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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.
Tarquin Hall is a writer and journalist who has lived and worked in much of South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the US. He is the author of Mercenaries, Missionaries and Misfits: Adventures of an Under-age Journalist; To the Elephant Graveyard; and Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the New East End. He is married to the journalist Anu Anand and lives in Delhi and London.
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.
Paula Hall is an Accredited Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist, experienced in working with couples, individuals and young people and has been a Relate counsellor for over 10 years. She currently works as a Young People's Counsellor. She provides regular professional comment on divorce and separation and young people's issues to the national press, women's magazines, teenage magazines, websites, national and local radio and television and runs her own website: www.familytherapyonline.org
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.
Fred Dibnah was a steeplejack, engineer, craftsman, artist, inventor, steam enthusiast and devotee of Britain's industrial heritage. He first appeared on television in 1979 and became a much-loved cultural icon. An exhaustive storyteller, Fred presented the television series Magnificent Monuments, Age of Steam, Industrial Age and Made in Britain. David Hall, a former journalist, teacher and producer for over 20 years, has made programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and American television. He made all of Fred's last television series and was the producer of Fred Dibnah's World of Steam, Steel and Stone. David's writing credits include Fred: The Definitive Biography of Fred Dibnah, Fred Dibnah's Buildings of Britain, and with Fred, Fred Dibnah's Age of Steam.
Allan Hall was a New York correspondent for ten years, first for The Sun and later for the Daily Mirror. He co-founded the Big Apple News media agency and has covered German-speaking Europe for the last eight years for newspapers including several encyclopedias of crime. He lives and works in Berlin.
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.
Louisa Hall was born in Philadelphia in 1982 and grew up in the nearby suburb of Haverford. She graduated from Harvard in 2004 and went on to play squash professionally for three years. She is now completing her Ph.D. in literature at the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Her poems have been published in journals such as The New Republic,The Southwest Review, and Ellipsis. The Carriage House is her first novel.
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.
Roger Lancelyn Green (Author) Roger Lancelyn Green was born in 1918. He loved storytelling and was fascinated by traditional fairy tales, myths and legends from around the world. His retellings include Egyptian, Greek and Norse legends, plus a retelling of Robin Hood. He died in 1987. John Boyne (Introducer) John Boyne was born in Ireland in 1971. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, five for young readers and a collection of short stories. Perhaps best known for his 2006 multi-award-winning and bestselling book The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, John's other novels, notably A History of Loneliness, The Heart's Invisible Furies, and A Ladder to the Sky have been widely praised and are international bestsellers. He lives in Dublin.
James Hall studied at Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art.He writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on art history and contemporary art, and was awarded the first Bernard Denvir Prize for an outstanding young critic.His previous book was the critically acclaimed study, The World as Sculpture: The Changing Face of Sculpture from the Renaissance to the Present Day (also published by Pimlico).
Garth Risk Hallberg’s first novel, City on Fire, was an international bestseller and was named one of the best books of the year by the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Washington Post, the Independent, and Vogue, among others. His illustrated novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family was nominated for a Believer Book Award and his short fiction and essays have been published in the Guardian, and the New York Times Book Review. He is a Granta Best Young American Novelist. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children and is at work on a new novel.
Author Kate Banks and illustrator Georg Hallensleben have collaborated on several books, including And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, The Cat Who Walked Across France, Close Your Eyes, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. Banks lives in the South of France with her husband and two sons. Hallensleben lives in Paris with his wife and three children.
Karen Haller is the leading international authority in the field of Applied Colour Psychology - how colour affects and influences our behaviour. With over twenty years of experience, she teaches, consults for businesses, interiors, healthcare and wellbeing; and has worked with prestigious global brands such as Marks and Spencer, Dove and AkzoNobel Dulux. She has also been interviewed for Cosmopolitan, the Stylist and The Times, contributed to the Huffington Post, and appeared on London Live and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch.
Jung Chang was born in Yibin, Sichuan Province, China, in 1952. She was a Red Guard briefly at the age of fourteen and then worked as a peasant, a 'barefoot doctor', a steelworker and an electrician before becoming an English-language student and, later, an assistant lecturer at Sichuan University. She left China for Britain in 1978 and was subsequently awarded a scholarship by York University, where she obtained a PhD in Linguistics in 1982 - the first person from the People's Republic of China to receive a doctorate from a British university. Her award-winning book, Wild Swans, was published in 1991. Jon Halliday is a former Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King's College, University of London. He has written or edited eight previous books.
G.R. Halliday was born in Edinburgh and grew up near Stirling in Scotland. He spent his childhood obsessing over the unexplained mysteries his father investigated, which has proved excellent inspiration for From the Shadows. He now lives in the rural Highlands outside of Inverness, where he is able to pursue his favourite pastimes of mountain climbing and swimming in the sea, before returning home to his band of semi-feral cats.
Joseph T. Hallinan, a former writer for The Wall Street Journal, is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children.
As a member of the supergroup The Spice Girls, Geri stormed the charts worldwide.. She has publicly promoted the cause of breast cancer and is a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Of her 5 solo singles released so far, four of them have gone to No.1 in the UK. It's Raining Men sold 2 million copies around Europe and went Platinum in Australia and triple platinum in Ireland.
Anthea Halliwell was born in Ceylon, where her father was a tea planter. She returned to Britain in the Thirties and worked in journalism, teaching, as an actress and photographer. She lives in North Wales.
Dr Edward Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist and the founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Concord, Massachusetts. He is also on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. He has written seven books on psychological topics, including the bestselling Driven to Distraction and Answers to Distraction on attention deficit disorder. He has appeared on television shows such as The Today Show, Oprah and Good Morning America and lectures widely to business and general audiences. He lives in Boston with his wife and their three children.
The author of Cat Confidential, Cat Detective and Cat Counsellor Vicky Halls is one of the UK's leading cat behaviour specialists. She is currently working on a major television series on this subject. She lives in Kent.
A successful explorer, marine biologist and writer, Monty Halls has led numerous expeditions and projects throughout the world, including three circumnavigations of the earth seeking out the greatest encounters in the oceans. His television credits include presenting Channel 4's Journey to the Centre of the Earth (the science behind Jules Verne's novel), Discovery's Rebuilding the Past (an attempt to recreate an Iron Age settlement) and Five's Great Ocean Adventures, for which he was also the author of the accompanying book. Monty operates the adventure travel company, Full Circle Expeditions, and is also a leading motivational speaker.
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin are two of the most acclaimed political reporters in the United States, with unrivalled access to the presidential candidates and their teams throughout the campaign. John Heilemann is the national political correspondent and columnist for New York magazine. He is a National Magazine Award finalist and a former staff writer for the New Yorker, the Economist, and Wired. Mark Halperin is editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time, founding editor of The Page on time.com, and former political director of ABC News.
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