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Bill Vidal was born in Argentina and educated in England. He lived and worked in the USA, South America, the Middle East, South East Asia and Europe before settling with his wife and twin children in East Kent. In recent years he has slowed down his business commitments to devote more time to writing and to his lifelong love for aeroplanes. Bill's articles about flying have been published in leading newspapers and magazines. The Clayton Account is his first novel.
Valerio Vidali, born in 1983, is an Italian illustrator based in Berlin. His picture books have been translated in over a dozen of languages and received several international awards, among others The Grand Prix of ILUSTRARTE, Biennal of illustration, The CJ picture Book award and the New York Times best-illustrated book of the year (2013 and 2018).
Cambridge based comic artist Emma Vieceli loves telling stories with pictures. Her works include the New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy graphic novels and she is currently working on graphic novels for the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz.
Paul Vigna (Author) Paul Vigna is a markets reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering equities and the economy. He writes for the popular MoneyBeat blog, and is the anchor of the daily, live show of the same name. Before that post, he wrote and edited the Market Talk column for Dow Jones Newswires. Michael J. Casey (Author) Michael J. Casey is a senior columnist at The Wall Street Journal. Casey’s work has appeared in publications as diverse as Foreign Policy, The Huffington Post, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. He is the author of The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Financial System Destroys the Middle Class.
Nancy Holder's books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. A graduate of the University of California at San Diego, Nancy is currently a writing teacher at the school. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, Belle, and their growing assortment of pets. Debbie Viguie holds a degree in creative writing from UC Davis. Her Simon Pulse books include the New York Times bestselling Wicked series and the Once upon a Time novels VIOLET EYES, SCARLET MOON and MIDNIGHT PEARLS. She lives in Florida with her husband Scott.
Enrique Vila-Matas is widely considered to be one of Spain's most important contemporary novelists. His work has been translated into 30 languages and has won numerous international literary prizes, including the Herralde Prize, the Prix Médicis étranger and the Premio Rómulo Gallegos. Vila-Matas's books have been longlisted (Montano) and shortlisted (Dublinesque) for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and Never Any End to Paris was a finalist for the US Best Translated Book Award.
Esther Vilar is a Buenos Aires-born playwright and the author of a classic non-fiction work on gender politics called The Manipulated Man (1971) which caused great controversy and was a bestseller on its publication. Her numerous plays include The American Popess, Speer and Jealousy.
Cédric Villani is a French mathematician who has received many international awards for his work including the Jacques Herbrand Prize, the Prize of the European Mathematical Society, the Fermat Prize and the Henri Poincaré Prize. In 2010 he was awarded the Fields Medal, the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, for his work on Landau damping and the Boltzmann equation. Often called ‘the mathematicians’ Nobel Prize’, it is awarded every four years and is viewed by some as the highest honour a mathematician can achieve. He is a professor at Lyon University and Director of the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris, working primarily on partial differential equations and mathematical physics.
Jean de Joinville was born between 1224 and 1225, the second son of a nobleman of Champagne. Many of his faimly had gone on crusades and he grew up in their shadow. Due to a series of deaths, he became Lord of Joinville in his early teens. Jean probably first saw Louis (the man who had a profound effect on his life) at Saumur in 1241, though he met him properly on the Seventh Crusade. he wrote his Life of Saint Louis in old age, as a tribute to a king and also a portrait of a loved friend. Geoffroy de Villehardouin was probably born between 1150 and 1154. His father was a nobleman of Champagne, and Geoffroy became Marshal of Champagne in 1185, due to his family connections. He compiled his history of the fourth crusade a few years after the close of the expedition, and wrote from first-hand knowledge. He later became Marshal of Romania, where he remained until the end of his life around 1207. Margaret Shaw received a first from Oxford in languages, after which she taught in Bradford, before moving to Paris. She did research on Laurence Sterne and published a book about his 'Letter to Eliza'. She became a tutor at St Hugh's, Oxford and translated Stendhal for the Penguin Classics. She died in 1963.
MD Villiers was born in Johannesburg and studied psychology at the University of Pretoria. Her passion for the country she grew up in provides her with a backdrop for her fiction in which she explores life in a country always on the brink of change.She was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger for unpublished writers in 2007 and is now based in London, but often visits South Africa, where her family still lives. City of Blood is her debut novel.
Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., was born in Cuba, where he was exposed to Afro-Indian healing traditions at an early age. While pursuing his doctorial studies in psychology and medical anthropology, he travelled throughout the Amazon and the Andes, researching Native American healing techniques. He later directed the Biological Self-Regulation Laboratory at San Francisco State University, where he investigated mind-body medicine and the neuro-physiology of healing. He founded and directs the Energy Medicine School at the Four Winds Society, and teaches energy medicine to thousands of nurses and physicians, psychotherapists and lay persons every year. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of alternative medicine and shamanic studies, and has written ten other books. He lives in Los Angeles.
