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David Cairns was chief music critic of the Sunday Times from 1983 to 1992, having earlier been music critic and arts editor of the Spectator and a writer on the Evening Standard, Financial Times and New Statesman. He has been Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California at Davis, a visiting scholar at the Getty Center and a visiting fellow of Merton College, Oxford. In 2013, in recognition of his services to French music, he was made Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Born in Florence, Roberto Calasso lives in Milan, where he is publisher of Adelphi Edizioni. He is the author of an ongoing series of books which began with The Ruin of Kasch and includes The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony, Ka, K., Tiepolo Pink, La Folie Baudelaire, and Ardor.
Julian Caldecott is an ecologist who has worked as a senior consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme, focusing on environmental disaster management. His work throughout the developing world has included environmental education, ethnobiology and sustainable ecosystem management. He is the author of Deep Water and the co-author/editor of the World Atlas of Great Apes and Their Conservation.
Simon Calder and Mick Webb have been getting lost together in difficult terrain such as Columbia, Peru, and Stanstead Airport since 1998. Simon is travel editor of the Independent and a TV presenter for programmes including BBC1's Holiday. Mick Webb is an award-winning radio producer for BBC Radio 4.
Barnabas Calder is a historian of architecture specialising in British architecture since 1945. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool, and is compiling an online complete works of Sir Denys Lasdun, funded by the Graham Foundation and in collaboration with the RIBA British Architectural Library Special Collections.
Angus Calder was an academic, writer, historian, educator and literary editor, and Reader in Cultural Studies and Staff Tutor in Arts with the Open University in Scotland. He read English at Cambridge and received his D. Phil from the School of Social Studies at the University of Sussex. He was Convener of the Scottish Poetry Library when it was founded in 1984. In 1970 he won the John Llewellyn Rhys prize for his seminal work, The People’s War. His other books include Revolutionary Empire and The Myth of the Blitz. He died in 2008.
Dominic Calder-Smith writes regularly on boxing for newspapers and magazines. He is the author of Tarnished Armour - Hopes & Fears in Heavyweight Boxing.
Gardeners' World Magazine is Britain's biggest-selling gardening magazine, providing fresh ideas and clear advice every month. From plants and flowers to gardens and design, allotments and kitchen gardens to shopping guides and tried-and-tested reviews, Gardeners' World Magazine features the top names in BBC gardening, such as Monty Don, Alan Titchmarsh, Carol Klein and the Gardeners' Question Time team. Find out more at www.gardenersworld.com
Christopher Caldwell is a columnist for the Financial Times, a contributing writer for The New York Times and a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. He lives in Washington, DC and travels regularly across Europe. He has been described by Matthew d'Ancona as 'one of the best journalists in the world' and has been reporting on the politics and culture of Islam in Europe for more than a decade.
Bo Caldwell was born and lives in California. She is a full-time writer. The Distant Land of My Father is her first novel.
Ian Caldwell was Phi Beta Kappa in History at Princeton University. Dustin Thomason won the Hoopes Prize at Harvard University.
Tommy Caldwell grew up in Colorado. He has made dozens of notable ascents, and many consider him the best all-around rock climber in the world. In 2014 he was chosen as one of National Geographic's Adventurers of the Year, and in 2015 the American Alpine Club awarded him Lifetime Honorary Membership, its highest honor. Caldwell, a frequent contributor to Alpinist, Climbing, and Rock and Ice magazines, lives in the town where he first learned to climb, Estes Park, Colorado, with his wife and their son and daughter.
Kit Caless is a writer and broadcaster. He is a regular contributor to Vice magazine and to publications as varied as Architectural Digest, The Quietus and Ambit. He is co-founder and editor at Influx Press, a small independent pubisher of fiction and creative non-fiction. He lives in Hackney which is home to several excellent Wetherspoons.
