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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.
Mary J. MacLeod was born in Somerset, educated in Bath and qualified as a state registered nurse in Bristol. Now retired, she worked as a nurse in Bristol, London, Bedfordshire and the Hebrides. She has four children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and lives in Cornwall with her husband and two dogs.
Alistair MacLeod was born in 1936 and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He is Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Windsor, Ontario.
Alison MacLeod was raised in Canada and has lived in England since 1987. She is the author of three novels, The Changeling, The Wave Theory of Angels and Unexploded, and of a collection of stories, Fifteen Modern Tales of Attraction. Unexploded was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2013. Alison MacLeod is Professor of Contemporary Fiction at Chichester University and lives in Brighton.
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.
Alexander MacLeod was born in Inverness, Cape Breton and raised in Windsor, Ontario. His first collection of short stories (Light Lifting, Biblioasis 2010) was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Prize, two Atlantic Book Awards, and went on to become a national bestseller. Alexander holds degrees from the University of Windsor, the University of Notre Dame, and McGill; he currently lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and teaches at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.
Nothing But Blue Sky is Kathleen MacMahon's third novel. Her first, This is How it Ends, published in 2012, was translated into more than twenty languages, spent five weeks at the top of the bestseller lists in Ireland, and was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice in the UK. Her second novel, The Long, Hot Summer was published to much acclaim in 2015 and was also a bestseller in Ireland. Kathleen is a former radio and television journalist with Ireland's national broadcaster, RTÉ, and she lives in Dublin with her family.
Norma MacMaster was born and reared in County Cavan before continuing her studies in Derry, Dublin, Belfast and Montreal. She was a secondary school teacher and counsellor in Ireland and Canada and was ordained a minister of the Church of Ireland in 2004. A contributor to Sunday Miscellany on RTE Radio 1, she is the author of a memoir, Over My Shoulder. She and her late husband have one daughter. Norma lives by the sea in North County Dublin, and wrote Silence Under A Stone ‘a bit now and a bit then’, typing with two fingers in her attic. It is her first novel.
Niall MacMonagle is Ireland's most trusted commentator on poetry. He conceived and edited the bestselling Lifelinesseries in which public figures wrote about their favourite poems. For many years an English teacher at Wesley College, he lives in Dublin with his family.
Natalie MacNeil is an Emmy Award-winning media producer; the author of She Takes On the World: A Guide to Being Your Own Boss, Working Happy, and Living on Purpose; and the creator of SheTakesOnTheWorld.com. SheTakesOnTheWorld.com is one of the top sites on the planet for entrepreneurial women. It was recognized by Forbes as one of the "Top 10 Websites for Entrepreneurial Women" and was featured by Forbes Woman as one of the "Top 100 Websites for Women." She Takes On the World was also named the 2013 website of the year at the Stevie Awards for Women in Business. MacNeil is frequently quoted and interviewed in the media. She has appeared on top media outlets including CNN and in Glamour, People StyleWatch, Inc., Forbes, Forbes Woman, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur.com, The Globe and Mail, Mashable, and more.
Kevin MacNeil was born and raised on the Isle of Lewis. His books of poetry include Be Wise Be Otherwise and Love and Zen in the Outer Hebrides, which won the prestigious Tivoli Europa Giovani International Poetry Prize in 2000. His poetry has been translated into ten languages. A lyrically powerful and no-holds-barred exploration of contemporary life in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The novel is rendered by means of a multiplicity of arresting narrativve voices, shared between the author and his pseudonymous compatriot 'R. Stornoway'.
Catherine MacPhail has written children's fiction, radio comedy and TV drama. Her first novel RUN, ZAN, RUN, won the Kathleen Fidler Award and two Italian prizes, and FIGHTING BACK won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Catherine lives in Renfrewshire.
Miranda Holden is a psychotherapist, spiritual counsellor and interfaith minister. She is a leading light in The Course in Miracles community and author of the Soul Healing meditation series. Miranda was trained in her native Australia as a television presenter on news and current affairs and, since then, has become a director of the vast American network called The New Seminary; gives workshops in New York and Hawaii every year; is very involved in the MBS scene in Britain - and also gives talks alongside the bestselling author Susan Jeffers. She is married to Robert Holden, author and creator of The Happiness Project, and lives in Oxford.
