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Xiaolu Guo was born in south China. She studied at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before moving to London in 2002. Her books include Village of Stone which was shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, 20 Fragments of a Ravenous Youth which was longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, and I Am China which was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction. Her recent memoir, Once Upon a Time in the East, won the National Book Critics Circle Award, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award, the Jhalak Prize and the Rathbones Folio Award 2018, and was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. In 2013 Xiaolu was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. She has directed several award-winning films including She, A Chinese, and documentaries about China and Britain. She was a judge for the Booker Prize in 2019, and is currently a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York.
Martha Holmes was the series producer of Life. She is a marine biologist with a PhD from the University of York and has produced programmes for major series including Life in the Freezer and Blue Planet, as well as the BAFTA-winning Wildlife Special: Polar Bear. Michael Gunton was the executive editor of Life and is director of development for the BBC NHU. He has a PhD in zoology from the University of Cambridge. Mike was series editor for The Natural World for three years and executive producer on numerous films and series, including Ultimate Killers, Galapagos, David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth and Alan Titchmarsh's British Isles: a Natural History.
Christopher Gunson's work is prized for his unusual artwork techniques and wonderful use of colour. His artwork has been commissioned for posters and used in a Hollywood film. This is his third picture book for Transworld.
Smart, resourceful and discreet, David Gunn has undertaken assignments in Central America, the Middle East and Russia (among many other places). He is happiest when on the move and tends not to stay in one place for too long. He comes from a service family, has an impressive collection of edged weapons and sleeps with a shotgun under his bed. Death's Head is his first novel.
Anthony Gunn is a psychologist whose personal experience with phobias began when he underwent emergency surgery without anaesthetic in Honduras during an exchange year just after high school. The experience left him profoundly fearful of medical procedures, but through his training he overcame his own phobia and now helps others deal with their own. He gives regular talks, has written for magazines and appears on radio talking about phobias and is developing a name for himself as a phobia expert. He has written two other books: Fear is Power: Turn Your Fears into Success; and Walking Tall: Overcoming Life's Little Challenges.
Alastair Gunn is an experienced magazine journalist. The Advent Killer was his first novel in the series featuring DCI Antonia Hawkins, followed by My Bloody Valentine and The Keeper, which was published in April 2017. Alastair lives in Hertfordshire with his fiancée, Anna.
Drew Gummerson is the author of one previous novel, The Lodger (2002). He works for the Leicestershire Police.
Amanda Gummer is a child development expert and play and parenting psychologist who has been helping children and families for over 20 years. Widely considered as THE go to expert on play, toys and child development, Amanda combines her theoretical knowledge (developing the Parent-Centred Parenting model of family life and the Fundamental Model of Child development) with a refreshingly pragmatic approach to family life, that resonates both with parents and professionals. Amanda is regularly in the media, and continues to take an active role in research, presenting a paper at the International Toy Research Association’s World Congress in Portugal in July 2014. She is often involved in government policy around children’s issues, contributing to the Bailey Report and the Childhood Inquiry. Amanda ran the research consultancy FUNdamentals for 10 years before combining that with the Good Toy Guide, the online play advice website that she set up in 2012, and the Good App Guide to create Fundamentally Children.
Born in 1978, Benedict Gummer took a Starred Double First in History at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he was an exhibitioner and scholar. He lives and works in Ipswich and London, where he runs a corporate responsibility consultancy.
Benito Perez Galdos (1843-1920) Novelist and playwright, born in Las Palmas, Canary Is, Spain. Regarded as Spain's greatest novelist after Cervantes, his 46 short Episodios nacionales (National Episodes) give a vivid picture of 19th-c Spain from the viewpoint of the people. Some of his longer novels have been translated, including Doña Perfecta (1876, trans 1886). His plays, many of them based on his novels, have also been successful.
