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Caitlin Moran (Author) Caitlin Moran is the eldest of eight children, home-educated on a council estate in Wolverhampton, believing that if she were very good and worked very hard, she might one day evolve into Bill Murray. She published a children’s novel, The Chronicles of Narmo, at the age of 16, and became a columnist at The Times at 18. She has gone on to be named Columnist of the Year six times. At one point, she was also Interviewer and Critic of the Year - which is good going for someone who still regularly mistypes ‘the’ as ‘hte’. Her multi-award-winning bestseller How to Be a Woman has been published in 28 countries, and won the British Book Awards’ Book of the Year 2011. Her two volumes of collected journalism, Moranthology and Moranifesto, were Sunday Times bestsellers, and her novel, How to Build a Girl, debuted at Number One, and is currently being adapted as a movie. She co-wrote two series of the Rose d’Or-winning Channel 4 sitcom Raised by Wolves with her sister, Caroline. Caitlin lives on Twitter with her husband and two children, where she spends her time tweeting either about civil rights issues, or that picture of Bruce Springsteen when he was 23, and has his top off. She would like to be remembered as ‘a very sexual humanitarian’. Camille Paglia (Author) Self described 'dissident feminist', Camille Paglia is a professor of humanities and media studies and at the University of the Arts in Phildelphia. Her books include Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson and Sex, Art and American Culture. She was a founding contributor and columnist for Salon and writes about art, literature, popular culture, politics and religion for publications around the world. Hanna Rosin (Author) Hanna Rosin is the author of The End of Men and a national correspondent at The Atlantic, writing about American culture. She is a writer and editor for Slade, and writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ and The Washington Post, among others. Maureen Dowd (Author) Pulitzer-prize winning writer and author of Are Men Necessary?, Maureen Dowd has been a New York Times columnist since 1995. She has served as the White House correspondent and has covered four presidential campaigns.
Antonio Pagliarulo lives in New York City. This is his second book for young readers.
Peter Pagnamenta is a television producer and writer who specialises in current affairs and history series. He was the executive producer and writer of People's Century, and a former editor of Panorama and 24 hours. Momoko Williams was born and bought up in Japan. She has over 20 years experience of researching for documentaries, including, The 20th Century, and will translate Arthur's letters.
Hsiao-Hung Pai was born in Taiwan and came to Britain in 1991. She first started writing for Chinese publications and later for the Guardian, specialising in stories about the Chinese community. She covered the Morecambe cockle picking tragedy for The Guardian and in order to understand the plight of other Chinese migrants, she went undercover, and is the only journalist working in Britain who has truly penetrated the world of undocumented Chinese migrants. Hsiao-Hung now works as a freelance journalist, writing for the Guardian, the New Statesman, and others. Nick Broomfield’s recent film GHOSTS was based on her work. CHINESE WHISPERS is her first book. Hsiao-Hung lives in London with her partner.
Thomas Paine was born in1737 at Thetford, Norfolk in England, as a son of a Quaker. He immigrated to America in 1774. There he published works criticising the slavery and supporting American independence. He became very popular but returned to England where he became involved in the French Revolution. After that he returned to America where he died in 1802.
Janet Paisley’s oeuvre includes five poetry collections, two of short fiction, a novella and numerous plays, radio, TV and film scripts. Accolades include a prestigious Creative Scotland Award (Not for Glory, stories), the Peggy Ramsay Memorial Award (Refuge, a play) and a BAFTA nomination (Long Haul, a short film). Her poetry and short stories have been translated into seven languages and are widely anthologized. White Rose Rebel is her first novel.
R. J. Palacio was born and raised in New York City. She attended the High School of Art and Design and the Parsons School of Design, where she majored in illustration. She was a graphic designer and an art director for many years before writing her critically acclaimed debut novel, Wonder, which has been on the New York Times bestseller list since March 2012, and sold over 16 million copies worldwide. In addition to Wonder, R. J. has written Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories, 365 Days of Wonder, We're All Wonders, and White Bird: A Wonder Story. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, two sons and two dogs (Bear and Beau). Learn more about her at www.wonderthebook.com or on Twitter at @RJPalacio.
Chuck Palahniuk is the bestselling author of fifteen fictional works, including Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Haunted, Rant, Pygmy, Tell-All, Damned, Doomed, Beautiful You, and most recently Make Something Up. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Ronen Palan is Professor of International Political Economy at City University, London. He has written extensively on the political economy of the state and globalization, as well as specializing in offshore finance.
Greg Palast is an award-winning guerilla journalist. His previous book The Best Democracy Money Can Buy was an international bestseller.
