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Charles Lamb and his sister, Mary, were born in London in 1775 and 1764 respectively. Their father was a clerk and Charles, prevented from holding a university post by his terrible stammer, was also a clerk all his working life. With Mary he collaborated on Tales from Shakespeare. Brother and sister both suffered from insanity and Charles took lifelong care of Mary. She died in 1847, fourteen years after Charles.
While studying Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights at Oxford University, Victoria Lamb had a desire to write a series of novels about Shakespeare’s ‘Dark Lady’. Now a busy mother of five, she has finally achieved that ambition. Along the way, she has published five books of poetry under the name Jane Holland and edited the arts journal Horizon Review. She is also the author of a series of Tudor novels for teens. Victoria lives in a three-hundred-year old farmhouse on the fringe of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, with her husband and young family. She is currently working on her third novel featuring Lucy Morgan. You can follow Victoria Lamb on Twitter @VictoriaLamb1.
Charles Lamb (1775-1834) was an English essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced along with his sister, Mary Lamb.
Suzanne Lambert is an author from Newcastle. Her first book, Christmas at the Ragdoll Orphanage, was the winner of Penguin and Take a Break magazine's life story competition.
Daphne Lambert is a nutritionist who has cooked, studied and written about food for all of her adult life. She was the chef and co-owner of an award-winning organic restaurant for 25 years and has run a nutrition consultancy for over 20 years. Daphne's purpose is to create a way of eating that re-vitalises both our health and that of planet Earth. In 2006 Daphne and Miche Fabre Lewin created Soil Sisters to bring alive the connections between food, soil, body and mind, and in 2007 they set up Gastrodome at The Guardian Hay Festival. She is also a founding member of Greencuisine Trust, an educational charity which facilitates innovative garden and kitchen-based programmes. She is the co-author of the award-winning The Organic Baby & Toddler Cookbook and of Little Red Gooseberries, a collection of recipes from her organic restaurant. She regularly contributes recipes and articles to books and magazines.
Anthony Lambert's passion for trains began when he was a boy. He now writes and edits for many leading organizations, including the National Trust, Chiltern Railways, Virgin Trains and Metronet. He has won awards for his travel features and regularly lectures on railways of the world, including at the Royal Geographical Society. He was consultant to the partwork, The World of Trains, and contributed to Time Out's Great Train Journeys of the World. He lives with his family in west London.
The late Derek Lambert was the author of several successful novels. His career as a journalist took him on many adventures around the world, from being shot at in Israel to journeying up the Himalayas in a jeep. He eventually settled in Alicante, Spain, with his wife and son.
Katherine Lambert has worked as a magazine editor and then a book editor and producer. Currently managing editor of the annual Good Gardens Guide, she also worked with Peter King on Scott's Last Journey.Journalist Peter King's 35 books include Scott's Last Journey and an edition of Shackleton's South (Pimlico).
Angela Lambert is a writer whose previous publications include The Constant Mistress, Love Amongst the Single Classes, A Rather English Marriage, Unquiet Souls: Indian Summer of the British Aristocracy, Golden Lads and Girls and The Property of Rain. She also writes for newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Telegraph and the Independent.
George Lamming is a Barbados-born novelist, essayist, and poet. Currently Honorary Professor at the Errol Barrow Centre for the Creative Imagination at the University of the West Indies, Lamming has taught at universities around the world, including posts of Distinguished Visiting Professor at Duke University and Visiting Professor at Brown University. His books include The Emigrants (1954), Of Age and Innocence (1958), and The Pleasures of Exile (1960).
Margo Lanagan's novels and short story collections have excited readers the world over, and won many prizes, including four World Fantasy Awards - for 'Singing My Sister Down' (Best Short Fiction, 2005), Black Juice (Best Collection, 2005), Tender Morsels (Best Novel, 2009), and Sea-Hearts (Best Novella, 2010). She lives in Sydney, Australia.
John Lanchester is a journalist, novelist and winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award. He is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and the New Yorker, with a monthly column in Esquire. John was raised in South-East Asia and now lives in London.
After graduating from university with a degree in mental health, Ali Land spent a decade working as a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nurse in hospitals and schools in the UK and Australia. Ali is now a full-time writer and lives in London. Good Me Bad Me has been translated into over twenty languages. Follow Ali on Twitter and Instagram @byAliLand
Bill Landay is a prosecutor for the Boston DA's office. Mission Flats is his first novel.
Nicholas Lander is an acclaimed food industry veteran who has worked as a restaurant critic, commodity trader and a restaurateur. For the past 25 years he has reviewed restaurants and menus from around the world for his weekly restaurant column in the Financial Times. He wrote, priced and edited the menus at L’Escargot in London, where he was among the first to write menus in English and to change the menus according to the seasons. His first book, The Art of the Restaurateur (Phaidon 2012), profiled 20 of the world’s best restaurateurs and was named a Book of The Year by The Economist.
David Landes is Professor Emeritus of History and Economics at Harvard University. He is the author of the bestselling The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize.
Mark Landler is White House correspondent for The New York Times and has also been the newspaper’s diplomatic correspondent and foreign correspondent. He has reported for the New York Times from 67 countries on six continents, from Afghanistan to Yemen. Before moving to Washington in 2008, Mark has served as European economic correspondent in Frankfurt, and as Hong Kong bureau chief. He won an Overseas Press Club award in 2007.
Lorna Landvik is an actor and comedian who has written and produced plays in which she also performs. She is the bestselling author of Patty Jane's House of Curl, Your Oasis on Flame Lake, The Tall Pine Polka, Welcome to the Great Mysterious, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons and Oh My Stars. She is married and the mother of two daughters.
