyn.
Nicola Baird is a writer and environmental journalist. She edits Earthmatters, the Friends of the Earth magazine, and has co-written various books on eco-friendly issues. She regularly contributes to newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, Daily Mail and the Evening Standard.
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