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Born in Gloucester in 1988, Tom Nancollas is a writer and building conservationist based in London. After university, he joined English Heritage to work on church repair grants before moving on to the City of London and its historic townscape. Of Cornish ancestry, Tom maintained a love of seascapes during his work in the capital and became fascinated with offshore rock lighthouses, finding in them a new way of looking at buildings, heritage and, unexpectedly, family.
Ted L Nancy is a citizen of Thousand Oaks, California. He is currently travelling with his electronic belching machine and considering a number of business opportunities. Jerry Seinfeld (who wrote the introduction) is a multi Emmy Award-winning US comedian and star of Seinfeld. 'I fully admit that I bear a certain responsibility for the success and popularity of Ted Nancy. I discovered him, I promoted him, I allowed his name to be associated with mine. So I do accept the responsibility, but not the blame' Jerry Seinfeld.
Professor Azim Nanji is director of the Institute of Ismaili Studies (IIS) in London. Nanji has taught in academic instutions in the US and Canada and was formerly professor and chair of the Department of Religion at the University of Florida. He has published numerous articles and co-authored and edited several books including Mapping Islamic Studies and The Muslim Almanac. He sits on the editorial board for The Encyclopaedia of Religion.
William Naphy is Senior Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Divinity, History & Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of several books, including Born to be Gay: a History of Homosexuality; Sex Crimes: From Renaissance to Enlightenment; and Plagues, Poisons and Potions. He lives in Aberdeen. Tristram Hunt is a lecturer in modern British history at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of The English Civil War: At First Hand and the critically acclaimed Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City. A leading British history broadcaster, he has authored numerous radio and television series for the BBC and Channel 4.
Will Napier has split his adult life between Scotland and America. He now resides in Atlantic Beach, Florida with his wife and four children. His second novel, Without Warning, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2012. He is writing his third novel and completing a collection of short fiction.
In the 1960s Simon Napier-Bell managed the Yardbirds and co-wrote Dusty Springfield's huge hit 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' (also the title of his first book - 'The classic hidden history of Sixties pop' Jon Savage). He subsequently managed Marc Bolan, Japan, and Wham! as well as many other laughably less successful groups. www.simonnapierbell.com
Ann Napolitano is the author of the novels A Good Hard Look and Within Arm's Reach. She is also the Assistant Editor of One Story literary magazine. She received an MFA from New York University; she has taught fiction writing for Brooklyn College's MFA program, New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies and for Gotham Writers' Workshop. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.
H.M. Naqvi has worked in the financial services industry, run a slam venue, and taught creative writing at Boston University. He has received the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Phelam Prize for poetry. Ensconced in Karachi, H.M. Naqvi is working on his second novel.
Nadia Narain is one of the UK’s top yoga teachers, known for her range of bestselling DVDs. She began her career teaching yoga on tour with bands, and then became one of the original teachers at London’s celebrated Triyoga centre. She is a regular in magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, and also has her own range of chemical-free candles and perfume. Katia Narain Phillips has worked in wellness, food and massage for more than twenty years. Hailed as a ‘health-food pioneer’ by Red Magazine, she opened a raw food café over ten years ago, and now runs the innovative Nectar Café in London. She lives in London with her husband and her two sons. Self-Care for the Real World is their first book.
R.K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharaja's College in Mysore. His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based there. In 1958 Narayan's work The Guide won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country's highest literary honor. In addition to his novels, Narayan has authored five collections of short stories, including A Horse and Two Goats, Malguidi Days, and Under the Banyan Tree, two travel books, two volumes of essays, a volume of memoirs, and the re-told legends Gods, Demons and Others, The Ramayana, and the Mahabharata. In 1980 he was awarded the A.C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Narayan died in 2001.
R K Narayan's writing spans the greatest period of change in modern Indian history, from the days of the Raj - Swami and Friends (1935), The Bachelor of Arts (1937) and The English Teacher (1945) - to recent years of political unrest - The Painter of Signs (1976), A Tiger for Malgudi (1983), and Talkative Man (1987). He has published numerous collections of short stories, including Malgudi Days (1982), and Under the Banyan Tree (1985), and several works of non-fiction.
