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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.
THE PROGRAMMES: Commissioned in 1973 by Doctor Who’s outgoing series producer and script editor, Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks respectively, Genesis of the Daleks was one of the first stories to be developed by Philip Hinchcliffe and Robert Holmes. Both favoured a bold and gritty approach to the programme, and the story which emerged bore the hallmarks of their new regime. Encouraged to break new ground with his latest script, Terry Nation took the opportunity to explore the raison d’etre for the ruthless mechanical creatures he had originated in 1963. It had long been realised that their unique speech patterns didn’t lend themselves easily to lengthy scenes of dialogue, and so Nation invented the character of Davros - a crippled humanoid whose blind ambition for supremacy would be passed on to his creations. The six-part serial was filmed on location at Betchworth Quarry in Surrey and at Ealing Studios in January 1975, with studio interiors then being recorded at BBC Television Centre. Its strong material, which in part explored the ethics of racial purity and war, drew criticism from the National Viewers and Listeners’ Association which believed it to be unsuitable for teatime audiences. Such was the popularity of Davros, due in no small part to Michael Wisher’s compelling portrayal, that the character appeared in every subsequent Dalek story – albeit played by different actors. The serial has been repeated on television many times, both in full and as a compilation. Exploration Earth: The Time Machine, the third instalment of a BBC schools radio series exploring the geography of our planet, was recorded in half a day on 27 April 1976. The overriding educational brief meant that the key elements of Doctor Who were being used as tools with which to demonstrate the creation of Earth and so, with studio time at a premium and minimal rehearsals allocated, the cast were allowed little input into the script or their characterisations. The episode was broadcast on 4 October 1976, two days after Episode One of The Hand of Fear was transmitted on BBC1. With teachers encouraged to utilise such programmes as part of their lessons, it provided a unique opportunity for Ron Grainer’s familiarly eerie theme tune to echo around school corridors.
Richard Taylor was born in 1967. He studied English at Cambridge University and Law at London University, and now lives and works as a lawyer in Sheffield. He is the author of the bestselling book How To Read A Church and presenter of the BBC4 series Churches: How To Read Them, inspired by his book.
The National Quiz Team are current European champions, and, individually, have competed at the world championships. The team consists of Olav Bjortomt (question writer for University Challenge, The Chase and The Times), Kevin Ashman (Egghead and Brain of Britain), Pat Gibson (Egghead and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Winner) and David Stainer (Only Connect champion).
For twenty years, cardiologist Barbara Natterson Horowitz has treated human patients at the UCLA Medical Centre. Currently she is cardiac consultant for the Los Angeles Zoo and a member of the Zoo's Medical Advisory Board as well as the Director of Imaging for the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Centre. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and two dogs. Kathryn Bowers has written and edited fiction and non-fiction books, articles, and websites for numerous individuals and institutions including The Atlantic Monthly, CNN-International in London and the United States Embassy in Moscow. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband. They have one child and one dog.
James Naughtie is one of the BBC's best-known journalists and broadcasters. As well as his work in news journalism, including presenting The World at One and Today, he has introduced music programmes on BBC radio and television for many years. He also presents Radio 4's monthly Bookclub and a variety of live events, including election specials at home and from the United States. His journalistic career began in Aberdeen, in his native North-east Scotland, and he was chief political correspondent of The Scotsman and The Guardian before joining the BBC in 1988. He was Laurence M. Stern Fellow on The Washington Post as well as Sony Radio Personality of the Year. Among his books are The Making of Music and two acclaimed accounts of the Blair years, The Rivals and The Accidental American.
Nuala Naughton is an award-winning journalist, editor, lecturer and trainer. She has worked for national and international newspaper groups in features and news across the spectrum – from business, lifestyle and entertainments, to obituaries, investigative and hard news. She also spent two years as Sports Editor on the Nassau Tribune in The Bahamas. She lives in Glasgow.
Barbara Naughton wrote this book herself, originally self-publishing it. She dedicates it to the rape crisis centre that helped her, as well as to other victims of abuse, and hopes it will encourage others to stand up to their abusers.
Margaret Atwood (Author) Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Its sequel, The Testaments, was published in 2019 and was a global number one bestseller and won the Booker Prize. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada. Renée Nault (Illustrator) Renée Nault is a Canadian artist known for her vivid and dreamlike illustrations in watercolour and ink. Her work has appeared in books, magazines, and graphic novels worldwide. She currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Please visit www.reneenault.com.
