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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.
John D. MacDonald was an American novelist and short-story writer. His works include the highly influential and iconic Travis McGee series and the novel The Executioners, which was adapted into the film Cape Fear. In 1972, MacDonald was given The Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America; in 1980, he won a National Book Award for the Travis McGee title The Green Ripper. In print, he delighted in smashing the bad guys, deflating the pompous, and exposing the venal. In life, he was a truly empathic man; his friends, family, and colleagues found him to be loyal, generous, and practical. In business, he was fastidiously ethical. About being a writer, he once expressed with gleeful astonishment, 'They pay me to do this! They don’t realize, I would pay them.' He spent the later part of his life in Florida with his wife and son, and died in 1986.
Ann-Marie MacDonald is a writer and actress. Fall on Your Knees won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. Her play Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) won Canada's Governor General's Award and has had more than fifty productions world-wide. Other works for the theatre include The Arab's Mouth and the libretto for the internationally acclaimed chamber opera, Nigredo Hotel. She has acted in many plays, television dramas and feature films, including Where the Spirit Lives and I've Heard the Mermaids Singing. She lives in Toronto
George MacDonald Fraser was born in Carlisle in 1925. He fought in Burma during World War II and took up a career in journalism on his return, spending many years with the Glasgow Herald. The success of the Flashman novels enabled him to devote his time to fiction. He died in 2008. INTRODUCER BIOGRAPHY: Michael Dirda is a book critic on the Washington Post.
Colin MacFarlane has written for a number of national newspapers, including Scotland on Sunday, the Sunday Times and The Sun. He is the author of The Real Gorbals Story and No Mean Glasgow.
Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. Her subjects have included John Ashbery, Barack Obama and Noam Chomsky, among many others. Before joining the magazine, she was a senior editor at Lingua Franca and an advisory editor at The Paris Review. She lives in New York.
Neil MacGregor was Director of the National Gallery, London from 1987 to 2002 and of the British Museum from 2002 to 2015, and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin from 2015 to 2018. His previous books include A History of the World in 100 Objects, Shakespeare's Restless World and Germany: Memories of a Nation, all available in Penguin and now between them translated into more than a dozen languages. In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of Merit, the UK's highest civil honour. In 2015 he was awarded the Goethe Medal and the German National Prize. In 2018 the radio series Living with the Gods received the Sandford Saint Martin Award for Religious Broadcasting.
Christopher MacGregor (Author) When Army Officer Christopher MacGregor returned from Iraq in 2007, he began writing to help not only his own two children, but the children of others. Having commanded over 100 soldiers (with over 50 children between them) he noticed the beneficial effect of saying proper goodbyes and preparing families for Daddy’s absence - his first book, My Daddy’s Going Away is the heartwarming, helpful, and comforting response. Emma Yarlett (Illustrator) Emma Yarlett likes to paint, draw, collage, design, write, doodle, construct, invent, splatter and sketch. In 2011 she graduated with first class honours in Illustration from University College Falmouth and began her career as a illustrator and author.
Gerry Docherty is a former headteacher and author of several historic plays. His most recent, Lie Of the Land, told the story of two cousins from the same small village in Scotland who won the Victoria Cross at the Battle of Loos in 1915. Jim Macgregor is a former GP. He was raised in a cottage in the grounds of Erskine Hospital for the War Disabled, and as a result developed a life-long interest in the origins of war.
Iain MacGregor has ridden a bike since the age of three and can fully recall every major accident he's suffered, even the one that knocked him out cold. Has worked in publishing for twenty years with some of the biggest names in sport and sports journalism.
Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including Agent Zigzag, Operation Mincemeat and A Spy Among Friends. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times, and has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.
Linden MacIntyre is one of Canada's most distinguished broadcast journalists. He has been involved in the production of documentaries and stories from all over the world. He is the author of four previous books, including his first novel, The Long Stretch, and a childhood memoir, Causeway, both of which were critically acclaimed; the latter won The Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction in 2007. His most recent novel, The Bishop's Man, was awarded the 2009 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and two Libris Awards. It was also longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Prize. MacIntyre was born in St Lawrence, Newfoundland, and grew up in Port Hastings, Cape Breton. He now lives in Toronto.
