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Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. He is one of the most successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs of all time.
ZAYN is an internationally celebrated music artist whose debut solo release, Mind of Mine, made him the first British male artist to debut at number one in both the UK and US with both his debut single and debut album. He lives in Los Angeles and London. inzayn.com @zaynmalik on Twitter @zayn on Instagram https://www.facebook.com/zayn/ on Facebook
Fran Warde (Author) Fran Warde's career has been fuelled by a passion for food. Trained as a chef, she worked at the Café Royal, on an Australian prawn trawler, ran her own cookery school and then moved into food styling and food writing. She was the food editor at Red Magazine and is the author of Ginger Pig Meat Book, Ginger Pig Farmhouse Cookbook, Food for Friends, Eat, Drink, Live and Thirty Minute Italian and is also co-author of The Little Book of Chocolat, The French Market and The French Kitchen with Joanne Harris. Fran lives in West London with her husband and two children and has been helping as a volunteer at Maggie's, Charing Cross where she met Catherine, and was inspired to feel that this book is really necessary to many people and families. Catherine Zabilowicz (Author) Catherine Zabilowicz was inspired to study Nutritional Therapy after caring for her son with leukemia. After pouring over the research on cancer and nutrition during his three years of treatment she decided she should take that knowledge further by embarking on a Nutritional Therapy degree and a Masters in Nutritional Medicine. Since 2008 she has worked as the Nutrition Advisor at Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre at Charing Cross Hospital. She has also worked with the 'Food Doctor' as their Nutrition and Cancer Therapist, with a District Council running community and schools nutrition programmes, as the Nutrition Advisor for a food company and runs courses on nutrition and cancer to health professionals. She lives in Surrey, has four boys, and is passionate about cooking and eating tasting food made from great natural produce.
Muriel Zagha is a French journalist who now lives in London with her English husband and son. She has written arts and design features for publications including the Sunday Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph Magazine, the World of Interiors, the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian.
Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novellas, and four short-fiction collections. In 1984, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision for the Future, Survivor's Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, Choices of One, and Scoundrels), with more than four million copies of his books in print. Other books include the Cobra series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series. Zahn has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University and an M.S. from the University of Illinois. He lives with his family on the Oregon coast.
Mohsin Zaidi (Author, Reader) Mohsin Zaidi grew up in a devout Muslim community in East London. He was the first person from his school to go to Oxford University where he studied law. Mohsin has worked at a UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague and at the UK's Supreme Court. Today he is a criminal barrister at one of the top chambers in the country and works on a number of high profile cases. He is an advocate for LGBT rights, BAME representation and social mobility. He is on the board of Stonewall, the UK's biggest LGBT rights charity and is a governor of his former secondary school. Mohsin appears as a commentator on Sky News and has previously written for Newsweek.
Koren Zailckas grew up in the suburbs of Boston and whilst at Syracuse University was the subject of a Time magazine article about women and binge-drinking. She now lives in New York City.
Dick Davis is the foremost English-speaking scholar of medieval Persian poetry now working in the West. He read English at Cambridge, lived in Iran for eight years (where he met and married his Iranian wife Afkham Darbandi), then completed a PhD in Medieval Persian Literature at the University of Manchester. He has resided for extended periods in both Greece and Italy (his translations include works from Italian), and has taught at both the University of California and at Ohio State University, where he was for nine years Professor of Persian and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages, retiring from that position in 2012. In all, he has published more than twenty books, including the award-winning poetry collections Seeing the World and Belonging. His translations include Ferdowsi's Shahnameh: the Persian Book of Kings and Farid ud-Din Attar's The Conference of the Birds. The Times Literary Supplement has called him 'our finest translator of Persian poetry'.
Yevgeny Zamyatin (1884-1937) was a naval engineer by profession and writer by vocation, who made himself an enemy of the Tsarist government by being a Bolshevik, and an enemy of the Soviet government by insisting that human beings have absolute creative freedom. He wrote short stories, plays and essays, but his masterpiece is We, written in 1920-21 and soon thereafter translated into most of the languages of the world.
Koethi Zan was born and raised in rural Alabama. She attended Yale Law School and currently lives in an old farmhouse in upstate New York. Her first novel The Never List was a bestseller and a Richard and Judy Book Club pick.
Rosamund Stone Zander is a family therapist, leadership coach, and landscape painter.
