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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. He has been nominated for every major British crime fiction award, has been chosen as a Guardian Book of the Year and has won the Grand Prix du Roman Noir.
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 is one of the most gifted keyboard players of his generation, as at home on stage at a rock concert as in the organ loft of a great cathedral. He as known now for his TV appearances on Grumpy Old Men and Countdown and his hugely popular Saturday morning radio show on Planet Rock - 500,000 tune in the UK alone, and some say 10 million people listen world-wide. He presents television shows and writes hymns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Murray Walker, OBE is the indisputable 'Voice of Formula One'. He has been broadcasting for over 50 years, becoming in the process a much-loved household name. Simon Taylor has been a racing journalist for more than 40 years. BBC Radio's motor racing correspondent and an ITV commentator on modern and historic motor racing.
Wendy Walker is a former commercial litigator and investment banker who now works at home raising her children and writing (most of which is done between the school runs in the back of her minivan, where she has blankets, a coffee reheating device and laptop batteries to keep her going!). She lives in Connecticut, USA, and is currently working on her second novel (still in the back of her minivan). For further information visit Wendy's website: www.wendywalkerbooks.com Wendy is also the editor and contributing author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms.
Mike Walker is an award-winning dramatist, as well the author of several books for adults. He travelled extensively abroad, particularly in the region around the eastern Indian Ocean, although he is now living in the UK. This is his first children's book.
Peter Walker is news correspondent for the Guardian. In 2009 he set up the Guardian Bike Blog which has published dozens of writers and has quickly become a primary destination for cycling debate. In 2014 he was named by BikeBiz magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in UK cycling, and in 2016 he was shortlisted in the Specialist Writer category at the Cycling Media Awards.
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.
Matthew Walker's fascination with sleep has taken him from Nottingham to Harvard and on to the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Director of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory. He has published over 100 scientific research studies during the course of his twenty-year career. Why We Sleep is his first book.
Johnnie Walker first made his name in 1966, presenting on pirate station Radio Caroline. He established a long career as a Radio 1 DJ from 1969 to 1976 and championed new names such as Lou Reed, Elton John and the Eagles. He moved to San Francisco in the late 1970s, where he joined KSAN, the most respected FM rock station in the USA, and became very involved in the punk scene. Johnnie came home in the early '80s and, following stints with Radio West and Wiltshire Radio in the West Country, he returned to Radio 1 to front The Stereo Sequence before going on to present the hugely popular Drivetime show on Radio 2. Johnnie was awarded an MBE in 2006. He lives in Somerset with his wife, Tiggy.
Sue Walker is a television journalist who has worked mostly on miscarriage of justice cases. The Burning is her fourth novel, following The Reunion, The Reckoning and The Dead Pool. Born in Edinburgh, she now lives on the Sussex coast. Visit her website at www.sue-walker.com
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