SHOBA NARAYAN is a food and travel writer and has written for a variety of press including Travel & Leisure, Newsweek, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Shoba won the James Beard Foundation's MFK Fisher Award for her story 'The God of Small Feasts', widely considered the most prestigious food writing award in the United States. She also comments for NPR's Weekend All things Considered. Shoba currently lives in Singapore with her husband and two children.
R. K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906. His novel The Guide (1958) won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, India's highest literary honour. In 1980 he was awarded the A. C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 he was made Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Little is known of Narayana beynd his name. This masterpiece was composed between 800 and 950 AD. Aditya Narayan Dhairyasheel Haksar was born in Gwailor and educated at the universities of Allahabad and Oxford. He has translated various classics from the Sanskrit, including the stories of the Pancatantra and the plays of Bhasa.
David Nasaw is a Distinguished Prefessor of History at the Greduate Center of the City University of New York.
Laura Naser is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the family law department at Penningtons Manches LLP. She has been named as a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 2017 lawyer guide and has written many published articles for Lexology, Jordons Family Law, Lexis Nexis and the New Law Journal. She is also a member of Resolution, an organisation which believes in constructive approaches to family law matters. She lives with her husband and their two young children in Surrey.
Ruby Nash is a primary school teacher who also has a magical second identity as a writer. She lives in a big, creaky house in Bath with her eccentric husband and a menagerie of pets. Sparky's School Trip is the third book in the Mrs Mothwick's Magic Academy series.
Graham Nash was born in Blackpool in 1942 and brought up in Salford. He was cofounder with his schoolfriend Allan Clarke of the Hollies - one of the most successful British pop groups of the 1960s for whom he was lead-singer and one of the principal songwriters. In 1968 he left the UK to live in California, where he became part of the supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash (later, after Neil Young joined, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young). Unusually he has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, for the Hollies and for CSNY, and in 2010 he received the OBE. He is noted for his political and charity work (he played Occupy Wall Street in 2011), is a serious photographer, and has homes in California and Hawaii.
Sarah Nash is a speech therapist and primary school teacher who works in Haringey with children with communication difficulties. Pamela Venus lives in a long stone cottage on the North Yorkshire coast, illustrating children's books - her childhood ambition. She trained in Reigate and later in Birmingham. Her four grandchildren live very close at hand and have been her best reference and truest critics, and their toys the supporting cast in her pictures.
Thomas Nashe (1567-?1601). Nashe's The Unfortunate Traveller and Other Works is available in Penguin Classics.
Raduan Nassar was born in 1935, in Pindorama, in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. He was raised mainly in small rural towns, then went on to study Law at the University of São Paulo. Like his Lebanese immigrant family, the author's life has been bound in agriculture and writing. Ancient Tillage (1975) and A Cup of Rage (1978), a novella, are his two major literary works. He also worked as a journalist and editor for the newspaper Jornal do Bairro, jointly founded with his brothers. Although an acclaimed literary author, since 1985 Raduan Nassar has led a private existence dedicated to farming and livestock production. He retired to a smaller farm in 2011, having donated his entire commercial property to the agricultural departments of the Federal University of São Carlos for the creation of a new campus.
Eugeniu Croitoru (Author) Eugeniu Croitoru is a 24-year-old currently based in Milan, Italy. He manages a lot of popular Facebook pages including the Be Like Bill page (OfficialBLB). His dream is to become an internet entrepreneur and writing this book is the first major step towards making his dream come true. Debabrata Nath (Author) Debabrata Nath is a 26-year-old from Guwahati, India, who has been a geek all of his life. Computers and videogames have always been his first love and all of his work revolves around them. Apart from managing the Be Like Bill Facebook page, he is also the co-founder of one of the biggest gaming media sites in the world called Fraghero (www.fraghero.com).
Melissa Nathan is the author of the bestsellers The Nanny, The Waitress and The Learning Curve. Sadly she died in 2006, aged thirty-seven. A new literary award, The Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance was established in 2007 in her honour. She is survived by her husband, Andrew, and young son, Sam.