Rosamund Stone Zander (Author) Rosamund Zander, author of The Art of Possibility, is a pioneering family therapist and executive coach. She develops models for leadership and effective action based on the idea that creativity is an innate adult capacity. Her leadership model coaches individuals to create a life of vision, passion and contribution. Her work is, in all its capacities, about growth, and her writing, teaching, and coaching creates pathways to lives that are authentic and meaningful.
Rosamund Zander, author of The Art of Possibility, is a pioneering family therapist and executive coach. She develops models for leadership and effective action based on the idea that creativity is an innate adult capacity. Her leadership model coaches individuals to create a life of vision, passion and contribution. Her work is, in all its capacities, about growth, and her writing, teaching, and coaching creates pathways to lives that are authentic and meaningful.
Lila Azam Zanganeh is an Iranian-French writer. She is the author of The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness and edited a volume of essays by Iranian writers, My Sister Guard Your Veil, My Brother Guard Your Eyes. She was a member of the jury for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for fiction.
George Zarkadakis is a well-connected science writer, playwright and novelist with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked for organisations including the European Commission and the British Council, Silicon Graphicsand the European Bioinformatics Institute; appeared on the History Channel; written for publications such as Aeon digital magazine and the Washington Post; and been knighted by the French government for his services to science communication.
Hafsa Zayyan is a writer and dispute resolution lawyer based in London. She won the inaugural #Merky Books New Writers' Prize in 2019. We Are All Birds of Uganda is her debut novel, inspired by the mixed background from which she hails. She studied Law at the University of Cambridge and holds a masters' degree from the University of Oxford.
SymmetryBreakfast is an online phenomenon that incorporates world cuisines, contemporary design and a story of love over the meal of breakfast. Featured in the Guardian, Washington Post, Telegraph and endorsed by Jamie Oliver, it is also a favourite account of Kevin Systrom, Instagram CEO and co-founder. Michael studied photography at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth and later went on to teach Art and Design in secondary schools in London’s East End. He then completed his masters in Museums and Galleries in Education and works in public programming at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Michael’s passion for cooking comes from his parents and his mixed English, Scottish and Chinese heritage. Weekends and school holidays would be spent working in his father’s Chinese and English chippies in Liverpool and teaching himself to bake for his mother’s sweet tooth. Michael created SymmetryBreakfast for his partner Mark in their Hackney flat in 2013. Mark’s hectic job as a menswear fashion designer means late nights and weekends in the office. Early on in their relationship, breakfast became a sacred moment in the day and Michael started on his mission to make each meal as celebratory as possible. Nearly 1,000 breakfasts later, Michael still wakes up early to make breakfast for Mark, looking carefully around the world and at home for inspiration, taking a simple idea and making it beautiful.
Juli Zeh was born in 1974 and lives in Brandenburg. She studied International Law, worked with the UN in New York, and completed her studies in Creative Writing. Juli Zeh has won numerous awards, including the international Per Olov Enquist Award and the French Prix Cévennes for Best European Novel. Her work has been translated into thirty languages.
Theodore Zeldin, educated at Birkbeck College London and Christ Church Oxford, is senior fellow of St Antony's College Oxford. He has been awarded the Wolfson Prize for History, been elected a member of the European Academy, and figures on the Magazine Littéraire's list of the hundred most important thinkers in the world today.
Kelly Bingham has been a storyboard artist, story supervisor, and director and is now a full-time writer. She is the author of Shark Girl, which was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Kelly Bingham lives in Ellijay, Georgia. You can visit her online at www.kellybinghamonline.com Paul O Zelinsky created the now-classic interactive book The Wheels on the Bus. His retelling of Rapunzel won the Caldecott Medal in 1998. He received Caldecott Honours for Rumpelstiltkin; Hansel and Gretel, by Rika Lesser; and Swamp Angels, by Anne Issacs. Paul O Zelinsky lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit him online at www.paulozelinsky.com
Paolo Zellini is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Rome where his research focuses on numerical analysis and the evolution of mathematical thought. He is the author of the international bestseller A Brief History of Infinity which Italo Calvino described as 'one of the most important books of the twentieth or twenty-first centuries'.
Born in 1986, Alexandra Zelman-Doring is a graduate of Brown, Columbia, and Oxford Universities. She is a poet, playwright, and actor, and recent co-founder of Throes Theater (www.throestheater.com). Based in New York City, she lives with her husband, clarinet player Naum Goldenstein.
Jeff Zentner was a singer-songwriter and guitarist who released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. He is now an appellate attorney for the State of Tennessee and lives in Nashville with his wife and son. He wrote his debut novel The Serpent King in a month, writing on his mobile phone on his commute and at night, weekends and lunchtimes between court cases.
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