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Dr Clotaire Rapaille is a marketing expert - drawing on psychology and anthropology in his research - and the CEO and founder of Archetype Discoveries Worldwide. He has written over fourteen books, most recently The Culture Code, which has been translated into twelve languages. Dr Andrés Roemer is a journalist, civil servant, entrepreneur and academic. He has written over eighteen books on a diversity of topics including economics, happiness, art and crime, and is the President of the think tank, Poder Cívico.
Gill Rapley is the world authority on baby-led weaning. She worked as a health visitor for 20 years and has also been a midwife and breastfeeding counsellor. Tracey Murkett is a freelance writer who used the baby-led weaning approach to introduce solid food to her own child.
Helen Rappaport is a historian with a specialism in late Imperial Russia and the Victorians. She is the author of thirteen published books, including the Sunday Times bestseller Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses; Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs and Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917. Helen is also historical consultant to the ITV drama series, Victoria and her books about the Victorians include Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the Monarchy.
Ahmed Rashid is Pakistan's premiere journalist, an expert on Central Asia, on jihad and Muslim extremists movements, on the Taliban and Al Qaeda, on insurgency, and on the catastrophe of US policy in this region, on which he has reported for 25 years. Author of three books, his work Taliban was a huge international bestseller, widely recognised as the definitive account. He has personally met and interviewed many of the key players in Central Asia and has travelled extensively for this book. He writes regularly for The Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, BBC Online and many other European and American dailies and websites.
Crystal Look up the term ‘Global Phenomenon’ in the dictionary and you will simply find a picture of Crystal's face. She's beautiful. She's a model. She looks like a block of cheap Edam that's been left out in the sun. She's known for always having a cigarette in her mouth, while shouting at people for smoking in her face. She also coined the term ‘money’ and has been living in her overdraft since the Wall Street Crash of 1929. Crystal forms one fifth of DENIM, the drag supergroup, and is adored by fans for her lazy demeanour and her powerful falsetto. Tom Tom Rasmussen is a Northerner based in London. When out of drag, they are a regular contributor to the Independent,Dazed & Confused,i-D, LOVE Magazine and Refinery29. Their work has also been featured in Vice, Broadly, Tank and The Gay Times. In 2018 they were named an LGBT trailblazer by The Dots and one of the voices of now fori-D. Tom also forms half of the radical queer punk band ACM.
Janine Ratcliffe began her career in food at Leith's School of Food and Wine. Whilst training to be a chef at Leith's, she won the Good Food Scholarship and spent 6 months working at Good Food magazine. Janine left the magazine to become a freelance home economist and food writer working on various projects including books, magazines, advertising and TV. Janine joined olive magazine in August 2004 and is currently Food Editor.
Married with two daughters, Graham Ratcliffe now divides his time between his homes in North Shields and the south-east of France. In 1998, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Regarded by many as the authority on leadership and change, Dr. John P. Kotter is a New York Times best selling author, award winning business and management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and Harvard Professor. He is author of 18 books to date, including Our Iceberg is Melting and Leading Change. His books have reached millions, and have been printed in over 150 foreign language editions.
Ben Ratliff has been a music critic for The New York Times since 1996. His book Coltrane: The Story of a Sound was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Bronx.
Evan Ratliff is an award-winning journalist and the co-founder and former editor-in-chief of The Atavist Magazine. As a longtime contributor to Wired, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Outside, and other magazines, he has reported from around the globe on transnational crime, science and technology, the environment, terrorism, and corruption. He is a two-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards, and his writing has been selected for numerous Best American collections. His 2009 Wired story “Vanish,” about his attempt to disappear and the public’s effort to find him, was selected by the magazine as one of the twenty best stories in its history. He also cohosts the acclaimed Longform podcast and was a founding editor of Pop-Up Magazine, a live journalism event that tours the United States. He is the co-author of Safe: The Race to Protect Ourselves in a Newly Dangerous World, about innovation and counterterrorism, and the editor of the collection Love and Ruin: Tales of Obsession, Danger, and Heartbreak.
Austin Ratner graduated from John Hopkins School of Medicine but abandoned a burgeoning career as a doctor in order to dedicate himself to his writing of The Jump Artist. Published by a small independent press, this debut novel was picked by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten most promising debuts of the year, met with widespread acclaim and won the $100,000 Sami Rohr Prize. He has since studied at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop and his writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and has been honored with the Missouri Review Editors' Prize in Fiction.
Ulrich Raulff is Director of the German Literature Archive in Marbach am Neckar. Previously, he was Literary Editor of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Managing Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He has written books on Marc Bloch and Aby Warburg and won both the the Anna Krüger Prize and the Ernst Robert Curtius Prize for Essay Writing. His book on the influence of the German poet Stefan George was awarded the 2010 Leipzig Book Fair Prize.
Sigrid Rausing is the editor of Granta magazine and the publisher of Granta Books. She is the author of two previous books: History, Memory, and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia, and Everything is Wonderful, which was short-listed for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize. She is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and of St Antony's College, Oxford. She lives in London.
