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Mur Lafferty is a writer, podcast producer, gamer, geek, and martial artist. She is the host of the award-winning podcast I Should Be Writing and the Angry Robot Book podcast. She is the winner of the 2013 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She loves to run, practice kung fu (Northern Shaolin Five Animals Style), play Skyrim and Fallout 3, and hang out with her fabulously geeky husband and their eleven-year-old daughter.
Born in Barcelona in 1921, Carmen Laforet spent her childhood in Las Palmas until, like the heroine of her novel, she returned to her native city to attend university. Her first novel Nada (Nothing) was published in 1945. She died in Madrid in 2004.
Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940) was a teacher in a girls' secondary school before she became a full-time writer. She is known around the world for her classic children's book The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson and she was the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in 1909.
Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia for In altre parole.
Born in 1927, R.D. Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist whose groundbreaking writing focused on mental illness. His work was particularly centred on the causes, treatment and experience of psychosis. He died in 1989.
Kojo Laing was born on the Gold Coast, Ghana, in 1946, studied in Glasgow, Scotland, in the 1960s, before returning to Accra, where he would spend the rest of his life as a novelist, poet and educator. A writer of soaring originality and pioneer of Afrofuturism, his Search Sweet Country (1986) won numerous awards, vast critical acclaim, and has been praised as 'the finest novel written in English ever to come out of the African continent' (Binyavanga Wainaina).
Alex Laird is a medical herbalist with more than 20 years' experience. Trained in biomedicine and plant pharmacology, she treats patients in the only NHS herbal clinic based in a UK hospital at Whipps Cross. Alex is a visiting lecturer, and has published numerous research papers, and is the co-founder of the charity Living Medicine.
An English author of historical fiction for young people, Christa Laird has been consistently praised for writing moving, thought-provoking works that successfully blend real facts, people, and events with invented characters and situations. Recognized for her thorough research, Laird is noted for including an abundance of accurate information about the periods she depicts as well as prefaces and postscripts that provide further resources.
Nick Laird was born in 1975 in Co. Tyrone, and studied English at the University of Cambridge, where he won the Quiller-Couch Award for creative writing. His debut collection, To a Fault (2005), won the Aldeburgh Poetry Prize; his second, On Purpose (2007), the Somerset Maugham Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. He is the author of two novels and lives between New York and London.
Canteen was established in 2005 by schoolfriends Cass Titcombe and Patrick Clayton-Malone. They teamed up with Dominic Lake to open their first restaurant in Spitalfields, London. Their aim was to offer great British food at reasonable prices in a modern, well-designed and democratic environment. Canteen now has branches at the Royal Festival Hall, Baker Street and Canary Wharf.
Paul Lake was born in Manchester in October 1968. He signed schoolboy forms for Manchester City FC in 1983, and made his senior debut against Wimbledon four years later. Capped several times at England under-21 level, he was selected for Bobby Robson's Italia '90 training squad. Later that year, and shortly after being handed the City captaincy, Paul suffered a serious knee injury. In 1995, following countless operations and a long spell of rehabilitation, he was forced to retire from the game. He went on to qualify as a sports physiotherapist, working for a number of football clubs in the north west. In March 2010 he was appointed Ambassador for Manchester City in the Community.
Paul Rose, the expedition leader and co-presenter of the BBC television series, Oceans, is a polar guide, professional diver, mountaineer, engineer and yacht skipper. He was the base commander of the British Antarctic Survey, and was awarded both the Queen's Polar Medal and the US Polar Medal. Paul ran the US Navy's diver training programme at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center and trained emergency response dive teams, including the police, fire department and underwater recovery teams. He has presented several other television series, including Voyages of Discovery, Climate Change and Take One Museum. Anne Laking has worked in science programming at the BBC for 20 years and has been an executive producer in science programming for eight years. Her factual and science programmes have won a number of awards including a BAFTA, several Royal Television Society awards and two Beijing Golden Dragon awards. Anne was the executive producer of the award-winning Horizon: The Mystery of the Persian Mummy and Alternative Medicine for BBC2, as well as the landmark BBC4 science series Time, Light Fantastic, and Visions. She is the executive producer of Oceans.
