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Robert Löhr was born in Berlin, and grew up there and in Bremen and Santa Barbara, California. He trained as a journalist at the Berlin School of Journalism, then worked for Sat. 1 news and for the Berlin daily papers Der Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung and Taz. He then trained as a screenwriter at the German Film and Television Academy and after many years writing screenplays and plays, Robert Löhr decided to try his hand at a novel. The Secrets of the Chess Machine is his first.
Ladislaus Löb is Emeritus Professor of German at the University of Sussex. He was born in Transylvania and spent five months in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp aged eleven. He grew up in Switzerland where he worked as a journalist and teacher before moving to an academic job in Brighton. He has published widely on German and English literature. His translations include Nine Suitcases by Béla Zsolt, Battle for Budapest by Kriszti'an Ungváry and Sex and Character by Otto Weininger.
Claude Levi-Strauss was born in 1908 and died in 2009. He is the founder of modern anthropology and taught in France, Brazil and at the New School in New York before being appointed to the Chair of Social Anthropology at the College de France in 1959. His other boks include Structural Anthropology, Totemism and The Savage Mind.
Nelli is an engineer, entrepreneur and musician who previously worked in sales.
Ben Lyttleton is a European football writer and broadcaster whose work has been syndicated in more than twenty countries. He is also a director of Soccernomics, the football consultancy.
Celia Lyttelton is an artist and journalist. She has written numerous articles for magazines such as Vogue, Tatler, Vanity Fair, World of Interiors, The Sunday Times and Harpers & Queen. Her career as a writer has enabled her to travel all over the world - and her experiences resulted in the idea behind The Scent Trail.
I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1972. The original and much-loved chairman was Hymphrey Lyttelton, who continued in the role until his death in 2008.The original regular members of the panel were Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden and (until his death in 1996) Willie Rushton. Following Humph's death, the programme returned in 2009 with a rosta of chairmen, current of whom is the now regular Jack Dee.
Jørn Lyseggen is the Founder & CEO of Meltwater. A Norwegian entrepreneur and philanthropist, his previous ventures included 2 exits and an IPO. He founded Meltwater in Oslo, Norway in 2001 with an investment of just $15,000. Built on the notion of Outside Insight, Meltwater is now a global leader in B2B online media intelligence, with over 55 offices across six continents. He founded the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a training program, seed fund and incubator for African entrepreneurs, in 2008, and launched Shack15, a data science hub in London, in 2016. Jorn has been featured on CNN, TechCrunch, TedX and more.
Steve Lyons has written nearly twenty novels, several audio dramas and many short stories, starring characters from the X-Men and Spider-Man to the Tomorrow People and Sapphire & Steel. He has also co-written a number of books about TV shows, including Cunning: The Blackadder Programme Guide and the bestselling Red Dwarf Programme Guide. His previous Doctor Who work includes the novels Conundrum, The Witch Hunters and The Crooked World, audio dramas The Fires of Vulcan and Colditz, and work for the official Doctor Who Magazine. He lives in Salford, near Manchester.
Tom Lyons is a business correspondent for the Sunday Times. Brian Carey is the paper's business editor.
Malcolm Lyons is a world renowned specialist in his field of classical Arabic poetry and is the senior fellow at Pembroke College, Cambridge, having been a fellow there since 1956. His published works include a biography of Saladin, The Arabian Epic, Identification and Identity in Classical Arabian Poetry, a translation of The Arabian Nights, and articles on Arabic literature. His wife specialises in Modern Arabic literature, and has been an Emertius fellow at Lady Cavendish Hall, Cambridge since 1976. Robert Irwin is the author of For Lust of Knowing, The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion and numerous other specialised studies of Middle Eastern politics, art and mysticism. His novels include The Limits of Vision, The Arabian Nightmare The Mysteries of Algiers and Satan Wants Me.
Liz Lyons is a graduate in English and History of Trinity College, Dublin. After graduation she spent ten years working in the Irish book trade as a bookshop manager. Barefoot Over Stones is her first novel. Born in Cork in 1970, she lives in Co. Meath with her husband, son and two daughters.
Award-winning author Jennifer Lyon always wanted to be a witch. Since her witch-powers never materialized, she moved to plan B and now creates magic in her books. She has written several mystery series, and now lives with her husband and three sons in Southern California, where the horrendous traffic affords her plenty of time to dream up stories. She is the author of four titles so far in the Wing Slayer series: Blood Magic, Soul Magic, Night Magic and Sinful Magic. Find out more about Jennifer and her books at www.jenniferlyonbooks.com
Nina Lyon grew up in London, was educated at UCL, and spent her formative years going to lots of raves and thinking too much about them. She has worked in a therapeutic community, has helped run a philosophy festival and lives up a hill near Hay-on-Wye with her two children. She is a PhD student at Cardiff University and writes about nonsense and metaphysics.
