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Geoffrey Robertson QC is founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, the largest human rights practice in the UK. He has appeared in the courts of many countries as counsel in leading cases in constitutional, criminal and international law and served as the first President of the UN War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone, where he authored a landmark decision on the illegality of recruiting child soldiers. He defended in the last two cases brought for blasphemy in Britain (against Salman Rushdie and Gay News), represented Catholic lawyers and youth workers detained without trial by Lee Kwan Yew and was counsel in Bowman v United Kingdom, which established the right of Catholics to campaign effectively against abortion laws during elections. He sits as a recorder and as a master of Middle Temple and a visiting professor of human rights law at Queen Mary College. In 2008, he was appointed as a distinguished jurist member of the UN Justice Council. His books include Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle for Global Justice, a memoir, The Justice Game and The Tyrannicide Brief, an award winning study of the trial of Charles I.
David Quammen is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the author of five acclaimed natural history titles. His most recent book, The Song of the Dodo, won the BP Natural World Book Prize in 1996. He lives in Montana.
David Quantick is a BAFTA award-winning comedy writer and bestselling author of the bestselling series of Grumpy Old Men books. Dangerous Book for Middle-Aged Men is edited by the great Jon Naismith (producer of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue and much award-winning radio and TV). Both are certainly not pushing middle-age and they are certainly not into cooking ... apart from truffles ... which are really, really expensive ... or sports cars ... and neither has a comb-over ... yet.
Alissa Quart is the author of the acclaimed book Branded. She writes opinion pieces and book reviews for The New York Times and features for Lingua Franca, Elle, The Nation and Salon. A former child prodigy, she started writing novels at the age of seven and won numerous national writing competitions. She is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.
Ruth Quayle (Author) Ruth Quayle used to work as a journalist and copywriter, and was inspired to write books for children by the funny things her own kids said. Ruth lives in London with her family and when she’s not writing, you’ll find her stepping on bits of lego, burning fish fingers and trying to convince the children that there really isn’t room for a dog.
William Queen spent 20 years as a Special Agent with the US Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. A Vietnam War veteran, Queen served with the US Special Forces and was awarded the Silver Star during his 1971 tour of duty.
Adriana Hunter has translated some eighty books, mostly works of literary fiction. She won the 2011 Scott-Moncrieff Prize for her translation of Véronique Olmi’s Beside the Sea, and was twice shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. She lives in Kent, England.
John A. Quelch is dean, vice president and distinguished professor of international management at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He was formerly senior associate dean of the Harvard Business School and dean of the London Business School. He is also a director of WPP and Alere, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Katherine E. Jocz is a consultant and writer on marketing. She was formerly a research associate at the Harvard Business School and director of networks and relationships at Marketspace, a Monitor Group company. She has served as a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Marketing and the board of directors of the Association for Consumer Research.
William Steig (Author) William Steig (1907 - 2003) was a prolific American cartoonist, sculptor and, later in life, an author of popular children's literature. Most noted for the books Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, he also created the character Shrek, who inspired the popular movie series. Quentin Blake (Illustrator) Quentin Blake has illustrated more than three hundred books and was Roald Dahl's favourite illustrator. In 1980 he won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. In 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration.
Henry Eliot (Author) Henry Eliot is the creative editor of Penguin Classics. Having studied English Literature at Cambridge University, he has spent the past decade immersed in literature, creating a mass public pilgrimage for the National Trust inspired by William Morris, recreating Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to raise money for the National Literacy Trust and leading a number of literary tours, including a Lake Poets tour of Cumbria and a quest for the Holy Grail based on Malory's Morte Darthur. He was a Trustee of the William Blake literary society for three years. He is the author of Follow This Thread, a maze-like book about the history and psychology of mazes, and Curiocity, written with Matt Lloyd-Rose, an illustrated book of unexpected London journeys and experiences.
Sheila started work at fifteen as a presser in Hepworths, a tailoring factory. She married at eighteen and had three daughters; Dawn, Janine and Diane and a younger son, Michael. Recently divorced, she now has eight grandchildren, and every Saturday and Sunday can be found at a football match for the Darlington Academy under thirteens and the Northern League. Sheila has lived in Houghton-le-Spring near Sunderland for thirty years.
Geraldine Quigley was born in 1964. She worked in retail for many years and gained a degree in Irish History and Politics at Magee College, University of Ulster, as a mature student. It was in her late forties that she began writing. She currently works and lives in Derry with her husband. Music Love Drugs War is her first novel.
