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A chartered accountant, Bapsy Jain is an entrepreneur and educator, and she divides her time between Singapore, Dubai and Mumbai. Lucky Every Day is her first novel.
Harriet Jaine is the producer of BBC Radio 4’s My Teenage Diary. She was associate producer for NY Graham Norton and has written for The Independent.
Linda Jaivin is a freelance writer and lives in Sydney. Eat Me is her first novel.
Jane Jakeman is an author and freelance journalist with a doctorate in art history. Her first three novels featured the Byronic detective Lord Ambrose Malfine, which she followed with a modern thriller set on the Riviera. She regularly reviews crime for the Independent, and lives in Oxford.
Jo Jakeman was the winner of the Friday Night Live 2016 competition at the York Festival of Writing. Born in Cyprus, she worked for many years in the City of London before moving to Derbyshire with her husband and twin boys. Safe House is her second novel, and Sticks and Stones was her debut thriller. Find out more at www.jojakeman.com.
Katherine Jakeways is a British comedian, actor and writer. Her television appearances include Extras, Horrible Histories, Sherlock, Episodes, Trying Again, all 3 series of BBC1's The Armstrong and Miller Show and Miranda. She is also notable as one of the regular cast in the radio series Deep Trouble and Look Away Now and plays Mrs Pepys in Radio 4's continuing Woman's Hour Drama "The Diary of Samuel Pepys". She appeared onstage as Sandy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at the Garrick Theatre in 2006, and was the Entire Supporting Cast in Armstrong and Miller's 2010 national tour. [source: Wikipedia]
Mette Jakobsen was born in Denmark in 1964, and now resides in Sydney. She is the author of several plays. She holds degrees in philosophy and creative writing. The Vanishing Act is her first novel.
Henry James was born in 1843 in New York and died in London in 1916. In addition to many short stories, plays, books of criticism, autobiography and travel, he wrote some twenty novels, the first published being Roderick Hudson (1875). They include The Europeans, Washington Square, The Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, The Princess Casamassima, The Tragic Muse, The Spoils of Poynton, The Awkward Age, The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl.
Oliver James trained and practised as a child clinical psychologist and, since 1988, has worked as a writer, journalist and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include Juvenile Violence in a Winner-Loser Culture, the bestselling They F*** You Up, Affluenza and Contented Dementia. He is a trustee of two children's charities: the National Family and Parenting Institute and Homestart.
Lawrence James writes history for the general reader. He is the author of The Savage Wars: British Campaigns in Africa, 1870-1920, The Golden Warrior: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, and, most recently, Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India. He lives in St Andrews where he is a part-time tutor at the University.
Dr Peter Rawcliffe has done extensive research into Coeliac disease at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, and with Ruth James set up the Oxford Coeliac Clinic. He is now a GP. Ruth James is a nutritionist and state registered dietician. She is chief dietician at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital.
Judi James started her career as a leading catwalk model and trained many big names at her modelling school in Chelsea, Naomi Campbell among them. Judi is now a leading television expert in body language, social behaviour, image, workplace culture and communication skills. She appears regularly on programmes such as Big Brother, The Xtra Factor, Newsnight and Sky News. She also writes a regular column for You magazine and has a celebrity problem page in More. She is the author of Poker Face and The Body Language Bible. James Moore is a feature writer for national newspapers and also writes frequently for a range of magazines. He is the author of Blagging It: How to get Everything on the Cheap.
Older brother of novelist Henry James, William James (1842-1910) was a philosopher, psychologist, physiologist, and professor at Harvard. James has influenced such twentieth-century thinkers as Richard Rorty, Jurgen Habermans, Michel Foucault, and Julia Kristeva.
Chris James is a health and wellness expert, and the world-renowned go-to man for a rejuvenated body and mind. Chris is a British Wheel of Yoga-certified teacher, he has trained, lived and practised across India, in Rishikesh and at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai. In 2000, when on holiday in London, he was randomly assaulted and had his neck broken and dislocated. To recover, he used the yogic techniques that he had learnt in India; understanding first hand at how powerful yogic teachings could be. Chris developed a uniquely soulful and spirited style of practice guiding students to approach their own practice with integrity and joy. His style is intuitive and insightful, and he puts his sensitivity as a teacher down to a strong one-on-one approach. His 12 Days Cleanse supplement range was born out of his desire to share with others the mandate for creating a robust mind and body and optimal health and is stocked at premium outlets across the world. Chris teaches high-profile clients and runs retreats, workshops and masterclasses across the world.
Marina Chapman was born in Colombia, South America, around 1950. Her real date and exact location of birth are unknown. She has now made her home in Bradford, where she has lived since she was 27. Her greatest joy in life is being a grandmother to three, a mother to two daughters, and a wife of thirty-five years.
Tania James’s debut novel Atlas of Unknowns was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian literature. Three stories from her story collection Aerogrammes were finalists for Best American Short Stories 2008 and 2011. From 2011-2012, she was a Fulbright fellow to India living in New Delhi. She now lives in Washington DC.