Ellie Laks founded The Gentle Barn in Tarzana in 1999; it was a dream of hers since she was 7 years old. Animals were always very healing and nurturing to her as she faced the challenges of growing up, finding herself, fitting in, feeling understood. She majored in special education and psychology, and with her special love of animals and children, The Gentle Barn was a perfect way of putting all her talents and passions into one.
Lalalimola is the pseudonym of Valencia-born illustrator Sandra Navarro. After 5 years in the world of advertising and graphic design, she decided to focus her work on a long-standing passion: illustration. She has been featured in the Fifth Ibero-American Illustrator Catalogue and her work was selected for the Illustrators Exhibition at the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
Moroccan born Laila Lalami is known internationally for her blog, www.moorishgirl.com, and is author of the acclaimed short story collection Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits. Shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing and recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts grant and Fulbright Fellowship, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.
Estée Lalonde is one of the stand-out voices of the digital generation. A beauty-and-lifestyle vlogger and social influencer, she has attracted a global audience of millions across her YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat platforms and is known for her friendly, honest and relatable personality. Estée Lalonde won InStyle UK’s Best Beauty Reviewer Award in 2015 and has partnered up with a number of key global brands, from Burberry and The Body Shop to the United Nations for their Global Goals campaign. From a small town in Canada, Estée has lived in the UK for nearly a decade with her boyfriend Aslan and dog Reggie. Both feature across her channels and are also adored by her fans. www.esteelalonde.com @EsteeLalonde www.youtube.com/esteelalonde
Nikita Lalwani was born in Rajasthan and raised in Cardiff. She has written two novels previously, Gifted and The Village. Her first novel Gifted was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and won the Desmond Elliott Prize. She was also nominated for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. She lives in London.
Stephanie Lam was born and raised in London. She now lives in Brighton, close to the sea. The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House is her first novel.
The Dalai Lama (Author) The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet. From 1959, Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, has lived in exile in Dharamsala, in the north of India, since the invasion of Tibet by China. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. www.dalailama.com Kailash Satyarthi (Author) Kailash Satyarthi is a global campaigner for children’s rights. He won the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with Malala Yousafzai in 2014. He and the grassroot movement founded by him, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement), have liberated more than 84,000 children from slavery. His 2018 award-winning film in partnership with YouTube ‘The Price of Free’ has been viewed over 7 million times. Satyarthi regularly speaks all over the world and has addressed the United Nations' General Assembly, International Labour Conference, UN Human Rights Commission, UNESCO and several Parliamentary Hearings and Committees in the US, Germany, UK, Italy, Brazil, Panama, Nepal, Spain, Chile to name a few.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet. Today, he lives in exile in Northern India and works tirelessly on behalf of the Tibetan people, as well as travelling the world to give spiritual teachings to sell-out audiences. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Sophia Stril-Rever is a Buddhist scholar and translator. She lives in France.
Over the years Paolo Lamanna has worked as a designer, colourist and illustrator and his works include the graphic novel adaptations of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. He loves special effects, movies, comics and video games, sci-fi, fantasy, robots and lens flares!
Christina Lamb is an award-winning journalist who, since graduating from Oxford twelve years ago, has lived overseas as a correspondent for the Financial Times in Pakistan and Brazil, a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and correspondent for the Sunday Times in South Africa. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, she is an inveterate traveller. Her previous book, Waiting for Allah: Pakistan's Struggle for Democracy, was published by Hamish Hamilton and Penguin. She is currently Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Times and lives with her husband and young son in London and Portugal.
Wally Lamb is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels: She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, Wishin’ and Hopin’ and We Are Water. He has twice been selected for Oprah’s Book Club. Lamb also edited I’ll Fly Away and Couldn’t Keep It to Myself, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past sixteen years. He lives in New York and Connecticut.
Harriet Lamb is Chief Executive of Fairtrade International, the umbrella body for Fairtrade across the world. From 2001–12 she was Chief Executive Officer of the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK and before this was Banana Co-ordinator for Fairtrade globally. Harriet has lived and travelled widely in the developing world, including working with farmers and landless labour co-operatives in India. Her awards include a CBE for her contribution to Fairtrade and in 2013 she became the first female Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge University.
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