Susan Cooper (Author) Susan Cooper is a world-renowned author of children's books. Born and brought up in England, she worked as a journalist before moving to America, where she now lives. Her classic The Dark Is Rising sequence has won the Newbery Medal and was twice shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Her Boggart titles have won the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book Award and been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Smarties Prize. King of Shadows was also shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. As well as writing novels, Susan Cooper has written for the theatre and for television. Her website is at www.thelostland.com and her Facebook is at www.facebook.com/SusanCooperFanPage. Joseph Delaney (Author) Joseph Delaney used to be an English teacher, before becoming the best-selling author of the Spook's series, which has been published in 24 countries. The first book, The Spook's Apprentice, was turned into a major motion picture in 2015. Berlie Doherty (Author) Berlie Doherty began writing for children in 1983, after teaching and working in radio. She has written more than 35 books for children, as well as for the theatre, radio and television. Berlie has won the Carnegie Medal twice: in 1987 for GRANNY WAS A BUFFER GIRL and in 1992 for DEAR NOBODY. She has also won the Writer's Guild Children's Fiction Award for DAUGHTER OF THE SEA. Her work is published all over the world, and many of her books have been televised. Jamila Gavin (Author) Jamila’s first book, The Magic Orange Tree, was published in 1979 and she has since been writing steadily, producing critically acclaimed novels and collections of short stories. She has been shortlisted for many of the major children’s book awards, including the Smarties Award and the Guardian Award. Coram Boy won the Children’s Whitbread Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, before being adapted for the stage. The Wheel of Surya, part one of the Surya trilogy, was runner up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, and the other two titles were also shortlisted. Matt Haig (Author) Matt Haig's first novel for young readers, Shadow Forest, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Gold Smarties Award. He is also the author of various adult novels, including the bestsellers The Last Family in England, The Radleys and The Humans. Reviewers have called his writing 'totally engrossing', 'touching, quirky and macabre' and 'so surprising and strange that it vaults into a realm all of its own'. His books have been translated into 25 languages. He lives in York. Eleanor Updale (Author) Eleanor Updale has been writing books since the turn of the century. Before that she worked in radio and television: mainly on news programmes including The World at One and Newsnight. Eleanor's 'Montmorency' series has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and Johnny Swanson was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards and won the Fantastic Book Award. You can find out more at www.eleanorupdale.com
Naomi Alderman (Author) Naomi Alderman is the author of four novels. In 2006 she won the Orange Award for New Writers and in 2007 she was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, as well as being selected as one of Waterstones' 25 Writers for the Future. All of her novels have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. In 2013 she was selected for the prestigious Granta Best of Young British Writers. She lives in London. Malorie Blackman (Author) Malorie Blackman has written over seventy books for children and young adults, including the Noughts & Crosses series, Thief and a science-fiction thriller, Chasing the Stars. Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-award-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a Pilot Theatre stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses. There is also a major BBC production of Noughts & Crosses, with Roc Nation (Jay-Z's entertainment company) curating the soundtrack as executive music producer. In 2005 Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children's books. In 2008 she received an OBE for her services to children's literature, and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children's Laureate. Most recently Malorie wrote for the Doctor Who series on BBC One, and the fifth novel in her Noughts & Crosses series, Crossfire, was published by Penguin Random House Children's in summer 2019. Neil Gaiman (Author) Neil Gaiman is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. Charlie Higson (Author) Charlie Higson started writing when he was ten years old. After university he was a singer and painter and decorator before he started writing for television. He went on to create and star in the hugely successful comedy series The Fast Show. He is the author of the bestselling Young Bond books the incredibly successful horror series, The Enemy. Charlie doesn't do Facebook, but you can tweet him @monstroso. Alex Scarrow (Author) Alex Scarrow used to be a rock guitarist, then he became a graphic artist, then he decided to be a computer games designer. Finally, he grew up and became an author. He has written a number of successful thrillers and several screenplays, but it's YA fiction that has allowed him to really have fun with the ideas and concepts he was playing around with designing games. Alex lives in Norwich. Richelle Mead (Author) Richelle Mead is the bestselling author of the Vampire Academy, Bloodlines and Age of X series. Her love of fantasy and science-fiction began at an early age when her father read her Greek mythology and her brothers made her watch Flash Gordon. She went on to study folklore and religion at the University of Michigan, and, when not writing, Richelle spends her time drinking lots of coffee, keeping up with reality TV, and collecting 1980s T-shirts. Richelle lives with her family in Seattle in the USA. www.richellemead.com Eoin Colfer (Author) Eoin Colfer is the megaselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Airman, The Legend of . . . books and, most recently, the WARP series. He lives with his family in Ireland. www.eoincolfer.com
Lizzie Lane was born and brought up in one of the toughest areas of Bristol, as the eldest of three siblings. Her mother, who had endured both the depression and war years, was a natural born storyteller, and it's from her telling of actual experiences of the tumultuous first half of the twentieth century that Lizzie gets her inspiration. Lizzie now lives in Bath, preferring to lead a simple life where she can write without interruption.
Andy Lane has written many well-reviewed novels based on various TV series (including Doctor Who). In addition, he has written non-fiction books on various aspects of film and television, original short stories for various magazines and anthologies and a TV script for Sky One. As Andrew Lane, he is the author of the bestselling Young Sherlock Holmes novels and Lost Worlds, inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle's novel The Lost World.
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