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Bruce Ingman is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning author and illustrator. He studied at the Royal College of Art. His first book, When Martha's Away, won the prestigious Mother Goose Award for the Best British Newcomer to Children's Picture Books and The Overall Winner of the V&A Illustration Award. His partnership with author Allan Ahlberg has yielded many successes including, The Runaway Dinner and The Pencil - Winner of the Red House Children's Picture Book Award. Their latest book, Alison Hubble is to be published by Puffin in 2016.
Paul Bright (Author) Paul originally trained as an engineer – which is rather unusual for a children's author. His work has taken him all over the world, and wherever he goes Paul has always written stories and poems. Many are now published, including Quiet! which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. Bruce Ingman (Illustrator) Bruce Ingman was born in Liverpool. He studied for an MA in Illustration at the Royal College of Art, London, and also taught at a number of art colleges. After illustrating for magazines, including British Vogue and The Sunday Times, Bruce Ingman's first book When Martha's Away was published to great critical acclaim, winning The National Art Library Award in 1996. He also won the prestigious Mother Goose Award as the most exciting British newcomer to children's books. Since then he has produced a number of highly distinctive and individual books.
Jay Ingram is the distinguished science broadcaster and writer who has won many awards for raising public awareness of science, including the Sandford Fleming Medal and a Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion. He was co-host of Discovery Channel’s science show, Daily Planet, for 16 years and his 13 books have been translated into 14 languages. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Walter C Alvarez Award for medical writing. www.Jayingram.ca
Ralph Hammond Innes was born in Horsham, Sussex, on 15 July 1913 and educated at Cranbrook School, Kent. He left school aged eighteen, and worked successively in publishing, teaching and journalism. In 1936, in need of money in order to marry, he wrote a supernatural thriller, The Doppleganger, which was published in 1937 as part of a two-year, four book deal. In 1939 Innes moved to a different publisher, and began to write compulsively, continuing to publish throughout his service in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. Innes travelled widely to research his novels and always wrote from personal experience - his 1940s novels The Blue Ice and The White South were informed by time spent working on a whaling ship in the Antarctic, while The Lonely Skier came out of a post-war skiing course in the Dolomites. He was a keen and accomplished sailor, which passion inspired his 1956 bestseller The Wreck of the Mary Deare. The equally successful 1959 film adaptation of this novel enabled Innes to buy a large yacht, the Mary Deare, in which he sailed around the world for the next fifteen years, accompanied by his wife and fellow author Dorothy Lang. Innes wrote over thirty novels, as well as several works of non-fiction and travel journalism. His thrilling stories of spies, counterfeiters, black markets and shipwreck earned him both literary acclaim and an international following, and in 1978 he was awarded a CBE. Hammond Innes died at his home in Suffolk on 10th June 1998.
Former garden editor of Country Living, and sister of Jocasta Innes, Miranda Innes lives in Spain with her husband, Dan Pearce, and an assortment of dogs and cats. Her first book, an account of the restoration of her house and garden in Andalucia, Getting to Manana, is published in paperback by Black Swan.
Ian McEwan (Author) Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement, Enduring Love, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach have all been adapted for the big screen. Roberto Innocenti (Illustrator) Roberto Innocenti was born in 1940 in Bagno a Ripoli, a small town near Florence. Never having attended art school, he went to Rome to work in an animation studio. Returning to Florence, he began designing books and illustrating film and theatre posters. He has illustrated Pinocchio, A Christmas Carol, J. Patrick Lewis's The Last Resort and Ruth Vander Zee's Erika's Story. He lives in Florence with his wife.
Deborah Install has worked as a website copywriter. Her debut novel, A ROBOT IN THE GARDEN, is inspired by her own young son. She lives in Birmingham with her family where she bakes good cakes and writes even better books.
Jane Green is a former journalist who gave up her job on the Daily Express to write a real woman's account of being single in the city. That account became Jane's first novel, Straight Talking. It was followed by nine more bestselling novels: Jemima J, Mr Maybe, Bookends, Babyville, Spellbound, The Other Woman, Life Swap, Second Chance and The Beach House. Jane lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ian Warburg, and their blended family of six children. www.janegreen.com Jennifer Coburn spends the winter holidays at home with her with her family in San Diego, where the only way she notices the seasons changing is by checking the calendar. Holidays in Southern California are a bit different than New York City, where Coburn was born and raised. Mall Santas are tan and Mrs. Claus is rumored to be a Botox devotee. Jennifer burns her menorah candles from both ends working as a public relations consultant and writer. Liz Ireland grew up in Texas, where all her Christmases except one were green. Her favorite gift ever was the yellow Schwinn bike (with a banana seat and white wicker basket) she got when she was nine. She now celebrates the holidays in Oregon with her husband and a menagerie of pets.
Tamara Ireland Stone is an avid reader, gadget freak, music addict and dreadful cook. She writes YA fiction about fun stuff like travel, music, romance, and normal people with extraordinary talents. www.facebook.com/tamarairelandstone www.tamarairelandstone.com
Virginia Ironside is a journalist, agony aunt, and author, divorced and living in West London. She has one son and one grandson.
