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Brit M. is an erotic romance writer who lives and works in Kentucky. She has written several ménage novels as well as contributing to several erotica anthologies.
Stacia Brown holds graduate degrees in religion and historical theology from Emory University. She began writing The Glovemaker from research conducted for her dissertation on martyrs in seventeenth century England. This is her first novel.
Robert M. Edsel is the author of the non-fiction books, Rescuing Da Vinci and The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, and the new book Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis, which tells the dramatic story of the Monuments Men in Italy during the Allied invasion of World War II. Mr. Edsel is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentary film, The Rape of Europa. In addition, he is the Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a not-for-profit entity which received the National Humanities Medal, the highest honor given in the United States for work in the humanities field. Mr. Edsel has been awarded the “Texas Medal of Arts” Award; the “President’s Call to Service” Award; and the “Hope for Humanity” Award, presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum. He also serves as a Trustee at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Academy Award winner George Clooney will direct and star in a film based on Mr. Edsel's book, The Monuments Men, which is set for theatrical release in December 2013.
Lou Schuler is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, the author of popular diet and strength-training books, and a dedicated blogger. He has written and edited Men's Fitness, Men's Health, Men's Health Muscle, Men's Journal, and other magazines. Alwyn Cosgrove is co-owner, with his wife Rachel, of Results Fitness in Newhall, California. He is a professional member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine, among other organizations, and is a frequent contributor to a variety of magazines, including Men's Health and Men's Fitness. Cassandra Forsythe, M.S., is a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut, studying exercise science and nutrition. She is an expert consultant for fitness and nutrition media, including Men's Health, Fitness Rx for Her, and Fitness Rx for Him.
Sergeant George Leonard Johnson was born in Lincolnshire in 1921, the sixth child of a farm foreman. On the outbreak of the Second World War he volunteered for the RAF. After completing initial training, Johnny was sent to the USA for pilot training. Failing this course, he returned to England and became an air gunner. In July 1942, he was posted to 97 Squadron, where he became a bomb-aimer. A chance meeting introduced him to Flight Lieutenant Joe McCarthy, and they were soon flying together on a number of major raids before joining 617 Squadron. Johnny went on to complete a further 19 operations with 617 Squadron before he was posted elsewhere. He remained an instructor until the end of hostilities. Post-war he served with 100 Squadron and 120 Squadron Coastal Command. After a period in the Far East and a final tour in the UK, Johnny retired as Squadron Leader in 1962. Following the death of his wife, whom he adored for over 60 years, Johnny moved to Bristol where he is supported and much loved by an extended family of three children, eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Roger Ma is the founder of the Zombie Combat Club. He is also a Team Chief for New York City's Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), a civilian volunteer group managed by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) that assists first responders in the event of a city emergency - including zombie attack. Ma currently works as a marketing executive at a Fortune 500 financial institution. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Amin Maalouf's fiction includes Leo the African, Rock of Tanios, which won the 1993 Prix Goncourt, Samarkand and Ports of Call. He is also the author of an acclaimed scholarly work, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes, as well as the much admired essay, 'On Identity'.
SARAH J. MAAS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and the Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen; it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and her dog. Visit her online at sarahjmaas.com and follow her on Twitter at @SJMaas and on Instagram at @therealsjmaas.
JANE MAAS began her career at Ogilvy & Mather as a copywriter in 1964 and rose to become a creative director and agency officer. Ultimately, she became president of a New York agency. A Matrix Award winner and an Advertising Woman of the Year, she is best known for her direction of the "I Love New York" campaign. She is the author of Adventures of an Advertising Woman and co-author of the classic How to Advertise, which has been translated into seventeen languages.
Peter Maass is author of Love Thy Neighbour: A Story of War, based on his experiences covering the war in Bosnia. It won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Overseas Press Club Book Prize, and was a finalist for several other literary awards. He is now a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and has written for the New Yorker, the New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly and Slate, among others.
Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya, in 1940. She is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which, through networks of rural women, has planted over 30 million trees across Kenya since 1977. In 2002, she was elected to Kenya's Parliament in the first free elections in a generation, and served as Deputy Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 in recognition of her campaigns for democracy and environmental reform during the dictatorship of Daniel arap Moi. She died in 2011.
