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Michael Goran (Author) Dr Michael Goran is one of the world’s most widely recognized experts in childhood obesity research, with more than 30 years of experience as a researcher, mentor and educator. He is a Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. Michael is the founding Director of the USC Childhood Obesity Research Center and the Co-Director of the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. He holds the Dr Robert C and Veronica Atkins Endowed Chair in Childhood Obesity and Diabetes. Michael is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, UK. Michael’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of childhood obesity. Emily Ventura (Author) Dr Emily Ventura is an experienced nutrition educator, public health advocate, writer, and cook. A California native, she completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, where she received a BA in Biology in Society with an additional concentration in Latin American Studies. After working in writing and public relations in the arenas of environmental protection and food, she completed her Master’s in Public Health and Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Behavior Research at the University of Southern California.
Sarah Nash is a speech therapist and primary school teacher who works in Haringey with children with communication difficulties. Pamela Venus lives in a long stone cottage on the North Yorkshire coast, illustrating children's books - her childhood ambition. She trained in Reigate and later in Birmingham. Her four grandchildren live very close at hand and have been her best reference and truest critics, and their toys the supporting cast in her pictures.
TOM VENUTO is a fat-loss expert, health and fitness writer, and steroid-free bodybuilder with more than 25 years of experience. Tom holds a degree in exercise science and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the International Society for Sports Nutrition (ISSN), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO). Tom was praised by Oprah magazine as being 'honest’ about what it really takes to lose weight, and Greatist.com named Tom one of the 100 most influential people in fitness. Visit Tom’s website at www.BurnTheFatFeedTheMuscle.com.
John Verdon, a former Manhattan advertising executive, lives with his wife on a small hilltop in upstate New York. His first two Dave Gurney novels are Think of a Number and Shut Your Eyes Tight.
Ed Vere is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling writer & illustrator of picture books, including How To Be a Lion and Max the Brave which was named one of The Sunday Times's '100 Modern Children's Classics'. He studied fine art at Camberwell College of Art and has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1999. Ed's books are published all over the world. He is also a painter, working from his studio in east London, and is represented by galleries in London and Los Angeles.
Giovanni Verga (1840-1922) was born into a bourgeois family in Sicily and began writing historical romances as a teenager. His later fiction was more naturalistic and dramatic in style and dealt largely with Sicilian rural life. He was introduced to the English-speaking world in the translations of D. H. Lawrence and is now considered to be one of the major Italian nineteenth-century authors. Harry McWilliam has translated Boccaccio's DECAMERON for Penguin.
Born and brought up of Indian parents in Ethiopia, Abraham Verghese qualified as a doctor in Madras and is currently professor of medicine at Stanford University, California. He is the author of My Own Country, an NBCC finalist made into a film directed by Mira Nair, and The Tennis Partner, a New York Times Notable Book. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, New York Times Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Palo Alto, California.
Anne Frank was born on 12 June 1929. She died in Bergen-Belsen, three months short of her sixteenth birthday.
Luis Fernando Verissimo is one of Brazil's most popular writers thanks to his satirical columns in the national weekly Veja. He is also a celebrated novelist and cartoonist. Margaret Jull Costa has translated the work of the Portuguese writers José Saramago, Eça de Quieroz, Fernando Pessoa and Lídia Jorge, and a number of the most notable Spanish authors.
Pete Cohen is a well-known sports psychologist and motivator who works with some of the UK's top athletes and appears regularly on TV and radio. Judith Verity is an author with thirty years of experience in the personal development business.
Geza Vermes was born in Hungary in 1924. He studied in Budapest and Louvain, and was the first Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford. He is one of the world's greatest experts on early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Jules Verne was born in France in 1828 and died in 1905. His collaboration with the publisher Pierre-Jules Hetzel was wildly successful, producing many brilliant novels in the burgeoning genre of science fiction: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Around the World in 80 Days, among others. Verne is the second most translated author in the world, after Agatha Christie and before Shakespeare.
Born in 1961, Roland Vernon lives and writes in Somerset, where he also runs his own marquee company. After graduating from Cambridge, he trained as an operatic tenor and for a short time pursued a career in music before opting for a more settled country life. He is married with three sons. His previous books include a biography of the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti and two other acclaimed novels, the award-winning A Dark Enchantment and The Maestro's Voice.
