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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.
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. Sticks and Stones is her debut thriller. Find out more at www.jojakeman.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Montague Rhodes James was born on 1 August 1862 near Bury St Edmunds, and he spent long periods of his later life in Suffolk, which provided the setting for many of his ghost stories. He studied at Eton and Kings College, Cambridge, where he was eventually elected Fellow, and then made Provost in 1905. In 1918 he became Provost of Eton. He was a renowed medievalist and biblical scholar, and published works on palaeography, antiquarianism, bibliography and history and guides to Suffolk and Norfolk, as well as editing a collection of ghost stories by Sheridan Le Fanu. However, he remains best known for his own ghost stories, which were published in several collections, including Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), A Thin Ghost and Other Stories (1919), A Warning to the Curious (1925) and a collected edition in 1931. M. R. James never married and died on 12 June 1936.
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.
Marlon James is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, and John Crow's Devil. A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Book of Night Women won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. Marlon James is a professor at Macalester College in St Paul. He divides his time between Minnesota and New York.
Oliver James trained and practised as a child clinical psychologist and, since 1987, 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 and Britain on the Couch, which was also a successful documentary series for Channel 4. He is a trustee of two children's charities: the National Family and Parenting Institute and Homestart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rupert James is a celebrity and fashion journalist. He lives in London and is married to a barrister.
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.
Dan James is a pseudonym for a bestselling, award-nominated thriller writer and author of bestselling non-fiction books. He is an experienced journalist who has contributed to all the major national newspapers including the Guardian and the Daily Mail. He is 39 and lives in London.
Bev James is a successful entrepreneur and businesswoman. She is the founder, with James Caan of the Entrepreneurs' Business Academy as well as MD and Head of Training of The Coaching Academy: The world's largest coach training organisation. Bev is a regular monthly columnist for Start Your Business Magazine; she is a fortnightly regular columnist for StartupTV, an interactive digital magazine and she us a monthly columnist for business magazine The Market, which launched in October 2010. Bev has also written for TJ (Training Journal) CEO Magazine and Fresh Business Thinking.
C L R James, historian, novelist, cultural critic and political activist, was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1901. In 1932 he joined his friend Learie Constantine in Britain, where he became cricket correspondent of the Manchester Guardian. A central figure in the Pan-African movement and the struggle for colonial emancipation, he returned to Trinidad in 1958 in its run-up to independence. He later went back to London, where he died in 1989.
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.
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