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Matt Haig is a British author for children and adults. His memoir Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller, staying in the British top ten for 46 weeks. His children's novels have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Blue Peter Book of the Year, been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal three times. His books have received praise from Neil Gaiman, Stephen Fry, Jeanette Winterson, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness, Ian Rankin and SJ Watson, among others. The Guardian summed up his writing as 'funny, clever and quite, quite lovely' by The Times and the New York Times called him 'a writer of great talent'. He assures us he has never, ever been a cat, despite rumours he was once a rather grumpy ginger moggy named Jeffrey.
Kathryn Haig was born in Scotland. She has been an officer in the Women's Royal Army Corps, a civil servant and a computer programmer, and now lives with her husband, daughter and an assortment of animals in the New Forest. Her two most recent novels, Apple Blossom Time and A Time to Dance, are published by Corgi.
Historian, writer and cricket-lover Gideon Haigh has been writing about sport and business for more than 22 years. His best-known books are Mystery Spinner, The Big Ship, The Summer Game, Game for Anything and The Ashes 2005.
Arthur Hailey was born in England and began his writing career while an RAF pilot during the Second World War. After the war he lived and wrote in Canada, becoming a Canadian citizen as well as British; he also lived briefly in the United States. For the last years of his life Arthur Hailey and his wife Sheila made their home in the Bahamas. Hailey's novels include the bestselling Hotel, Strong Medicine, Airport, In High Places, The Final Diagnosis and Detective and have been published in thirty-nine languages; an estimated 160 million copies are in print worldwide. Most of his books have been made into films or TV series.
Michelle Haimoff is a writer and blogger whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, PsychologyToday.com and The Huffington Post. She is a founding memebr of NOW-New York State's Young Feminist Task Force and blogs about feminist issues at genfem.com. She was raised in New York City, curently lives in Los Angeles, and can be found online at MichelleHaimoff.com. These Days Are Ours is her first novel.
Steven Haines is a campaigner for social change. He began his career in UK Government, working on widening access to education for disabled children. He is now Executive Director for Policy and Campaigns at the National Deaf Children's Society. He was the Global Campaign Moblisation Director at Save the Children International supporting campaigners in 120 countries to reduce the rates of pregnant mothers and their babies dying in childbirth. He has worked as an advisor to the Government of Rwanda where he helped put in place a programmme to train the next generation of civil servants and during 2015 was a Special Advisor in the United Nations Secretary General's Office working on the Global Strategy for Women's Children's and Adolescent Health.
Luke Haines learned guitar in the red light district of Portsmouth and subsequently formally studied music at the London College of Music. His band The Auteurs missed out on the 1992 Mercury Music Prize by one vote - since then he has fronted other acts including Baader Meinhof and Black Box Recorder.
Tessa Hainsworth worked for years as a marketing manager at The Body Shop. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband and two children.
Nafisa Haji is an American Muslim of Indo-Pakistani descent. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she now lives in northern California with her husband and son. She is currently working on her second novel.
Catherine Hakim is a sociologist in the London School of Economics. She is an expert on the sociology of the labour market, changing social attitudes, women's employment and theories of women's position in society. She has published numerous academic works and papers. Her theory of erotic capital was first advanced in a paper for Oxford University's European Social Research journal. It has received much media and academic interest from around the world.
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Liverpool captain Sami Hyypiä was born in 1973 and joined Liverpool FC in 1999. He played a large part in the club's Treble-winning campaign of season 2000-01 and the Super Cup success against Bayern Munich. Olli Hakala is a teacher of philosophy who has written several books on education. He is also the editor of the Finnish Football League's Internet site.
Emily Halban was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1983. She spent her childhood in Geneva before coming to study at Oxford University from where she graduated in 2004. Emily developed anorexia at the age of 16. She now lives in London.
