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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.
Barbara Vine was the pen-name of Ruth Rendell, and Viking published all of her books under that name. Rendell was an exceptional crime writer, with worldwide sales of approximately 20 million copies, and regular Sunday Times bestsellers. Rendell won numerous awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger for 1976's best crime novel with A Demon in My View, a Gold Dagger award for Live Flesh in 1986, and the Sunday Times Literary Award in 1990. In 2013 she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for sustained excellence in crime writing. In 1996 she was awarded the CBE and in 1997 became a Life Peer. Ruth Rendell died in May 2015.
Sarah Vine was born in Wales and raised in Italy. As a child she had a great capacity for reading comics, gossiping and trying on her mother's shoes, all of which have stood her in excellent stead. She writes for The Times and is married with two children.
Harriet and Rosie met at Chelsea School of Art. After finding some bags of leather on the street in 1999, the pair made some wrist cuffs which they sold at Portobello and Spitalfields markets, which sold out every week. From street markets to Harvey Nichols and Selfridges within months, their story is one of rapid and continued success. Their original shop on Brick Lane still flourishes, and they opened a second store in Covent Garden in 2009.
Richard Vinen is Professor of History at King's College, London and the author of a number of major books on 20th century Europe. He won the Wolfson Prize for History for his last book, National Service.
P.D. Viner is an award winning film-maker and creator of the highly successful SmartPass audio guides. He’s married to an American Doctor of Linguistics and, along with their five-year-old daughter, he is her test-subject. He has lived abroad for ten years, working and studying in the USA, New Zealand and Russia, and has been a pretty bad stand-up comedian, produced mime shows for Japanese TV and written theatre for the Shakespeare festival, produced in London and Verona. His first novel The Last Winter of Dani Lancing is now in development with Warner TV, working with the creator of Dirty Pretty Liars and the head writer of Dexter. To find out more visit: www.pdviner.com
Vernor Vinge is a computer scientist, mathematics professor and science fiction author. He is best known for his Hugo Award-winning Zones of Thought series, including novels A Fire Upon the Deep and The Children of the Sky. He published True Names in 1981 and it was awarded the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award in 2007. Vinge retired from teaching at San Diego State University in 2000 and currently sits on the selection committee for the Free Software Foundation's Award for the Advancement of Free Software.
Elfrida Vipont worked as a teacher, singer and writer. She wrote over 30 books and won the Carnegie Medal in 1950 for <I>Lark on the Wing</I>. Raymond Briggs has produced wonderful children's books including the classic titles <I>The Snowman</I>, <I>Father Christmas</I> and <I>When the Wind Blows</I> – all made into immensely successful films. Raymond lives in Sussex.
Publius Vergilius Maro (70–19BC), known as Virgil, was born in Mantua in the last days of the Roman Republic. In his comparatively short life he became the supreme poet of his age, whose work, the Aeneid, gave Rome a great national epic equal to the Greeks’, celebrating the city’s origins and the creation of its empire. In addition to this he was also the author of the Eclogues and the Georgics.
Tradition ascribes this fabulous work to Visnu Sarma whose existence has not been conclusively established. Chandra Rajan, a noted Sanskrit scholar, has based her translation on the Purnabhadra recension (AD 1199). While remaining faithful to the original, she breathes new life into the stories, skilfully combining prose and verse to give us an eminently readable translation.
Margaret Visser writes on history, anthropology, and the mythology of everyday life. Her books, which include The Gift of Thanks, Much Depends on Dinner (which won a Glenfiddich Prize for the Food Book of the Year), The Way We Are, and The Geometry of Love, have all been bestsellers, and The Rituals of Dinner won the International Association of Culinary Professionals' Literary Food Writing Award and the Jane Grigson Award. A Professor of Classics for 18 years, she now lives in Toronto and the south of France.
Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (late 1st century B.C.), was a Roman military architect and engineer, and an expert in ballistic machines in particular. Robert Tavernor studied architecture in London, Rome and Cambridge and practices as a consultant architect. He was professor of Architecture at the universities of Edinburgh and Bath, and is currently Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Richard Schofield read Classics at Oxford in the late 1960s, then architectural history at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. After working at the University of Nottingham for many years, he moved to the Istituto universitario di architettura di Venezia in 1997, where he is the Professor of the History of Architecture.