Lucy Irvine was born on 1 February 1956 in Whitton, Middlesex. She ran away from school very early and had no full-time education after the age of thirteen. She has been employed as a charlady, monkey- keeper, waitress, stonemason's mate, life model, pastry-cook and concierge as well as having worked with disabled people and as a clerk at the Inland Revenue. She is the author of one novel, One is One, as well as Castaway and an account of her early years, Runaway. Faraway, her latest book, is her account of her year spent on a remote island in the Solomons. She has three sons and lives in the Highlands of Scotland.
Jane Nottage (Author) Jane Nottage is a writer and sports journalist who contributes regularly to several national newspapers. Fluent in Italian, she has followed the fortunes of the Ferrari team for many years and worked with Luca di Montezemolo before he became Chairman of Ferrari in 1992. For three seasons Jane has been given unprecedented access to Formula One's most famous team. She has written five books. Eddie Irvine (Author) Eddie Irvine was born born 10 November 1965 in Northern Ireland. He was a Formula One driver between 1993 and 2002, and runner-up in the 1999 World Drivers' Championship, driving for Scuderia Ferrari.
John Irving published his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, in 1968. He has been nominated for a National Book Award three times - winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. He also received an O. Henry Award in 1981 for the short story 'Interior Space'. In 1992, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules - a film with seven Academy Award nominations. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most recent novel is Last Night in Twisted River.
Washington Irving (1783-1859), one of America's first successful professional writers, was born and raised in New York City. He also spent time in London and served as a diplomatic attaché in Spain. Best known today for his tales, he was equally famous in life for his sketches of European life and his biographies of historical figures.
Miles Irving has been seeking out and selling foraged produce for over 10 years. Among the top British restauranteurs who sell the fruit, vegetables and herbs Miles delivers to their doors are Jamie Oliver, Richard Corrigan, Mark Hix, Sam and Sam Clark. Miles lives near Canterbury and has his own company, Forager.
Ellie was born in Bristol, but raised in a hamlet on the outskirts of Southend-on-Sea by a family of avid readers. So avid, in fact, her mum enrolled her in the local library before she'd even emerged from the womb, which was awkward for all concerned. Ellie's passion for writing stories flourished aged seven, when her parents bought her a Petite Super International typewriter for Christmas, and there was no stopping her. After studying for a Broadcasting Degree at the University of Leeds, Ellie realised there were too few home makeover shows in the world, and worked on a number of DIY and Garden programmes for UK Style. She then returned to studying and completed an MA in Screenwriting in 2008. She lives in London.
Clifford Irving grew up in New York and became a novelist. Following his 1972 jail sentence he has continued with his writing career, and now divides his time between Mexico and Colorado with his wife.
Robert Irwin is a publisher and writer of fiction and non-fiction. His works of non-fiction include The Arabian Nights, Islamic Art, Night & Horses & the Desert and The Alhambra.
Rupert Isaacson is British but lives with his family in Texas, USA. He is an ex-professional horse trainer and founding director of the Indigenous Land Rights Fund. He is the author of The Healing Land: A Kalahari Journey and his journalism and travel writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Esquire, National Geographic, Independent on Sunday, Conde Nast Traveller, Daily Mail and The Field.
Christopher Isherwood was born in 1904. He began to write at university and later moved to Berlin, where he gave English lessons to support himself. He witnessed first hand the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi party in Germany and some of his best works, such as Mr. Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin, draw on these experiences. He created the character of Sally Bowles, later made famous as the heroine of the musical Cabaret. Isherwood travelled with W.H Auden to China in the late 1930s before going with him to America in 1939. He died on 4 January 1986. His novel A Single Man was recently made into an award-winning film by Tom Ford, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.
Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, on November 8, 1954. Books include Never Let Me Go (made into a film), When We Were Orphans, The Unconsoled, An Artist Of A Floating World, A Pale View of Hills and Nocturnes. In 1995, Ishiguro was named to the Order of the British Empire for his contributions to literature. He lives in London
Born in Bangladesh, raised in Newcastle and currently residing in the outskirts of Manchester, Burhana Islam is a storyteller who is passionate about exploring themes of heritage, belonging, identity and faith in both her children's and YA works. She studied English Literature at Newcastle University before deciding to become a secondary school teacher, sharing her love for stories with a new generation of curious, young minds.
Alan Isler was born in London in 1834. His first novel, The Prince of West End Avenue, was acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic. In America it won the National Jewish Book Award and was one of the five fiction nominees for the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award. In Britain it won the Jewish Quarterly Fiction Award. He is also the author of the novels, Kraven Images and Clerical Errors, and a collection of novellas, The Bacon Fancier.
Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning, London based illustrator and animator with a love of inks, paints and watercolours, and an interest in paper craft, design, typography and collage. She hails from Ireland and graduated from art school in Dublin in 2002. She is now based in London.
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