Articles, Games and more...
All Authors A-Z
About Penguin Random House UK
Tim Judah has reported on the war in Ukraine for the New York Review of Books and for the Economist, where he is also Balkans correspondent. During his career as a journalist, he has covered many countries and conflicts including the aftermath of communism in Eastern Europe, the Balkan Wars, Afghanistan, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur, Haiti and Uganda. He is the author of Kosovo: War and Revenge The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia and Bikila: Ethiopia's Barefoot Olympian.
Sarah Ann Juckes is a Content Creator for The Writers' Workshop. The Proof of the Outside was shortlisted for Mslexia's Children's Novel competition and longlisted for the Bath Novel Award. Sarah volunteers for the NSPCC's 'Speak Out and Stay Safe' programme, and mentors under-represented writers with Creative Future - both causes that inspired this book.
Nicholas Jubber was educated at Downside School and Oxford University. His travels have taken him through South America, Africa, the Middle East and many parts of Asia, and he has written for the Tablet, Boston's Globe and Mail and the Lebanese Daily Star. The Prester Quest is his first book.
Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb are prolific children's writers, perhaps explained by the fact that they have a little girl and boy themselves. Sophie teaches young children and uses her stories in lessons. Ivor used to be a teacher but is now a scriptwriter for television and radio, having also written a children's book on football for Dorling Kindersley and four Unexplained titles for Macdonald Young Books. Ailie Busby was born in London and grew up in Corby, Northamptonshire. She studied graphic design at Nene College, illustration at East Anglia Polytechnic in Cambridge and printmaking at Chelsea and Westminster College. Ailie's wonderfully observant eye and her sense of humour bring great charm and fun to her illustrations. She has previously been published by Orion, Egmont and Scholastic and titles include Hey, Diddle Diddle, Rosie's Zoo and Christmas is Coming, as well as the successful large format nursery rhyme book, Time for a Rhyme. She lives in Newcastle with her husband and two young children.
Hubert Selby, Jr. was born in Brooklyn in 1928. At the age of 15, he dropped out of school and went to sea with the merchant marines. While at sea he was diagnosed with lung disease. With no other way to make a living, he decided to try writing: 'I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.' In 1964 he completed his first book, Last Exit to Brooklyn, which has since become a cult classic. In 1966, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK. His other books include The Room, The Demon, Requiem for a Dream, Song of the Silent Snow, The Willow Tree and Waiting Period. In 2000, Requiem for a Dream starred Jared Leto and Ellen Burstyn and was directed by Darren Aronofsky. Hubert Selby Jr died in Highland Park, Los Angeles, California in April 2004.
Born in 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most prominent leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Widely regarded as one of the greatest activists in history, he became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, aged 35. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee.
Andrew Joyner is the acclaimed illustrator and author of numerous children's books, including The Pink Hat, The Hair Book by Graham Tether, Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm by Jonathan London, and The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky. His books are now published in more than twenty-five countries, and he lives in South Australia.
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was born on 2 February 1882 in Rathgar, Dublin and educated at Jesuit schools before attending University College, Dublin. After graduating, he left Ireland for Paris, at first to study medicine, but returned home after a year when his mother became ill. Joyce struggled to make a living in Dublin, and soon left the country again, this time in the company of Nora Barnacle, who would be his life-long companion and mother of his two children. Settling in Trieste, Joyce taught English and began once more to write. He published a volume of verse, Chamber Music in 1907, which was followed by Dubliners in 1914, and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, which was published serially in the Egoist magazine. These works won Joyce the attention of Ezra Pound, and through Pound, the patronage of publisher Harriet Shaw Weaver. In 1920, Joyce moved to Paris, where he began writing Ulysses, though by now suffering severe difficulties with his sight. Ulysses was published in 1922, and was celebrated as a work of immense literary importance by writers such as T.S.Eliot and Hemingway. It was followed by Finnegan's Wake, published in its completed form in 1939. Joyce and his family fled the German occupation of France by moving to Zurich in 1940, but Joyce's health worsened, and he died on 13 January 1941.
Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The Music Shop and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her books have been translated into thirty-six languages and two are in development for film. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards ‘New Writer of the Year’ in December 2012 and shortlisted for the ‘UK Author of the Year’ 2014. Rachel has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Bronte novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl. She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.