Kenneth Calhoun has published short fiction in The Paris Review, Tin House, and the 2011 Pen/O. Henry Prize Collection, among others. He has been awarded the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction and the Summer Literary Seminars/Fence Magazine fiction contest. He is a Graphic Design professor at Lasell College in Boston. Black Moon is his first novel.
Tamsin Calidas is a writer and photographer living in the wilds of the Scottish Hebrides. She graduated from Oxford University in 1992 with a BA Hons and worked in various roles in advertising, publishing and the BBC before giving it all up in 2004 to move from Notting Hill to a tiny, remote island in Scotland to run a derelict croft with sheep and horses. Tamsin now also runs an alternative medicine practice alongside GP services.
Helen Callaghan was born in Los Angeles, California, to British parents, and her early years were spent in both the US and UK. After several early false starts as a nurse, barmaid and actor, she settled into bookselling, working as a fiction specialist and buyer for a variety of bookshops. Eventually, she studied for her A-Levels at night school and achieved a place at Cambridge University as a mature student. Helen is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Dear Amy and Everything is Lies.
A painter, teacher and mother of twins, Tess Callahan has written for AGNI, Cottonwood, The Stylus Anthology: 1950-2000, The Boston College Magazine, Newsday and elsewhere through syndication. Tess has an MFA in fiction from Bennington College. April & Oliver is her first novel.
Tom Callahan is a former senior writer for Time magazine and columnist for the Washington Post. A sports enthusiast and recipient of the National Headliner Award, he is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller Johnny U, In Search of Tiger and Dancin' with Sonny Liston. He lives in St Augustine, Florida.
Dubliner Rose Duff fell in love with Jim Callaly when she was 19 and they married five years later, in 1965. Together they adopted five children, with Rose becoming a full time mother and housewife. Rose and Jim became grandparents for the first time in 2000 when their elder daughter Rachel gave birth to her first child. The unimaginable tragedy of Rachel's murder in October 2004, led Rose to write this account of her daughter's life and death and its aftermath. Though at times it was an agonizing process, Rose was determined to create this testimony and a tribute to Rachel's memory.
In the spring of 2000, Jessica Callan had been working on the Daily Telegraph for nearly two years when she was approached by the Mirror’s Piers Morgan to launch the new 3AM gossip column. It ushered in a new, less deferential style of celebrity coverage. Since leaving the 3AM column in 2005, Jessica has worked as a freelance writer. Wicked Whispers is her first book and she lives in London
Mark Haddon is an author, illustrator and screenwriter who has written fifteen books for children and won two BAFTAs. His bestselling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was published simultaneously by Jonathan Cape and David Fickling in 2003. It won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award. Mark Haddon lives in Oxford. Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in North London. One of the best-known figures in the children's book world, he is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers' works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books. He lectures and teaches in universities on children's literature, reading and writing. Michael is a familiar voice to BBC listeners and is currently presenting Word of Mouth, the magazine programme that looks at the English language and the way we use it. He visits schools with his one-man show to enthuse children with his passion for books and poetry. He was one of the first poets to make visits to schools throughout the UK and has also visited schools throughout the world In 2007 he was appointed Children's Laureate, a role which he held until 2009. While Laureate, he set up The Children's Funny Prize which give awards to the funniest children's books of the year. Zadie Smith was born in north-west London in 1975, and continues to live in the area. Her first novel, White Teeth, was the winner of The Whitbread First Novel Award, The Guardian First Book Award, The James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction, and The Commonwealth Writers' First Book Award. Her second novel, The Autograph Man, won The Jewish Quarterly Wingate Literary Prize. Zadie Smith's third novel, On Beauty, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won The Commonwealth Writers' Best Book Award (Eurasia Section) and the Orange Prize for Fiction. She has also edited an anthology of short stories entitled The Book of Other People. Her collection of essays Changing My Mind was published in November 2009. Carmen Callil was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia, and came to the UK in 1960. In 1972 she founded Virago and ten years later became Managing Director of Chatto & Windus. In 1994 she was awarded honorary doctorates by the universities of Sheffield, York, Oxford Brookes