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Geordan Murphy was raised in Co. Kildare, and represented the county at minor level in Gaelic football before committing himself to rugby. He has won 74 caps for Ireland to date, and is club captain of Leicester. He was chosen for the 2005 Lions tour of New Zealand.
Declan Murphy (Author) Declan Murphy was born in rural Limerick on 5 March 1966. Like most of his seven siblings, he took to riding horses from an early age and after being spotted by Ireland's top trainers became a leading amateur jockey while at school. He then moved to England and rode a host of winners in races as prestigious as the Champion Chase and Mackeson Gold Cup, as well as two Irish Champion Hurdles, before a near-fatal accident on Arcot at Haydock Park in May 1994. Eighteen months later he rode a final winner, Jibereen, at Chepstow. Ami Rao (Author) Ami Rao is a British-American writer who was born in Calcutta and has lived and worked in New York City, London, Paris, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ami has a BA in English Literature from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. As a self-proclaimed foodie, she has written before for Tim Hayward's Fire & Knives. She has always been 'absolutely horse mad' and rides regularly in her spare time. Centaur is her debut book.
Bernadette Murphy was born and brought up in the UK. She has lived in the south of France for most of her adult life and worked in many different fields. A series of chance events led her to start investigating the life of Van Gogh in Arles, but little did she know at the time quite what an exciting adventure it would turn out to be. Van Gogh’s Ear is her first book.
Mary McDonagh Murphy is an Emmy Award-winning producer and an independent documentary director. This book is based on her interviews for the film Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, released theatrically and broadcast on PBS’s American Masters. She has written for Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Post, and Publishers Weekly. She lives in Scarborough, New York, with her husband, Bob Minzesheimer, and their two children.
Richard Murphy is a UK chartered accountant. He was senior partner of a practicing firm and director of a number of entrepreneurial companies before becoming one of the founders of the Tax Justice Network in 2003. He now directs Tax Research UK and writes, broadcasts and blogs extensively. Richard created the country-by-country reporting concept for multinational companies and has been credited with creating much of the debate on tax gaps in the UK and Europe. He also defined the term ‘secrecy jurisdictions’, now widely used in debates on offshore taxation. He has been described as the architect of 'Corbynomics' as part of the Corbyn campaign for leadership of the labour party. Richard is joint author of Tax Havens, The True Story of Globalisation and sole author of The Courageous State. In 2015 he became Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University, London.
Mary Murphy is one of the most talented young author/illustrators publishing today. Her hallmark brightly-coloured illustrations and heart-warming storylines have won her much critical acclaim. Her first book I Like it When (Egmont) was published in 1997. Since then she has published a number of successful picture books, including The Flyaway Alphabet (Egmont, 2002), How Kind (Walker Books, 2002), I Kissed the Baby (Walker Books, 2003) and two titles in the Flying Foxes series for Random House; All the Little Ones - and a Half (2001) and Moonchap (2003). She studied Illustration at the College of Marketing and Design and has worked as a freelance illustrator for design and advertising companies. She lives in Ireland.
Hugh Murphy is a 28 year old student at the University of Southern California, Ostrow School of Dentistry. Hugh began his career as an artist selling watercolor paintings of fish in order to pay for his applications to dental school, but has always enjoyed drawing and painting in his free time as an outlet. He loves science, nature films, his wife, Sarah, and shark week. T-Rex Trying began as a joke between Hugh and his brother, and is his first book. Hugh and Sarah moved to Los Angeles from Boston in August, 2010.
Cullen Murphy is Vanity Fair's editor at large and the author of Are We Rome? and The Word According to Eve. He was previously managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly.
Judy May Murphy is a broadcaster and writer with a thriving private-seminar life coaching practice in Los Angeles. She has regularly featured on BBC television and radio and has become known in the UK as the life coach at the forefront of a new type of self-help that is both fun and effective. Cathy Breslin is a counsellor, hynotherapist and master practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming with a thriving practice in Dublin.
Journalist Kate Murphy is a New York Times contributor whose eclectic and much-shared pieces have explored an extraordinary range of topics including health, technology, science, design, art, business, finance, fashion, dining, travel, and real estate. Kate is known for her fresh and accessible way of explaining complex subjects, particularly the science behind social interactions, helping readers understand why people behave the way they do.
Simon Brett (Author) Simon Brett was born in Worcester Park, Surrey, on 28 October 1945. He was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he read English and was president of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. After graduating in 1967 he worked as Father Christmas in a department store before landinga job at the BBC as a radio producer. During his ten years there, he worked on such programmes as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Week Ending, The Burkiss Way, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Just a Minute. He moved to London Weekend Television in 1977, where he produced Maggie and Her, End of Part One and The Glums (a popular spin-off from radio’s Take It From Here). Brett’s first Charles Paris novel, Cast In Order of Disappearance, was published in 1975, and by 1979 he was able to leave LWT and become a full-time writer. He has written over eighty books, including nineteen Charles Paris books, fifteen Fethering Mysteries and six Mrs Pargeter novels, as well as several non-series titles such as A Shock to the System (1984), which was adapted as a film starring Michael Caine. He has also contributed to several anthologies and scripted many sitcoms for radio including No Commitments, Smelling of Roses and After Henry. Other radio work includes several one-off plays for Radio 4, and a number of episodes of the detective series Baldi. A former Chair of both the Crime Writers’ Association and The Society of Authors, he is currently President of the Detection Club, as well as being involved with various writers’ organisations. He is married with three children, and lives in West Sussex. Francis Turnly (Author) Writer Francis Turnly's first radio play Pressing the Flesh was short-listed for the Imison Award in 2003. Subsequent work for Radio 4 includes Point of Departure, Homestead and 'Shelter', an episode of the detective series Baldi.
