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Noel Streatfeild (Author) Noel Streatfeild was born in Sussex in 1895 and was one of three sisters. Although she was considered the plain one she ended up leading the most glamorous and exciting life! After working in munitions factories and canteens for the armed forces when WWI broke out, Noel followed her dream of being on stage and went to RADA where she became a professional actress. She began writing children's books in 1931 and Ballet Shoes was published in 1936. She quickly became one of the most popular authors of her day. When she visited Puffin exhibitions, there were queues right out of the building and all the way down The Mall. She was one of the first winners of the Carnegie Medal and was awarded an OBE in 1983. Noel Streatfeild lived in London. She died in 1986.
Magdalen Nabb was born in Lancashire in 1947 and trained as a potter. She has lived in Florence since 1975, where she pursues a dual career as crime writer and children's author.
Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), born in St Petersburg, exiled in Cambridge, Berlin, and Paris, became the greatest Russian writer of the first half of the twentieth century. Fleeing to the US with his family in 1940, he then became the greatest writer in English of the second half of the century, and even 'God's own novelist' (William Deresiewicz). He lived in Europe from 1959, and died in Montreux, Switzerland. All his major works - novels, stories, an autobiography, poems, plays, lectures, essays and reviews - are published in Penguin Modern Classics.
Wayne Dyer has often been referred to as the ‘Father of Motivation’ and is a recognised leader in the field of self-development throughout the world. An award-winning speaker, he was elected to the International Speakers’ Hall of Fame and awarded the prestigious Golden Gavel Award from Toast-masters International. He is the author of 14 books, which have sold over 48 million copies worldwide. Leon Nacson was born in Alexandria, Egypt, to Greek parents. He is a well-established Australian book publisher and the founder of the Planet newspaper, a publication that deals with the environment, healthy lifestyles and personal development issues. He has also facilitated seminars and workshops for such notable teachers as Louise L. Hay, Wayne Dyer, Denise Linn, Shakti Gawain, Deepak Chopra and Stuart Wilde.
Bonnie Nadzam was born in Cleveland, went to school in Chicago and has moved continually westward since then. She studied English literature and environmental studies at Carleton College and earned an MA and PhD from the University of Southern California. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in a wide range of literary publications and she taught creative writing at Colorado College. She is married to her childhood sweetheart and lives with him in the Rocky Mountains.
Kristine Naess is a writer, editor and literary critic. She is widely regarded as one of the best Scandinavian writers working today, and is celebrated for her distinct, personal voice. Only Human was nominated for the 2015 Nordic Council Literature Prize, and is her debut in English.
André Naffis-Sahely was born in Venice in 1985 to an Iranian father and an Italian mother, but raised in Abu Dhabi. His poetry has been featured in Ambit, Areté, The Best British Poetry 2014 (Salt), New Poetries VI (Carcanet, 2015), PN Review and Swimmers, among others, and his nonfiction writing has appeared in such publications as the Economist, The Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman and The White Review. He has been awarded fellowships from bodies including MacDowell Colony and Dar al-Ma'mûn. He is also a literary translator from the Italian and the French; his Selected Poems of Abdellatif Laâbi, winner of a PEN Translates award, was published by Carcanet in 2016.
Azar Nafisi is a visiting professor and the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University. She has taught Western literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University and the University of Allameh Tabatabai in Iran. In 1981 she was expelled from the University of Tehran after refusing to wear the veil. In 1994 she won a teaching fellowship from Oxford University, and in 1997 she and her family left Iran for America. She is the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Things I’ve Been Silent About, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New Republic, and has appeared on countless radio and television programs. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children. www.azarnafisi.com
Emily Nagoski (Author) Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski are identical twins with doctorates in opposite fields. One a scientist, the other a musician, both are teachers and writers who approach wellbeing from the perspectives of research and practical experience. Emily Nagoski is the New York Times bestselling author of Come As You Are. She has a PhD in Health Behavior with a minor in Human Sexuality from Indiana University, and a MS in Counseling, also from IU, including a clinical internship at the Kinsey Institute Sexual Health Clinic. She has been a sex educator for twenty years and currently works as the inaugural Director of Wellness Education at Smith College. Amelia Nagoski (Author) Amelia Nagoski is a conductor with a DMA in conducting from the University of Connecticut. An assistant professor and coordinator of music at Western New England university, she regularly presents educational sessions discussing application of communications science and psychological research for audiences of other professional musicians, including ‘Beyond Burnout Prevention: Embodied Wellness for Conductors’.
Gaby Naher is an Australian writer and ex-publicist. Her previous nonfiction work, The Truth About My Fathers, gained excellent reviews in Australia and was published there by Vintage.
