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Thomas Otte is Professor of Diplomatic History at the University of East Anglia. His previous books include the acclaimed July Crisis: The World's Descent into War, Summer 1914 and The Foreign Office Mind: The Making of British Foreign Policy 1865-1914. He has been an adviser to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and is a Trustee of the Foreign Office Historical Collection.
Yotam Ottolenghi is a cookery writer and chef-patron of the Ottolenghi delis and NOPI and ROVI restaurants. He writes a weekly column in The Guardian’s FEAST magazine and has published seven Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling cookbooks: PLENTY and PLENTY MORE (his collection of vegetarian recipes); OTTOLENGHI: THE COOKBOOK and JERUSALEM, co-authored with Sami Tamimi; NOPI: THE COOKBOOK with Ramael Scully; SWEET with Helen Goh; and OTTOLENGHI SIMPLE with Tara Wigley. Yotam has made two 'Mediterranean Feasts' series for More 4, a BBC4 documentary, 'Jerusalem on a Plate’ and his hugely popular 'Simple Pleasures' podcast. ottolenghi.co.uk. @ottolenghi
Philip Pullman (Author) Philip Pullman is one of the most highly respected children's authors writing today. Winner of many prestigious awards, including the Carnegie of Carnegies and the Whitbread Award, Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials has been acclaimed as a modern classic. It has sold 17.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 40 languages. In 2005 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He lives in Oxford. Clément Oubrerie (Illustrator) Clément Oubrerie was born in Paris in 1966 and has illustrated more than forty children's books.
Caroline Oulton worked in television drama for more than twenty years, and Unsafe Attachments is her first work of fiction. She lives in London with her three children.
Ian Ousby wrote widely on subjects both English and French. His recent books include The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English and Occupation: The Ordeal of France 1940-1944, which won the 1997 Edith McLeod Literary Prize, given annually to the British book which 'has contributed most to Franco-British understanding', and the 1997 Stern Silver PEN Award for Non-fiction. He died in August 2001.
David Ovason has published numerous books in the arcane field. His first, a study of the secret texts of the French prophet, Nostradamus, The Nostradamus Code, has been hailed as a masterpiece of its kind. His second work, The Zelator, presents the fascinating autobiography of the magus, Mark Hedsel - a personal story which tells of the tribulations and triumphs experienced by a man who sough initiation in the modern world. More recently he has written Nostradamus: Prophecies for America, The Secret Symbolism of the Dollar Bill and The History of the Horoscope. Lost Symbols? was originally published 10 years ago as The Secret Zodiacs of Washington, D.C.
Mark Ovenden is a British writer and broadcaster. At the age of seven, he travelled alone ten miles on the London Underground, armed only with a map. He later gained entry to a Graphic Design course by submitting a reworking of the London tube map. His previous books are Great Railway Maps of the World, Metro Maps of the World, Paris Metro Style and London Underground by Design. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.
Caroline Overington is a bestselling author and journalist who has worked for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. She is the mother of delightful 13-year-old twins and lives in Bondi with her family, a blue dog and a lizard.
Bestselling author Hollie Overton is a television writer who has written for ABC Family, CBS and Lifetime. Overton's father was a member of the notorious Overton gang in Austin, Texas, and spent several years in prison for manslaughter. Raised by her single mother, Hollie an identical twin herself, draws on her unique childhood experiences to lend realism and compassion to her depictions of violence and complicated family dynamics.
Following a first-class degree from Cambridge, Sandi Toksvig went into the theatre, where she both wrote and performed before becoming one of the founder members of the Comedy Store Players. She is well known for her television and radio work, as a presenter, writer and actor. She has written four books for children including Unusual Day, published by Young Corgi in 1996.
Richard Overy is one of Britain's most distinguished historians. His major works include The Bombing War, Interrogations and The Dictators.
Ovid was born in 43 BC in central Italy. He was sent to Rome where he realised that his talent lay with poetry rather than with politics. His first published work was 'Amores', a collection of short love poems. He was expelled in A.D. 8 by Emperor Augustus for an unknown reason and went to Tomis on the Black Sea, where he died in AD 17. Mary M. Innes graduated from Glasgow and Oxford Universities and subsequently taught in the universities of Belfast and Aberdeen, before spending some twenty years proving to schoolgirls that classical languages can and should be enjoyed.
Michael Ovitz co-founded CAA in 1975 and served as its chairman until 1995. For most of the past two decades he has been a private investor and an advisor to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. This is his first book.
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William F Owen is British and was born in Singapore in 1963. Privately educated, he joined the Army in 1981, and served in both regular and territorial units until resigning in 1993 to work on defence and advisory projects in Kuwait, Taiwan, Algeria, the Philippines, and Sierra Leone. An accomplished, glider, fixed wing and helicopter pilot, he works as a writer, broadcaster and defence analyst. This is his first novel.
