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One of the most distinctive Italian writers of the twentieth century, Carlo Emilio Gadda was born in Milan in 1893. An electrical engineer by profession, Gadda published many short stories before beginning work on his first novel The Experience of Pain. He received critical acclaim for his revolutionary use of language and narrative form, and is often compared to James Joyce in this respect. His other works include That Awful Mess on Via Merulana.
Gabrielle Mander is the author of the million-copy bestseller, Wan2tlk? The Little Book of Text Messages.
Lisa Gabriele is the author of several bestselling novels. Her writing has appeared in Glamour Vice, Elle, the New York Times Magazine and Salon as well as various anthologies, including The Best American Nonrequired Reading series. An award-winning T.V. producer, she has lived in Washington D.C. and New York City, and now lives in Toronto.
Sarah Gabriel has worked as a travel journalist for the national press. Married with two daughters, she lives in Oxford.
Natsu Miyashita (Author) NATSU MIYASHITA was born in Fukui Prefecture on Honshu island, Japan, in 1967. She has had a lifelong passion for reading and writing and has played the piano since she was very young. THE FOREST OF WOOL AND STEEL won the influential Japan Booksellers’ Award, in which booksellers vote for the title they most enjoy to hand-sell. It has also been turned into a popular Japanese film directed by Kojiro Hashimoto and starring Kento Yamazaki.
Elizabeth Gabriel was born in Yorkshire in 1947 but has lived in Amsterdam since 1976, where she works as a writer and literary agent. She has written a large number of children's books and two novels, The Lost Lover and Amsterdam Blues.
Dr Meg John Barker (Author) Meg John Barker is a public engagement academic at the Open University and a sex and relationship therapist. Meg John has been studying relationships for over a decade and has published numerous academic books and papers on the subject, as well as writing their own relationship self-help books and blogs. Meg John also regularly speaks on these topics in the media, including a popular TED talk and being featured in the Independent on Sunday Rainbow List. Professor Jacqui Gabb (Author) Professor Jacqui Gabb is Chair of Sociology and Intimacy and Associate Dean for Research at The Open University. She has worked as an academic for over 20 years and has published extensively over this time. Her research centres on intimacy and family life, with particular emphasis on the contemporary dynamics of policy, professional practice and personal relationships. Her recent research on couple relationships has received widespread critical acclaim and she is recognized as an expert in the field, regularly contributing to national television, radio and international press. She is co-author with Janet Fink of Couple Relationships in the 21st Century (Palgrave, 2015). Her current work is explores ideas of enduring coupledom across different national, situational and biographical contexts.
DIANA GABALDON is the author of the international bestselling Outlander novels and Lord John Grey series. She says that the Outlander series started by accident: ‘I decided to write a novel for practice in order to learn what it took to write a novel, and to decide whether I really wanted to do it for real. I did – and here we all are trying to decide what to call books that nobody can describe, but that fortunately most people seem to enjoy.’ And enjoy them they do – in their millions, all over the world. Published in 42 countries and 38 languages, in 2014 the Outlander novels were made into an acclaimed TV series starring Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitriona Balfe as Claire. The series has now been renewed for a fifth and sixth season. Diana lives with her husband and dogs in Scottsdale, Arizona and is currently at work on her ninth Outlander novel.
GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) is a signals intelligence and cyber security organisation whose mission is to keep Britain safe from terror attacks and cybercrime.
Gordon Chang has lived and worked in China for almost 20 years, most recently in Shanghai, as Counsel to the American law firm Paul Weiss. His articles on China have been published in The New York Times, The Asian Wall St. Journal, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune, and the South China Morning Post. He has been interviewed on developments in China by CNN, CNBC and the BBC. This is his first book.
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