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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.
Robert Macfarlane is the author of Mountains of the Mind, The Wild Places, The Old Ways, Landmarks, and The Lost Words, co-created with Jackie Morris. Mountains of the Mind won the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award and The Wild Places won the Boardman-Tasker Award. Both books have been adapted for television by the BBC. The Lost Words won the Books Are My Bag Beautiful Book Award and the Hay Festival Book of the Year. He is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and writes on environmentalism, literature and travel for publications including the Guardian, the Sunday Times and The New York Times.
Tamara Macfarlane is the owner of the award winning Tales on Moon Lane Children's Bookshop, Moon Lane Education and Moon Lane Ink CIC. She has over 15 years' experience working with children and schools, and combines running the two bookshops with writing children's books. She currently has series with Hodder, Simon and Schuster, Troika Books and Puffin. Tamara has judged many high profile book awards (Costa, British Book Award, Muslim Young Writers Award) and has given talks at Bath, Oxford, Sharjah, Chengdu and Hay literary festivals. Whilst setting up Moon Lane Ink CIC in 2017, Tamara was mentored by the University of Cambridge Judge Business School's Social Ventures. She is part of a diversity steering group for Booktrust, and has contributed to the Booksellers Association's new diversity guide. Moon Lane Ink CIC is dedicated to raising equality in children's Books: equality of access, representation and roles in the publishing industry.
Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was born in Monmouthshire in Wales, a region whose associations with Celtic, Roman and medieval history would make a strong impression on him. Too poor to attend university, he moved to London in 1881 and worked as a journalist, tutor and publisher's clerk, finding time to write at night. The Great God Pan was published in 1894, and despite widespread criticism for its decadent style and sexual content, was Machen's first popular success. In later life, he became an actor and pursued his interests in Celtic Christianity and the legend of the Grail while continuing to write fiction and journalism.
Niccolò Machiavelli was born in Florence in 1469 of an old citizen family. In 1498 he was appointed secretary and a second chancellor to the Florentine Republic. During his time of office he accompanied Julius II on his first campaign of conquest. In 1507, as chancellor of the newly appointed Nove di Milizia, he organised an infantry force which fought at the capture of Pisa in 1509. Three years later it was defeated by the Holy League at Prato, the Medici returned to Florence, and Machiavelli was excluded from public life. He retired to his farm near San Casciano, where he gave his time to study and writing. After a brief return to public life, he died in 1527.
Stephen Machin is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance.
Sue Johnston (Reader) Sue Johnston's many much-loved roles include Sheila Grant in Brookside, Barbara in The Royle Family, Sal Vine in Jam & Jerusalem and Dr Grace Foley in Waking the Dead. Born in 1943 in Warrington near Liverpool, Sue has stayed true to her Northern roots - she has been no stranger to picket lines and is a staunch supporter of her beloved Liverpool Football Club. Sue has a son, Joel, and in 2009 she was awarded an OBE.
Iain Macintosh was the co-author of 2012's surprise Backpage Press hit 'Football Manager Stole My Life'. A football writer by trade, he's written for newspapers, magazines and websites around the world including: Sports Illustrated, ESPNFC, The Blizzard and the Irish Examiner. This will be his eighth book.
BAFTA-award-winning Lee Mack is one of the UK's most recognizable and celebrated comedians. He writes and stars in his own multi-award-winning sitcom Not Going Out, is a team captain on Would I Lie to You?, and frequently appears on Have I Got News for You, Live at the Apollo and QI. He has performed many stand-up tours across the country, and has released two stand-up DVDs, Lee Mack Live and Lee Mack – Going Out. Lee lives in London with his wife, Tara, and their three children.
Katie Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist and one of the most popular scientists on Twitter, with more than 330,000 followers. Throughout her career as a researcher at Caltech, Princeton, Cambridge, Melbourne and now North Carolina State University, she has studied dark matter, black holes, cosmic strings and the formation of the first galaxies. As a science writer, she has been published by Slate, Time, and Scientific American, as well as having a regular column in Cosmos magazine.
BAFTA-award-winning Lee Mack is one of the UK's most recognizable and celebrated comedians. He writes and stars in his own multi-award-winning sitcom Not Going Out, is a team captain on Would I Lie to You?, and frequently appears on Have I Got News for You, Live at the Apollo and QI. He has performed many stand-up tours across the country, and has released two stand-up DVDs, Lee Mack Live and Lee Mack – Going Out.
