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A journalist by profession, Douglas Jackson transformed a lifelong fascination for Rome and the Romans in to his first two highly-praised novels, Caligula and Claudius. His third, Hero of Rome, introduced readers to a new series hero, Gaius Valerius Verrens. Seven further novels featuring Valerius have followed - the most recent being Glory of Rome - and have won critical acclaim and confirm their author as one of the UK's foremost historical novelists. An active member of the Historical Writers Association and the Historical Novel Society, Douglas Jackson lives near Stirling in Scotland.
Clare Jackson is the Senior Tutor of Trinity Hall, Cambridge University. She has presented a number of highly successful programmes on the Stuart dynasty for the BBC and is currently writing a new history of Stuart Britain during the long seventeenth century (c.1585-1715).
Julian Jackson is Professor of History at Queen Mary, University of London and one of the foremost British experts on twentieth-century France. His previous books include France: The Dark Years, 1940-1944, which was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times History Book Award, and his celebrated The Fall of France, which won the Wolfson History Prize in 2004. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
Peter Jackson, a sports journalist since he left school in 1960, retired in 2009 as chief rugby correspondent of the Daily Mail after 35 years on the paper. His books include Bread of Heaven, Lions of Wales, Lions of England and, most recently, Bobby Windsor - The Iron Duke, the acclaimed autobiography of the Welsh rugby hero, which was shortlisted for the 2011 British Sports Book Awards.
Steven Jacobi was born in Birmingham and educated in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London. He has worked in the Far East, and has written a thesis on Angus Wilson. He has written a number of plays for Radio 4 and has written for various newspapers and magazines including The Times, the Guardian, the Observer, Esquire, Marie Claire and Arena. He lives in Gloucestershire.
Sir Derek Jacobi CBE is a renowned actor and director. In a career that has spanned over 50 years, he has appeared in a wide variety of roles on stage, film and television. He was a founder member of the National Theatre, and has played numerous Shakespeare roles including Hamlet, King Lear, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Malvolio in Twelfth Night. Other notable roles include Cyrano de Bergerac, Alan Turing in Breaking the Code and starring in A Voyage Round My Father. His film credits include Little Dorrit, Gladiator, Gosford Park, The Golden Compass and The King's Speech; but he is probably best known for his television roles, primarily Claudius in I, Claudius. He starred as Cadfael in the eponymous TV series, played the Master in Doctor Who, narrated In the Night Garden and starred in Last Tango in Halifax and Vicious. Among his many awards are two Laurence Olivier Awards (for Cyrano de Bergerac and Twelfth Night), a Tony Award for Best Actor (for Much Ado about Nothing), a BAFTA Award for Best Actor (for I, Claudius), two Emmy Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He was awarded a CBE in 1985 and a Knight Bachelor (for services to drama) in 1994. He lives with his partner in North London.
Jacobs, Harriet A. (Harriet Ann), 1813-1897 In one of the most significant slave narratives ever written, Harriet Jacobs, born a slave to mulatto parents in 1813 North Carolina, recounts her remarkable story. From her sale to an abusive master, to her bid for freedom as the lover of a white man, to her ultimate and harrowing emancipation, this work is an outstanding example of a woman's extraordinary courage--and one of the most provocative first-person accounts of slavery in American history
Jane Jacobs was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1916, and now lives in Toronto, Canada. She is also the author of The Economy of Cities, The Question of Separatism: Quebec and the Struggle over Sovereignty, Cities and the Wealth of Nations, and Systems of Survival. She died in 2006.
A. J. Jacobs is the editor at large at Esquire. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Know-It-All. He has contributed to the New York Times, New York magazine, and NPR's Weekend Edition, among others. He lives in New York. See ajjacobs.com for more information.
Jens Peter Jacobsen 1847–85, Danish writer. His historical romance Marie Grubbe (1876, tr. 1917) deals with spiritual degeneration in 17th-century Denmark. Jacobsen's other works include Nels Lyhne (1880, tr. 1919), a semiautobiographical work about a dreamer unable to cope with the realities of his life, several novellas, and a volume of poems. His nation's first naturalist novelist, Jacobsen created a curt prose that had great influence on naturalistic style, both in Denmark and abroad. He translated Darwin's Origin of Species and Descent of Man into Danish. Tiina Nunnally is an award-winning translator of Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish. Her translation for Peter Hoeg's Smilla's Sense of Snow, won the Lewis Galantiere Prize, given to the American Translators Association.
Howard Jacobson has written fourteen novels and five works of non-fiction. He won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Award in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question and was also shortlisted for the prize in 2014 for his most recent novel, J. Howard Jacobson’s first book, Shakespeare’s Magnanimity, written with the scholar Wilbur Sanders, was a study of four Shakespearean heroes. Many books later he has returned to Shakespeare with a contemporary interpretation of The Merchant of Venice – 'the most troubling of Shakespeare's plays for anyone, but, for an English novelist who happens to be Jewish, also the most challenging.'
Adam Jacot de Boinod, hunter of perfect and obscure bon mots, is a true linguistic bowerbird (a person who collects an astonishing array of - sometimes useless - objects). He trawled the languages of the world for exotic specimens in his bestselling books The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo and hit follow-up Toujours Tingo.