Christopher Hale is an award-winning writer and producer who was educated at Sussex University and the Slade School of Fine Art. He has made numerous films about the sciences and arts for all the major broadcasters, including the BBC. He has filmed and travelled in unmapped regions of Mozambique and the Yemen in search of a 'lost tribe of Israel' - as well as in previously unexplored parts of Borneo and on one of the remotest islands in the Pacific. He lives in London and New York.
Kathleen Hale's Orlando has grown to become one of the most widely recognised feline characters since the publication of the first book in 1938.
Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965.
Brian Hall was born in 1959. He grew up in Massachusetts and attended Harvard College. After two years spent travelling in Western and Eastern Europe, he wrote Stealing from a Deep Place: Travels in South-Eastern Europe, and a novel set in Vienna, The Dreamers. From 1989 through 1991 he made several trips to Yugoslavia, in preparation for writing The Impossible Country. He currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and daughter.
ANDY HALL grew up in the shadow of Denali. He is the former editor and publisher of Alaska magazine. He lives in Anchorage.
Liz Hall is an award-winning and internationally renowned accredited coach and journalist, and trained mindfulness teacher based between Spain and the UK. She has worked with a range of clients from organisations including Green Alliance, KPMG, CIPD, the NHS, News UK, Portsmouth University, and Reed Business Information. She is an expert on mindful coaching and regularly runs mindful coaching workshops in the UK and internationally. She has written for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times and People Management and is the author of two other books, Mindful Coaching and Coaching in Times of Crisis and Transformation.
Grace and Liam grew up on the same street in Staffordshire. Two years ago, Liam took Grace out on a date for afternoon tea and the fairytale began. By day Grace is a stylist for a fashion clothes retailer while Liam works for a food and drink recruitment company. By night, they are obsessive bakers and creators of the finest scones in the land. They now run a market stall on London's trendy Broadway Market, selling traditional scones with a twist.
Edith Hall is one of Britain’s foremost classicists, having held posts at the universities of Royal Holloway, Cambridge, Durham, Reading, and Oxford. In 2015 she was awarded the Erasmus Medal of the European Academy, given to a scholar whose works represent a significant contribution to European culture and scientific achievement. She is the first woman to win this award. Hall regularly writes in the Times Literary Supplement, reviews theatre productions on radio, and has written and edited more than a dozen works on the ancient world. She teaches at King’s College London and lives in Gloucestershire.
Radclyffe Hall, the pen name of Marguerite Radclyffe-Hall, was born in Bournemouth on 12 August 1880. She was educated at King’s College, London, and later undertook further studies in Germany. Hall was renowned for her open homosexuality, a subject dealt with in her best-known novel, The Well of Loneliness (1928), a semi-autobiographical work and the only one of her eight novels to deal with overt lesbian themes. Her open treatment of lesbianism in The Well of Loneliness occasioned a trial for obscenity; it was banned and an appeal refused, which resulted in all copies in Britain being destroyed. The United States allowed its publication after a long court battle. She also published several volumes of verse including Twixt Earth and Stars: Poems (1906) and Songs of Three Counties and Other Poems (1913). Adam’s Breed (1926), a sensitive novel about the life of a restaurant keeper won the Prix Femina and the 1927 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. Hall died in 1943 at the age of 68 from cancer.
Jan Hall is an internationally respected headhunter and the founder of JCA Group, one of the UK’s top executive search firms. She has inspired and contributed to government working groups and corporate initiatives on tackling dementia and was closely involved in caring for her mother.
Radclyffe Hall was born in 1880. After an unhappy childhood, she inherited her father's estate and from then on was free to travel and live as she chose. She fell in love and lived with an older woman before settling down with Una Troubridge, a married sculptor. Hall wrote many books but is best known for The Well of Loneliness, first published in 1928. She died in 1943 and is buried in Highgate Cemetery in London. Maureen Duffy was born in 1933 and educated at Kings College London. She became a full-time writer in the 1960s, and has since written numerous screenplays, poetry and novels. A lifelong campaigner for gay rights and animal rights, Duffy is also president of the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society.
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