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Nels Abbey is a British-Nigerian writer and media executive, and a graduate of the Penguin WriteNow scheme. He was previously a banker. His debut book, Think Like A White Man by Professor Boulé Whytelaw is an eviscerating satire of modern racial discourse and is published in October 2018 by Canongate.
ED photo 1 alt2 hi resaltsmEdward Brooke-Hitching is a writer for QI and the author of the non-fiction bestsellers Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports, The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps and The Golden Atlas: The Greatest Explorations, Quests and Discoveries on Maps, all published by Simon & Schuster. His next book, The Sky Atlas, is out in autumn 2019. Edward is an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and lives in a dusty heap of old maps and books in London.
Theodore Brun studied Dark Age archaeology at Cambridge, where he graduated with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and an MPhil in History. He also rowed in the Boat Race for the university. Professionally, Theodore qualified and worked as an arbitration lawyer, in London, Moscow, Paris and finally Hong Kong. In 2010, he quit his job in Hong Kong and cycled 10,000 miles across the whole of Asia and Europe (crossing 20 countries) to his home in Norfolk. Theodore is a third generation Viking immigrant – his Danish grandfather having settled in England in 1932. He is married and divides his time between London and Norfolk. He is the author of two novels, A Mighty Dawn and A Sacred Storm, both published by Corvus.
Andrea Busfield was born in Warrington in the north of England. A journalist for 15 years, she worked for The Sun and the News of the World before joining NATO in Afghanistan, where she wrote her debut novel Born Under a Million Shadows. Today, Andrea lives in Cyprus where she writes full-time (or watches Vikings on the History Channel). She has three dogs – Blister, Alfie and Disco – and a thoroughbred stallion named Achilles.
Jen Campbell

Jen Campbell

Jen Campbell is a best-selling author and award-winning poet. Her debut short story collection The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night is published by Two Roads and her children’s picture books Franklin’s Flying Bookshop and Franklin and Luna Go to the Moon, illustrated by Katie Harnett, are published by Thames & Hudson. She is also the author of the best-selling Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops series and The Bookshop Book. Her poetry collection The Hungry Ghost Festival is published by The Rialto and The Girl Aquarium received an Eric Gregory Award and will be published by Bloodaxe Books in 2019. She talks about books at www.youtube.com/jenvcampbell 

Bonnie Chung is an award-winning entrepreneur and founder of Miso Tasty, the UK’s first brand dedicated to miso. Miso Tasty’s products are available in over 1,000 stores in the UK and have featured in The Sunday Times, The GuardianThe Daily Telegraph, OliveRed online and many other publications. Before this, she worked as a private chef and ran one of London’s first supper clubs, where she showcased her love of Japanese food. Miso Tasty is her first book and is published by Pavilion. 
Iain Dey is a senior director at Edelman, the leading public relations firm. He spent 17 years working for national newspapers in the UK, including more than a decade with The Sunday Times where his roles included business editor, and New York Correspondent. He was named business journalist of the year in the UK in 2010 for his coverage of the financial crisis. His reporting experience ranges from celebrity interviews to financial investigations with the award-winning Insight team, and foreign reportage from countries including Venezuela, Cuba and Iceland.

Iain grew up in the north of Scotland. He graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2001, where he read English and was part of the university’s inaugural creative writing programme – taught by Douglas Dunn, John Burnside and Kathleen Jamie.

The Cryotron Files is his first full-length book.
Rebecca Front

Rebecca Front

Rebecca Front is a BAFTA-winning actress and writer. She is best known for her work in such series as The Thick of It (in which she played Nicola Murray MP), The Day Today, Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Nighty Night, Lewis and Psychobitches. She has also written extensively. Her columns have often appeared in the Guardian, Independent and many other publications; and she and her brother Jeremy write and star in BBC Radio 4’s Incredible Women. Born in East London, she read English at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, and was the first female president of the Oxford Revue. Her first book, Curious, was shortlisted for Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the National Book Awards. Her second, Impossible Things Before Breakfast, was published in May 2018 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 

Alex Gilly was born in New York City and has lived in Canada, California, London and Paris. He worked as a journalist, translator and creative-writing instructor before becoming a full-time writer. He currently lives in Sydney, Australia with his wife and son. He loves the ocean in life and in fiction, and hopes one day to own a boat with a library on it. His first novel, Devil’s Harbor, is published in North America by Tor/Forge.
Julian Gough sang with underground literary pop band Toasted Heretic. They released four albums, and had a top ten hit with the single ‘Galway and Los Angeles’, a song about not kissing Sinead O’Connor. He is the author of the novels, Juno & JulietJude in Ireland and Jude in London. He won the largest prize in the world for a single short story (the BBC National Short Story Award) in 2007, and was shortlisted for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize in 2008 and 2012. His poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate, was published in 2010 and a year later he wrote the ending to Time magazine’s computer game of the year, Minecraft.

His series of children’s books featuring Rabbit and Bear are illustrated by Jim Field and have been published in 25 languages. They have been shortlisted for both the Sainsbury’s and Irish Book of the Year awards. His latest novel, Connect, was published in 2018 by Picador and Nan Talese.