Gaia Vince is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in science, the environment, and social issues. She was awarded the 2015 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, becoming the first solo female winner in the Prize’s history. She has been an editor at Nature Climate Change, Nature and New Scientist. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, The Times, Science, Scientific American, the American Scholar, International New York Times, BBC online Australian Geographic and the Australian. She also devises and presents science documentaries for radio and television. She blogs at WanderingGaia.com and tweets at @WanderingGaia.
Alice is an arts journalist who has been growing things in London for a while now, but she really became fascinated with plants after taking over a wind-blown balcony nearly three years ago. A self-taught gardener, she has learned how to grow plants to eat, admire and enjoy both inside and out, and maintains that limited experience and space shouldn't stop anyone from growing things. For the past year Alice has been documenting her plant adventures on Instagram as @noughticulture and keeping a column on urban and rookie gardening for The Telegraph.
Tim Vincent is the founder and CEO of Rembrandt Consultants, a global headhunting company. With 12 associate offices around the world, Rembrandt consult with the world’s leading talent to help steer their careers. Tim has personally influenced the careers of over 350 recognised leaders in diverse markets. He lives with his wife and three children in Lincolnshire.
John Vincent is CEO and co-founder of the healthy fast-food chain, LEON, which he started in 2004 with the mission to create Naturally Fast Food - food that tastes good, does you good and is kind to the planet. The guiding principle behind John's experience and success in business is his vision and commitment to help make things better. It is this singular purpose that has seen him grow LEON into one of the UK's most recognisable restaurant brands, establish the company in the US and Europe, and lead projects such as the UK government's School Food Plan and to create and Chair the Council for Sustainable Business.
Nick Vincent is a Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia, specialising in the 12th and 13th centuries with a particular current focus on the Magna Carta. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Norah Vincent's first book, Self-made Man (2006) was an international media sensation and a New York Times bestseller. Previously, Vincent wrote a nationally syndicated op-ed column for the Los Angeles Times. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, New Republic, Village Voice, and the Washington Post. She lives in New York City.
Ian Davidson is a British scriptwriter who also acted, directed and produced in television and the theatre from the 1960's. He was Script Editor of 'The Two Ronnies' from 1978-83 and with Peter Vincent wrote seven series of the sitcom 'Sorry'. With Vincent he also wrote for Dave Allen, 'The Brittas Empire' and 'Comrade Dad'. With John Chapman he wrote 'French Fields' for Thames Television. In 2013, Vincent and Davidson wrote 'When the Dog Dies' for Radio4. Peter Vincent has worked in television both as a writer and editor for a number of years. He has written 69 episodes of comedy for the BBC including seven series of "Sorry" with Ian Davidson and episodes of ‘All at No. Twenty’ and ‘The Brittas Empire’ In addition there were two series of "Hilary" starring Marti Caine with co-writer, Peter Robinson. Also "Comrade Dad" (starring George Cole) with Ian Davidson and "Goodbye Mr. Kent" with Peter Robinson. Peter Vincent wrote for twelve series of "The Two Ronnies" and was script editor for some of these. He was Dave Allen's script editor for some twenty years. He was also script editor with Barry Cryer on the BBC's Russ Abbot show.
Bruno Vincent is the author of an absolute shedload of humour titles including the Enid Blyton for Grown-ups Series and (with Jon Butler) the bestselling Do Ants Have Arseholes?, a Christmas No.1 back in the more innocent days of Myspace and News of the World. He has also written two volumes of gothic horror stories for children which were adapted for the stage.
Dean Carter began writing short stories at the age of fourteen. After graduating from Thames Valley University with a degree in English and Media Studies, he worked in sales and as a bookseller before getting a job in the facilities department at Transworld Publishers and Random House Children's Books. His writing talent was spotted by his editor after she read his company-wide emails. His first novel, The Hand of the Devil was published in 2006 to great critical acclaim. He lives in Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex.
Penny Vincenzi was one of the UK's best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first book, Old Sins, was first published in 1989, she went on to write sixteen more bestselling novels and two collections of stories. She began her career as a junior secretary for Vogue magazine and went on to work at The Daily Mirror, Tatler, and later as a Fashion and Beauty Editor on magazines such as Woman’s Own, Nova and Honey, before becoming a Deputy Editor of Options and Contributing Editor of Cosmopolitan. Over seven million copies of Penny's books have been sold worldwide and she is universally held to be the 'doyenne of the modern blockbuster' (Glamour). Penny Vincenzi died on 25 February 2018.
Sophie Vincenzi was born in 1969, and is now a journalist who has written for Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping and many other print and on-line publications. She got married in September 2001 and one of her many tasks was working out how her two children would be part of the ceremony.
Katrina Vincenzi-Thyne is the author of Odyssey and Dream Lover, available from Black Lace.
Tim Vine burst onto the stand-up circuit by winning the Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995 and has since gone on to find universal acclaim as the undisputed master of the one-liner. In 2004 Tim became the Guinness World Record Holder for telling the most jokes in an hour, smashing the previous record with a total of 499. He lives in London and is currently co-starring in the hit sitcom Not Going Out.
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