Fergus Henderson (Author) Fergus Henderson MBE co-founded St. JOHN in 1994 with Trevor Gulliver, following on from the Henderson’s cult French House in Soho. The original St. JOHN Smithfield quickly earned a reputation for its concise and innovative menu and became a must-visit destination on the London restaurant scene. Fergus is known for his promotion of nose to tail eating. St. JOHN now have two more restaurants in London – Bread and Wine on Commercial Street and the Neal’s Yard Bakery. Trevor Gulliver (Author) Trevor Gulliver opened St. JOHN in Smithfield with Fergus Henderson in 1994. The original St. JOHN Smithfield quickly earned a reputation for its concise and innovative menu and became a must-visit destination on the London restaurant scene. St. JOHN now have two more restaurants in London – Bread and Wine on Commercial Street and the Neal’s Yard Bakery.
Ruud Gullit was twice voted World Football Player of the Year and is widely regarded as one of the world's best ever players. Born in 1962 in Amsterdam, he was captain of the Netherlands team that was victorious at Euro 88 and played in the 1990 World Cup. He went on to manage Chelsea, Newcastle, Feyenoord, LA Galaxy and Terek Grozny. His career now extends to broadcasting, public speaking and hosting. He speaks five languages.
Geir Gulliksen is a publisher and highly acclaimed writer of fiction and non-fiction. In 2014 he received the Aschehoug Award for his work, and this novel was nominated for the Nordic Prize. He lives in Norway.
DAPHNE GULLAND is the daughter of David Hinds-Howell and has been researching idioms and their origins for a number of years. She lives in Alfter, Germany. DAVID HINDS-HOWELL was born in 1916 and educated at Marlborough College and Oxford University. He had a long and distinguished career as a teacher of English and director of the Hillcrest School of English. He died recently.
Imtiaz Gul has reported on Islamist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan for many years and is perhaps the world's leading authority on Waziristan. He is the author of The Unholy Nexus (2002) and editor of Islam and Liberalism (2002). He is currently head of the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Arthur Guirdham was a British physician and author who wrote on ESP and reincarnation and even believeed that he himself had been reincarnated as a Cathar prisest in the 13th century.
Selina Guinness lectures in Irish literature at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and edited The New Irish Poets, an anthology. The Crocodile by the Door is her first book. She lives at Tibradden with her husband, their children, and a lot of sheep.
Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon. As of 2015, she has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many honors and awards including Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award, PEN-Malamud, and the National Book Foundation Medal. Her most recent publications are The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, 2012, and Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, 2015.
Richard Guilliatt is a journalist and author. Born in the UK, he was a feature writer at The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, before moving to New York in 1986 to work as a freelance writer. His work has appeared in many leading newspapers and magazines. In 2000, he won Australia's highest award for magazine feature writing, the Walkley Award. Peter Hohnen was a partner in a prominent Canberra law firm for 20 years. A commander in the Royal Australian Naval Reserve for two decades, he was posted to Cambridge University in 1999 to study the law of the sea and the laws of armed conflict as a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law. His great-uncle, Alexander Ross Ainsworth, was chief engineer aboard the steamship Matunga when it was captured by SMS Wolf in August 1917.
Isabel Thomas (Author) Isabel Thomas has written more than 150 books about science for young readers and has been shortlisted for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, the Association of Science Education Book of the Year, the English 4-11 Picture Book Awards and the Blue Peter Book Awards.
The author is French, brought up in Alsace and Provence, educated at the Sorbonne. She was an interpreter at the UN in New York, where she now lives most of the year, and is married to an American. She is now the successful President and CEO of Veuve Clicquot Inc., the US arm of the French champagne makers - increasing their market share in the US from 1% to 21% in 10 years.
Kevin Guilfoile lives in Chicago with his wife and son. The Thousand is his second novel.
Ramachandra Guha is one of India's most influential historians and public intellectuals. His books include A Corner of a Foreign Field and India After Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy. The Independent has called him 'one of the world's great minds'; Time Magazine has said he is 'Indian democracy's pre-eminent chronicler'. He has held visiting professorships at Stanford, Yale, and the London School of Economics. He lives in Bangalore.
Ramachandra Guha is the author of a number of major history books, including INDIA AFTER GANDHI. He lives in Bangalore.
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