Author Simon Raven was perhaps known as much for his controversial behaviour as for his writing. He grew up reading and studying the classics, translating them from Greek and Latin into English and vice-versa. He was expelled from Charterhouse School in 1945 for homosexual activities, having first been seduced at the age of nine by the games master (an experience he described as giving 'immediate and unalloyed pleasure") and went on to join the army. Following his National Service, Raven attended King's College, Cambridge to read English. Raven later returned to the army but was asked to resign rather than face a court-martial for 'conduct unbecoming.' It was at this point that he turned his focus to writing. The publisher Anthony Blond paid Raven to write and to move away from London to Deal, Kent. His works span a multitude of genres including fiction, drama, essays, memoirs and screenplays. Simon Raven died in May 2001, having written his own epitaph: "He shared his bottle - and, when still young and appetising, his bed."
Sarah Raven, writer, cook, broadcaster and teacher, is the expert on all things to grow, cut and eat from your garden. Sarah is a presenter on BBC Gardeners’ World, she writes for The Daily Telegraph, Gardens Illustrated, Gardeners’ World Magazine, and Domino Magazine (US) and has been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and the Food Programme. Her gardening and cookery books have won her a number of awards including Best Specialist Gardening book for The Cutting Garden and Cookery Book of the Year for Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook. Her latest book looks at the vital role Wildflowers play in the British countryside. She also had a well-received TV series (BBC2) in Spring 2012 called 'Bees, Butterflies and Blooms' on the crisis of insects and Sarah's attempts to flower up the nation to hugely increase insect food and habitat supply. Sarah is an inspirational and passionate teacher, running cooking, flower arranging, growing and gardening courses at Perch Hill, her farm in East Sussex, and around the country, since 1999. She is married to the writer Adam Nicolson and has two daughters and three stepsons. They divide their time between Sissinghurst Castle and Perch Hill Farm.
Julie Burchill has written for the Guardian and The Times and is the author of a number of novels and non-fiction books including Sugar Rush, the Emmy-winning TV series. Daniel Raven has worked as a filing clerk, postman and TV production runner. This is his first published work.
Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the Discworld series, started in 1983 with The Colour of Magic, and which has now reached 37 novels with Unseen Academicals. Worldwide sales of his books are 60 million, and they have been translated into 37 languages. Terry Pratchett was knighted for services to literature in 2009. Visit www.terrypratchett.co.uk for further news and information. Mark Ravenhill is an Associate at the National Theatre, and author of many plays including the controversial Shopping and F***ing and Mother Clap's Molly House.
Helena Ravenscroft is the author of Stand and Deliver, Bound by Contract and Sin.Net, available from Black Lace.
John Peel was born the day before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. His 38-year career as a radio DJ is the stuff of legend and the bands he went on to discover too numerous to mention, though David Bowie, Roxy Music, T Rex, Genesis, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Radiohead and the White Stripes would do as a start. He lived in Suffolk with his wife Sheila and their children William, Thomas, Alexandra and Florence, plus various dogs and cats, until his death in October 2004.
Born in 1957 in northern India, Prem Rawat has addressed live audiences of over 15 million people in more than 250 cities across all continents. He is regularly invited to speak at prestigious events around the world, including the European Parliament, the House of Commons, the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium and Kensington Palace as part of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebration. He is the fourth recipient of the Brand Laureate Lifetime Achievement award; previous recipients include Nelson Mandela and Hilary Clinton. Peace is Possible is his first book for adults and has been translated into 9 languages.
Dr Peter Rawcliffe has done extensive research into Coeliac disease at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, and with Ruth James set up the Oxford Coeliac Clinic. He is now a GP. Ruth James is a nutritionist and state registered dietician. She is chief dietician at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital.
Graham Rawle is a writer, artist and designer. His popular series 'Lost Consonants' ran in the Weekend Guardian for 15 years. His collaged novel, Woman's World, created entirely from fragments of found text clipped from vintage women's magazines was described by The Times as “a work of genius”. His interpretation ofThe Wizard of Oz was named 2009 Book of the Year at the British Book Design Awards, and his novel The Card, was shortlisted for the 2013 Writers’ Guild Best Book Award. Rawle lives in London and teaches at the University of Brighton. He is Visiting Professor of Illustration at Falmouth University and Norwich University of the Arts where in 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for services to design.
James Wesley, Rawles is the founder and editor of SurvivalBlog.com, the internet's most popular blog on preparing for future disasters. He is a former US Army Intelligence Officer and a world-renowned expert on survivalist topics, including food storage, self-defence, communications, retreat security, survival vehicles, and gardening for self-sufficiency. His clients include Fortune 500 executives, clergy, and entrepreneurs. He and his family live in a fully self-sufficient retreat that is nestled in a mountain range "somewhere west of the Rockies."
India Knight is the author of My Life on a Plate, Don’t You Want Me, and The Shops. She is columnist for The Sunday Times and is a mother of three. Neris Thomas is a film producer and artist, she lives in London and is married with one daughter. Bee Rawlinson is a mother of four from Devon who came to Neris and India's attention through her delicious recipes on the Pig2Twig forum, the Diet's website.
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