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Magda Szabó was born in 1917 in Debrecen, Hungary. She began her literary career as a poet. In the 1950s she disappeared from the publishing scene for political reasons and made her living by teaching and translating from French and English. She began writing novels, and in 1978 was awarded the Kossuth Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Hungary. Magda Szabó died in 2007.
David Szalay is the author of four previous works of fiction: Spring, The Innocent, London and the South-East, for which he was awarded the Betty Trask and Geoffrey Faber Memorial prizes, and All That Man Is, for which he was awarded the Gordon Burn prize and Plimpton Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. Born in Canada, he grew up in London, and now lives in Budapest.
Chrysler Szarlan jogged racehorses and worked as a magician’s assistant before graduating from law school. She was a managing attorney with the Connecticut Legal Rights Project. She lives in western Massachusetts with her family, works part-time as a bookseller at the Odyssey Bookshop and rides her horse in the Hawley Forest whenever possible.
Andrew Szepessy was born to Hungarian refugees in Brighton in 1940. After spending his childhood in London, he read English at Oxford and studied at the Budapest Academy of Drama and Film. Szepessy worked in Norway and England as a film director, editor and scriptwriter before settling in Hungary, where he continued to write until his death in 2018.
Author and anthologist Mitzi Szereto has more than a dozen books to her credit, including Erotic Fairy Tales: A Romp Through the Classics and The World's Best Sex Writing 2005. Her work has been translated into several languages. Mitzi is pioneer of the erotic writing workshop in the UK and Europe, and her anthology Erotic Travel Tales 2 is the first anthology of erotica to feature a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Originally from the USA, she now lives in England.
Jenny Anderson is an award-winning New York Times reporter who covers Wall Street and spends her days talking to the world's savviest investors, CEOs, and policy makers. Paula Szuchman is a front-page editor for The Wall Street Journal, where she edits some of the world's best business stories every day. Both Jenny and Paula have frequently appeared on tv, on shows such as The Today Show and ABC News.
John Szwed is Professor of Music and Jazz Studies at Columbia University, and Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of a number of books, including Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth, Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World and So What: The Life of Miles Davis.
Darragh Ó Sé played in midfield for Kerry from 1994 to 2009, during which time he made a record-breaking 176 championship appearances. Ewan MacKenna is an acclaimed Irish sportswriter and co-author of The Gambler: Oisín McConville's Story, as well as Kenneth Egan's autobiography.
Patrick Süskind was born near Munich in 1949 and studied medieval and modern history at the University of Munich. His first play, The Double Bass, was written in 1980 and became an international success. His first novel, Perfume was also an internationally acclaimed bestseller and continues to be considered a classic. He is also the author of The Pigeon and Mr. Summer's Story, and a coauthor of the enormously successful German television series Kir Royal. Patrick Süskind lives and writes in Munich.
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