Gillian Lynne is a British ballerina, dancer, actor, theatre director, television director and choreographer, best known for her iconic choreography of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. She was born in Bromley, Kent, in 1926. At the age of ten she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dancing, after which she joined the Cone Ripman School before being selected to join Molly Lake’s Ballet Guild and Ninette de Valois’s Sadler’s Wells. As part of what would soon become the Royal Ballet, she was renowned for her portrayal of the Black Queen in de Valois’s Checkmate, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle, the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty and in roles created for her by Frederick Ashton and Robert Helpmann. Her film, television and stage credits include many long-running West End and Broadway shows, productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English National Opera and The Muppets. She continues to produce television, film and stage productions and lives in London. A Dancer in Wartime was shortlisted for the Society for Theatre Research’s Theatre Book Prize.
Dame Vera Lynn was born Vera Margaret Welch on 20 March 1917 and adopted the stage name of Vera Lynn at the age of eleven. She was already an established singer by the time the war broke out in 1939, but during the Second World War had enormous success with songs like 'We'll Meet Again', 'The White Cliffs of Dover' and 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square'. She continued to have a successful career after the war, hosted her own variety TV series on BBC1 in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was a guest on a number of other shows including the Morecambe & Wise Christmas Show in 1972. She also became involved in many different charities. She became a Dame in 1975 and was awarded the Burma Star in 1985. In 2009 she published an autobiography, Some Sunny Day, which became a number-one bestseller in hardback. In 2016 she was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to entertainment and charity. Virginia Lewis-Jones is Dame Vera Lynn’s daughter. She was born in 1946 and for a time accompanied her mother on tour as her dresser. She has had many careers including working in a fashion house, working for Warner Bros Records in California and as a researcher at the BBC. She was at the BBC for many years and worked on various shows including Parkinson, Crackerjack and the royal concerts. She later trained as a complementary therapist in reflexology and holistic massage with aromatherapy, and has her own complementary therapy business alongside running her mother’s music company. She is also the vice-president of the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity. She lives in Ditchling, East Sussex with her husband Tom, who is a retired RAF pilot, and her mother.
Antony Jay (Author) Antony Jay is a British writer, broadcaster and director. He joined the BBC in 1955 and worked in the television current affairs and Talks departments. In 1980 he co-created Yes Minister with Jonathan Lynn, and the pair went on to write two series of the sitcom, followed by two series of Yes Prime Minister and a successful stage adaptation. Jonathan Lynn (Author) Jonathan Lynn is a British writer, film director and actor. At Cambridge he joined the Footlights Club and went on to become an actor, appearing in the West End and in TV sitcoms including Doctor In The House and The Liver Birds. Among his directing credits are the films Nuns on the Run, My Cousin Vinny, Sgt Bilko and Clue.
Lisa Lynch was a journalist and magazine editor. At the age of 28, while editing her second interiors title, Lisa discovered a lump in her breast - a lump that spawned not just cancer, but a blog (www.alrighttit.com), this book and a writing career. Lisa died in 2013. Follow the blog at www.alrighttit.com www.lisalynch.co.uk
'Every year I bury a couple hundred of my townspeople.' So opens the singular testimony of the American poet, Thomas Lynch. Like all poets, inspired by death, Lynch is, unlike others, also hired to bury the dead or cremate them to tend to their families in a small Michigan town where he serves as the funeral director. In the conduct of these duties he has kept his eyes open, his ears tuned to the indispensable vernaculars of love and grief. In these twelve essays is the voice of the both witness and functionary. Lynch stands between 'the living and the living who have died' with the same outrage and amazement, straining for the same glimpse we all get of what mortality means to a vital species. These are essays of rare elegance and grace, full of fierce compassion and rich in humour and humanity - lessons taught to the living by the dead. Thomas Lynch is the author of Grimalkin & Other Poems (1994). His poems and essays have appeared in the London Review of Books and The New Yorker.
Born in 1898, E P F Lynch served in France with the First Australian Imperial Force from 1916-19. On his return to Australia he became a teacher, but in 1939 joined the militia before transferring to the regular army where he was Officer Commanding the NSW jungle training school. After the war, he returned to teaching. He died in 1980. Will Davies is a film-maker and military historian. He lives in Sydney.
Declan Lynch lives in Wicklow and is a columnist at the Sunday Independent. Previous publications include the acclaimed novel The Rooms and The Book of Poor Ould Fellas, with Arthur Mathews.
Michael Lynch is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. His research interests are in modern European and Chinese history and his recent publications include: Mao (2004), Modern China (2006), Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1894-1941 (2008), and Nazi Germany (2012).
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