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Vanessa Van Edwards is an interpersonal intelligence expert and public speaker. Her behaviour research lab 'The Science of People' has been featured in Fast Company, Inc, Men's Health, Forbes, and on Fox News. She is a monthly columnist for Entrepreneur; the leading instructor in people skills on Udemy and CreativeLive; and has led training sessions at a number of Fortune 500 companies around the world. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
RONALD DE LEEUW is director of the Van Gough Museum in Amsterdam, and a specialist in 19th-century painting. He has been responsible for numerous exhibitions, including the 1990 Vincent Van Gough centennial retrospective.
John van Maurik is an expert on leadership and has written several books on the subject including The Portable Leader (McGraw-Hill, 1996). He is a director of the PA Management Centre (formerly Sundridge Park), one of the UK's foremost executive development centres, whose clients include Glaxo Wellcome, Boots, the Metropolitan Police and the Treasury.
Born in New York, James Van Praagh took comfort in spiritual visions from an early age. After graduating from San Francisco State University he spent 10 years as an aspiring scriptwriter before finding his true calling as a medium. In the course of his career, he has worked with tens of thousands of people, including many celebrity clients, and his TV work includes two appearances on Larry King Live and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The TV film Living With the Dead is a dramatisation of his life and work. See his website www. VanPraagh.com
Born in New York, James Van Praagh took comfort in spiritual visions from an early age. After graduating from San Francisco State University, he spent ten years as an aspiring scriptwriter before finding his true calling as a medium. He has many celebrity clients and has appeared on Larry King Live and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is co-creator and co-producer of the #1 CBS drama 'Ghost Whisperer', starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Carla van Raay was born into the Catholic south of Holland and emigrated to Melbourne, Australia with her family in 1950, when she was twelve. After an abusive childhood, she entered a convent at the age of eighteen. She finally left in 1969 when she was almost thirty-one. She married and had a daughter. When her marriage ended and she found herself alone and with a child to support, she turned to prostitution. Her bestselling memoir God's Callgirl is a heartfelt and gripping account of her life. Carla now lives in Perth, Western Australia where she continues to write.
Heleen van Royen is one of the most famous and infamous Dutch writers. Trained as a journalist, she worked for several newspapers, magazines and for radio where she met her husband Ton, a popular TV presenter. They have two children and now live in Portugal.
Maya Van Wagenen is fifteen years old. When she was eleven, her family moved to Brownsville, Texas, the setting of Popular. When not hunched over a desktop writing, Maya enjoys reading, British Television, and chocolate. She now lives with her parents and two siblings in a rural Georgia. She is a sophomore in high school but still shares a room with her sixth grade brother. Remarkably they have not yet killed each other.
John van de Ruit was born in Durban, South Africa. He went to the University of Natal where he completed a Masters degree in Drama and Performance. Since 1998 he has been a professional actor, playwright and producer, winning numerous awards. A feature film of John's first novel, Spud, was released in 2010 starring John Cleese.
Anne Frank was born on 12 June 1929. She died in Bergen-Belsen, three months short of her sixteenth birthday.
Ashlee Vance is one of the most prominent writers on technology today. After spending several years reporting on Silicon Valley and technology for the New York Times, Vance went to Bloomberg Businessweek, where he has written dozens of cover and feature stories for the magazine on topics ranging from cyber espionage to DNA sequencing and space exploration.
Tom Vanderbilt writes on design, technology, science, and culture for many publications, including Wired, Slate, The London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, Artforum, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine and Popular Science. He is contributing editor to award-winning design magazines I.D. and Print, contributing editor to Business Week Online, and contributing writer of the popular blog Design Observer. He is the author of two previous books: Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America and The Sneaker Book.
Ann Vanderhoof is a writer and magazine and book editor whose work has appeared in publications in the United States and Canada. She was the founding editor of the award-winning Canadian magazine Cottage Life and is also the senior editor of Ports Cruising Guides, a series of guidebooks for boaters. She lives in Toronto.
LAURA VANDERKAM is the author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, All The Money In The World, 168 Hours, and Grindhopping. She is a frequent contributor to Fast Company's website, and a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, City Journal, Scientific American, Reader's Digest, Prevention and other publications. She lives with her husband and three children outside Philadelphia.
Mark Vanhoenacker left academia to work as a management consultant, a position that afforded him regular opportunities to stare out of aeroplane windows and recall childhood dreams of becoming a pilot. He began his flight training in 2001. Today, as a Senior First Officer for British Airways, Mark flies Boeing 747s to major cities around the world. He is also a regular contributor to the New York Times and Slate. When his head is not in the clouds, he divides his time between London and New York.
Micky Vann is one of the most famous and controversial boxing referees in the world. Richard Coomber is a freelance sports journalist whose previous publications include King John: The Story of John Charles and the Terry Venebles Soccer Quiz Book.