J. Keith Murnighan is an award-winning professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and an active consultant and trainer for a host of companies around the world. His research has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, and Forbes. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Bruce Murkoff was born in 1953, spent many years in California, and now lives with his wife, the artist Suzanne Caporael, in Stone Ridge, New York.
Gill Rapley is the world authority on baby-led weaning. She worked as a health visitor for 20 years and has also been a midwife and breastfeeding counsellor. Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer who used the baby-led weaning approach to introduce solid food to her own child.
Oscar de Muriel was born in Mexico City and moved to the UK to complete his PhD. He is a chemist, translator and violinist who now lives and works in Manchester. The Loch of the Dead is his fourth novel, following A Mask of Shadows, A Fever of the Blood and The Strings of Murder.
Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919. She read Classics at Somerville College, Oxford, and after working in the Treasury and abroad, was awarded a research studentship in Philosophy at Newnham College, Cambridge. In 1948 she returned to Oxford as fellow and tutor at St Anne’s College and later taught at the Royal College of Art. Until her death in 1999, she lived in Oxford with her husband, the academic and critic, John Bayley. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1987 and in the 1997 PEN Awards received the Gold Pen for Distinguished Service to Literature. Iris Murdoch made her writing debut in 1954 with Under the Net. Her twenty-six novels include the Booker prize-winning The Sea, The Sea (1978), the James Tait Black Memorial prize-winning The Black Prince (1973) and the Whitbread prize-winning The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (1974). Her philosophy includes Sartre: Romantic Rationalist (1953) and Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals (1992); other philosophical writings, including 'The Sovereignty of Good' (1970), are collected in Existentialists and Mystics (1997).
Juju Sundin, a practising physiotherapist for 35 years, conducts labour pain management programs for pregnant women. She is a regular contributor to a range of parenting and women's magazines and has been Chairperson of the Australian Physiotherapy Association's Women's Health Group. She lives in Sydney. Sarah Murdoch has enjoyed a successful global modelling and acting career; she is Juju's best known client and a devotee of her methods. Sarah serves as the Patron on the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Vahram Muratyan is a freelance art director and graphic designer based in Paris, where his clients include Chanel, the Opéra de Paris, and the Cannes Film Festival. He is the coauthor of J'ai toujours rêvé de d'être un artiste (2010), an illustrated guide to becoming an artist. He lives in Paris and, soon, New York City, too.
In 1978, Haruki Murakami was 29 and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers’ award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, which turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon. His books became bestsellers, were translated into many languages, including English, and the door was thrown wide open to Murakami’s unique and addictive fictional universe. Murakami writes with admirable discipline, producing ten pages a day, after which he runs ten kilometres (he began long-distance running in 1982 and has participated in numerous marathons and races), works on translations, and then reads, listens to records and cooks. His passions colour his non-fiction output, from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running to Absolutely On Music, and they also seep into his novels and short stories, providing quotidian moments in his otherwise freewheeling flights of imaginative inquiry. In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84 and Men Without Women, his distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring Murakami’s place as one of the world’s most acclaimed and well-loved writers.
Marie-Aude Murail (Author) Marie-Aude Murail studied at the Sorbonne and has written several books for children under the pseudonom Moka (Elsewhere, Nothing is Black or White, The Blue Lantern, illustrated by Yvan Pommaux and Excuse Me, illustrated by Serge Bloch). She has lived in Paris and Bordeaux, but now lives in Orl-ans Marie-Aude has three children and two grandchildren. Elvire Murail (Author) Elvire Murail studied at Cambridge and published her first novel for adults in 1983. She began writing for children in 1989, and has written over fifty books. Elvire also works as a scriptwriter for cinema and television. Quentin Blake (Illustrator) Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children’s Laureate. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List he was knighted for services to illustration.
Charlotte Muquit (Author) Charlotte Muquit is a neurophysiotherapist and mother to a young son with severe food allergies. She is dedicated to helping other parents identify and manage allergies. Dr. Adam Fox (Author) Dr Adam Fox is a highly qualified and respected allergy specialist and consultant paediatric allergist and clinical lead for Allergy at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospitals. The Times recently named him as one of Britain's top 100 children’s doctors. www.allergyfreebabyandtoddler.com
Helen Lester (Author) Helen Lester has published The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983, in collabroation with Lynn Munsinger. They have also worked together on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in Pawling, New York. Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator) Lynn Munsinger is the illustrator of many funny and popular books for children, including the stories starring Tacky the Penguin and Wodney Wat. She divides her time between Connecticut and Vermont.
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