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Robert Burton (1577-1640) spent most of his life in Oxford, first as a student and later as a scholar. His most famous work, the enormous Anatomy of Melancholy, was first published in 1621 and expanded in further editions throughout Burton's life.
Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was a British explorer, spy, linguist, sexologist, translator and writer. He was known for his travels and explorations within Asia and Africa as well as his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures.
Sarah Burton's first book, IMPOSTERS: SIX KINDS OF LIAR, was published by Viking. She lives near Ely in Cambridgeshire.
Mary Burton is the New York Times best-selling and critically acclaimed author of I'm Watching You, Dead Ringer, Dying Scream, Senseless, Merciless, Before She Dies, The 7th Victim, No Escape, You're Not Safe, and Cover Your Eyes - all set in Virginia, USA, where Mary lives with her family. Her website is www.maryburton.com.
Edson Burton is a poet, playwright, performer, storyteller and historian who has written five plays for BBC radio.
Guy Burt wrote his first novel, After the Hole (now filmed as The Hole) when he was still at school, and his second, Sophie, soon afterwards. They are both published by Black Swan, as is his third novel, The Dandelion Clock. After gaining a first in English at Oxford, he taught for three years at Eton. He now lives in London, where he is working both on a new novel and on several drama commissions for cinema and television. His first play for television, The Visitor, was recently shown on Channel 4.
Charlie and Caroline Gladstone run Pedlars, an award-winning company specialising in good, old-fashioned and solidly designed furniture, accessories and outdoor equipment. For the past twenty years, Charlie and Caroline have lived among the wild, unkempt countryside of Kincardineshire in Scotland with their six children, six dogs, some horses and some very ancient chickens.With a long family history of outdoors expertise, anecdotes and unbridled passion, they are ideally placed to write this inspiring and irresistible guide to life beyond four walls.
Nicole is a writer from North London. Over the years she’s had lots of different jobs, including patrolling the Natural History Museum, presenting the traffic news on the radio, and demonstrating toys in Hamleys. Finally, she decided to focus on her passion for stories, and completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College whilst working as a children’s bookseller. Among her other interests are comic books, nineties cartoon theme tunes, and cute pictures of animals wearing funny outfits.
Emma Burstall is a freelance writer who works mainly for the Guardian, Independent on Sunday and women's magazines, including Woman and Home and Woman. Educated at St Paul's Girls' School and Cambridge University, where she read English, Emma lives in south-west London with her husband, Kevin Maguire, the award-winning political columnist and broadcaster and associate editor of the Daily Mirror. They have three children.
Deborah Burrows was raised in Perth, Western Australia, by a wonderful mother who was widowed in World War II and who loved to tell stories. As a child she always had a book in hand, even when watching her favourite classic movies on TV. She has several degrees in history including a post-graduate degree from Oxford University. She currently lives in Perth, though makes frequent visits to the UK. She is the author of Ambulance Girls.
John Burrowes is a journalist and author of several books including Great Glasgow Stories, Great Glasgow Stories II, Glasgow: Tales of the City and Benny: The life and Times of a Fighting Legend.
Janet Burroway (Author) Janet Burroway is the author of novels, plays, poetry, essays, texts for dance and children's books. She divides her time between Florida, Wisconsin and Chicago in the US John Vernon Lord (Author) John Vernon Lord is an award-winning author-illustrator who has been working for nearly 50 years. He has illustrated many classic texts by Aesop, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, as well as his own stories, and he was also a distinguished lecturer and teacher of illustration for 45 years until his retirement.
JOHN BURROW was professor of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex from 1981 to 1995 and Professor of European Thought at Oxford from 1995 to 2000. His earlier books include Evolution and Society: a study in Victorian Social Theory (1966), A Liberal Descent: four Victorian Historians (1981), which won the Wolfson Prize for History, Gibbon (1984) and The Crisis of Reason: European Thought 1848-1914 (2000). He is a Fellow of the British Academy, an Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and in 2008 will be Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Williams College, Massachusetts.
