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A.E. Waite was the designer and co-creator of the now famous Rider Waite Tarot deck. An American-born British poet and scholarly mystic, his strong interest in all esoteric matters - divination, magic, Kabbalism, alchemy and Freemasony - led to him penning a number of books. These include the Key to the Tarot, The Book of Ceremonial Magic and A New Encyclopedia of Freemasony. Pamela Colman Smith was born in England to American parents. Her childhood years were spent between London, New York and Kingston, Jamaica. She became a theatrical designer, even collaborating with the notable W.B. Yeats on stage designs. She was an illustrator mainly of books, pamphlets and posters too. Under the guidance of A. E. Waite, she undertook a series of seventy-eight allegorical paintings described by Waite as a 'rectified' tarot pack. The designs, published in the same year by William Rider and Son, exemplify the mysticism, ritual, imagination, fantasy and deep emotions of the artist. Mary Hanson-Roberts is an artist, based in the US, who has worked on a number of tarot card decks, including the Universal Waite Tarot Deck, the Hanson-Roberts Tarot Deck and the Whimsical Tarot Deck.
Judy Waite spent her childhood in Singapore, and then studied at the Portsmouth College of Art. She has already amassed an impressive body of published work for children, including picture book texts, educational titles and teenage fiction. She has two grown-up children, and lives in Southampton.
Martyn Waites was born and raised in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has written nine novels under his own name and five under the name Tania Carver alongside his wife, Linda. He has been nominated for every major British crime fiction award, has been chosen as a Guardian Book of the Year and is an international bestseller.
Jehanne Wake is a historian who has written about both royalty and money. Her books include a short biography of Florence Nightingale; Princess Louise: Queen Victoria's Unconventional Daughter and Kleinwort Benson: the History of Two Families in Banking. She lives in London.
Lou Wakefield (Author) Lou Wakefield is a writer, director and actor, starring in the BBC's Inside Out and YTV's The Refuge and appearing in countless theatre plays. Her directing career began in theatre with productions at the Royal Court and Liverpool's Everyman. She has since directed many hours of television drama including Desmond's, Coronation Street and Brookside. She wrote ITV's Firm Friends, starring Billie Whitelaw and Madhur Jaffrey, which won a Royal Society of Television Award, and wrote and directed Never Say Die for Channel 4, starring Irene Handl. She has also written numerous highly acclaimed novels, including Tuscan Soup and Sleeping Partners. Carole Hayman has written several novels, and also writes for TV, radio and film - including the hit drama series Rides for BBC1 and the comedy series The Refuge for Channel 4. She has published many short stories and literary articles, including features for The Independent, The Guardian, The Express, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail and a regular column, 'My Lofty Life', for the Saturday Independent. Her first film as producer/writer, f2point8, was shortlisted for a BAFTA, while her second, the short animation Lofty Life, has appeared in several global film festivals and won an award from the UK Film Council. Her novel Hard Choices was shortlisted for the Saga Award for Wit - known as the Silver Booker.
Rick Wakeman is the most gifted keyboard player of his generation, as at home on stage at a rock concert as in the organ loft of a great cathedral. As keyboard player for the 70s supergroup Yes his extraordinary live tours and multimillion-selling albums are legendary. He has also appeared on Top Gear achieving a lamentable lap time of 1.55.26.
Theo Walcott was born on 16 March 1989 and grew up near Newbury. After joining the youth scheme at Southampton, he became the Saints' youngest ever player, before joining Arsenal in January 2006. Following his surprise selection in Sven-Göran Eriksson's World Cup squad, Theo set another record in making his England début at the age of just 17 years and 75 days, and was named the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year in 2006. He has now played more than 200 times for Arsenal, and in September 2008 became the youngest player to score a hat-trick for England, for whom he has 22 caps so far.
Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack are psychotherapists and co-founders of Sleepy Planet, a sleep-consulting company. They are the sleep experts on modernmom.com. They both live in the USA.
Katie Waldegrave, formerly Head of History at Cranford Community College in West London, now runs First Story - a charity she founded with author William Fiennes in 2008. The Poets' Daughters is her first book.
Joseph Delaney is a retired English teacher living in Lancashire. He has three children and seven grandchildren and is a wonderful public speaker available for conference, library and bookshop events. His home is in the middle of Boggart territory and his village has a boggart called the Hall Knocker, which was laid to rest under the step of a house near the church. Mark Walden spent ten years producing video games for a living before finally deciding that perhaps it was time to do some 'real work'. His first book H.I.V.E was selected a winner in Richard and Judy 'Best Kid's Books Ever', Paramount optioned the film rights, and it has now been chosen as one of ten titles to feature in Booktrust's Booked Up scheme to give every secondary school child a free book. He has followed this success with two further titles in the extraordinarily brilliant H.I.V.E series. Mark lives in Hampshire with his family.