Charles Mackay (1814-1889) was a Scottish poet, journalist and song writer.
Dr James Mackay was an award-winning author and historian, and was widely regarded as the world's greatest authority on the life and works of Robert Burns. As well as his definitive biography, Burns, winner of the Saltire Award for Scottish Book of the Year, he published accounts of the lives of the great Scottish patriot William Wallace and the Irish statesman Michael Collins. He was also the author of biographies of the celebrated detective Allan Pinkerton (The Eye Who Never Slept), the poet Robert Service (Vagabond of Verse) and Alexander Graham Bell (Sounds Out of Silence).
Shena Mackay was born in Edinburgh. She is the author of four previous collections of stories - Babies in Rhinestones, Dreams of Dead Women's Handbags, The Laughing Academy and The World's Smallest Unicorn. Her novels include Dunedin, The Orchard on Fire (which was shortlisted for the 1996 Booker Prize), The Artist's Widow and Heligoland (which was shortlisted for the 2003 Orange Prize).
Nicci Mackay was born in 1964 and started riding as soon as she walk. Her first job was as a groom in a racing yard from which she worked her way up through the ranks in various yards to jockey and head girl, finally setting up her own livery and training yard.
John Macken works as a scientist in a large windowless building. He is married with two children. He is the author of three previous books featuring Reuben Maitland - Dirty Little Lies, Trial by Blood and Breaking Point.
Judea Pearl (Author) Judea Pearl is a world-renowned Israeli-American computer scientist and philosopher, known for his world-leading work in AI and the development of Bayesian networks, as well as his theory of causal and counterfactual inference. In 2011, he won the most prestigious award in computer science, the Alan Turing Award. He has also received the Rumelhart Prize (Cognitive Science Society), the Benjamin Franklin Medal (Franklin Institute) and the Lakatos Award (London School of Economics), and he is the founder and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Dana Mackenzie, a Ph.D. mathematician turned science writer, has written for such magazines as Science, New Scientist, and Discover.
Compton Mackenzie was born in West Hartlepool in 1883. He was educated at St Paul's School and Magdalen College, Oxford. During the First World War he became a Captain in the Royal Marines, becoming Director of the Aegean Intelligence Service. He wrote more than ninety books - novels, history and biography, essays and criticism, children's stories and verse, and was also an outstanding broadcaster. He founded and edited until 1961 the magazine the Gramophone, and was President of the Siamese Cat Club. He lived for many years on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, but later settled in Edinburgh. Compton Mackenzie died in 1972.
Serena Mackesy started at the Independent as a temp, and has now been a journalist for over ten years. She lives in London. Her website address is: www.serenamackesy.com
Artist Charlie Mackesy has been a cartoonist for The Spectator and a book illustrator for Oxford University Press. He has collaborated with Richard Curtis for Comic Relief, and Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, ‘The Unity Series’. His first exhibition for the boy, the mole, the fox and the horse was in London in November 2018. Charlie lives in South London with his dog.
Bruce Lenman is Professor of History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. John Duncan Mackie (1887-1978) taught at St Andrews, Glasgow and London universities before being appointed Historiographer Royal of Scotland in 1958.
Anneliese Mackintosh’s debut short story collection, Any Other Mouth, was published by Freight Books in 2014 and won the Green Carnation Prize. It was also shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, Saltire Society's First Book Award and the Saboteur Award, and was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. Anneliese's short fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, and published in magazines and anthologies including the Scotsman, Edinburgh Review, and the Best British Short Stories 2013.
Sophie Mackintosh is the author of The Water Cure, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. She also won the 2016 White Review Short Story Prize and the 2016 Virago/Stylist Short Story competition, and has been published in Granta and TANK magazine among others. Her second novel, Blue Ticket, which will be published by Hamish Hamilton in Spring 2020.
Millie Mackintosh first appeared on our screens in the Bafta award-winning and hugely successful Made in Chelsea. Appearing for 5 seasons, she became a firm favourite with the fans for always telling the truth and always looking fabulous. Since leaving the show, Millie has fast established herself as a fashion, fitness and beauty icon. A make-up artist by training, her regular posts on social media have caused her following to soar, all having been inspired by her lifestyle of clean eating, impressive fitness routines and amazing fashion sense. Millie has curated two collections of her own Millie Mackintosh branded clothing line, with her third to launch this Autumn. She is also a model, with numerous global campaigns under her belt, as well as having her own jewellery collaboration and her own range of eyelashes.
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