William S. Burroughs was born on February 5, 1914 in St Louis. In work and in life Burroughs expressed a lifelong subversion of the morality, politics and economics of modern America. To escape those conditions, and in particular his treatment as a homosexual and a drug-user, Burroughs left his homeland in 1950, and soon after began writing. By the time of his death he was widely recognised as one of the most politically trenchant, culturally influential, and innovative artists of the twentieth century. His numerous books include Naked Lunch, Junky, Queer, Nova Express, Interzone, The Wild Boys, The Ticket That Exploded and The Soft Machine. After living in Mexico City, Tangier, Paris, and London, Burroughs finally returned to America in 1974. He died in 1997.
Augusten Burroughs was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. His first memoir, Running with Scissors remained on the New York Times bestseller list for over four consecutive years and was made into a film in October 2006. He is also the author of Dry (2003), Magical Thinking: True Stories (2004) and Possible Side Effects (2006), and Sellevision (2000) all of which were instant bestsellers both in hardcover and paperback.
Bryan Burrough is the author of Dragonfly: Nasa and the Crisis Aboard Mir, Vendetta: American Express and the Smearing of Edmond Safra and (with John Helyar) Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco. He lives in New Jersey.
Anthony Burrill is an internationally renowned graphic artist, print-maker and designer. His persuasive, up-beat style of communication makes him sought after by big brands, advertising agencies and design schools the world over. He is best known for his typographic, text-based compositions, including the now-famous ‘Work Hard & Be Nice to People’, which has become a mantra for the design community and beyond. He now lives and works on the Isle of Oxney, Kent.
Paul Burrell served the Royal family for twenty-one years - as personal footman to the Queen, butler to the Prince and Princess of Wales, and after their separation, butler to Diana. After her tragic death, as fundraising manager of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, he spearheaded the drive which raised £100million in her memory. He is married to Maria, and they live in Cheshire with their two sons.
26-year-old Tanya is the UK's leading beauty, fashion and lifestyle vlogger. With nearly 3.5 million subscribers and 15 million monthly views, she's a YouTube sensation.
Chandler Burr was born in Chicago in 1963. He has a BA in Political Studies and a Masters in International Economics and Japan Studies from the School for Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, where he now lives. He is the author of a cover article, 'Homosexuality and Biology' , which appeared in the March 1993 issue of the Atlantic Monthly magazine and caused considerable controversy.
John Burnside is amongst the most acclaimed writers of his generation. His novels, short stories, poetry and memoirs have won numerous awards, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Award, the Encore Award and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year. In 2011 he became only the second person to win both the Forward and T. S. Eliot Prizes for poetry for the same book, Black Cat Bone. In 2015 he was a judge for the Man Booker Prize. He is a Professor in the School of English at St Andrews University.
Patricia Burns was born in Essex. After a childhood spent messing about on boats, she tried a variety of jobs from riveting plugs to serving in shops to market research. She then decided to train as a teacher, which she now combines with writing novels. In her rare spare time she enjoys lazing in the garden and entertaining friends, with the occasional bout of skiing, rock climbing and Egyptian Raqs Sharki dancing. She is now very happily single and still lives in Essex with her three children, a cat and delinquent tortoise.
Brendon Burns was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1971. He began his TV career on The 11 O'clock Show and has since been seen on Comedy Cuts, Stand Up for the Week and The Green Rooms with Paul Provenza. In 2007 he won the Academy Award of live comedy in Edinburgh, the if.com (formerly the Perrier). Critically acclaimed, world-renowned and highly respected Burns is an outspoken writer, actor, comedian, playwright and now author. He has recorded two live DVDs, Sober not Clean and I Suppose this is Offensive Now but this is his first book. Excited? We are.
Charles Burns grew up in Seattle in the 1970s. His work rose to prominence in Art Spiegelman's Raw magazine in the mid-1980s and took off from there, for an extraordinary range of comics and projects, from Iggy Pop album covers to the latest ad campaign for Altoids. In 1992 he designed the sets for Mark Morris's delightful restaging of The Nutcracker. He's illustrated covers for Time, the New Yorker and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. He is the official cover artist for The Believer magazine. Black Hole received Eisner, Harvey and Ignatz awards in 2005. Burns lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.
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