Adelle Waldman is a freelance writer and book critic. She worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal's website. Her articles also have appeared in The New York Times Book Review,The New Republic,Slate,The Wall Street Journal, and other national publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Amy Waldman was co-chief of the South Asia bureau of The New York Times. Her fiction has appeared in The Atlantic and the Boston Review and is anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010. She lives with her family in Brooklyn. This is her first novel.
Ayelet Waldman was a criminal defence lawyer before she became a full-time writer. She is married to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon and they live in California with their four children.Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is her first novel to be published in the UK.
Mark Robert Waldman is a therapist in Woodland Hills, California, and the author/editor of The Art of Staying Together. Founding editor of Transpersonal Review, he lectures frequently on the topics of psychology, religion, spirituality, and love.
Kevin Waldron was born and raised in Dublin. After graduating with a degree in graphic design from D.I.T., he moved to London to study for an M.A in illustration at Kingston University. His first book, Mr. Peek and the Misunderstanding at the Zoo (Templar Publishing) won the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award in 2009. He illustrated Tiny Little Fly (Walker Books), written by Michael Rosen which won the Bull-Bransom Award in 2011. The same year, he was also named one of the Booktrust best new illustrators. Kevin has now made New York his home. He makes picture books from his studio in Brooklyn. Sometimes his wife comes home & is angry that all the leftover dessert is gone.
JACK WALEY-COHEN featured on the first ever episode of Only Connect, with his team – the Lapsed Psychologists – reaching the final. He runs various businesses – including, of course, a quiz company – and started writing questions for the show in 2014. In 2017, he took on the role of Question Editor with his colleague, David McGaughey.
Christine has been a horticulturist since the age of 10 when she first obtained an allotment and started growing vegetables and flowers, which she sold to her school teachers and local residents. Today she is a freelance plantswoman, lecturing nationally and internationally, leading field trips throughout the world. Her first TV show, Christine's Garden, was shown on BBC2 in winter 2006 and found an enthusiasm for a gentler way of life. Since then she has become a columnist for Amateur Gardening and Garden News.
Nico Walker is originally from Cleveland. He served as a medic on more than 250 missions in Iraq. Currently he has two more years to serve of an eleven-year sentence for bank robbery. Cherry is his debut novel.
Sam Walker is deputy editor for enterprise at the Wall Street Journal. He was previously the global sports editor, having founded the sports desk in 2009, where he headed up a team that handled every sporting event there is. Under him, the desk won more than a dozen journalism prizes and received two Pulitzer Prize nominations. Sam is also the author of Fantasyland (2006) which was turned into a documentary. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.
Magnus Walker grew up in Sheffield and first fell in love with cars as a 10-year-old, after a trip to the 1977 London motor show. He moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and established Serious Clothing, outfitters to Madonna, Alice Cooper, Motley Crue and a host of rock stars, before developing properties in Downtown LA and expanding into the film location business. Today he is one of the world’s most prominent collectors and modifiers of Porsche 911s.
Tim Walker was born in Surrey in 1980. He spent four years in California as the Los Angeles correspondent for the Independent. He lives in London with his family.
Susannah Walker studied English Literature at Cambridge followed by Design History at the Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum. After starting out as a writer and curator, she then worked in television on programmes ranging from The Late Show to Changing Rooms. She has published three non-fiction books about various aspects of design, and runs a vintage poster blog and website about post-war graphic design and history, as well as lecturing on posters and designers at places as diverse as the National Army Museum, the Art Workers' Guild and Marks & Spencer Archive.
Adrian J Walker was born in the bush suburbs of Sydney, Australia in the mid '70s. After his father found a camper van in a ditch, he renovated it and moved his family back to the UK, where Adrian was raised. Ever since he can remember, Adrian has been interested in three things: words, music and technology, and when he graduated from the University of Leeds, he found a career in software. His novel The End of the World Running Club, a post-apocalyptic running fable about hope, love and endurance, was a Simon Mayo Radio 2 book club choice. He lives in Aberdeen with his wife and two children. To find out more visit: http://www.adrianjwalker.com/
Donald Walker was a Victorian author of several books, including Walker's Manly Exercises and Exercises for Ladies. He helped to introduce British society to an unfamiliar topic in the early nineteenth century: physical education.
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