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Edward Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935. In 1951 he attended a private preparatory high school in Massachusetts, America and he went on to study at Princeton University for his BA and at Yale for his MA and PhD. He became University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia Unversity. Said was bestowed with numerous honorary doctorates from universities around the world and twice received Columbia's Trilling Award and the Wellek Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is best known for describing and critiquing 'Orientalism' and his book on the subject was published in 1978. He died in 2003.
SF Said (Author) SF Said's first book, Varjak Paw, won the Nestlé Smarties Prize for Children's Literature. The sequel,The Outlaw Varjak Paw, won the BBC Blue Peter Book Of The Year. Phoenix is his third book. He has written widely about literature, films and the arts for The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph; and works regularly with CLPE, promoting reading and literacy in schools. For more information on SF and his books, please visit www.sfsaid.com Dave McKean (Illustrator) Dave McKean has illustrated and designed many ground-breaking books and graphic novels including Varjak Paw (SF Said), The Magic of Reality (Richard Dawkins), The Savage (David Almond) and The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman). He wrote and illustrated Pictures That Tick and the multi-award winning Cages. He has created hundreds of CD and comic covers and directed five short and three feature films.
For a long time the identity of the author who used the pseudonym 'Kurban Said' to write Ali and Nino, published in Vienna in 1937, has been surrounded by controversy. Was it possible that the Austrian countess who signed the original publishing contract, Baroness Elfriede Ehrenfels, could have written a novel that displays such extraordinary insight into the atmosphere of pre-First World War Baku and intimate knowledge of Muslim culture? Recent research seems to prove, once and for all, that her friend Lev Nussimbaum, a Jew who had escaped Azerbaijan during the Russian Revolution and settled in Berlin, was the real 'Kurban Said'. Born in Baku in 1905, Nussimbaum had a passion for the Orient, and in his youth, converted to Islam. A flamboyant in the literary world of 1920s Berlin, he fled from Nazi Germany to Austria. Having then gone on to Italy, he ended up under house arrest in Positano, where he died of a rare blood disease in 1942. The outbreak of the Second World War could easily have meant that Ali and Nino was never discovered by an English-speaking audience. In the 1950s, however, Jenia Graman, a German who had settled in England during the war, found a copy on a Berlin bookstall, translated it into English, and had it published for a second time.
The French Writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944), was born in Lyon. His first two books, SOUTHERN MAIL and NIGHT FLIGHT, are distinguished by a poetic evocation of the romance and discipline of flying. Later works, including WIND, SAND AND STARS and FLIGHT TO ARRAS, stress his humanistic philosophy. Saint-Exupéry's popular children's book THE LITTLE PRINCE is also read by adults for its allegorical meaning. Saint-Exupéry's plane disappeared during a mission in World War II.
Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry was born on 29 June 1900 in Lyon, France. He first flew in a plane when he was twelve years old, an experience which ignited a life-long love of aviation and adventure. After serving in the French air force, Saint-Exupéry joined a pioneering aviation company and helped to establish the first airmail routes over north Africa and South America, surviving numerous accidents and gaining the Légion d’honneur for his service. His experiences inspired several books, including Night Flight (1931), and Wind, Sand and Stars (1939), which were awarded France’s highest literary awards. He wrote The Little Prince during a sojourn in the US, where it was first published in 1943, before he returned to France to fly military reconnaissance missions. On 31 July 1944, Saint-Exupéry took off from an air base in Corsica, but never returned. His disappearance remained the subject of speculation until 1998, when his identity bracelet was recovered from the sea off the coast of Marseille. Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain’s best loved children’s authors. He was born in 1943 in St Albans and published his first book in 1975. Since then he has written over one hundred books, which have been translated into over twenty languages, and adapted for film and the stage, including the National Theatre’s hit production of War Horse. His books have won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Book Prize, the Children’s Book Award and the Blue Peter Book Award as well as many others. Michael was Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005, and was awarded an OBE in 2006.
Marcus Sakey is an award-winning thriller writer. He has also contributed to a number of short story anthologies in the thriller genre. He lives in Chicago with his wife. www.marcussakey.com
Saki is the pen name of H. H. Munro, born in 1870 in Burma and educated in England. He began his writing career as a journalist and foreign correspondent but later turned to writing fiction – predominantly short stories for which he is best-remembered – as well as one history book. He was 43 when the First World War started. Although he was beyond the age of conscription, and although he was offered an officer’s commission, Saki joined the army as an ordinary trooper. He was killed in 1916 in France by a German sniper.
Patricia Valdez (Author) Patricia Valdez is a scientist who loves writing for children. She earned her PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and works at the National Institutes of Health. Originally from Texas, she now lives in the Washington, D.C., area. Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor is her first picture book. Visit her at PatriciaValdezBooks.com and follow her on Twitter at @Patricia_Writer. Felicita Sala (Illustrator) Felicita Sala is a self-taught artist who studied philosophy at the University of Western Australia. She has worked on several animation projects, but her passion is making picture books. Felicita lives in Rome with her husband and their daughter. Visit her at FelicitaSala.com, FelicitaSala.blogspot.com, and Instagram.com/felicita.sala
Anbara Salam is half-Palestinian and half-Scottish, and grew up in London. She has a PhD in Theology and is now living and working in Oxford. She spent six months living on a small South Pacific island, and her experiences there served as the inspiration for her first novel, Things Bright and Beautiful.