Martin Jacques is one of Britain's foremost public intellectuals. A Visiting Senior Research Fellow at IDEAS, the London School of Economics' centre for diplomacy and grand strategy, a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and a Fellow of the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC, Martin Jacques is widely respected as a leading global expert on what could prove to be the most important geopolitical event of the past 200 years: the rise of China. He was editor of Marxism Today from 1977 until the journal's closure in 1991, and has also worked as deputy editor of The Independent. He has been a columnist for the Times, the Guardian, the Observer, and the New Statesman, as well as writing for international publications such as the Financial Times, Economist, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Daily Beast, Volkskrant, Corriere della Sera, L'Unita, South China Morning Post, and Folha Des Paulo.
Brian Jacques was born and bred in Liverpool. At the age of fifteen he went to sea and travelled the world. He worked as a stand-up comedian and playwright and hosted his own programme, Jakestown, on Radio Merseyside. His bestselling Redwall books have captured readers all over the world and won universal praise. He died in 2011.
Jennifer Jacquet is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and New York University. She works at the intersection of conservation and cooperation. She formerly wrote the 'guilty planet' blog at Scientific American, contributes to Edge.org and conceived of the modernized shame totem pole for a presentation in 2011 at the Serpentine Gallery.
Michele Jaffe is the author of several adult novels including the thrillers Bad Girls and Loverboy. After getting her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Harvard, she retired from academia and decided to become an FBI special agent or glamorous showgirl - but somehow ended up writing. A native of Los Angeles, California, Michele lives in Las Vegas with her husband, her disco ball, and her zebra wall-to-wall carpeting.
Rona Jaffe (1931-2005) was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the affluent Upper East Side of Manhattan. Jaffe wrote her first book, The Best of Everything, while working as an associate editor at Fawcett Publications in the 1950s. Published in 1958, it was later made into a movie, starring Joan Crawford. Jaffe subsequently published six additional novels during her career. She died in 2005 in London.
Madhur Jaffrey was born near Delhi and grew up listening to stories such as these, mainly from the older women in the family. Today she is known throughout the world as a talented actress and, more recently, an author of cookery books. In Seasons of Splendour she has returned to the colourful myths and legends she was told as a child, and the result is a dramatic collection for children to read for themselves or have read aloud to them in the traditional Indian way.
Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla are the former directors of Silent Unity and were the executive editors of Daily Word, the largest circulation daily inspirational in the world. Mary-Alice holds a Master of Arts degree in Humanities and taught at university level. Richard, with a Master of Science in Counselling Psychology, was a substance abuse counsellor. Devoting their lives to the study and teaching of holistic healing they founded Spirit of Life, a non-profit educational organization which they directed for many years. The Jafollas reside by the sea with their two adopted greyhounds, April and Sunny.
An award-winning professor of English at UCLA, Eric Jager holds a Ph. D. from the University of Michigan and has also taught at Columbia University. He is the author of two previous books, including The Book of the Heart (a study of heart imagery in medieval literature).
Mick Jagger is best known as the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, one of the greatest rock bands of all time. In a career spanning over five decades, he has also been an actor, film producer, solo artist and songwriter. Mick was born in 1943, and was childhood friends with Keith Richards. The two lost touch when they went to different schools, but in 1960 a chance meeting at a a railway station brought them back together and they discovered they shared a passion for rhythm and blues and rock n' roll. The Rolling Stones came together in the early Sixties, as Jagger, Richards and guitarist Brian Jones were joined by Ian Stewart and later, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman. By 1963, the band was well established, and by the following year they were rivalling the Beatles in popularity. Over the next decade, they went on to have a string of hits and released several bestselling albums. They launched Rolling Stones Records in 1971, and toured the world performing concerts in stadiums and arenas. After a near-split in the 1980s, the band made a comeback, and they are still playing and touring today - in 2013, they headlined at Glastonbury and played two sell-out Hyde Park concerts to mark their 50th anniversary. Mick Jagger's solo work has also been exceptionally successful: he has released 15 singles and five solo albums. He began acting in 1968, and starred in Nic Roeg's cult hit Performance and the 1970 biopic Ned Kelly. A move into producing followed, and in in 1995 he founded (with Victoria Pearman) Jagged Films. The company's productions include Enigma, The Woman and a documentary about Jagger, Being Mick. Jagger has also co-produced several films, including the 2014 movie about James Brown, Get On Up. Mick Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and was knighted in 2003 for services to music. Jagger has been married twice and had many other relationships. He has seven children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Jane Jago was born in Sydney Australia in 1961. Originally trained as a Printmaker, she began writing whilst raising a family. She has a long standing interest in exploring the shadow aspect of human nature and in developmental psychology. Passionate about the protection of children and their right to a childhood, The Wrong Hand is her first novel.
Zainab Jagot Ahmed is the UK’s flavour-led weaning expert and mum of one food-loving little girl. Following the success of her daughter’s weaning journey, Zainab realised she could help other mums raise adventurous eaters too and devised recipes and meal plans anyone can use. Zainab writes for a number of leading parenting titles and is a regular speaker at The Baby Show, the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event. Her debut cookbook Easy Indian Super Meals has won two national parenting awards to date.
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