Janet Burroway (Author) Janet Burroway is the author of novels, plays, poetry, essays, texts for dance and children's books. She divides her time between Florida, Wisconsin and Chicago in the US John Vernon Lord (Author) John Vernon Lord is an award-winning author-illustrator who has been working for nearly 50 years. He has illustrated many classic texts by Aesop, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, as well as his own stories, and he was also a distinguished lecturer and teacher of illustration for 45 years until his retirement.
William Verrall was publican of the White Hart in Lewes, Sussex from 1737-1760. Having been apprenticed to the French chef, St. Clouet, Verralls' recipes were an inspired combination of the French and English traditions that stood apart from those of his contemporaries. Published in 1759, the ideas in his Complete System of Cookery are strikingly modern and many dishes - which include turkey braised with chestnuts, rabbit with champagne and ham hock with peach fritters - would not be out of place on restaurant menus today.
Tarjei Vesaas died at the age of 72 in the same small village where he was born: Vinje in Telemark, an isolated mountainous district of southern Norway. He wrote more than 25 novels and was nominated 30 times for the Nobel Prize.
Gianluca Vialli is one of the most famous Italian footballers in the post-war era. He won league titles with Sampdoria and Juventus and captained Juventus to Champions' League victory in 1996. At international level he won 59 caps for Italy, scoring 16 goals and leading them to the semi-finals of both the 1988 European Championship and the 1990 World Cup. As a manager, in two and a half seasons at Chelsea he won more trophies than any other manager in the history of the club, including the FA Cup, Cupwinners' Cup and League Cup. He currently divides his time between London and Italy where he is the top analyst for Sky Italia's Serie A and Champions' League coverage. Gianluca is donating proceeds from The Italian Job to the Fondazione Vialli e Mauro per la Ricerca e lo Sport (www.fondazionevialliemauro.com), a charitable foundation set up by Gianluca and Massimo Mauro, which raises funds for research into cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Gabriele Marcotti is the UK correspondent for Corriere dello Sport, and World Football columnist for The Times. He has also written for the Financial Times, Sunday Herald, Daily Mail and La Stampa. He co-presents two weekly radio shows on TalkSport and is a regular analyst on Bravo, Setanta and SkySports News. He is also a columnist for Sports Illustrated.
Madeleine Vibert (Author) Madeleine Vibert was taken into care when she was just a baby. She spent her early years in a crèche and her memories from that time are good ones. But that soon changed. At the tender age of five, Madeleine was transferred to Haut de La Garenne, the institution that made headlines just a few years ago. Madeleine was regularly abused under the home's care. When she was finally able to escape, she overcame her demons and married the love of her life and had two children. Toni Maguire (Author) Toni Maguire has published two bestselling books which covered her own story, Don't Tell Mummy and When Daddy Comes Home. Her success encouraged others who had kept their childhood secrets hidden to approach her and she has so far co-written five memoirs. Toni lives in the UK and has lived in Ireland.
Hugo Vickers' books include Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece; Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough; Cecil Beaton; Vivien Leigh; Loving Garbo; Royal Orders; The Private World of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; and The Kiss, which won the 1996 Stern Silver Pen for Non-fiction.
Salley Vickers is the author of many acclaimed novels including the best-selling Miss Garnet's Angel, Mr Golightly's Holiday, The Other Side of You and The Cleaner of Chartres (Viking 2012) and two short story collections, the latest The Boy Who Could See Death (Viking 2015). She has worked as a cleaner, a dancer, a teacher of children with special needs, a university lecturer and a psychoanalyst. She now writes and lectures full time. Find out more at www.salleyvickers.com or @SalleyVickers.
Sam Hodges and Sophie Vickers are Londoners working in film and theatre.
Amanda Vickery is the writer and presenter of BBC2's At Home with the Georgians based on her book Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England (2009). Amanda is a Professor of Early Modern History at Queen Mary, University of London. Her first book The Gentleman's Daughter (1998) won the Wolfson, the Whitfield and the Longman-History today prizes. Amanda Vickery is also the editor of Women, Privilege and Power: British Politics, 1750 to the Present (2001) and Gender, Taste and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830 (2006). Among her radio credits are presenting the popular Radio 4 shows A History of Private Life and Voices from the Old Bailey.
Although Vico (1668-1744) lived his whole life as an obscure academic in Naples, his New Science is an astonishingly ambitious attempt to decode the history, mythology and law of the ancient world.
Ed Victor is the man for whom the term 'uber-agent' was invented. His many famous clients and friends includes celebrities such as Nigella Lawson, Marie Helvin, Larry King and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. He was recently reported as being number 2 on the list of 'the most invited people in London' second only to Sir Elton John.
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