Terry Nation (Author) Terry Nation was born in Llandaff, near Cardiff, in 1930. As a child, he loved reading and making up stories, and on leaving school he became interested in the theatre, writing and appearing in plays for his local theatrical society. In the early 1950s, he left home and moved to London, where he attempted to launch a career in stand-up comedy. However, he soon found that he lacked performing skills, and hearing that a local agency was looking for comedy scriptwriters he decided to take his material to them. Associated London Scripts liked his work, and hired him to write a 13-week comedy radio show called All My Eye And Kitty Blewitt. This launched his writing career, and throughout the 1950s he produced over 200 scripts for comedians such as Terry Scott, Eric Sykes, Harry Worth and Frankie Howerd. His TV breakthrough came in 1963, when he wrote several episodes for Tony Hancock’s ITV series Hancock. The same year, he was asked to write the second serial for a newly-launched BBC science fiction series, Doctor Who, and the Daleks were born. Nation’s inspiration for the creation of his iconic mechanical monsters came partly from a TV programme. He realised that the creatures had to truly look alien, and ‘In order to make it non-human what you have to do is take the legs off. That's the only way you can make it not look like a person dressed up.’ After watching the Georgian State Dancers perform, he realised how this could be achieved. He explained: ‘the girls do this wonderful routine. They wore floor-brushing skirts and took very tiny steps and appeared to glide, really glide across the floor. That's the movement I wanted for the Daleks.’ He once said that the name ‘Dalek’ came from the letters DAL-LEK on the spine of an encyclopedia, but later admitted that this was just an attempt to satisfy persistent journalists. When asked the reason for the phenomenal success of the Daleks, Nation answered simply 'Kids love to be frightened'. He went on to write several more Dalek stories for Doctor Who, including ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’ (1964), The Chase' (1965), 'The Daleks' Master Plan' (with Dennis Spooner, 1965-1966) and 'Genesis of the Daleks' (1975), and also penned two non-Dalek episodes, 'The Keys of Marinus' (1964) and 'The Android Invasion' (1979). As well as Doctor Who, Terry Nation’s TV work also includes The Saint, Department S, The Persuaders and The Avengers. He also created two other sci-fi cult hits. Survivors began as a novel, published in 1970. It was televised five years later and ran for three series between 1975 and 1977, and a 2008 remake was broadcast by the BBC in 2008. Blake’s 7, described by Nation as ‘Robin Hood in space’, ran for four series from 1978-1981. It was an international success, and continues to have a huge fan following today. Terry Nation died in LA in 1997. Dennis Spooner (Author) Dennis Spooner was script editor of Doctor Who during the William Hartnell era, and wrote several stories for the show, including The Reign of Terror and The Romans. He also wrote for the Gerry Anderson series' Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray and Thunderbirds, and co-created five espionage series' including Man in a Suitcase, Department S and The Adventurer. Spooner also created the cult detective series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). He died in September 1986. John Lucarotti (Author) John Lucarotti was born in England and spent nine years in the Royal Navy during and after the Second World War. He then went to North America to work for Imperial Oil. It was here that he began writing. Later, he scripted an eighteen-part radio series about the life of Marco Polo for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, but at one point found himself earning more money as an encyclopedia salesman than as a writer. Consequently he decided to focus on the US market. By the late Fifties he had taken Canadian citizenship, and then returned to England, where he became involved in TV work. He had recently moved to Majorca when, at Syndey Newman's suggestion, David Whitaker approached him to write for Doctor Who. Remembering his CBC series, he chose Marco Polo as his subject. Throughout the Sixties and Seventies, Lucarotti continued a successful TV career, creating the shows Operation Patch and The Ravelled Thread, among others, and contributing scripts to The Avengers, Doctor Who, Ghost Squad, Joe 90, The Man in Room 17, Murder Bag, New Scotland Yard, The Protectors, Moonbase 3, The Onedin Line, Star Maidens and Into the Labyrinth, his last credited screen work in 1981. He novelised his 1976 serial Operation Patch (Target, 1976) and the 1979/1980 series The Ravelled Thread (Puffin Books, 1979). He contributed the first Brief Encounter short story for Doctor Who Magazine in 1990, in which the author met the First Doctor in a French bar. The story was reprinted in the 1992 Doctor Who Yearbook (Marvel, 1991). John Lucarotti died in Paris, France, on 20 November 1994 aged 68.
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