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As the former editor of the BBC's award-winning science and technology magazine, Focus, Jheni Osman was nominated for the BSME Editor of the Year 2010 and won the PTC New Editor of the Year 2008. She launched the Focus app and presented the podcast and FocusTV. With a background in Natural Sciences, and a masters from Imperial College London, Jheni has written for numerous publications including Focus, Lonely Planet and Countryfile magazines, and worked for a TV news agency in Istanbul and in TV production at the BBC's Natural History Unit. A former professional tennis player who toured the world and played at Wimbledon, Jheni loves to travel and says her best experiences in life have been climbing Mont Blanc and swimming with a whale shark.
Richard Osman is a creative director for Endemol UK. He has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats and 10 O'Clock Live. Richard rose to fame presenting Pointless with Alexander Armstrong. Richard's popularity and tremendous knowledge of trivia led to him presenting his own BBC quiz, Two Tribes along with Insert Name Here and Child Genius. He is also a regular on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You and writes a column for the Radio Times. This is his debut novel.
Richard Osman (Author) Richard Osman is a creative director for Endemol UK. He has worked as an executive producer on numerous shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats and 10 O'Clock Live. Richard rose to fame presenting Pointless with Alexander Armstrong. Richard's popularity and tremendous knowledge of trivia led to him presenting his own BBC quiz,Two Tribes along with Insert Name Here, Child Genius and Richard Osman's House of Games. He is also a regular on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You and writes a column for the Radio Times. Alan Connor (Author) Alan Connor is the author of Two Girls, One on Each Knee: The Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword ("witty, charming, encyclopaedic and highly readable” - The Spectator) and The Joy of Quiz ("An absolute delight” - Mail on Sunday). He has made quizzes for various TV shows and newspapers and written comedy including BBC Film's The Rack Pack, A Young Doctor’s Notebook (Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe) and Have I Got News For You.
Mirabel Osler writes regularly for the garden magazine Hortus and is also the author of A Gentle Plea for Chaos, The Garden Wall, The Garden Bench, In the Eye of the Garden, The Secret Gardens of France and A Breath From Elsewhere. Simon Dorrell is best known for his work as Art Editor and in-house illustrator for Hortus. His work also appears regularly in Country Life and he has provided illustrations for a number of books. Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hill has been cooking for twenty-five years, and is currently chef-patron at the Merchant House, Ludlow. In 1993 he won Egon Ronay Chef of the Year, and a Catey award at the catering industry's Oscars. He is also a research fellow in Ancient Greek at Exeter University.
Peter Osgood played for Chelsea and Southampton, and was also capped four times by England in the early 1970s. He died in 2006. Martin King is the author of A Boy's Story, The Estate and The South Downs Way, and Martin Knight is the author of the novel Common People. Together they have co-written Hoolifan, The Naughty Nineties and On the Cobbles.
Following the Emmy Award-winning The Osbournes, Kelly Osbourne has gone on to make a serious name for herself in the worlds of television, radio, musical theatre and fashion. She received rave reviews in 2007 for Chicago and later that year was nominated for a prestigious Sony Award after starting her radio slot on The Surgery. Kelly's TV presenting work includes co-hosting the Brit Awards, and her recording career includes a half-million selling No. 1 single.
Roger Osborne's work has provided a range of innovative insights into our views of the past, and how they inform the present. His previous books include The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology, The Deprat Affair: Ambition, Revenge and Deceit in French Indo-China, The Dreamer of the Calle San Salvador: Visions of Sedition and Sacrilege in Sixteenth-Century Spain, Civilization: A New History of the Western World and Of The People, By The People, A New History of Democracy. Roger Osborne is also a professional playwright. His plays include The Art Of Persuasion, first performed in 2011 and Laughton, staged in 2013 He lives in Scarborough.
Paul Osborne is a fire investigation officer who has been with the Fire Brigade for over 20 years. In 2013, Paul was selected to be a Hydrocarbon Dog Handler, one of just 14 teams across the country. He was paired up with the bright-eyed Cocker Spaniel, Sherlock to help make London a safer city. Sherlock is a five-year old Cocker Spaniel with a nose for sniffing out ignitable liquids. He is very fond of tennis balls.
Mary Pope Osborne is the author of over forty books for young people, including novels, picture books, biographies, mysteries, and retellings of fairy tales and myths. She was the president of the Author's Guild, the leading organization for professional writers in the United States, for two years and has won many different awards for her books. She lives in New York City with her husband, Will, and their Norfolk terrier, Bailey - who sleeps on the top of Mary's desk every day while she writes.