David Vann was born in the Aleutian Islands and spent his childhood in Ketchikan, Alaska. His first book of fiction, the international bestseller Legend of a Suicide, has now been translated into seventeen languages and has won several prizes, including the Prix Medicis Etranger in France. His novel Caribou Island is an international bestseller. He is also the author of two bestselling non-fiction books, and has written for Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, the Sunday Times, Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times and other magazines and newspapers. A current Guggenheim fellow and former Wallace Stegner fellow, he is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco.
Peter Vansittart is equally well known for his twenty-five novels and for his anthologies on subjects as diverse as London, the French Revolution, and Royalty. He has written on history, on myths, on humour and on the English Language. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honourary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford. He lives in London and Suffolk.
Born in 1910 in Albania, Mother Teresa started her own order, the Missionaries of Charity, in 1950 in Calcutta. During her lifetime she won many awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, and founded hundreds of homes throughout the world. She died in 1999 and will be canonised in September 2016
Jamie Vardy is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Leicester City and the England team. Having once played non-league football for Stockbridge Park Steels, Jamie moved to Halifax Town and then Fleetwood Town, before being transferred to Leicester City for a non-League record transfer fee of £1m, in May 2012. In 2016, he scored in 11 consecutive matches and helped outsiders Leicester win the Premier League title. He lives in the East Midlands with his wife and their children.
Fred Vargas was born in Paris in 1957. A historian and archaeologist by profession, she is now a bestselling novelist. Her books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 45 languages.
Martin Vargic is an amateur graphic designer from Slovakia who rose to international fame in late January 2014, when his work 'Map of the Internet 1.0' went viral, generating hundreds of thousands of hits and Facebook shares. His first book, Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps, pulled together more than 1,800 clichés and pop culture references into a series of maps based on stereotypical views of the world. It too received immediate media attention, and was prominently featured on a multitude of sites such as Slate, Huffington Post, Radio Times and many others.
Stephen Fry (Reader) Stephen Fry was born in Hampstead in 1957 and, following a troubled adolescence, went on to study English Literature at Queen's College, Cambridge. As well as being the bestselling author of four novels, The Stars' Tennis Balls, Making History, The Hippopotamus, and The Liar, and two volumes of his autobiography, Fry played Peter in Peter's Friends, Wilde in the film Wilde, Jeeves in the television series Jeeves & Wooster and (a closely guarded show-business secret, this) Laurie in the television series Fry & Laurie. More recently, he presented Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, his groundbreaking documentary on bipolar disorder, to huge critical acclaim. Before it was announced that Fry would retire as moderator, his legions of fans tuned in to watch him host the popular quiz show QI each week. Simon Callow (Reader) Simon Callow is an actor, director and writer. He has appeared on the stage and in many films, including the hugely popular Four Weddings and a Funeral. His books include Being an Actor, Shooting the Actor, Love is Where it Falls, the first two volumes of his four-volume life of Orson Welles, his theatrical memoir My Life in Pieces, and, most recently, the highly acclaimed Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World. Sandi Toksvig (Reader) Following a first-class degree from Cambridge, Sandi Toksvig went into the theatre, where she both wrote and performed before becoming one of the founder members of the Comedy Store Players. She is well known for her television and radio work, as a presenter, writer and actor. Susan Calman (Reader) Susan Calman is an award-winning stand-up comedian, actress and writer. She won a Scottish BAFTA as one of the cast of the Channel 4 sketch show Blowout, and went on to appear in numerous TV and radio comedy shows including Fresh Meat, Dead Boss, Don't Drop the Baton, The News Quiz and The Now Show. She has also presented BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and Pick of the Week. In 2013, her solo radio show Susan Calman is Convicted won 'Best Radio Comedy' at the Writers' Guild of Great Britain Awards. Shahidha Bari (Reader) Shahidha Bari is a writer, academic and broadcaster working in the fields of literature, philosophy and art. Born in 1980, she studied at Cambridge and Cornell. She was one of the first ever BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers (2011) and a winner of the Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism (2015). She teaches cultural theory at the University of London and is a Fellow of the Forum for Philosophy at the LSE. She writes for the Financial Times, Guardian and Frieze among other newspapers and journals. She features frequently on BBC Radio 4, and presents BBC Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking. She lives in London.
Kevin Crossley-Holland (Author) Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet and prize-winning author for children. His books have won the Carnegie Medal, the Smarties Prize Bronze Medal, and the Tir na n-Og Award, and have been translated into over 25 languages worldwide. He lives on the north Norfolk coast in East Anglia with his wife and children. Susan Varley (Illustrator) Susan Varley is an award-winning artist who has illustrated many books for Andersen Press. Her picture book Badger's Parting Gifts is one of the most enduring of all time, winning many prizes, including the Mother Goose Award in 1985.
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