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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Daisy Upton is a Londoner who now lives in Cheshire with her husband and two children. After years of working in sports broadcasting she quit her job to become a Teaching Assistant, which her colleagues at the time found baffling! When her two children turned 3 and 1 she found her love of coming up with silly games to make learning more fun in the classroom finally came into its own at home, and she began blogging about what she was up to. It turned out quite a few other people wanted to play these games too. Daisy now has a large social media and blog following who share with her on a daily basis how they too are playing her games. Daisy likes to celebrate this fact by eating large quantities of chocolate oranges and creme eggs (season dependant), and dancing in the kitchen.
John Updike was born in 1932 in Shillington, Pennsylvania. He is the author of over fifty books, including The Poorhouse Fair; the Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest); Marry Me; The Witches of Eastwick, which was made into a major feature film; Memories of the Ford Administration; Brazil; In the Beauty of the Lilies; Toward the End of Time; Gertrude and Claudius; and Seek My Face. He has written a number of collections of short stories, including The Afterlife and Other Stories and Licks of Love, which includes a final Rabbit story, Rabbit Remembered. His essays and criticism first appeared in publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and are now collected into numerous volumes. Collected Poems 1953-1993 brings together almost all of his verse, and a new edition of his Selected Poems is forthcoming from Hamish Hamilton. His novels, stories, and non-fiction collections have won have won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the American Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Rosenthal Award and the Howells Medal. Updike graduated from Harvard College in 1954, and spent a year at Oxford's Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was a member of staff at the New Yorker, and he lived in Massachusetts from 1957 until his death in January 2009.
Eleanor Updale has been writing books since the turn of the century. Before that she worked in radio and television: mainly on news programmes including The World at One and Newsnight. Eleanor's 'Montmorency' series has won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, and Johnny Swanson was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards and won the Fantastic Book Award. You can find out more at www.eleanorupdale.com
Mike Unwin is an award-winning travel journalist and storyteller. Author of more than 30 books for children and adults, he is also a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife, Independent, The Telegraph.
Simon Unsworth was born in Manchester and has achieved great success in the art of short story writing, having been published widely and nominated for both the World Fantasy Award and Edge Hill Short Story Collection prize.
Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 in Durham. He was the author of many novels, including Pascali’s Island, which was shortlisted for the 1980 Booker Prize; Stone Virgin (1985); Sacred Hunger, which was joint winner of the 1992 Booker Prize; Morality Play, which was shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize; Losing Nelson (1999); The Songs of the King (2002); The Ruby in Her Navel (2006); Land of Marvels (2009); and The Quality of Mercy (2011), which was shortlisted for The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Barry Unsworth died in 2012.
2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the world-famous quiz show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The questions test contestants to the limit as they gamble their way through each round and only nine people have ever managed to answer all 15 questions and win the coveted prize. As the TV show hits our screens again this winter, you can take on the ultimate test at home with Who Wants to be a Millionaire - The Quiz Book. Find out once and for all - could you play the game and walk home with a million?
Tove Jansson was born in Helsingfors, Finland, in 1914. Her mother was a caricaturist who designed 165 of Finland's stamps and her father was a sculptor. She studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France, and subsequently became a book illustrator. Her extraordinary illustrative style is seen as a design classic the world over. Originally written in Swedish, the Moomintroll books have been translated into 34 languages and adapted for television, film, radio and opera. Tove Jansson lived alone on a small island in the gulf of Finland, where most of her books were written. She died in 2001.
BBC Books is the publisher of choice for titles relating to BBC programmes and personalities. One of the UK's leading non-fiction imprints, BBC Books has had particular success in the food and drink, gardening, history, natural history and travel genres. Amongst our authors are some of Britain's best-known and best-loved TV personalities including Mary Berry, David Attenborough, Alan Titchmarsh and Rick Stein. We are also the official publisher of some of the BBC's biggest global brands, including Doctor Who, Top Gear, Sherlock, Good Food and Strictly Come Dancing.
Dean Unkefer is a former agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
The United Kingdom Bartenders' Guild was founded in 1933 by a small committee of bartenders. Since then it has grown into a national organization divided into regional areas, and with a global network of branches. The UKBG is also a founder member of The International Bartenders Association with delegates from Denmark, Switzerland, Great Britain, Holland, Italy and Sweden. Find their website at www.pjwdesign.co.uk/ukbg/.
Chika Unigwe was born in Nigeria and now lives in Belgium with her husband and four children. She is an award-winning short story writer and the author of two novels, written in Dutch. On Black Sisters' Street was published by Jonathan Cape in 2009.
Dan always loved drawing. Before he went to school he was already having art lessons, so he learnt to draw before he learnt to read. He studied in his native Romania and went on to be a concept artist for animation companies and illustrated a book of poetry for children. He is a recent graduate from the prestigious MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Nara and the Island is his author-illustrator debut, for which he was a Runner-up in the V&A Illustration Award in 2015.
Craig Unger is the author of the New York Times bestselling House of Bush, House of Saud. He appears frequently as an analyst on CNN, the ABC Radio Network, and other broadcast outlets. The former deputy editor of The New York Observer and editor-in-chief of Boston Magazine, he has written for The New Yorker, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.
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