Will Mabbitt likes to write. He writes on the train, in the corner of cafés, and sometimes, when his laptop runs out of power, he writes in his head. Will has a background in children's media, producing digital content for Disney, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. He lives with his family, cats and a woodlouse infestation in Lewes on the south coast of England.
Richard Mabey is the acclaimed author of some thirty books including Gilbert White, which won the Whitbread Biography Award in 1986, Flora Britannica (1995), winner of a National Book Award, and Nature Cure (2005), which was short-listed for three major literary awards, the Whitbread, Ondaatje, and J.R. Ackerley prizes. He writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and Granta, and contributes frequently to BBC radio. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Ruadhán Mac Cormaic is the former Legal Affairs Correspondent and Paris Correspondent of the Irish Times. He is now the paper's Foreign Affairs Correspondent. The Supreme Court is his first book.
Ellen MacArthur has been named Sailor of the Year twice, crowned World Champion, named Sunday Times Person of the Year 2001 and was runner up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Ellen is from Whatstandwell in Derbyshire and lives in Cowes.
Danny MacAskill is professional street trials rider for Red Bull and Santa Cruz Bicycles. Raised in Dunvegan, a remote Scottish outpost on the Isle of Skye, he was a bike mechanic, but his passion for trials riding turned into an unlikely career when his debut video - jaw-dropping stunts played out on the streets of Edinburgh - went viral. Danny has built over 200 million YouTube hits with films including 'The Ridge' - an epic ride across the Isle of Skye's Inaccessible Pinnacle, filmed with GoPro. He has been nominated for Action Sportsperson of the Year at the Laureus World Sports Awards and the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Award.
Patricia MacCarthy is a children's book and greetings card illustrator. She lives by the sea and downlands in Sussex with her husband John Avon, who is a fantasy artist, and her two young sons, Laurie and James. Patricia graduated from Brighton Art College in 1980 with a BA in Graphic Design and since then she has created many children's books and hundreds of cards. She uses a remarkably wide range of materials for her artwork from batik on silk, watercolours and acrylics to collage as well as other mediums. Patricia has collaborated with New Zealand author Margaret Mahy on five picture books, one of which, 17 Kings and 42 Elephants won the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year. The Dewdrop Fairies series are Patricia's first books with RHCB.
Diarmaid MacCulloch is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. His Thomas Cranmer (1996) won the Whitbread Biography Prize, the James Tait Black Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize; Reformation: Europe's House Divided 1490-1700 (2004) won the Wolfson Prize and the British Academy Prize. A History of Christianity (2010), which was adapted into a six-part BBC television series, was awarded the Cundill and Hessel-Tiltman Prizes. His Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh were published in 2013 as Silence: A Christian History. His most recent television series (2015) was Sex and the Church. He was knighted in 2012.
George MacDonald (1824-1905) was born in Scotland and moved to London after studying science at Aberdeen University. He became a part of the literary scene of the times and wrote poetry and novels for adults, turning quite late in life to writing fiction for children, inspired by his large family. At the Back of the North Wind was published in 1871, a fantasy masterpiece which had first been serialized in a magazine. The two following years saw the publication of his other two much-loved novels for children, The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and the Curdie.
Betty MacDonald was born Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard in Boulder, Colorado, in 1908. The daughter of an engineer, she spent her early years in the mining towns of Idaho, Montana and Mexico. When she was nine, her father took the family - his wife and five children - to Seattle, where Betty lived until shortly after her marriage. Among her books for children are Nancy and Plum, first published in 1952, and the popular American classic series Mrs Piggle-Wiggle.
My name is Kyle MacDonald. I'm from Belcarra, British Columbia, Canada. I like to do things. Doing things is the best. I've planted more than one hundred thousand trees, delivered more than one thousand pizzas, but eaten only one scorpion. I've also traded one red paperclip for a house only once.
Ian MacDonald was born in 1948. A writer with many interests, he was Assistant Editor of the New Musical Express during 1972-5. He has also worked as a songwriter and record producer, and is the author of The New Shostakovich, The People's Music and The Beatles at No. 1.He died in 2003.
Sarah Macdonald is a journalist and radio broadcaster who lives in Sydney with her husband, ABC journalist Jonathan Harley, and their baby daughter Georgina. HOLY COW! is her first book.
Lyn Macdonald has established an unrivalled reputation as a historian of the First World War. Her books include: SOMME: THEY CALLED IT PASSCHENDAELE, 1914 and 1915. She lives in London.
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