Ross Collins graduated from the Glasgow School of Art with a First in Illustration. In the same year he won the Macmillan Children's Book Prize. He now has over eighty titles to his name including Busy Night which won the White Raven Award and Billy Monster's Daymare which won the Royal Mail Book Award. He lives in Glasgow. Tom MacRae is best known as a BAFTA-winning scriptwriter for television: his work has been shown on both Channel 4 and BBC2. He has recently written several episodes for the new series of both Doctor Who and Miss Marple. His first book for children, The Opposite, was published by Andersen Press in 2006, and his second Baby Pie in 2009.
Lou Macari was born in 1949 and grew up in Ayrshire. Following his retirement from football playing and management, he works as an expert analyst for Setanta Sports and MUTV, as well as fulfilling numerous other football and media engagements.
Julian Baggini (Author) Julian Baggini’s books include A Short History of Truth, How the World Thinks, Freedom Regained, The Ego Trick, What’s It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life and the best-selling The Pig That Wants To Be Eaten. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He was the co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. Antonia Macaro (Author) Antonia Macaro is an existential psychotherapist, author of More than Happiness: Buddhist and Stoic Wisdom for a Sceptical Age, Reason, Virtue and Psychotherapy and co-author of The Shrink and the Sage. She has many years’ clinical experience in the field of addictive behaviours. Antonia has a degree in Oriental Studies and an MA in Philosophy, and was part of the UK’s philosophical counselling movement from its early days.
David Macaulay is an established author and illustrator - his books have sold over 2 million copies in the US alone and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. He is an alumni and faculty member of the Rhode Island School of Design. He has won numerous awards such as the Caldecott Medal, and was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and three of his books (Cathedral, Castle and Pyramid) have been made into popular PBS TV programmes.
James Toseland will be racing for Winston Ten Kate Honda in 2006 and has high hopes of replicating his Superbike World Championship victory. Ted Macaulay is one of the best known motor-racing journalists in the UK and his articles have appeared in almost all the national newspapers.
Michael Macauley was first inspired to start shurtugal.com when he read Eragon in high school. Since then, his website has become the premier Inheritance fan site and a major source of information for the online fan community. Mike has travelled all over the world to discuss the Inheritance series and has had extensive access to author Christopher Paolini from the beginning. The insider details that he has gathered during his years behind the scenes inspired him to create The Inheritance Almanac. Mike lives in Massachusetts. Visit him at www.shurturgal.com.
Hector Macdonald went to Australia at the end of 2002, for a two-month stay in Sydney. During that time he watched his first Sydney Hobart race, developed a healthy admiration for the Australian way of life, and fell in love with Pittwater.He lives in London, but spends most of each winter wondering why he hasn't yet moved to Sydney. He is already at work on a new Petra Woods novel.
MacDonald served as president of The Mystery Writers of America in 1965, received the Silver Dagger in 1964 and the Gold Dagger in 1965 from The British Crime Writers Association, and in 1981, received The Eye, the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Private Eye Writers of America.
Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and historian. Her book H is for Hawk won many prizes, including the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Costa Book of the Year, the Prix due Meilleur Livre Etranger in France, and in the US was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She writes a regular column in New York Times Magazine, and lives in Suffolk.
Hector Macdonald is a strategic communications consultant who has advised the leaders of some of the world’s top corporations in industries as diverse as financial services, telecoms, defence and healthcare. He is an expert in business storytelling and the bestselling author of four novels. Hector has lectured on truth for organisations such as Royal Mail, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Global Coalition Against Daesh. www.hectormacdonald.com
Marianne Macdonald read English at New College, Oxford, where she was named Guardian/NUS Student Journalist of the Year. She was the Independent's first trainee and went on to become an interviewer on the Observer's Life magazine. She was runner up for Interviewer of the Year in 1997 and has interviewed Hunter S. Thompson, Sean Penn, Gorbachev, Leonardo DiCaprio and Billy Bob Thornton, among others. She lives in West London.
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