Phyllis Dorothy James (Baroness James of Holland Park) was born in Oxford on 3 August 1920, the eldest of three children. She was educated at Cambridge Girls' High School but was not given the option of attending university. At sixteen, she followed in her father's footsteps and worked in a tax office in Ely. In 1940 she met Connor White, a young medical student. They married and moved to London, and after qualifying he was drafted into the Royal Army Hospital Corps, serving abroad before returning home mentally ill. With two young daughters to support, James worked as a clerk in the NHS for £5 a week and went to evening school to attain her hospital administration diploma. After qualifying she quickly moved up the civil service ladder. She also began writing - getting up at 5am and working at weekends to complete her first novel, Cover Her Face, which was published in 1963. The book was critically praised but didn't provide enough money to live on. The following year, her husband died. James continued working in the civil service, and in 1968 she took a job at the Home Office, where she was initially involved with forensic investigations and later moved to the criminal policy unit. These positions contributed to the strong factual detail for which her books are well known. She built up a following with a string of novels including A Mind to Murder (1963), Unnatural Causes (1967), Shroud for a Nightingale (1971) and An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972). But it was the American publication of her novel Innocent Blood, in 1980, that pushed her onto the bestseller lists and gave her the financial freedom to support herself solely through writing. Her later books include The Skull Beneath the Skin (1982), Devices and Desires (1989), Original Sin (1994), A Certain Justice (1997), Death in Holy Orders (2001), The Private Patient (2008) and Death Comes to Pemberley (2011). She did not, however, give up her interest in the public sphere. She served as a BBC governor, Booker Prize judge and chair of the literature panel of the Arts Council. In 1983, James was awarded an OBE, and in 1991 she was awarded her barony. She has also received a number of honorary university degrees, and was awarded the Silver Dagger three times from the British Crime Writers' Association - as well as the Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in 1987. In 1997 she was appointed Chairman of the Society of Authors, a post she held until 2013. She died in November 2014, aged 94.
E L James is an incurable romantic and a self-confessed fan-girl. After twenty-five years of working in television, she decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts. The result was the controversial and sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. In 2015, she published the no. 1 bestseller Grey, the story of Fifty Shades of Grey from the perspective of Christian Grey, and in 2017, the chart-topping Darker, the second part of the Fifty Shades story from Christian’s point of view. Her books have been published in forty-eight languages and have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide. E L James has been recognised as one of Time magazine’s ‘Most Influential People in the World’ and Publishers Weekly’s ‘Person of the Year’. Fifty Shades of Grey stayed on the New York Times Best Seller List for 133 consecutive weeks. Fifty Shades Freed won the Goodreads Choice Award (2012), and Fifty Shades of Grey was selected as one of the 100 Great Reads, as voted by readers, in PBS’s The Great American Read (2018). Darker has been long-listed for the 2019 International DUBLIN Literary Award. She co-produced for Universal Studios the Fifty Shades movies, which made more than a billion dollars at the box office. The third instalment, Fifty Shades Freed, won the People’s Choice Award for Drama in 2018. E L James is blessed with two wonderful sons and lives with her husband, the novelist and screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their West Highland terriers in the leafy suburbs of West London.
C L R James was born in Trinidad in 1901 and was one of the prominent figures in the West Indian diaspora. He wrote extensively on Caribbean history, Marxist theory, literary criticism, Western civilisation, African politics, cricket and popular culture. He died in 1989. James Walvin is Professor of modern history at the University of York and is co-editor of the journal 'Slavery and Abolition'.
Deborah James was a deputy head teacher leading national research teams into growth mindsets in schools. Then, in 2016, at the age of 35, she was diagnosed with bowel cancer and her life with her young children and husband was thrown upside down. She’s had 4 major operations including bowel and lung resections and multiple rounds of chemo – and is still undergoing treatment at the Royal Marsden. Rather than disappear into a cancer cave she started a blog, ‘bowel babe’ to debunk the myth that young women don't get bowel cancer and writes a weekly column for the Sun online, Things Cancer Made Me Say. She campaigns alongside major UK cancer charities, writes and presents the popular podcast ‘You, Me & the Big C’ for BBC’s Radio 5 Live, and has a built up a strong following on Instagram @bowelbabe.
Professor Ursula James is the premier hypnotherapy practitioner and teacher in the UK. She is Visiting Professor of Clinical Hypnosis at Robert Gordon University and a Visiting Teaching Fellow at Oxford University Medical School. Along with her company, Thames Medical Lectures, Ursula has lectured at most of the UKs medical schools including Oxford and Cambridge. Ursula has also written the first textbook for medical practitioners in clinical hypnosis, the Clinical Hypnosis Textbook, now in its second edition. She has also taught modules in personal development skills (including stress management and goal setting), and a unique course in communication skills for medical practitioners. Ursula is a highly qualified and experienced clinical and medical hypnotherapist. She uses her skills to help patients stop smoking, lose weight and tackle phobias and obsessive compulsive disorders and to work through fertility and relationship issues.
Author Andrew James spent three years living in a snake and scorpion infested oasis, in the shadow of the Oracle of Ammon, the ram-headed Egyptian god, to research and write Blood of Kings. The result is a book that is full of evocative scenes of the desert, vividly capturing both the savagery and the beauty of the Sahara.
Dr C W Randolph has treated more than 100,000 women with hormone imbalance over the past 20 years. He is an obstetrician and gynaecologist and a frequent speaker for medical and women's organisations. Genie James co-founded the Natural Hormone Institute of America with Dr Randolph and serves as Executive Director of Women's Medicine Inc., an organisation dedicated to offering women natural medicine products.
Steve James is cricket columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and a sports writer for the Daily Telegraph. He read Classics at Swansea University before becoming a postgraduate at Cambridge, where he won a Blue in the side captained by Mike Atherton. He played his county cricket with Glamorgan for eighteen years, scoring nearly 16,000 runs at an average of over 40, and captaining them for three seasons, winning a National League trophy in 2002, before retiring due to injury. In 1997 James helped Glamorgan to win the County Championship for the first time in nearly thirty years and was named the Professional Cricketers Association Player of the Year. He still holds the record for highest score by a Glamorgan batsman (309 not out against Sussex at Colwyn Bay in 2000) and also won two caps for England.
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