Born in Cuba in 1953, Joe Navarro was, for twenty-five years, a Special Agent with the FBI in the area of counter-intelligence, and was a founding member of the Bureau's elite National Security Division Behavioral Analysis Program which focused on the behaviour of spies, terrorists and criminals. Since retiring, he writes - for the Washington Post, Huffington Post and Psychology Today amongst other publications - and lectures worldwide on topics as diverse as non-verbal communication, spycraft and perception management. His books include Hunting Terrorists, Louder Than Words and the international bestseller What Every Body is Saying. His website is www.jnforensics.com
Martina Navratilova is a tennis legend, who has been described as 'arguably, the greatest tennis player of all time'. In a career that spanned forty years, she won 59 Grand Slam crowns and a record 9 Wimbledon singles titles. She holds numerous records, including the most singles titles (167) and doubles titles (177) won in professional Grand Slam tournaments. Since retiring from playing tennis, she has published six books (including an autobiography, Being Myself) and provided commentary for the Tennis Channel's coverage of Grand Slam matches. She is a passionate supporter of equal rights, and in 2000 she received the National Equality Award from LGBT civil rights lobby group The Human Rights Campaign. In 2013, she was inducted into the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2014 she got engaged to her partner Julia Lemigova.
Maajid Nawaz is the co-founder and executive director of Quilliam and founder of Khudi. He was formerly on the UK national leadership for the global Islamist party Hizb ut-Tahrir and was involved in the organisation for almost 14 years. He served four years in an Egyptian prison as an Amnesty International 'prisoner of conscience', until he became de-radicalised and renounced his extremist views. Maajid now engages in counter-Islamist thought-generating, social-activism, writing, debating and media appearances. He holds a BA (Hons) from SOAS in Arabic and Law and an MSc in Political Theory from London School of Economics. Maajid serves as an ambassador for the global Alliance of Youth Movements, is a member of the Liberal Democrat party, and a proud father to his young son.
HATTIE NAYLORs’ credits include Ivan And The Dogs, The Night Watch, Going Dark, As the Crow Flies, and Bluebeard. Ivan and the Dogs (Soho Theatre and ATC) was nominated in the Olivier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre, won the Tinniswood Award in 2010, and has been performed to further acclaim internationally. The film adaptation of the play: Lek and the Dogs, directed by Andrew Kötting premiered at the London Film Festival 2018.
Doug Naylor was part of the gestalt entity known as Grant Naylor, which created and wrote the Emmy award-winning series Red Dwarf for BBC television. Along with Rob Grant he was also head writer for Spitting Image in the mid-eighties, and together they wrote two novels, Red Dwarf (1989) and Better Than Life (1991). Since 1994 they have been pursuing separate careers, and each has written a bestselling Red Dwarf novel; Doug's Last Human was published in 1995, Rob's Backwards was published in 1996. All these books are available in Penguin and have sold over 1.7 million copies.
Rob Grant and Doug Naylor were part of the gestalt entity known as Grant Naylor, which created and wrote the Emmy award-winning series Red Dwarf for BBC television. Together they were head writers for Spitting Image in the mid-eighties, and together they wrote two novels, Red Dwarf (1989) and Better Than Life (1991). Since 1994 they have been pursuing separate careers, and each has written a bestselling Red Dwarf novel; Doug's Last Human was published in 1995, Rob's Backwards was published in 1996. All these books are available in Penguin and have sold over 1.7 million copies.
Sean Naylor is a senior writer for the Army Times. He has covered the Afghan mujahideen's war against the Soviets, and American military operations in Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Named one of the 22 "unsung" influential print reporters in Washington by American Journalism Review in May 2002, he earned the White House Correspondents' Association's prestigious Edgar A. Poe Award for his coverage of Operation Anaconda.
Gordon Neale is an exciting and original erotic writer.
Annemarie Neary was born in Northern Ireland and educated at Trinity College Dublin, King's Inns and the Courtauld Institute. She lives in London. Annemarie's short fiction has won awards in the UK, US and Ireland.
Patrick Neate is the author of four previous novels: Musungu Jim and the Great Chief Tuloko, which won a Betty Trask Award, Twelve Bar Blues, which won the 2001 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award, The London Pigeon Wars, and City of Tiny Lights and Jerusalem. He lives in London.
Kerry Needham lives in Sheffield with 19-year-old Leighanna, and runs her own business. The website for the campaign to find Ben is www.helpfindben.co.uk.
Jeremy Front is an award winning writer, actor and broadcaster. He studied Fine Art (Painting) at Goldsmith’s, University of London and Central St. Martin’s School of Art. His first feature length screenplay was shortlisted for the Oxford Film Foundation Prize and first theatre pieces were musical/sketch revues, co-written with his sister, Rebecca Front. Four Times Four, a collection of monologues for women was staged by the RSC in Stratford as part of their New Writing Season. Jeremy has written extensively for radio and television moving between original and adaptations in both drama and comedy. Work for BBC Radio includes the comedy series: Jack and Millie, seven series of Incredible Women (nominated BBC Audio Drama Award) in both of which he co-stars with Rebecca Front, and the long-running radio comedy series The Charles Paris Mysteries starring Bill Nighy. Jeremy has adapted and dramatized work by Graham Greene Stamboul Train, Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Harrison’s Confession, John Meade Faulkner The Lost Stradivarius, Anita Loos Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Nominated and Finalist for a Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award), Chekov The Duel and Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall, Scoop, Brideshead Revisited and The Sword of Honour Trilogy (Winner of the BBC Audio Drama Award). Jeremy has recently finished writing a debut novel, Making Marks.
Robert F. Neill is the author of several historical novels. Mist over Pendle is his best known novel.
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