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Tara O'Shaughnessey was abused as a child and later fell into a life of crime and prostitution. She is now a university graduate and counsellor, and has dedicated her life to helping ‘fallen women’, walking the streets of cities in South Wales in search of the homeless and down-and-outs. She buys them food and clothes and tries to help them back into society. Tara would like her book to be a source of inspiration to women (and men) who have lost their way in the world, something they can find hope and a way forward from reading.
Trisha Greenhalgh (Author) Professor Trisha Greenhalgh is a GP and internationally recognised academic who works as a senior professor at the University of Oxford and has appeared on Woman's Hour and The Today Programme. She is the author of over 400 academic papers and 15 textbooks, including the bestselling book How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine. Liz O’Riordan (Author) Liz O'Riordan is a Consultant Oncoplastic Surgeon who blogs about her experiences as a doctor and patient here: liz.oriordan.co.uk. She has written articles for the Huffington Post, Macmillan, The Pool and Grazia. Her TEDx talk is called ‘Jar of Joy’.
John-Paul O'Neill has been writing about Manchester United for a variety of outlets for over twenty years, particularly for the now retired Red Issue fanzine. A founder member and season ticket holder at FC United, he is currently completing a law degree. He has an encyclopaedic and often first-hand knowledge of behind-the-scenes events at both FC and Old Trafford from the last twenty-five years.
Tom O’Neill (Author) Tom O’Neill is an award-winning investigative journalist whose work has appeared in Premiere, New York, The Village Voice and Details. Dan Piepenbring (Author) Dan Piepenbring is an advisory editor for The Paris Review and a contributor to The New Yorker’s website.
Natalia and Lauren are two sisters from the North of England. In the daytime they edit scripts and design sets, and at night they draw and write together. As children they loved fairytales, animal fables and the stories their Polish grandmother told on snowy nights. Hortense and the Shadow is their first picture book.
Trained chefs Alex and Stacey formed the Meringue Girls after working together in a restaurant kitchen in East London. They bonded over a love of sweet things, especially meringues. They supply Harvey Nicholls and Selfridges and have a weekly stall in Broadway market. They also do fashion launches, pop-ups and weddings, as well as streefood events like FEAST, KERB and Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Market.
Born in 1975, Serdar Ozkan attended Robert College in Istanbul. He completed his university education in the USA and has been a full-time novelist since 2002.
Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz was the internationally acclaimed author of many novels and essay collections, translated into over forty languages, including his brilliant semi-autobiographical work, A Tale of Love and Darkness. His last novel, Judas, was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2017 and won the Yasnaya Polyana Foreign Fiction Award. He received several international awards, including the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, the Goethe Prize, the Frankfurt Peace Prize and the 2013 Franz Kafka Prize. He died in December 2018.
Rosemary Gasson works as a property consultant to support her two felines: Waldo the Chief Inspector, an accident prone, 17lb Maine Coon; and Bronte, a one-part pedigree and three-parts miscellaneous moggie. Andrew Gasson, her brother, is an optometrist as well as a published author on such diverse subjects as Wilkie Collins and contact lenses. Andrew is like a Dutch uncle to all the world's felines, and feels that all cats should aspire to become members of the Feline Gourmet Society - where they can enjoy the world of fine feline eating.
Helen Oxenbury has charmed generations of children with her award-winning illustrations. She has won the Kate Greenaway medal and the Kurt Maschler Award and her numerous books include We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Mark Oxbrow and Ian Robertson have researched, written and lectured internationally on the history and legends of Rosslyn and King Arthur for over ten years. Both are Fellows of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. They have contributed to numerous British and American TV and DVD documentaries, bestselling books, magazines and press articles, and are widely acknowledged as 'Rosslyn experts'.
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.
Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) was one of the leading poets of the First World War. Brought up in Birkenhead and Shrewsbury, Owen worked as a lay assistant to the vicar of Dunsden before teaching in France the year before the war broke out. In 1915 he enlisted in the Artists Rifles and was wounded in combat in 1917. Recovering from concussion and shell shock in an Edinburgh hospital, Owen met another patient, the poet Siegfried Sassoon, who became his mentor. At this time Owen wrote many of his greatest poems including 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'. In June 1918 Owen returned to France and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery. He was killed on 4th November 1918, one week before Armistice Day.
Lauren Owen was born in 1985 and grew up in the grounds of an old country house in Yorkshire. Her first attempts at writing as a teenager were Harry Potter fan fictions. 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 Curtis Brown Prize for best writer on the UEA creative-writing programme. The Quick is her first novel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Publius Ovidius Naso was born in 43 BC at Sumo in Central Italy. He was expelled from Rome by the emperor Augustus in AD 8 for some unknown offence. He published poetry throughout his life. Harold Isbell is a renowned translator.
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