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Simon Urban was born in Hagen in 1975. He studied German literature at the University of Munster, and creative writing at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut in Leipzig, and his short stories have earned him numerous prizes. He lives in Hamburg and Techau (East Holstein) and currently works as a copywriter for a leading German creative agency.
Linda Urban is a former bookseller and author of the acclaimed A Crooked Kind of Perfect. This is her first picture book. She lives in Vermont. Henry Cole is a well-known children's illustrator in the US. He lives in Florida.
Kasia Urbaniak is the founder and CEO of The Academy, a school that teaches women the foundations of power and influence. Her perspective on power is unique: over the course of nearly 20 years she worked as highly sought-after professional dominatrix and practiced Taoist alchemy in one of the oldest female-led monasteries in China. Since founding The Academy in 2013, Urbaniak has taught thousands of women practical tools to step into leadership positions in their relationships, workplaces, families and wider communities. She has spoken at numerous corporations and conferences worldwide, including MoMA, Wharton School of Business and the Yale School of Management, and is already the subject of much media attention, with interviews in The Guardian, NYT, Forbes and on BBC Capital, amongst others.
Ian Urbina spent five years, more than three of them at sea, uncovering the stories in The Outlaw Ocean, which began life as a series of articles for The New York Times that won seven major awards. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times where his investigations have covered oil and mining disasters, sex trafficking, high-school shooting, criminal justice, worker safety and the environment. Several have been made into films, and he has been nominated for an Emmy. Urbina has degrees in history from Georgetown and the University of Chicago, and lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
JEAN URE had her first novel, Dance for Two, published while she was still at school and has been writing ever since. She studied at drama school, where she met her husband, and is now a full-time author of books for both young readers and adults with more than fifty titles to her name including Plague 99, which won the l990 Lancashire Book Award, and a series of novels for the Corgi Freeway list, including A Place to Scream. She has also established herself as a perceptive and witty writer for much younger readers with such titles as Help! It's Harriet! (Collins), Captain Cranko (Walker) and Spooky Cottage (Heinemann).
Leon Uris lives with his wife Jill in Aspen, Colorado. He is the author of several bestselling novels, including Mila 18, Armageddon, The Angry Hills, Exodus, Trinity, Battle Cry, Mitla Pass and Topaz.
ROGER FISHER is Williston Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School and Director of the Harvard Negotiating Project. WILLIAM URY co-founded BRUCE PATTON is deputy director of the Harvard Negotiation Project.
Shaun Usher is the writer and sole custodian of the popular blogs lettersofnote.com, listsofnote.com and speechesofnote.com. As a result, he spends much of his life hunting down words he’d like to share. His books, Letters of Note; Lists of Note and More Letters of Note, were all published to widespread acclaim and became international bestsellers. Shaun lives in Manchester with his wife Karina and their two sons.
Peter Ustinov was born in 1921 in London. His father was a journalist, his mother a painter. He was educated at Westminster School, and he served in the army from 1942 to 1946. His career encompassed stage and film acting, directing and writing. Play scripts included House of Regrets, The Tragedy of Good Intentions, The Love of Four Colonels and Romanoff and Juliet (which was also made into a film). He also wrote screenplays for a number of films. As an actor, his film appearances were numerous, they included One of Our Aircraft is Missing (1941); The Way Ahead (1944), Spartacus (1960), The Sundowners (1961), Blackbeard's Ghost (1967), One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing (1974), Logan's Run (1975), Evil Under the Sun (1981), Lorenzo's Oil (1992), Stiff Upper Lips (1996) and Luther (2003). He received Academy Awards as Best Supporting Actor for the films Spartacus (1960) and Topkapi (1964). He played Agatha Christie's detective Hercule Poirot in a number of films, including Death on the Nile (1978), as well as on television. His factual television programmes included Peter Ustinov's Russia (1987), Ustinov Aboard the Orient Express (1992), Ustinov meets Pavarotti (1993) and Planet Ustinov (1998). Amongst the many books he wrote are plays, his autobiography Dear Me (1977), the collections of writing Ustinov at Large (1991), Quotable Ustinov (1995) and novels including Monsieur René (1988). He was Rector of the University of Dundee, Chancellor of the University of Durham and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, and he received honorary doctorates from a number of universities. He also received a number of humanitarian awards for his work with UNICEF and UNESCO. Peter Ustinov was knighted in 1990, and died in 2004.
Alison Uttley (17 December 1884 - 7 May 1976), née Alice Jane Taylor, was a British writer of over one hundred books and was given an honourary Litt.D by Manchester University in 1970 in recognition of her literary achievements. She is now best known for her children's series about Little Grey Rabbit, and Sam Pig
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