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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Magda Szabó was born in 1917 in Debrecen, Hungary. She began her literary career as a poet. In the 1950s she was silenced and 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 went on to win many literary awards, including the Attila József Prize in 1959 and 1972, and the Kossuth Prize, the most prestigious literary award in Hungary, in 1978. Szabó’s novel, The Door, was originally published in Hungary in 1987, and Len Rix’s translation has gone on to win the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. Magda Szabó died in 2007.
J.M. Synge was born in 1871. 1n 1895 he went to Paris and in the following year met W. B. Yeats and consequently joined the Irish League. He was first a literary adviser and then a director of the Abbey Theatre, and his own plays appeared in repertory. He died in 1909. Sean O'Casey was born in Dublin in 1880. In 1926 he moved to England. He discouraged any professional performances of his plays in Ireland after the Archbishop of Dublin refused to inaugurate the Dublin festival if his play The Drums of Father Ned (1958) was included. He died in 1964. W. B. Yeats, the irish dramatist, poet, autobiographer, critic and occult philosopher, was born in 1865. At the age of nineteen he attended an art school in Dublin, but already his central interest was in writing. Towards the end of his life he enjoyed many honours, including the Nobel Prize and membership of the Irish Senate. He died in France in 1939.
Mitchell Symons was born in 1957 in London and educated at Mill Hill School and the LSE, where he studied Law. Since leaving BBC TV, where he was a researcher and then a director, he has worked as a writer, broadcaster and journalist. He was a principal writer of early editions of the board game Trivial Pursuit and has devised many television formats. Currently he writes an award-winning column for the Sunday Express.
Lisa Rodensky is Assistant Professor of English at Wellesley College, and author of The Crime in Mind (OUP, 2003). Lisa Rodensky is Assistant Professor of English at Wellesley College, and author of The Crime in Mind (OUP, 2003).
Mitchell Symons was a principal writer for the early editions of Trivial Pursuit, has worked as a broadcaster and journalist for a variety of newspapers and magazines, and has written more than fifty bestselling books, including several for children. He has won the prestigious Blue Peter award for 'Best Book With Facts' for the past two years. Mitch is also a very keen and skilful poker player. He lives in Brighton with his wife and sons - including his son Jack, who co-authored The Book of Poker Calls. Jack Symons is a marketing consultant and serial entrepreneur. He would be an awful lot wealthier if he didn't spend so much time at the poker table.
The short life of A.J.A. Symons (1900-41) was described by his biographer as an intricate and largely harmless confidence trick. His many interests included the collection of musical boxes and rare books as well as the study and practice of forgery; they left him time to edit an anthology of Edwardian verse and compose studies of H.M. Stanley and other notable figures. He is remembered for The Quest for Corvo, one of the most remarkable biographies ever written, and for co-founding the Wine and Food Society.
Sarah Symmons has written extensively on the painting and sculpture of the 18th and 19th centuries. Her previous publications include Flaxman and Europe, Goya in Pursuit of Patronage, Goya, Art and Ideas and Printing the Unprintable. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex, and has established an international reputation as an authority on Goya and his contemporaries.
David Symes is a health writer. He is the author of two books written in association with the Family Heart Association.
David Sylvester (1924-2001) was a critic of international standing, an authority on contemporary art, and author of key works on Magritte, Henry Moore and Francis Bacon, as well as the acclaimed collections of essays About Modern Art, Interviews with American Artists, and the short account of his early life, Memoirs of a Pet Lamb.
Bryan Sykes is Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, has had a remarkable scientific career in genetics. After undertaking medical research into the causes of inherited bone disease, he set out to discover if DNA, the genetic material, could possibly survive in ancient bones. It did and he was the first to report on the recovery of ancient DNA from archaeological bone in the journal "Nature" in 1989. Since then Professor Sykes has been called in as the leading international authority to examine several high profile cases, such as the Ice Man, Cheddar Man and the many individuals claiming to be surviving members of the Russian Royal Family. He is the author of The Seven Daughters of Eve and Adam's Curse.
Pandora Sykes is a journalist and speaker. A former editor and columnist for The Sunday Times Style and a Contributing Editor at Elle, she has written for publications including Telegraph, Observer, GQ, Red, Marie Claire, Vogue and ES Magazine. She is the co-host of the weekly pop-culture and current affairs podcast, The High Low, which has over 1 million monthly listeners. This is her first book.
Tom is a freelance writer for magazine's such as Men's Health, Best Life and GQ. He trained as journalist at the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard and then moved to New York, where he became the bar columnist at the New York Post. He is currently based in the West of Ireland but visits his native UK regularly.
Born in Oldham in 1923 Eric Sykes was first introduced to showbusiness whilst in the RAF and went on to write for hit BBC radio shows and appear in TV variety shows whilst writing for comedy greats such as Peter Sellers and Frankie Howerd. Although he is over eighty, Sykes continues to work, having recently starred in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Rosie Sykes has cooked in the kitchens of some of the UK's most celebrated chefs and ran her own gastropub. She also wrote for the Guardian's Weekend magazine as the Kitchen Doctor. Polly Russell has cooked in restaurants around the world, worked as a product developer for Marks & Spencer and is continuing her PhD research on food and the politics of identity. Zoe Heron is a senior director and producer for the BBC. Zoe has tested and helped to develop the recipes for The Kitchen Revolution, which has changed her culinary life.
Adrian Sykes was born in Quetta, Baluchistan (British India, now Pakistan) in October 1945. Educated in Britain, he served in the British Army then worked in the City of London, with appointments overseas, for 40 years. He lives in East Anglia.
Lucy Sykes moved from London to New York City in 1997 and took the fashion world by storm. She was Fashion Director at Marie Claire magazine for six years and, most recently, Fashion Director for renttherunway.com. Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist, editor, digital content strategist and author. She is the Travel Editor of Yahoo and currently a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Elle.com.
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