Jim Quillen, born in 1919, had a difficult childhood; by the time he was an adolescent, he was regularly getting into serious trouble. At twenty-two—chained at the wrists and sentenced to forty-five years behind bars—he saw the inside of United States Penitentiary Alcatraz Island for the first time. Many years later Quillen returned to the island, which by that time was part of the National Park Service system. For several years, he was one of the island’s most popular volunteers—retelling his story as part of the audio tour, and sharing his past with visitors fascinated by his life experiences. Jim Quillen died in 1998 and is survived by his wife, daughter, and granddaughters.
Relate (Author) Relate is a national federated charity with 75 years' experience of supporting the nation’s relationships. Relate is governed by a Board of Trustees, all of them volunteers, who are deeply committed to realising our vision of a future in which healthy and happy relationships form the heart of a thriving society. Susan Quilliam (Author) Susan Quilliam is a relationships expert with over 35 years' experience in offering support through her work as a writer, coach, trainer, consultant and commentator. Susan works closely with Relate, is an Ambassador for Relate Cambridge and with them has written two books for Vermilion, The Relate Guide to Staying Together - which the Times described as "the only relationship book you'll ever need" and Stop Arguing Start Talking, which is currently Relate's best selling book. She sits on the Advisory Boards of the Sexual Advice Association and Women's Health Concern and is on the Council for Sexuality and Sexual Health for the Royal Society of Medicine. She is also one of the Family Planning Association's designated 21st Century Achievers, UK Dating Expert of the year 2015, and a Patron of the Outsiders charity which campaigns for sexual rights for the less-abled. Susan is an advice columnist for Fabulous magazine as well as broadcasting and presenting internationally on topics surrounding love and sexuality.
Mary Quin holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard. After an 18-year career in corporate America, she founded and runs an organic retail company, Tuliqi LLC. Mary now divides her time between Anchorage, Alaska, and Auckland, New Zealand.
Anna Quindlen is the author of five bestselling novels and has one the Pulitzer Prize for her New York Times column 'Public and Private'. She lives with her family in New York City.
Michael Quinion, author of the bestselling Port Out, Starboard Home, has always been fascinated by language. His lexophilia really began in earnest in 1991, when, realising so many new words were missing from the Oxford English Dictionary, he started sending examples of them to the editors. He eventually became an official freelance reader and in the past sixteen years, he has sent in over 160,000 citations. Not satisfied with merely helping the OED, Michael Quinion set up his own language website in 1997, worldwidewords.org. The site has become a huge success as people all over the world ask Michael to tease out the truth behind the quirks of our language.
Glennyce S Eckersley is an international angel expert and author of many successful books, including An Angel at My Shoulder and Saved by the Angels. She lives in Manchester, UK and has made many media appearances. Gary Quinn is a spiritual teacher, leading intuitive life coach and popular author whose books include May the Angels Be With You and Living in the Spiritual Zone. He is the founder of Our Living Centre in Los Angeles, California, and is in popular demand for seminars and events, frequently appearing in the media in the States and UK.
Justin Quinn was born, raised and educated in Dublin. Mount Merrion is his first novel.
Mick Quinn scored an amazing 231 goals in 512 league games for six football clubs including Newcastle United, Coventry City and Portsmouth. As a racehorse trainer, he has had over forty winners. Oliver Harvey is assistant features editor at the Sun newspaper and has also worked at the Daily Mail.
Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. From 1998 to 2013 he was the film critic for the Independent. He is the author of six novels: The Rescue Man, which won the 2009 Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award; Half of the Human Race; The Streets, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Walter Scott Prize; Curtain Call, which was chosen for Waterstones and Mail on Sunday Book Clubs; Freya, a Radio 2 Book Club choice, and Eureka.
Laurent Quintreau was one of the founders of the magazine Perpendiculaire, and is a performance artist. He also works for a corporation and is a trade unionist.
Pauline Quirke began her career in television at just eight years old, appearing in Dixon of Dock Green. She went on to host children's TV series in the 1970s, before taking a role in The Elephant Man. In 1989 Pauline was cast as loveable loudmouth Sharon Theodopolopodous in Birds of a Feather, which turned her into a household name. She remained with the series until its conclusion in 1998 after over 100 episodes, before gaining critical acclaim for performances in Down to Earth and The Sculptress. After recent roles in Skins, The Bill and Casualty, Pauline joined the cast of Emmerdale where she played the part of chirpy chatterbox Hazel Rhodes.
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