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Will Jordan initially wanted to be an actor and while working as an extra, he was cast as a World War Two soldier in a feature film. After being put through military bootcamp and taught how to handle weapons for his role, he decided to do further research and soon fell in love with works of military history. He then turned his hand to writing and, in order to shape his first thriller, visited weapon ranges all over America and eastern Europe, becoming something of an arms expert. He lives in Fife with his wife and son, and is currently writing the second novel in the Ryan Drake series.
Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins (Author) Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins is a professional gamer and Battle Royale player who is widely hailed as the #1 streamer. He is best known for playing Fortnite, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, and Halo. With over forty million followers across all platforms, Ninja is beloved by fans for his goofy, energetic personality, incredible impressions, and gaming expertise. In 2019, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Justin Jordan (Author) Justin Jordan has penned comics for Image, Marvel, and DC Comics, including twenty-two issues of The Green Lantern, and the Call of Duty: Zombies graphic novels. In 2012, he was nominated for the Harvey Award for Most Promising New Talent and is one of the writers of the Eisner-nominated In the Dark: A Horror Anthology. Felipe Magaña (Illustrator) Felipe Magaña is a character designer and concept artist for comics and videogames. Magaña created the Ninja logo and the artwork for all Ninja-licensed product. His clients include major comics brands, videogame brands, and manga publishers.
Don Jordan is a television producer and director who has worked on dozens of documentaries and dramas. Michael Walsh spent twelve years as a reporter and presenter on World in Action and has won six awards.
From the day he was found in a carrier bag on the steps of Guy's Hospital, Andy McNab has lived an extraordinary life. As a teenage delinquent, he kicked against society. As a young soldier he waged war against the IRA in the streets and fields of South Armagh. As a member of 22 SAS he was at the centre of covert operations for nine years – on five continents. During the Gulf War he commanded Bravo Two Zero, a patrol that, in the words of his commanding officer, 'will remain in regimental history for ever'. Awarded both the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and Military Medal (MM) during his military career, McNab was the British Army's most highly decorated serving soldier when he finally left the SAS. Since then Andy McNab has become one of the world’s bestselling writers, drawing on his insider knowledge and experience. As well as three nonfiction bestsellers, he is the author of the bestselling Nick Stone thrillers. Besides his writing work, he lectures to security and intelligence agencies in both the USA and UK , works in the film industry advising Hollywood on everything from covert procedure to training civilian actors to act like soldiers and he continues to be a spokesperson and fundraiser for both military and literacy charities. www.andymcnab.com
Hillary Jordan is the author of two novels: MUDBOUND (2008) and WHEN SHE WOKE (2011), as well as the digital short “Aftermirth” (2012). MUDBOUND won the 2006 Bellwether Prize for fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver to recognize debut novels of social justice, and an Alex Award from the American Library Association. It was a 2013 World Book Night selection, and PASTE Magazine named it one of the Top Ten Debut Novels of the Decade. WHEN SHE WOKE was one of BookPage’s Best Books of 2011, a Booklist Editor’s Choice for Best Fiction of 2011 and a Lamda Award finalist. Both novels were long-listed for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. They have been translated into 10 languages. Hillary received her BA from Wellesley College in 1984 and her MFA from Columbia University in 2004. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
David Lister has been Ireland correspondent for The Times since October 2001 and is based in Belfast. He was previously a reporter for the newspaper in London before spending two years as its correspondent in Brussels. Hugh Jordan is a reporter for the Sunday World in Belfast, specialising in crime. He is the author of the bestselling Milestones in Murder and has reported on Northern Ireland for more than ten years.
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.
Pamela Jooste was born in Cape Town, where she still lives. She is the author of four critically acclaimed novels: Frieda and Min, Like Water in Wild Places, People Like Ourselves and Dance with a Poor Man's Daughter, her first novel, which won the Commonwealth Best First Book Award for the African Region; the Samlam Literary Award, and the Book Data South African Booksellers' Choice Award.
Ulrika Jonsson is the Swedish born television presenter and media personality who won 2009's Celebrity Big Brother. She began her career as a weather girl for TV-am and then went on to host Gladiators before achieving iconic status as a team captain on the immensely successful BBC2 show, Shooting Stars with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Her autobiography, Honest, was a bestseller in 2003.
William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe were two of the influential Elizabethan dramatists whose work is now regarded as English Rennaissance theatre. Other important name is that of Ben Jonson. These playwrights in particular chronicled the history of English kings and queens, through the ages, and it is their work which was drawn upon by producer Martin Jenkins as the basis of the plays in Vivat Rex.
Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom are the creators of Fantastic Man, a formal and intelligent men's fashion magazine that positions itself above the commercial fray with a singular tone and elegant design. Based in Amsterdam and London, in 2010 they launched the female counterpart of Fantastic Man called The Gentlewoman, a modern ladies style journal.
Wilfried de Jong is a well-known and highly regarded broadcaster, journalist and writer in his native Holland. A familiar face on Dutch TV, he has made a number of award-winning sports documentaries. In 2012 he won the Nico Scheepmaker Award for the best sports book of the year for Head in the Wind, which went on to be a bestseller in Holland. In 2015 his collection of cycling columns Solo was nominated for the Dutch Sports Book of the Year. The Man and his Bike combines the very best of De Jong’s stories on cycling in one unique collection. Introduced by Bert Wagendorp, author of Ventoux
Erica Jong is a poet, novelist and essayist whose works have been influential all over the world. Her first novel Fear of Flying has sold over 27 million copies from the US and Europe to China. Fear of Flying has just celebrated its 40th Anniversary with new editions in many languages. She is the author of seven widely honoured volumes of poetry, eight novels and seven non-fiction books. Her forthcoming novel is Fear of Dying, due for release in September 2015. Among other awards she has been honoured with the Fernanda Pivano Award for Literature in Italy, the Sigmund Freud award in Italy, the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature and Poetry Magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize. www.ericajong.com
Iris Jones Simantel grew up in Dagenham and South Oxhey, before moving to the US with her GI husband Bob at the tender age of 18. She now resides in Devon where she enjoys writing as a pastime. Her first memoir about her childhood, Far from the East End, beat several thousand other entries to win the Saga Life Stories Competition.
Terry Jones is best known as a member of Monty Python but he has also written four books on medieval England: Chaucer's Knight, the highly acclaimed Who Murdered Chaucer?, Crusades and Terry Jones' Medieval Lives, which accompanied a major television series he presented in 2004. He is the author of several children's books including Fairy Tales and Fantastic Stories, The Knight and the Squire and The Lady and the Squire. He has directed several feature films: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, Personal Services, Erik the Viking and The Wind in the Willows. Terry presented the four-part television series Barbarians in 2006. Alan Ereira has worked as an award-winning producer and writer of history programmes on radio and television for over 40 years, and has collaborated with Terry for ten years on a number of historical films. His previous books include The People's England, The Invergordon Mutiny, The Heart of the World and (with Terry Jones) Crusades and Terry Jones' Medieval Lives.
Chris Jones was a sportswriter at the National Post, where he won an award as Canada's outstanding young journalist. He joined Esquire as a contributing editor and sports columnist, and became a writer at large when he won the 2005 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing for the story that became the basis for this book. His work has also appeared in The Best American Magazine Writing and The Best American Sports Writing anthologies. He lives in Ottawa, Canada.
Belinda Jones is the author of Divas Las Vegas, I Love Capri, The California Club and the non-fiction book, On the Road to Mr Right.
Gail Jones teaches literature, cinema and cultural studies at the University of Western Australia. She is the author of Sixty Lights which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Sorry, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize and Five Bells.
James Jones (1921-1977) was born in Robinson, Illinois and enlisted in the US army in 1939, serving in the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii during Pearl Harbor and later in Guadalcanal in the Pacfic, where he was wounded in action. He is the author of many acclaimed novels, including the National Book Award-winner From Here to Eternity.
Lucy Jones is a writer and journalist based in Hampshire, England. She previously worked at NME and the Daily Telegraph, and her writing on culture, science and nature has been published in BBC Earth, BBC Wildlife, The Sunday Times, the Guardian and the New Statesman. Her first book, Foxes Unearthed, was celebrated for its 'brave, bold and honest' (Chris Packham) account of our relationship with the fox, winning the Society of Authors' Roger Deakin Award 2015.
In 1951 Oliver Graham-Jones became London Zoo's first inhouse veterinary officer and curator of mammals, and worked there for 15 years, before leaving to become a lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College. It took him seven years to write Zoo Tails.
Jones has been a newspaper reporter, television reporter and assignment editor, a journalism professor, and a magazine editor. Her children’s books include Jeremy Blew It, Great Aunt Martha, Angie and Me and The Biggest, Meanest, Ugliest Dog in the Whole Wide World.
Geraint Jones has been deployed on three tours of duty to Iraq and Afghanistan. For his actions in Iraq, Geraint earned the General Officer Commanding's Award for Gallantry. Following Afghanistan, he was selected for the Reconnaissance Platoon, the elite unit within the battalion. Upon leaving the military, Geraint worked to protect commercial shipping against Somali and Nigerian based piracy.
Colin Jones is Professor of History at the University of Warwick. He is the author of The Great Nation (Penguin) and The Cambridge Illustrated History of France.
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