Malalai Joya was four days old when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Following a childhood spent in refugee camps in Iran and Pakistan she returned to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan in the late 90s and worked for underground organisations promoting the cause of women. In 2005 she was elected to the new parliament, making international headlines when she delivered her historic speech (see above). Since then, she has survived four assassination attempts and continued to press the cause of those who elected her. She received the International Human Rights in Film Award at Berlin in 2007, and was awarded the Anna Politkovskaya Award in 2008. Visit her website: malalaijoya.com
David Roden (Author) Originally hailing from Lichfield in Staffordshire, David Roden began his career working as an assistant for legendary film-maker Derek Jarman on films such as Wittgenstein and Blue. In 1993 David wrote the Doctor Who story Dimensions in Time that featured all of the then living Doctors, before moving into theatre writing and directing. David wrote the official schools' adaptation for Ben Elton of We Will Rock You. In more recent years, David studied at the Metropolitan Film School, before becoming an award-winning director and writer with his film The Resurrectionist. He also spent some time working in the BBC Drama Department in Cardiff working in script development, and now finds new writers and directors for the BBC's Continuing Drama series EastEnders, Casualty, Holby and Doctors.
Andrew Jotischky was educated at the universities of Cambridge and Yale and is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Lancaster University, UK. He is the author of several books on medieval monasticism and the Crusades. Caroline Hull studied art history at the universities of Yale and Princeton. She has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and has taught art history and medieval history at the universities of Manchester and Lancaster, UK.
Jeanne Willis is one of our best-loved authors of children's books, and also writes for television and video companies. She has two young children.
S. T. Joshi is a freelance writer and editor. He has edited Penguin Classics editions of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories (1999), and The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories (2001), as well as Algernon Blackwood’s Ancient Sorceries and Other Strange Stories (2002). Among his critical and biographical studies are The Weird Tale (1990), Lord Dunsany: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination (1995), H. P. Lovecraft: A Life (1996), and The Modern Weird Tale (2001). He has also edited works by Ambrose Bierce, Arthur Machen, and H. L. Mencken, and is compiling a three-volume Encyclopedia of Supernatural Literature. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.
Josephus was born in about 37 A.D. He was one of the Jewish leaders at the time of the revolt of the Jews in the reign of Nero. He commanded in Galilee and was captured by the Romans, but his life was spared. Spending the rest of his life in Rome, he was given Roman citizenship and became a friend of Titus and Vespasian.
Marie Joseph was born in Lancashire and was educated at Blackburn High School for Girls. Before her marriage she was in the Civil Service. She now lives in Middlesex with her husband, a retired chartered Engineer, and they have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. Marie Joseph began her writing career as a short-story writer and she now uses her Northern background to enrich her bestselling novels. Down-to-earth characters bring a vivid authenticity to her stories, which were written with both humour and poignancy. Her novel: A Better World Than This won the 1987 Romantic Novelist's Association Major Award.
Claudia Joseph was a pupil at Cheltenham Ladies' College before becoming a news reporter. She has worked at Tatler, The Times and the Mail on Sunday, and regularly contributes to a number of national newspapers and magazines. She lives in London.
Kilian Jornet is a world champion ultra-runner, climber and ski mountaineer (a combination of skiing and mountaineering). He was raised in the mountains of Eastern Spain and at 18 months old would hike four to five hours at a time. In 2013 Jornet broke the world speed record to ascend and descend the 14,692-foot Matterhorn mountain. Jornet's time was 2 hours and 52 minutes. The push typically takes climbers around 12 hours.
Lída Jorge studied French literature in Lisbon and worked as a teacher in Angola and Mozambique during the colonial wars there, and taught at the University of Lisbon. She published eight novels and one short story collection. Margaret Jull Costa has translated works by Eça de Queiroz, Fernando Pessoa and José Saramago, and also of a number of leading Spanish authors.
Christine Jordis has written several books about English literature as well as a travel book, Bali, Java, in my Dreams (Harvill, 2002). This is her first novel. She works for the French publisher Gallimard, where she is in charge of the English-language division. She also writes regularly for Le Monde.
Born in Ireland, Neil Jordan is an award-winning writer and internationally celebrated film director. He is the author of a collection of stories, Night in Tunisia (winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize), and three novels, The Past, The Dream of a Beast and Sunrise with Sea Monster. His films include Angel, The Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, The Crying Game, which won him an Oscar for best screenplay in 1993, Interview with the Vampire and Michael Collins.
William Chester Jordan is Professor of History at Princeton University and the author of several books, including Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial and Developing Societies, (1993) The Great Famine (1996) and From England to France: Felony and Exile in the High Middle Ages (2015).
Nicole Jordan is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen historical romances including, the Regency-set TO PLEASURE A LADY, TO BED A BEAUTY, TO SEDUCE A BRIDE, TO ROMANCE A CHARMING ROGUE, TO TAME A DANGEROUS LORD and TO DESIRE A WICKED DUKE, as well as the Medieval romance, THE WARRIOR. She recently moved with her real-life hero to the Rocky Mountains of Utah. You can e-mail her via her Web site at www.NicoleJordanAuthor.com.
For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more
Please enter an email.
Please enter a valid email address.
Keep an eye out in your inbox.
Oops! it seems you've already subscribed to this newsletter.
View all newsletter
Subscription failed, please try again
For more on our cookies and changing your settings click here.