Beverley Naidoo is from South Africa. She has worked as a lecturer and adviser in cultural diversity. She has written several novels of which No Turning Back was shortlisted for the Guardian Prize and The Other Side of Truth won the Carnegie Medal and the Smarties Silver Medal. Beverley lives in Bournemouth. Her daughter, Maya, is currently studying in Belgium. Karin Littlewood has recently started illustrating children's books - she spends time in inner city schools painting and drawing the children. She lives in London.
South African author Beverley Naidoo was exiled from her home country when she was a student in 1965, for campaigning against apartheid. Her first children's novel, JOURNEY TO JO'BURG, was banned in South Africa when it was published in 1985 and only available there after the release of Nelson Mandela from jail in 1991. It was however published in many other countries around the world and widely praised for its eloquent, moving and accessible story. Her later novel, THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUTH, won the Carnegie Medal in 2000 and she has written many other acclaimed books for children. Beverley lives in the UK.
Davina McCall is one of TV's most recognisable faces. She has presented many hit shows including Don't Try This at Home, Popstars - The Rivals, Reborn in the USA, The Brits and, of course, Big Brother. Davina has two daughters, aged two and four, both of whom are eager to find out where they came from.
Jimmy Nail lives in London with his family.
For the last six years, Moisés Naím has been editor and publisher of the influential journal Foreign Policy. Naím holds an MS and a PhD from MIT and was the minister of Trade and Industry in his native Venezuela, as well as an executive Director of the World Bank. Since 1989, he has been a forum fellow at the World Economic Forum and an advisor to its annual meeting in Davos. This is his first general trade book.
Novelist and travel writer V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He studied at Oxford University, after graduation moving to London to work for the BBC. His novels include A House for Mr Biswas (also in Everyman's Library), The Enigma of Arrival and In a Free State, which won the Booker Prize. His works of non-fiction include Among the Believers, Beyond Belief and The Masque of Africa. In 1990 Naipaul received a knighthood and in 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He died in 2018.
Shiva Naipaul was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in 1945, the younger brother of the novelist V. S. Naipaul. Having won a scholarship to study Chinese at University College, Oxford, he emigrated to England, where he met and later married Jenny Stuart. He wrote two novels - Fireflies (1970) and The Chip-Chip Gatherers (1973) - before turning to non-fiction. His book North of South, an account of his travels in Africa, is published in Penguin Modern Classics. Later works include the novel A Hot Country, as well as a collection of fiction and non-fiction, Beyond the Dragon's Mouth. Naipaul died from a heart attack in August 1985, aged forty. Amit Chaudhuri was born in Calcutta in 1962, and grew up in Bombay. He read English at University College, London and completed his doctorate on D.H. Lawrence at Balliol College, Oxford. He has written five novels: A Strange and Sublime Address; Afternoon Raag; Freedom Song; A New World; and The Immortals, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. He is now Professor in Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia and was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2009.
Anita Nair is a highly successful author in India, where Ladies Coupe spent many weeks on the bestseller lists.
Ian Nairn (1930-1983) was a hugely influential and pugnacious architectural critic, inventor of the crushing term 'subtopia' and central to the growth of the British conservation movement. He co-wrote with Nikolaus Pevsner the Sussex volume in the Buildings of England series. London was his great obsession and Nairn's London his lasting monument. He once paid his wife the compliment of stating that she 'would certainly have been in Nairn's London had she only been made of brick or stucco'.
Graeme Garden is one third of the Goodies. He is a comedy legend. Jon Naismith has produced on Radio: Week Ending, The Skivers, The News Quiz, Quote…Unquote, Elastic Planet, For One Horrible Moment, And I’m the Queen of Sheba, The Labour Exchange, Do Go On and About A Dog all for BBC Radio 4, as well as twenty years of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, recently voted the second greatest Radio programme of all time after The Goons. He also co-created The Unbelievable Truth. On TV he has produced and co-devised Bring Me The Head of Light Entertainment with Graham Norton and It’s Only TV But I Like It with Jonathan Ross, Jack Dee, Phill Jupitus and Julian Clary and has produced This Week Only with Joe Cornish, Nick Frost, Chris Addison and Lauren Laverne for Channel 4, God Almighty with Clive Anderson for Channel 5, The Smith & Jones Sketchbook with Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones for BBC1 and Shane with Frank Skinner for ITV1.
Juan Nakamori lives in Japan. She writes for the top women's magazines there and has also published several books, including Angel Messages, in 1994, and then the second and third volumes in this series in 1996 and 1997 respectively.
Catherine Nall is Senior Lecturer in Medieval Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she focuses on late medieval manuscript culture, political and chivalric literature, and the works of John Lydgate and Thomas Malory.
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