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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
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.
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.
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/
Rob Walker is a journalist who writes about design, technology, business and the arts, among other subjects. He writes The Workologist for the Sunday Business section of The New York Times and contributes to a wide range of publications, including The Atlantic, NewYorker.com, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe and Bloomberg Businessweek. His previous books include Significant Objects: 100 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things (co-authored with Joshua Glenn) and Buying In. He is on the faculty of the Products of Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts. He lives in New Orleans, USA.
Kev Walker is a talented illustrator and comic artist who has worked on books such as Charlie Higson's Young Bond graphic novel series.
Alice Walker is the author of seven novels, including Pulitzer Prize winnner The Color Purple, The Third Life of Grange Copeland and Now is the Time to Open Your Heart; three collections of short stories, In Love & Trouble, You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down and The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart; as well as eight volumes of poetry. Alice Walker lives in Northern California.
Martin Walker is the Senior Director of the Global Business Policy Council and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of United Press International. For 25 years he worked for the Guardian, holding the position of bureau chief in Moscow and Washington DC, and appeared as a regular commentator for CNN-TV. His pioneering work on Gorbachev and perestroika, The Walking Giant, was translated into ten languages. Educated as a historian in Oxford and Harvard, he was born into the Cold War and had a ringside seat at its close. He interviewed Mikhail Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher and George Bush, attended the great summits of the 1980s, and researched this book in Moscow, Prague, Tokyo, London and Washington. A published novelist and poet, Martin Walker has also written books on the world's press and on right-wing politics in Britain.
Mike Walker is an award-winning dramatist, documentary writer and author. He has adapted many classic novels for BBC Radio 4, including War and Peace, On the Beach and A Tale of Two Cities, which won him the Bronze Sony Award for Best Drama in 2012. Among his original radio plays are Alpha - winner of the Sony Drama Award (World Service); its companion play Omega; Landfall, The Product and the Plantagenet series of historical dramas. He has also written several novels, including one for young adults, Bad Company.
Ronald Melzack is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at McGill University. After receiving his Ph.D. from McGill, he carried out research at the University of Oregon Medical School, the University of Pisa and University College London. Patrick D. Wall (1925 - 2001) was Professor Emeritus at the University of London. After receiving his medical degree from Oxford, he worked at the Universities of Yale, Chicago and Harvard, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Paula Wall is the author of the international bestseller The Rock Orchard and two collections of short pieces, My Love Is Free...but the Rest of Me Don't Come Cheap and If I Were a Man, I'd Marry Me. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Melanie Wallace was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, and now lives with her husband in Myloi, an agrarian village below the Ohi mountain range in Greece, and in Athens.
Robert Wallace is the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Services. H Keith Melton is an internationally recognized authority of spy technology, and the author of seven books including Ultimate Spy. Henry Schlesinger is a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine.
Jason Wallace was born in Cheltenham in 1969. At the age of twelve his life was turned upside down when his family emigrated to Zimbabwe. His experience there formed the foundation of Out of Shadows. Jason currently lives in South West London. www.jwallace.co.uk www.outofshadows.co.uk
Marjorie Wallace is an award-winning journalist, author, playwright and broadcaster, and has won nine major awards for her journalism, books and plays. She is currently Chief Executive of SANE, the mental health charity, which she helped to found. Marjorie Wallace (Countess Skarbeck) is married and lives in London with her three sons, Sacha, Stefan and Justin, and daughter, Sophia Augusta.
Ian Wallace is a qualified psychologist who specialises in dreams and the dreaming process. He is a regular guest on the Steve Wright show, frequently appears in the press and on television and is the author of the bestselling Top 100 Dreams. For more information about Ian and his work visit ianwallacedreams.com or follow him on Twitter @ ianwallace.
Caroline Wallace worked as a lecturer for several years before turning her hand to fiction. She lives in Liverpool with her husband and their many children.
Danny Wallace is a Sunday Times-bestselling author who lives in London. His first book, Join Me, was described as a ‘word-of-mouth phenomenon’ by The Bookseller and ‘one of the funniest stories you will ever read’ by the Daily Mail. His second book, Yes Man – in which he decided to say ‘Yes’ to everything – became a hugely successful film with Jim Carrey in the lead role. His column in ShortList magazine reaches more than 1.3 million readers weekly. He was the PPA Columnist of the Year 2011 and the Arqiva Radio Presenter of the Year 2012 for his work as the host of the triple Sony Award-winning Xfm Breakfast Show with Danny Wallace. GQ magazine has called him: ‘One of Britain’s great writing talents’. www.dannywallace.com
David Wallace-Wells is deputy editor of New York magazine, where he also writes frequently about climate change and the near future of science and technology. In July 2017 he published a cover story surveying the landscape of worst-case scenarios for global warming that became an immediate sensation, reaching millions of readers on its first day and, in less than a week, becoming the most-read story the magazine had ever published -and sparking an unprecedented debate, ongoing still today among scientists and journalists, about just how we should be thinking, and talking, about the planetary threat from climate change.
Robert James Waller was born in 1939 in Rockford, Iowa. As well as an internationally bestselling author he is known for his work as a photographer and musician. Until 1989 Waller was Dean of the School of Business at the University of Northern Iowa. The Bridges of Madison County ahs been translated into 25 lanugauges and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Waller died in 2017.
Matt Lucas began his career as a stand-up at the tender age of 18 and went on to find fame as George Dawes on Shooting Stars. He met comedy writing partner David Walliams at the National Youth Theatre, and together they went on to create the cult TV series, Rock Profile, and latterly the phenomenally successful Little Britain.
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