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Jenny Turner was born in Aberdeen and educated at the University of Edinburgh. Her journalism appears in the London Review of Books. She lives in south-east London with her family. The Brainstorm is her first novel.
Joan Frances Turner was born in Rhode Island and grew up in the Calumet region of northwest Indiana. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, she lives near the Indiana Dunes with her family and a garden fill of tiger lilies. Dust is her first novel and she is writing the follow up Frail. Follow her on twitter @violetinbloom
Chris Turner lives in Toronto and is a freelance journalist. His work has been published by The Independent amongst other in the UK. When his article on the Simpsons generation was published in Shift magazine, Matt Groening found it so interesting he ordered multiple copies to give to his friends and colleagues.
CHRIS TURNEY is an Australian and British geologist, described by the Saturday Times as ‘the new David Livingstone’. He is Professor of Climate Change at the University of New South Wales and the author of Ice, Mud and Blood: Lessons from Climates Past and Bones, Rocks and Stars: The Science of when Things Happened. In 2007 he was awarded the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for outstanding young scientist for pioneering research into past climate change and dating the past and in 2009 received the Geological Society of London’s Bigsby Medal for services to geology. Twitter: @ProfChrisTurney / www.christurney.com
Simon Brett (Author) Simon Brett was born in Worcester Park, Surrey, on 28 October 1945. He was educated at Dulwich College and Wadham College, Oxford, where he read English and was president of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. After graduating in 1967 he worked as Father Christmas in a department store before landinga job at the BBC as a radio producer. During his ten years there, he worked on such programmes as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Week Ending, The Burkiss Way, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Just a Minute. He moved to London Weekend Television in 1977, where he produced Maggie and Her, End of Part One and The Glums (a popular spin-off from radio’s Take It From Here). Brett’s first Charles Paris novel, Cast In Order of Disappearance, was published in 1975, and by 1979 he was able to leave LWT and become a full-time writer. He has written over eighty books, including nineteen Charles Paris books, fifteen Fethering Mysteries and six Mrs Pargeter novels, as well as several non-series titles such as A Shock to the System (1984), which was adapted as a film starring Michael Caine. He has also contributed to several anthologies and scripted many sitcoms for radio including No Commitments, Smelling of Roses and After Henry. Other radio work includes several one-off plays for Radio 4, and a number of episodes of the detective series Baldi. A former Chair of both the Crime Writers’ Association and The Society of Authors, he is currently President of the Detection Club, as well as being involved with various writers’ organisations. He is married with three children, and lives in West Sussex. Francis Turnly (Author) Writer Francis Turnly's first radio play Pressing the Flesh was short-listed for the Imison Award in 2003. Subsequent work for Radio 4 includes Point of Departure, Homestead and 'Shelter', an episode of the detective series Baldi.
Scott Turow is a writer and attorney. He is the author of eight bestselling works of fiction, including this first novel Presumed Innocent, the winner of the 1987 Silver Dagger Award, and his most recent Ordinary Heroes (2005). Presumed Innocent, Reversible Errors and The Burden of Proof have been made into highly successful films. He has been a partner in the Chicago office of law firm Sonnenschein Nath and Rosenthal since 1986, concentrating on white collar criminal defense.
Following retirement, Jackie Turpin trained many outstanding boxers and is an acknowledged expert on the fight game. He lives in Warwick. W. Terry Fox is a lecturer, musician and writer. He lives in Stoke on Trent.
Michael Thain has taught biology at Harrow since 1969. He is a fellow of the Institute of Biology and a council member of the London Natural History Society. Michael Hickman has been Professor of Botany at the University of Alberta, Canada, since 1981. He lives in Edmonton.
Dalai Lama (Author) His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of Tibet. Today, he lives in exile in Northern India and works tirelessly on behalf of the Tibetan people, as well as travelling the world to give spiritual teachings to sell-out audiences. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. Desmond Tutu (Author) The first black Archbishop of Cape Town, Tutu has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and today is Chair of a group of former world leaders, The Elders, which aims to tackle some of the world's most intractable problems. He has helped calm the political crisis in Kenya and regularly speaks out against Mugabe, Israel, the Iraq War and the Burmese junta, but is also noted for his irrepressible sense of humour and deep spirituality. He lives in South Africa but travels widely. Douglas Abrams
The first black Archbishop of Cape Town, Tutu has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership of the S African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and today is Chair of a group of former world leaders, The Elders, which aims to tackle some of the world's most intractable problems. He has helped calm the political crisis in Kenya and regularly speaks out against Mugabe, Israel, the Iraq War and the Burmese junta, but is also noted for his irrepressible sense of humour and deep spirituality. In 2009 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. He lives in S Africa but travels widely. Mpho Tutu is Archbishop Tutu's daughter, and an Episcopal priest. The founder and Executive Director of the Tutu Institute for Prayer and Pilgrimage, she is also Chair of the Global Aids Alliance. An accomplished public speaker and preacher, she is married, with two daughters, and lives in Washington, DC.
Igort was born in Cagliari in 1958. In 1979 he moved to Bologna where he created his first comic. He is the winner of numerous awards for his work. He now lives in Paris.