Clara Salaman is best known for playing DS Claire Stanton in the long-running ITV drama The Bill. She has written for Granada Television and Shame on You is her first novel.
James Salant has been clean since September 2003. After his release from a court-mandated stay at a rehabilitation programme he has lived in New Jersey, working as office manager an educational consulting firm which manages an academy for students who are experiencing difficulties, and as a floor trainer at a health club in Princeton.
Nada Saleh was born in Beirut and has many happy memories of her childhood there. She speaks English, Arabic and French and has travelled extensively in the Middle East. In addition to being a cookery writer (her first book, The Fragrance of the Earth, was shortlisted for the Andre Simon Cookery Book of the Year award), she is a trained nutritionist and a member of the British Academy of Gastronomes. She has lived in Holland Park, London, for over 20 years and is resident cook at Books for Cooks in Notting Hill where her cookery demonstrations are always sell-outs.
Tayeb Salih was born in Northern Sudan in 1929 and educated at the University of Khartoum. After a brief period working as a teacher, he moved to London to work with the BBC Arabic Service. Salih later worked as Director-General of Information in Qatar in the Arabian Gulf; with Unesco in Paris and an Unesco's representative in the Arab Gulf States. Tayeb Salih is widely acknowledged as one of the most important Arab writers of the 20th century, he died in 2009.
J.D. SALINGER (1919-2010) was born in New York City. His stories appeared in many magazines, most notably the New Yorker. Between 1951 and 1963 he published four book-length works of fiction – The Catcher in the Rye; For Esme with Love and Squalor; Franny and Zooey; and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction – that have been embraced and celebrated throughout the world, and have been credited with instilling in many a lifelong love of reading.
Harriet Salisbury has been a writer and editor for twenty years and has a special interest in the history of East London. She lives in Hackney. The War on Our Doorstep is her first book. The Museum of London oral history collection contains more than 5,000 hours of recorded life story interviews with a wide variety of people who have lived and worked in London and who talk about their lives and everyday experiences.
Audrey Salkeld, journalist and television scriptwriter, has the most comprehensive archive in Britain on mountaineering and exploration. She scripted such award-winning television documentaries as Leo Dickinson's Eiger and David Breashears' The Mystery of Mallory and Irvine, and is the co-author with Tom Holzel of the controversial book of the same name. She has translated from the German books by Reinhold Messner and Kurt Diemberger, and is the author of a highly praised Himalayan book, People in High Places.
Dr Fiona Challacombe is a research fellow and clinical psychologist working at Kings College London and the Maudsley Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma. She is part of a national specialist service treating individuals with severe and complex OCD. Her research focuses on the impact of OCD on parenting and families, and investigating the delivery and refinement of CBT for parents with OCD. Dr Victoria Bream Oldfield is a Clinical Psychologist working at the Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma, Maudsley Hospital, London. She studied experimental psychology at the University of Oxford, clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, and trained in CBT at the University of Oxford. Her research interests are in the phenomenology and treatment of OCD. Professor Paul Salkovskis is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Applied Science and Programme Director of the forthcoming doctorate programme in clinical psychology at the University of Bath. He is editor of the scientific journal Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He has published over 250 scientific papers and recently received the Aaron T Beck award for contributions to cognitive therapy.
Susan Sallis is the author of over twenty bestselling novels, many of them set in the West Country. She was born in Gloucestershire and now lives in Somerset with her family.
Sallust (Gaius Sallustius Crispus), (86-34 BC), was a Roman historian. His principal works are the Bellum Catilinae, on the conspiracy of Catiline and his account of the Jugurthine War, Bellum Jugurthinum. A. J. Woodman is Basil L. Gildersleeve Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia. He has co-authored commentaries on Tacitus’ Annals, and a monograph Latin Historians. Most recently he has produced Tacitus Reviewed, co-edited Traditions and Contexts in the Poetry of Horace, and published an award-winning translation of Tacitus’ Annals.
At 17, Chris Anderson found himself playing in goal for a fourth division club in West Germany; today, he's a professor in the Ivy League at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. An award winning social scientist and football analytics pioneer, Anderson consults with leading clubs about how best to play the numbers game. David Sally is a former baseball pitcher and a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the US, where he analyses the strategies and tactics people use when they play, compete, negotiate, and make decisions. He is an adviser to clubs and other organizations in the global football industry.
Adam Rubin (Author) Adam Rubin is the New York Times bestselling author of a half dozen critically-acclaimed picture books. All of Adam's books have been illustrated by the remarkably talented Daniel Salmieri. He also works as creative director at a digital advertising agency in New York City. To learn more, visit www.adamrubinhasawebsite.com Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator) Daniel Salmieri graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and lives in Brooklyn.
Margus Brigstocke is an English comedian, actor and satirist who has worked extensively in stand-up comedy, television, radio and, in 2010-2011, musical theatre. He is particularly associated with the 6.30pm comedy slot on BBC Radio 4, having frequently appeared on several of its shows, including The Now Show. [source:Wikipedia]
James Salter is the author of many novels, including Light Years and The Hunters.
R.A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. His first novel was The Crystal Shard. He has published more than a dozen novels, including The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit, The Demon Apostle, The Halfing's Gem, Sojourn, The legacy and Starless Night. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.
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