Christopher Paolini (Author) Christopher Paolini's love of fantasy and the natural beauty that surrounds his home in Montana inspired him to begin writing the Inheritance Cycle at fifteen. He became a number one bestselling author at nineteen and spent the next decade immersed in the world of Alagaësia. Also an accomplished artist, Christopher drew the interior art for the books. In his spare time he enjoys sharpening knives, playing video games, lifting heavy things and searching for the perfect leather-bound notebook.
Jon Palfreman is an English-born television producer and journalist who's made more than 40 documentaries for the BBC and PBS. He has also won many prizes for his journalism and science writing. An internationally sought-after lecturer who has made recent appearances in Brazil, India, the UK and the Netherlands, as well as at Harvard and MIT, he himself was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2011.
Michael Palin has written and starred in numerous TV programmes and films, from Monty Python and Ripping Yarns to The Missionary and The Death of Stalin. He has also made several much-acclaimed travel documentaries, his journeys taking him to the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. His books include accounts of his journeys, novels (Hemingway’s Chair and The Truth) and several volumes of diaries. From 2009 to 2012 he was president of the Royal Geographical Society, and in 2013 he was made a BAFTA fellow. He lives in London.
Anna Pallai is a PR and agent and formerly Publicity Director at Faber where she helped manage the publishing careers of Harry Hill, Ricky Gervais, Richard Ayoade, David Mitchell and numerous others. She was born midway through the 1970s and vividly recalls the period of 1975-80 as being a personal culinary nadir. Having been forcefed devilled eggs, stuffed peppers and Hungarian meat stews of dubious origin from birth, she went vegetarian aged twelve and hasn’t looked back since.
Charles Palliser was born in the US but has lived in the UK since childhood. For a number of years he lectured in English at the University of Strathclyde but resigned to write full time after the success of The Quincunx. He is the author of four novels
William Palmer is the author of five novels, The Good Republic, Leporello, The Contract, The Pardon of Saint Anne and The India House, and a collection of short stories, Four Last Things. He was awarded a Travelling Scholarship by the Society of Authors in 1997. A book of poems, The Island Rescue, won the Collection Prize at the Listowel Writers' Week festival in Ireland in 2006. He reviews regularly for the Independent and other journals. He lives in south-west London. http://www.williampalmer.info/
Caitríona Palmer lives in Washington, DC, where she writes for the Irish Independent and has done radio work for RTE and the BBC. She is married to a fellow-journalist, with whom she has three children.
Daniel Defoe was born in London in 1660. He worked briefly as a hosiery merchant, then as an intelligence agent and political writer. His writings resulted in his imprisonment on several occasions, and earned him powerful friends and enemies. During his lifetime Defoe wrote over two hundred and fifty books, pamphlets and journals and travelled widely in both Europe and the British Isles. Among his most famous works are Robinson Crusoe (1719), Moll Flanders (1722) and A Journal of the Plague Year (1722). Though Defoe was nearly sixty before he began writing fiction, his work is so fundamental to the development of the novel that he is often cited as the first true English novelist. He is also regarded as a founding father of modern journalism and one of the earliest travel writers. Daniel Defoe died in April 1731.
Michael Palmer spent twenty years as a full-time practitioner of emergency medicine and is currently an associate director of addiction medicine in Massachusetts. He can be contacted at www.michalepalmerbooks.com
Myles Palmer has written about football for the Scotsman, 90 Minutes, FourFourTwo and the Scottish Sunday Herald, as well as appearing on BBC's Newsnight. He is also a feature writer and rock critic.
Dr Ian Palmer is very well placed to look at the psychological and emotional issues relating to adoption as he has the benefit of not only being adopted, but also of being a psychiatrist with particular interest in family medicine and psychological trauma. Ian has wide experience of dealing with individuals and couples attempting to deal with difficult experiences and decisions, including going through the ordeal of IVF and those contemplating adoption.
Ben Palmer runs an information technology business from home, where he lives with his six-year-old son Harry and three-year-old daughter Emily. This is his first book. www.jessicastrust.org.uk
Hermione Cockburn is an earth scientist and science broadcaster. She has presented on various BBC television series including Coast, Rough Science, The Nature of Britain and What the Ancients Did for Us as well as science series for BBC Radio 4 including The Secret Life of Reservoirs and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. She has a PhD in geomorphology and is an Associate Lecturer with the Open University in Scotland. Douglas Palmer is a science writer specializing in fossil evolution and geology. He has written extensively on both subjects and in a number of published books and articles including most recently The Origins of Man and The Complete Earth. He was a senior lecturer and researcher in palaeontology in Trinity College, University of Dublin and currently teaches at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education and Robinson College.
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