Mark Twain's real name was Sam Clemens, and he was born in 1835 in a small town on the Mississippi, one of seven children. He smoked cigars at the age of eight, and aged nine he stowed away on a steamboat. He left school at 11 and worked at a grocery store, a bookstore, a blacksmith's and a newspaper, where he was allowed to write his own stories (not all of them true). He then worked on a steamboat, where he got the name 'Mark Twain' (from the call given by the boat's pilot when their boat is in safe waters). Eventually he turned to journalism again, travelled round the world, and began writing books which became very popular. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are his most famous novels. He poured the money he earned from writing into new business ventures and crazy inventions, such as a clamp to stop babies throwing off their bed covers, a new boardgame, and a hand grenade full of extinguishing liquid to throw on a fire. With his shock of white hair and trademark white suit Mark Twain became the most famous American writer in the world. He died in 1910.
Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born in Missouri in 1835. He was a typesetter, a river-boat pilot on the Mississippi and a gold prospector before achieving enormous fame as a writer and public speaker. On his death in 1910 President William Howard Taft said of him: "Mark Twain gave pleasure – real intellectual enjoyment – to millions, and his works will continue to give such pleasure to millions yet to come... His humour was American, but he was nearly as much appreciated by Englishmen and people of other countries as by his own countrymen. He has made an enduring part of American literature.”
Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, Mark Twain spent his youth in Hannibal, Missouri, which forms the setting for his two greatest works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Trying his hand at printing, typesetting and then gold-mining, the former steam-boat pilot eventually found his calling in journalism and travel writing. Dubbed 'the father of American literature' by William Faulkner, Twain died in 1910 after a colourful life of travelling, bankruptcy and great literary success.
John Twelve Hawks is the author of the international bestseller, The Traveller. Visit his website at: www.johntwelvehawks.com
Hedley Twidle, 32, was born in Johannesburg. He studied in KwaZulu-Natal, then at Oxford and York, and lived for several years in Edinburgh before taking up a post as lecturer in English at the University of Cape Town. Between 2007 and 2012, Twidle worked on the Cambridge History of South African Literature, published this year. At the moment he is teaching and thinking about life-writing, essays and literary non-fiction in Africa. More of his writing can be found at www.seapointcontact.wordpress.com.
Naomi Twigden (Author) Naomi Twigden and Anna Pinder trained together at Leith's. Together they ran Lunch BXD, the popular healthy fast-food delivery service in London. They have both worked as chefs all over the UK and abroad and as freelance recipe developers and writers for a host of food brands, including The Mindful Chef and Florette. Anna lives in London and Naomi in Australia. Anna Pinder (Author) Naomi Twigden and Anna Pinder trained together at Leith's. Together they ran Lunch BXD, the popular healthy fast-food delivery service in London. They have both worked as chefs all over the UK and abroad and as freelance recipe developers and writers for a host of food brands, including The Mindful Chef and Florette. Anna lives in London and Naomi in Australia.
Reg Twigg was born at Wigston (Leicester) barracks on 16 December 1913. He was called up to the Leicestershire Regiment in 1940 but instead of fighting Hitler he was sent to the Far East, stationed at Singapore. When captured by the Japanese, he decided he would do everything to survive. After his repatriation from the Far East, Reg returned to Leicester. With his family he returned to Thailand in 2006, and revisited the sites of the POW camps. Reg died in 2013, at the age of ninety-nine, two weeks before the publication of this book.
Robert Twigger is an author, adventure traveller and apprentice micromaster. His first book, Angry White Pyjamas, about a year spent in a Japanese martial arts dojo, won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and the Somerset Maugham Award. He has lectured on risk management, polymathics and leadership at Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford University, the Royal College of Art, and to companies including P&G, Maersk shipping, Oracle computing and SAB Miller.
Christopher Tyerman is a Fellow in History at Hertfod College, Oxford, and a Lecturer in Medieval History at New College, Oxford. He is the author of England and the Crusades.
Kathy Tyers is a New York Times bestselling novelist and has contributed several novels to the STAR WARS series in the past. She is also the author of the Firebird series. She is married and has one son.
Joyce Tyldesley is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics, and Oriental Studies at Liverpool University and a freelance writer and lecturer on Egyptian archaeology. She is based in Bolton and her previous books include DAUGHTERS OF ISIS: WOMEN OF ANCIENT EGYPT, HATCHEPSUT: THE FEMALE PHAROAH and NEFERTITI: EGYPT'S SUN QUEEN.
Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her bestselling novels include Breathing Lessons, The Accidental Tourist, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Ladder of Years, Back When We Were Grownups, A Patchwork Planet, The Amateur Marriage, Digging to America, A Spool of Blue Thread, Vinegar Girl and Clock Dance. In 1989 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons; in 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'; in 2012 she received the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence; and in 2015 A Spool of Blue Thread was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize.
Alison Tyler is a pioneer of a kind of erotica that's at once arousing and sophisticated, playful and explicit. She is a prolific author and editor in the field, and has published over twenty novels, twenty anthologies, and more than four hundred short stories. She lives in Northern California.
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