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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.
Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman’s motto is ‘Follow your dream’. Just a couple of year ago Alex and Stacey quit their 9 to 5 jobs and began their Meringue Girls journey. Now they have a bakery HQ in Broadway Market with a staff of eight, which sells to Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Recipease and Harvey Nicholls, as well as fashion events, weddings and their weekly market stall. They run masterclasses rated by the Evening Standard as one of the best in London. They have had a huge media and social media response including numerous TV appearance and over 80,000 Instagram followers. They are in talks to open a franchise in Dubai. They also do weekly food styling for various publications including the Guardian. They live in east London. Alex has a new baby, and Stacey recently got married.
Svenja O’Donnell is an award-winning political correspondent and commentator whose work regularly features on TV and radio. Before covering Brexit for Bloomberg, she worked as a correspondent in Russia. Half-Irish and half-German, she was born and brought up in Paris, and lives in London. Inge's War is her first book.
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.
Haruki Murakami (Author) In 1978, Haruki Murakami was twenty-nine and running a jazz bar in downtown Tokyo. One April day, the impulse to write a novel came to him suddenly while watching a baseball game. That first novel, Hear the Wind Sing, won a new writers’ award and was published the following year. More followed, including A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, but it was Norwegian Wood, published in 1987, which turned Murakami from a writer into a phenomenon. His books became bestsellers, were translated into many languages, including English, and the door was thrown wide open to Murakami’s unique and addictive fictional universe. Murakami writes with admirable discipline, producing ten pages a day, after which he runs ten kilometres (he began long-distance running in 1982 and has participated in numerous marathons and races), works on translations, and then reads, listens to records and cooks. His passions colour his non-fiction output, from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running to Absolutely On Music, and they also seep into his novels and short stories, providing quotidian moments in his otherwise freewheeling flights of imaginative inquiry. In works such as The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1Q84 and Men Without Women, his distinctive blend of the mysterious and the everyday, of melancholy and humour, continues to enchant readers, ensuring Murakami’s place as one of the world’s most acclaimed and well-loved writers. Seiji Ozawa (Author) Seiji Ozawa served as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for twenty-nine years, and was music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Ravinia Festival, and Wiener Staatsoper. With Kazuyoshi Akiyama, he formed the Saito Kinen Orchestra and is the director of the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival. Ozawa has been deeply involved in musical education through his work with Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga, Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland and as founder of the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Opera Project, organizations which provide opportunities to outstanding students in Asia and Europe. Among his many honours, Ozawa has been awarded the Officier de la Légion d’Honneur in France, the Japanese Order of Culture, the Kennedy Center Honors, and a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Jay Rubin (Translator) Jay Rubin is the author of Injurious to Public Morals: Writers and the Meiji State and Making Sense of Japanese, and he edited Modern Japanese Writers for the Scribner Writers Series. He has translated into English two novels by the Japanese writer Soseki Natsume, and also Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and after the quake.
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'.
Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and podcaster from north London. He discovered his passion for literature at the age of twenty-three while studying exercise science at university. Unable to afford a change of degree, Derek began reading voraciously and sneaking into English Literature lectures at the University of Manchester. Derek edited and contributed to Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space. That Reminds Me is his first solo work.
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 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 was born in 1935. He was Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of Wolfson College, of the British Academy, and of the Royal Society of Literature. He published eight books of poetry, as well as translations from the Russian of poems by Alexander Blok and Boris Pasternak, and prize-winning biographies of Louis MacNeice and Wilfred Owen. Professor Stallworthy died in November 2014.
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.
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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