Jon Osborne has been a newspaper reporter for a decade, most recently for the Naples Daily News in Florida, where he covered everything from bake sales to triple murders. He is a veteran of the United States Navy. He is currently at work on his second thriller.
Frances Osborne studied Law at Oxford and trained as a barrister and journalist. She is married to the current Chancellor of the Exchequer. She lives in West London with her family. LILLA'S FEAST was her first family memoir.
Born in England, Lawrence Osborne is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Forgiven, The Ballad of a Small Player, Hunters in the Dark and Beautiful Animals. His non-fiction ranges from memoir through travelogue to essays, including Bangkok Days, Paris Dreambook and The Wet and the Dry. His short story 'Volcano' was selected for Best American Short Stories 2012, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, the New Yorker, Forbes, Harper’s and other publications. He lives in Bangkok.
Richard Osborne is one of Britain's best known and most widely respected writers and broadcasters on classical music. Born in 1943 in the East Riding of Yorkshire, he read English at Bristol University. He taught for a number of years, began broadcasting for BBC Radio 3 in 1969, and joined the review panel of Gramophone in 1974. His Rossini (1985) was widely acclaimed for its readability and scholarship and is now regarded as the standard work on the subject. In 1989, he published Conversations with Karajan. He is married, with one son, and lives in Berkshire.
Arthur Osborne (1906–1970) was an English writer on spirituality and mysticism, and the disciple and biographer of Sri Ramana Maharshi. He was the founding editor of Mountain Path, a journal published by Ramanasramam, the ashram founded by the devotees of Ramana Maharshi.
Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen-name, George Orwell, was born in India, where his father worked for the Civil Service. An author and journalist, Orwell was one of the most prominent and influential figures in twentieth-century literature. His unique political allegory Animal Farm was published in 1945, and it was this novel, together with the dystopia of Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), which brought him world-wide fame. His novels and non-fiction include Burmese Days, Down and Out in Paris and London, The Road to Wigan Pier and Homage to Catalonia.
John Ortved (1980- ) lives between his homes in Toronto and New York, where he contributes to Vanity Fair and other publications, encourages fire safety and performs with the band Henri Fabergé and The Adorables. He owns and operates the website artisdumb.org. This is his first book.
Maureen Orth is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vogue and Esquire. Currently a special correspondent for Vanity Fair, she lives in Washington, D.C.
Adolfo García Ortega was born in 1958 and lives in Madrid and Barcelona. He is a translator, literary critic, journalist and former editorial director of the prestigious Spanish publishing house Seix Barral. His critically acclaimed novels have won many prizes. Desolation Island is his first book to be translated into English.
Julie Orringer was born in 1973 and grew up in New Orleans and Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and Cornell University. Her stories have appeared in several publications including The Paris Review, The Yale Review and Best New American Voices. Julie Orringer lives in San Francisco where she is currently at work on a novel. How to Breathe Underwater is her first book.
Jeanette Orrey is Catering Manager at St Peter's Primary School, East Bridgford, Nottinghamshire where she has worked for 14 years. Five years ago she brought the catering in-house, sourcing as much local, organic and fair trade produce as possible. She is School Meals Policy Advisor to the Soil Association and travels around the country encouraging other schools to implement the Food for Life targets. She has won many awards, including The Observer Food Award for 'Person who has done the most for the food & drink industry' in 2003. She lives in Nottingham with her husband, and has 3 sons. She enjoys watching Rugby Union and cooking when she has the time.
Wendy Orr lives in Australia with her dog and her family. She was born in Canada and grew up with various pets, in various places in North America and France. Once, when her family sailed to a new home, the dogs wore life-jackets, but the guinea pigs had to stay in their cages. Wendy is the author of several award-winning books.
Richard Orr is the editor of www.inthewinningzone.com and is a former BBC Young Sports Reporter of the Year. Kenny Kemp is an award-winning daily and Sunday newspaper journalist with 20 years' experience. He was Business Journalist of the Year in Scotland in 2001 and 2003.
Chris Orr is former deputy editor of Decanter magazine, former editor of Wine Magazine and helped set up the successful VirginWines.com internet wine company. He is now Editorial Director of the Drinks Business. He is also Drinks Editor for Food and Travel magazine and has regularly contributed to the wine section of The Weekend Telegraph.
Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works will be available in Penguin Modern Classics.
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