and The Open University. In 1996 she chaired the judging panel of the Booker Prize. She is the author (with Colm Toibin) of The Modern Library: The 200 Best Novels in English since 1950 and a judge for the Man Booker International Prize in 2011. She lives in London. Jeanette Winterson OBE is the author of ten novels, including The Passion, Sexing the Cherry and Written on the Body, a book of short stories, The World and Other Places, a collection of essays, Art Objects as well as many other works, including children's books, screenplays and journalism. Her writing has won the Whitbread Award for Best First Novel, the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the E. M. Forster Award and the Prix d'argent at Cannes Film Festival. Her latest book, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal, will be published by Jonathan Cape in 2011. Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks moved permanently to Italy in 1980. Author of novels, non-fiction and essays, he has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His works include Destiny, Europa, Dreams of Rivers and Seas, Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education, A Season with Verona and Teach Us to Sit Still. Born in Skipton, Yorkshire, Blake Morrison is the author of two bestselling memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father? and Things My Mother Never Told Me, two novels (most recently the acclaimed South of the River and The Last Weekend), and a study of the Bulger case, As If. He is also a poet, critic, journalist and librettist. He teaches Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, and lives in south London. Dr. Maryanne Wolf is the Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University in the US, where she is an Associate Professor of Child Development. She is the author of Proust and the Squid and has published hundreds of articles on reading and learning disabilities. Nicholas Carr writes about technology, culture, and economics. His most recent book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, is a 2011 Pulitzer Prize nominee and a New York Times bestseller. Nick is also the author of two other influential books, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google (2008) and Does IT Matter? (2004). His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. Jane Davis is the Director and founder of The Reader Organisation (TRO), a national charity dedicated to bringing about a reading revolution by making it possible for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to enjoy and engage with literature on a deep and personal level. Their 'Get Into Reading' read-aloud groups reach people who may not otherwise read, including people living in deprived areas, the mentally or chronically ill, older people living in Care Homes, prisoners, recovering addicts and excluded children. The organisation started on Merseyside but has since expanded across the UK and beyond.
Simon Callow is an actor, director and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral. His books include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, Love is Where it Falls, the first two volumes of his four-volume life of Orson Welles, his theatrical memoir My Life in Pieces, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World.
Susan Calman is a comedian, actor, presenter and writer. A regular on The News Quiz, Susan has written four series for BBC Radio 4 and her last tour, The Calman Before The Storm sold out nationally. In 2016 she published her memoir, Cheer Up Love: Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate. In 2017, she quickstepped into the nation's hearts as maybe the most joyful contestant ever on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. An advocate for LGBT and mental health issues, Susan lives in Glasgow with her wife Lee and their cats.
Claire Calman is the author of four novels, Love is a Four Letter Word, Lessons For a Sunday Father, I Like it Like That and Cross My Heart and Hope to Die, all published by Black Swan. Calman first decided to write a book when she discovered that it mainly involved making cups of tea and gazing out of the window. It was some time before a real writer friend pointed out that if she were to select an assortment of words and arrange them in some kind of order, this would speed up the process no end. Spurred on by this invaluable hint, she wrote Love is a Four Letter Word, a funny yet poignant story of love and loss. Before she got into daydreaming full time, Calman spent several years working in women's magazines, then in book publishing, editing gardening books. She is also a poet and broadcaster and has performed her pithy verse at live readings and on radio many times, including for BBC Radio Four's Woman's Hour, Loose Ends, the comedy series Five Squeezy Pieces and for LBC. Her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines as well as in various anthologies, including Cheatin' Heart, the best-selling Girls' Night In, Summer Magic and A Day in the Life. Claire Calman lives in London with her husband, son, and an unbelievable amount of unfiled paperwork.
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