Mark Owen is a former member of the US Naval Special Warfare Development Group, commonly known as SEAL Team Six. In his many years as a Navy SEAL, he has participated in hundreds of missions around the globe, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean in 2009. Owen was a team leader on Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on 1 May 2011, which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Owen was one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist mastermind's hideout, where he witnessed bin Laden's death. Mark Owen's name and the names of the other SEALs mentioned in this book have been changed for their security. Kevin Maurer has covered special-operations forces for nine years. He has been embedded with the Special Forces in Afghanistan six times, spent a month in 2006 with special-operations units in east Africa, and has embedded with US forces in Iraq and Haiti. He is the author of four books, including several about special operations.
James Owen was latterly acting editor of The Daily Telegraph Obituaries page and now writes regularly for the Financial Times and Conde Naste Traveller. He is also contributing editor to The New Dictionary of National Biography. He is presently working on his first book, a study of colonial life during WWII. A former journalist on The Times, Guy Walters is the author of The Traitor, a thriller set during the Second World War which was published in 2002. His second book The Leader was published in Spring 2004.
Now in his third career, Bryn Owen started work over 30 years ago as a Production Engineer. During the following 15 years he worked in the manufacturing industry in the UK and Nigeria. His posts included five years as Plant Manager of a domestic appliance factory and six years as Quality Manager in the automotive industry. Before becoming a full time consultant in 1986 he was the Head of Computer Aided Engineering at Salford University College. There he was responsible for the development and presentation of courses in the field of Quality. Bryn has written two books on achieving ISO 9000 registration. The first of these books describes in everyday language the findings of his research for which he was awarded a PhD in 1991. This work involved the development of a model to simplify the design of the Optimum quality system. Workshops based on his work have been run in the USA, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Bryn believes that education and training must be life-long, for the individual, employer and society. He actively encourages others to develop themselves and their staff through his work as an Open University Tutor and a non-executive Director of his local Training and Enterprise Council. Bryn Owen is currently Chief Executive of Optimum Systems for Quality, a firm of quality consultants who have worked with many clients to improve their quality.
Robert Owen (1771-1858) was one of the greatest of British social reformers. George Claeys received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and is now Associate Professor of History at Washington University.
Wilfred Owen (Author) Wilfred Owen was born in Oswestry, a Shropshire town close to the Welsh border, on 18 March 1893. Intended first for the church, Owen finally decided at the age of 20 that literature meant more to him than evangelical religion. He was working as a tutor in France when Germany invaded Belgium and war was declared in 1914. Owen enlisted a year later, was commissioned into the 5th (Reserve) Battalion, Manchester Regiment in 1916, and crossed to France at the end of that year. By mid-1917 he was diagnosed as suffering from shellshock, and was invalided back to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Scotland, where he met Siegfried Sassoon. He wrote some of his most powerful war poetry at the start of 1918 before he was declared fit to return to France. Owen was awarded the Military Cross for his service in the last British assaults on the German line, but he did not live to wear it or to see in print most of the poems that would make his name. In the early morning of 4th November 1918, his platoon was caught in heavy fire and Wilfred Owen was killed, only seven days before peace was declared. Jon Stallworthy (Edited by) Jon Stallworthy, born in 1935, is Professor of English at the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of Wolfson College, a poet, and literary critic. His works include seven volumes of poetry, and biographies of Wilfred Owen and Louis MacNeice. He has edited several anthologies and is particularly known for his work on war poetry.
BBC Wales television news anchorman, radio presenter and author Jamie Owen has been a leading figure in Welsh broadcasting for a number of years. He is best known for his role as the presenter of Wales Today, the BBC national flagship evening television news programme. Born in Pembrokeshire, his career started with the BBC in London. He hosts a daily radio programme for BBC Wales, has made several television series and is the author of four books.
Lauren Owen is twenty-eight years old and grew up in the grounds of a boarding school in Yorkshire. Her first attempts at writing as a teenager were Harry Potter fan fiction. She is a graduate of St Hilda's, Oxford, holds an MA in Victorian Literature, is completing a PhD on Gothic writing and fan culture, and is the recipient of the UEA creative-writing programme's prestigious Curtis Brown Prize. The Quick is her first novel.
Born and raised in South Wales, music journalist David Owens cut his teeth on a number of key fanzines and Welsh newspapers during the early days of the nascent Welsh music scene. He's interviewed such pop icons as David Bowie, Paul Weller and The Charlatans. He was also the first music journalist in Wales to interview The Manic Street Preachers.
Sharon Owens was born in Omagh in 1968. She moved to Belfast in 1988, to study illustration at the Art College. She married husband Dermot in 1992 and they have one daughter, Alice. The Ballroom on Magnolia Street is her second novel.
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