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Kim Izzo is the arts/features director at Flare magazine. She has been a frequent contributor to various newspapers and magazines including The Globe and Mail (Canada's national newspaper) Style and Fashion magazine. Ceri Marsh is editor-in-chief of Fashion Magazine and editorial director of Fashioin 18 Magazine. Her articles have appeared frequently in The Globe and Mail newspaper, Toronto Life Magazine and Flare Magazine. Friends since college, Izzo and Marsh's first book together, The Fabulous Girl's Guide to Decorum is published by Corgi Books. They also launched www.thefabulousgirl.com. They have appeared on numerous radio and television programmes, and live in Toronto, Canada, where the book was a massive bestseller.
David Quantick is an Emmy Award-winning writer of television (Veep, The Thick of It, Brass Eye) and radio (One, The Blagger’s Guide). He is also the author of the comic novel Sparks, the comic book That’s Because You’re A Robot, and several short films, including the award-winning Welcome to Oxmouth. A script writer, broadcaster and comedy writer, David once appeared on Celebrity Come Dine With Me, where he came fifth out of five. He has been named one of the #AmazonRisingStars 2016.
Rukmini Iyer is a food stylist and food writer, formerly a lawyer. She loves creating new recipes and making food look beautiful for shoots, and when she's not styling, cooking or entertaining, she can usually be found reading by the riverside, or filling her balcony with more plants than it can hold. Follow her on Instagram @missminifer.
Kristen Iversen teaches creative writing at the University of Memphis, where she lives with her two sons.
Antonio Iturbe lives in Spain, where he is both a novelist and a journalist. In researching The Librarian of Auschwitz, he interviewed Dita Kraus, the real-life librarian of Auschwitz. Lilit Zekulin Thwaites is an award-winning literary translator. After thirty years as an academic at La Trobe University in Australia, she retired from teaching and now focuses primarily on her ongoing translation and research projects. Dita Kraus was born in Prague. In 1942, when Dita was thirteen years old , she and her parents were deported to Ghetto Theresienstadt and later to Auschwitz,. Neither of Dita's parents survived. After the war Dita married the author Otto B. Kraus. They emigrated to Israel in 1949, where they both worked as teachers They had three children. Since Otto’s death in 2000 , Dita lives alone in Netanya. She has four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Despite the horrors of the concentration camps, Dita has kept her positive approach to life.
Julie Israel did a lot of telling stories before she ever figured out how to write them: around the campfire, in grade school parodies, at meals where she had to account for the peas that mysteriously vanished from her plate, but did not end up in her stomach. She didn't try writing a book until high school, and didn't finish one until after she had graduated college, taught English in Japan, tutored, written freelance, begun volunteering, and completed her first secret mission as a spy. Okay, she was never a spy. She's still telling tales. It's one of her favourite things to do from her native Portland, Oregon, where she really does enjoy making art, learning, and sometimes vegetables.
Hamid Ismailov, regarded as a man of 'unacceptably democratic tendencies' in Uzbekistan, was forced to flee his homeland, and so came to London in 1992. He was recruited by the BBC World Service to set up its Central Asia Service. He has published many books both in Russia and in Uzbekistan. The Railway and A Poet and Bin-Laden are the only two to have been translated into English.
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.
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 another novel, Kraven Images, and a collection of novellas, The Bacon Fancier.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 was born 3 April 1783 in New York. He trained as lawyer before deciding to pursue a literary career and, with his brother, producing a series of satirical essays and poems. Irving wrote under pseudonyms at first: ‘Diedrich Knickerbocker’ for ‘A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty’, and ‘Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.’ for ‘Sketch Book’. The latter included pieces inspired by his travels to London during his unsuccessful efforts to save the family business from bankruptcy, and Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, for which he became famous. Irving worked in Spain as a diplomatic attaché, where he wrote ‘Legends of the Alhambra’ in 1832, and London as secretary to the US legation. His final work was a vast biography of George Washington published in 1855. He died on 28 November 1859.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Virginia Ironside is a journalist, agony aunt, and author. She has one son and two grandsons.
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
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.
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.
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