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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.
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).
R.D. Laing, one of the best-known psychiatrists of modern times, was born in Glasgow in 1927 and graduated from Glasgow University as a doctor of medicine. In the 1960's he developed the argument that there may be a benefit in allowing acute mental and emotional turmoil in depth to go on and have its way, and that the outcome of such turmoil could have a positive value. He was the first to put such a stand to the test by establishing, with others, residences where persons could live and be free to let happen what will when the acute psychosis is given free rein, or where, at the very least, they receive no treatment they do not want. This work with the Philadelphia Association since 1964, together with his focus on disturbed and disturbing types of interaction in institutions, groups and families, has been both influential and continually controversial. R.D. Laing's writings range from books on social theory to verse, as well as numerous articles and reviews in scientific journals and the popular press. His publications are: The Divided Self, Self and Others, Interpersonal Perception (with H. Phillipson and A. Robin Lee), Reason and Violence (introduced by Jean-Paul Sartre), Sanity, Madness and the Family (with A. Esterson), The Politics of Experience and The Bird of Paradise, Knots, The Politics of the Family, The Facts of Life, Do You Love Me?, Conversations with Children, Sonnets, The Voice of Experience and Wisdom, Madness and Folly. R.D. Laing died in 1989. Anthony Clare, writing in the Guardian, said of him: "His major achievement was that he dragged the isolated and neglected inner world of the severely psychotic individual out of the back ward of the large gloomy mental hospital and on to the front pages of influential newspapers, journals and literary magazines... Everyone in contemporary psychiatry owes something to R.D. Laing."
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.
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.
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. 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 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.
Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. His tireless efforts on behalf of human rights and world peace have brought him international recognition. He is the recipient of the Wallenberg Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, and a Nobel Peace Prize. Victor Chan is a trustee and founding director of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. Chan has known the Dalai Lama for more than thirty years and coauthored with him The Wisdom of Forgiveness. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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 Sofia Stril-Rever (Author) Sofia Stril-Rever has co-authored four books with The Dalai Lama (including his Spiritual Autobiography, translated into some twenty languages). Together with the Paris Bar, she has initiated the 'Law and Consciousness' study group to address the environmental challenges according to the idea of universal responsibility, a concept promoted by the Dalai Lama as the key to human survival in the 21st century. http://www.lawandconsciousness.org
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!
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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