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William Fotheringham (Author) William Fotheringham is the bestselling author of Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike, Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi, Roule Britannia, The Badger: Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling, and Put Me Back on My Bike, which Vélo magazine called `the best cycling biography ever written’. He writes for the Guardian and Observer on cycling and has reported on over twenty Tours de France. James Nunn (Illustrator) James Nunn is an artist, book designer and illustrator whose recent work includes The Corbyn Colouring Book. He lives and works in Bath.
Jay Nussbaum walked away from a lucrative career as a real estate attorney to become a teacher and a novelist. A lifelong martial arts practitioner, he has trained and taught all over the world, most recently teaching a course at Cornell University that explored the connection between martial arts and the soul. He lives with his wife and children in New York.
John Browne (Lord Browne of Madingley) was CEO of BP from 1995–2007, transforming it into one of the world’s largest companies. He was knighted in 1998, and made a life peer in 2001. He is Chairman of L1 Energy, Huawei UK, the Tate Galleries and Donmar Warehouse and has authored the memoir Beyond Business, popular science book Seven Elements that Have Changed the World and The Glass Closet, a commentary on the acceptance and inclusion of LGBT people in business. Robin Nuttall is a Partner in McKinsey’s London office. He leads the Firm’s Regulatory and Government Affairs Practice, serving regulators and regulated corporations on strategy and organisational issues across a range of sectors and territories. Tommy Stadlen is the Co-Founder of Swing Technologies, which exited to Microsoft in 2017. Swing, chaired by Twitter founder Biz Stone, created the #1 app on Apple's App Store. A best-selling author, Tommy is a frequent speaker and media commentator, including as a contributor to the New York Times and Financial Times, and guest on CNBC, Bloomberg and BBC. Tommy is a former McKinsey consultant and previously worked for President Obama. He graduated with First Class honours from Oxford and holds an MSc (Distinction) from the LSE. He is an advisor to NYU Stern Business School and a Venture Partner at firstminute capital, a $100m technology venture capital firm. Tommy has been recognised by the FT as a top 50 Global Ally Executive and by Entrepreneur Magazine's ‘Best Companies in America’ award.
David Nwokedi was born in Nigeria in 1965 to a Nigerian father and a British mother. He grew up in Newhaven and Brighton and worked as a social worker in London for ten years. Married with two children, he now lives in Brighton and is a Senior Social Worker. He is currently working on a second novel.
Miklós Nyiszli (1901-1956) was a Jewish prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Nyiszli, his wife and young daughter were transported to Auschwitz in May 1944. After he had worked for a short while as a labourer at the I. G. Farben factory at Auschwitz-Monowitz, his medical qualifications were discovered by the SS and he was sent to the extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he worked as a pathologist under the supervision of the notorious camp doctor Joseph Mengele. Nyiszli survived the camp along with his daughter and returned to his home, now part of Romania, where he died in 1956.
Lupita Nyong'o is a Kenyan actress and producer. Her first feature film role was in the film 12 Years a Slave, for which she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as multiple accolades, including the Screen Actors Guild® Award, the Critics' Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, and the NAACP Award. She has since starred in Mira Nair's Queen of Katwe, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ryan Coogler's record-breaking box office hit Black Panther, and most recently in Jordan's Peele's critically acclaimed horror film, Us. Nyong'o earned a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in Danai Gurira's play Eclipsed. She lives in Brooklyn.
Peter Nádas was born in Budapest in 1942. Among his works translated into English are the novels A Book of Memories, The End of a Family Story, and Love; a collection of stories and essays, Fire and Knowledge and two pieces of short fiction, A Lovely Tale of Photography and Péter Nádas: Own Death. He lives with his wife in Gombosszeg, Hungary.
Arne Naess was born in Slemdal, Norway, in 1912. After earning his Ph.D. at the age of 27, he became the University of Oslo's youngest professor, and Norway's only Professor of Philosophy. Naess was a keen mountaineer, environmentalist and social activist. In 1938, he finished building an isolated wooden hut high in the Hallingskarvet mountains, where he would spend a quarter of his life. It was here that he developed his concept of 'deep ecology,' and his lifelong commitment to the environmental movement. His activity within the movement ranged from grassroots protest, to candidacy for political office with the Green Party, to a post as the first chairman of Greenpeace Norway in 1988. His achievements as a philosopher, ecologist and activist were widely recognised during his lifetime. In 2005 he was knighted and made a Commander with Star of the Royal Norwegian order of St. Olav First Class. He died in Oslo in 2009.
Irène Némirovsky was born in Kiev in 1903, the daughter of a Jewish banker. In 1918 her family fled the Russian Revolution for France where she became a bestselling novelist, author of David Golder, Le Bal, The Courilof Affair, All Our Worldly Goods and other works published in her lifetime or soon after, as well as of the recent posthumously published Suite Française and Fire in the Blood. The Dogs and the Wolves, now appearing for the first time in English, was published in France in spring 1940, just months before France fell to the Nazis. Némirovsky died in Auschwitz in 1942.
Ellie Wharton (Author) Ellie Wharton's career in children's books began in the rights department of a small publisher based on Fleet Street, London. So small in fact, that she actually wasthe rights department and worked hard to build up a successful portfolio of international clients, travelling to book fairs all over the world. It was during this time she began to discern the key criteria for making a children's book commercially viable and with these tools came up with her own successful series called Michael Recycle, following the trials and tribulations of a green superhero, which went on to sell over 200,000 copies worldwide. There are now four in this series with a further book coming out this year. Ellie was promoted to International Rights Manager, and following a stint in New York working freelance, she then became a Literary and Illustration Agent for children's books and following this Acting Publisher for the acclaimed children's publisher Egmont where she got to work with the likes of children's authors like Michael Morpurgo and Giles Andreae. In an effort to move with the times and learn new skills she went on to work for a digital publisher called Magic Town and learnt how to produce animated storybooks, which she turned into a business of her own going, freelance in 2014 focussing on in particular Top That's (now Imagine That's) Story Train project. It was then that her career went in a different direction and she set up a successful business in tea production called Positivitea. But in the background, storytelling was always her passion and she has since written the Dylan's Amazing Dinosaur series with writing partner Tamara Macfarlane and Simon & Schuster (appearing at Hay Festival with the books).Her latest venture with Tamara about unicorns will be published in August 2019 by Puffin. Tamara Macfarlane (Author) 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.
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