Bastien Vivès is a graphic novelist and illustrator. He is the author of several highly-acclaimed graphic novels, including The Butcher and Hollywood in January. Chlorine won the 'Essential Revelation' prize at the Angouleme Festival in 2009. He lives in Paris.
James Vlahos is a contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Wired, Popular Science, Scientific American, The Atlantic, GQ and National Geographic. He lives in El Cerrito, California.
Patrick Vlaskovits (Author) Originally from Hungary, Patrick moved to north California with his parents aged 6. Today, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Entrepreneur and founder of Superpowered, Inc. Patrick now lives in Austin, Texas, with his family. Jonas Koffler (Author) Jonas owns the award-winning boutique storytelling firm, Koffler Pictures, which helps many distinguished writers and directors create thoughtful and inspiring campaigns. His clients include TED speakers like Sunni Brown and bestselling author Dan Heath. Neil Patel (Author) Neil is the co-founder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar and KISSmetrics. He teaches others about online marketing via his website, Quicksprout.com. He has helped numerous Fortune 500 companies in the US and was recognised as a Top 100 Entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama.
Elma van Vliet is the creator of a series of books that address people's universal longing to know who they are and where they come from. She believes that we can make the world a better place by helping people to record and share stories and connect with others. Her books have been published in 12 countries and sold more than 3 milion copies worldwide. She lives in Delft in the Netherlands.
Charlotte Voake is an internationally acclaimed children's author and artist. She studied art history but always wanted to be an illustrator. She recently won the Smarties Silver Medal Award for her picture book, The Pizza Kitten.
Charlotte Voake was born in Wales and studied at the University of London. Her first illustrations were published while she was studying there in 1978. She won the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Smarties Book Award twice. She has been shortlisted for both the Kurt Maschler Emil Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal.
Willy Voet has been involved in cycling at the highest level as a professional cyclist and team masseur for thirty years.
From 1929 until his death, Dr H. C. A. Vogel reported on his experiences and observations as a nature practitioner, nutritionist, researcher of medicinal plants and discoverer of natural healing powers, in his monthly periodical, Gesundheitsnachrichten (A, Vogel's Health News).
Already friends, Jan and Sara began working together when Jan's daughter was terrified of a lion-skin rug in a Chelmsford museum. The resulting story, Flat Lion, was never published, but they enjoyed writing so much that they persevered, even though their next attempt didn't get anywhere either. (Well it was about garden gnomes!) In between the cups of tea and gossip, they've produced over 130 stories, several poems and a play. They've written about football, ghosts, football and ghosts, spies and bank robbers, beasts and dinosaurs.
Charlotte Vøhtz is the founder of the Green People, the pioneering company supplying organic health and beauty products. In the mid 1990s, taking advantage of her nursing background, knowledge of herbal medicine and eleven years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry, Charlotte decided to formulate a range of truly natural health and personal care products with a dedicated team of like-minded professionals. Since its launch in the UK in 1997, the Green People has grown to become a highly successful company with a product range of more than 100 formulations. It has received many awards and its products are certified by the Soil Association, Organic Food Federation and the Vegan Society, among others.
Jens Voigt is a German former professional road bicycle racer for severalteams, the last one being UCI ProTeam Trek Factory Racing. Voigt competed in the Tour de France a record-tying 17 times and twice wore its famed yellow jersey, though he never challenged to capture the overall title. His career achievements include winning the critérium International a record-tying 5 times and a number of one-week stageraces, as well as two Tour de France stage victories. In September 2014, he set a new hour record. He lives in Berlin. Co-author James Startt is a sports journalist who has followed the Tour de France for over twenty years. His Tour reports are published in Bicycling Magazine and other cycling publications. He has worked closely with Jens Voigt for three years on his blogs and columns. He lives in Paris.
Sandrine Voillet, presenter of the BBC2 series Paris, is an art historian who has worked in a number of museums and art galleries. Sandrine was educated at the Ecole du Louvre, where she specialized in the history of art from the Far East. She has also worked in the film industry, initially as part of the Artificial Eye Film Distribution Company before becoming involved in the 2003 French Film Festival.
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