Shelley now lives in Birmingham with her grandmother Eileen, author of Borstal Girl, and her beautiful daughter Alyssia.
Ian MacKenzie graduated from Harvard in 2004. He lives in Brooklyn.
Aggie MacKenzie has worked on a number of national magazines, and was associate editor in charge of the Good Housekeeping Institute. Her current work covers variety of areas; aside from co-presenting How Clean is Your House?, she writes a column for The Times, frequently partakes in advertising campaigns and has appeared on many different programmes including Market Kitchen, The One Show and Dancing On Ice. Aggie is married, has two sons and lives in north London.When Aggie's not working, cleaning or tending to her allotment she loves to cook.
Ross MacKenzie has been writing stories since he was seven years old, when he created an illustrated short story about a hungry crocodile named Crunchy Colin in a smuggled school jotter. His novel The Nowhere Emporium won the Blue Peter Best Story Award and the Scottish Children’s Book Award. He now splits his time between writing, his day job as a graphic designer and his wife, daughters and cocker spaniel, with whom he lives near Glasgow.
Dr James MacKillop is an eminent scholar of Celtic history and culture, having been Visiting Fellow in Celtic Languages at Harvard University, Professor of English at the State University of New York, Visiting Professor at the Université de Rennes and President of the American Conference for Irish Studies. His many publications include the Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (1998), Fionn mac Cumhaill (1986) and Irish Literature: A Reader (1987, 2005). He is based in Syracuse, New York. Dr James MacKillop is an eminent scholar of Celtic history and culture, having been Visiting Fellow in Celtic Languages at Harvard University, Professor of English at the State University of New York, Visiting Professor at the Université de Rennes and President of the American Conference for Irish Studies. His many publications include the Dictionary of Celtic Mythology (1998), Fionn mac Cumhaill (1986) and Irish Literature: A Reader (1987, 2005). He is based in Syracuse, New York.
Kate MacLachlan grew up in Belfast in the 1970s, which was, she says, 'quite exciting really'. She went to Dundee University, and now works as a Social Worker in a Commnity Mental Health Team. She is married and lives in Inverness-shire with an assortment of animals. They have three teenage children. She has had a number of articles and short stories published, but Love My Enemy is her first book.
Julian Maclaren-Ross (1912-1964) is best known for his novel OF LOVE AND HUNGER and his MEMOIRS OF THE FORTIES.
Bernard MacLaverty lives in Glasgow. He has written five collections of stories and four other novels, including Grace Notes which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award. He has written versions of his fiction for other media – radio and television plays, screenplays and libretti.
Rory MacLean is the author of six highly acclaimed and award-winning books. He is a regular contributor to Radio 4 and lives in Dorset with his wife and son.
Charles has been researching, writing, and lecturing about whisky for more than 30 years, and is the author of 10 books on the subject. One of his books won the James Beard Award for Wine and Spirit Book of the Year 2005, and was shortlisted for the Glenfiddich Food and Drink Awards. Charles was elected a Keeper of the Quaich in 1992, the industry's highest accolade, for his services to whisky over many years.
Alistair MacLeod was born in 1936 and raised in Cape Breton, Nove Scotia. MacLeod is the author of two short story collections, The Lost Salt Gift of Blood (1976) and As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories (1986) and the novel, No Great Mischief, published in 1999. Written over the course of thirteen years, No Great Mischief won numerous Canadian literary awards and the 2001 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. All of his published short stories, plus one new piece, were collected in Island, published in 2000. He teaches at the University of Windsor, Ontario.
Hector MacLeod is a former solicitor who served as a director of several Chinese companies while living in Hong Kong. Upon returning to the UK, he has continued to act as a business consultant in liaison with China. Malcolm McLeod is the former vice principal and professor of African Studies at the University of Glasgow. Now retired, he is currently a trustee of the National Museums of Scotland.
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