RohanRohan Gunatillake’s first book This is Happening was published by Pan Macmillan’s new Bluebird imprint in 2016 in the UK and by St Martin’s Press in 2017 in the US. He is a leading entrepreneur in the growing area of wise technology and modern mindfulness. Rohan heads up 21awake, a creative studio which combines deep experience in meditation, technology & design. 21awake is best known for buddhify, the urban mindfulness app which so far has been the #1 Health & Fitness app in 34 countries. Rohan also has a background in digital innovation in the arts, has worked with several leading arts organisations across the UK including two years as the innovation lead for the Edinburgh Festivals. Based in Glasgow, Rohan is an in-demand speaker on modern meditation both in the UK and internationally with recent appearances at SXSW, FutureFest, Wisdom 2.0, Future Everything and the Buddhist Geeks Conference. Rohan has written for Wired UK and the Guardian online and has made guest appearances on BBC Radio 4, the Guardian Tech Weekly podcast and CBC. He is a trustee of the British Council and in 2012 Wired magazine named him in their Smart List of 50 people who are about to change the world.

His Mindfulness Cards have just been published by Chronicle Books.

David Higgins is responsible for some of the world’s most famous bodies. As a personal trainer his client list is second to none. Over the last few years he has worked on a number of blockbusters, including Wonder Woman, Justice League, Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Legend of Tarzan. Previously he played professional Aussie Rules football while studying Sports Science at university. After a serious collision ended his sporting career, he put the knowledge gained from his studies and his own rehabilitation to develop his own workout, which became known as Dynamic Pilates.

In 2007, he founded a boutique chain of gyms, with seven sites in London and franchises abroad, before leaving in 2013. He also contributed columns to the Evening Standard and Mail on Sunday. He has recently opened a new training programme at the Corinthia Hotel in London, the David Higgins ‘Dynamix’ Method.

His first book, The Hollywood Body Plan, will make his training methods available to everyone and is published by Headline.

Will Hill

Will Hill

Will Hill is the author of After the Fire (Usborne), which won the YA Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and the bestselling Department 19 series (HarperCollins). He has written for film and television and has contributed stories to award-winning anthologies and collections. He lives in East London.

Andrew Hosken is one of the BBC’s most respected senior correspondents. Joining Radio 4 in 1997, he reports for the flagship daily current affairs programme, Today, as well as The World Tonight, the BBC World Service and From Our Own Correspondent. He reported the 9/11 attacks from New York and the 7/11 attacks from London and has covered numerous Middle-Eastern conflicts and their aftermaths including the Arab Spring, the fall of Gaddafi, and the rise of the Islamic State. In 2003, he won the One World Media Award for a series on Algerian terrorism. He is the author of two books on British political figures, Nothing Like a Dame, about the disgraced Conservative Dame Shirley Porter, and Ken, a biography of controversial London mayor Ken Livingstone.

His latest book, Empire of Fear: Inside the Islamic State, is published by Oneworld.

Tom is a Welsh illustrator living in Bristol with his wife Candy. With a passion for food illustration he began working on the newly commissioned Great British Bake Off back in 2010, little knowing that it and his illustrations would become watched and loved by millions. He has drawn more than 1500 bakes for the show and its spin offs as well as commissions for Channel 4, The Glastonbury Festival and Visit England. His first book The Great British Bake Off Colouring Book was published by Hodder in September 2016.

Simon Jones is a former professional cricketer who played for England, Glamorgan, Hampshire and Worcestershire. In 2005 he tore through the Australian batting order, swinging the ball at pace, and inspiring some of England’s greatest ever victories as they regained the Ashes for the first time in almost twenty years. Written in collaboration with Jon Hotten, The Test takes you inside the dressing room and shows the rigours and intensity of top-level sport like never before. Winner of the Wisden Book of the Year in 2015.

‘What a player, what a man. Simon was the unsung hero in the 2005 Ashes. His crucial wickets and aggression took us over the winning line.’ Kevin Pietersen

‘Simon Jones only played 18 Test matches, but to me and most England fans he will always be a legend. His bowling during the 2005 series, against the best Australian team in history, was simply magnificent; fast, furious, swinging both ways like a deranged boomerang, and devastatingly successful. A class act.’ Piers Morgan

‘I can’t think of an England player that every supporter and player would have loved to see more with the 3 lions on his chest than Jonesy. He was right up there with the best that I was fortunate to captain.’ Michael Vaughan

Jon Hotten is the author of Muscle: A Writer’s Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust: A True Story of Murder, Money and Mayhem in the Last Age of Boxing (both Yellow Jersey Press), as well as the popular Old Batsman Blog, which has established him as one of the finest cricket writers around.

Bella Mackie is a freelance journalist. She previously worked as an editor at the Guardian and VICE news. Her first book, Jog On, is published by William Collins. 
Written by Olympic medallist, Hugh Matheson, and rowing historian, Christopher Dodd, More Power is the unmissable story of one man’s quest for glory, and sets out to unlock the secrets of Jurgen Grobler: the finest coach Olympic sport has ever seen.

Hugh Matheson was a British oarsman representing his country at the Olympics in 1972, 1976 and 1980. He has remained closely in touch with the sport as a journalist and commentator ever since.

Chris Dodd was The Guardian’s rowing correspondent from 1970. He was editor of Regatta magazine and wrote The Story of World Rowing (Hutchinson) and Pieces of Eight, covering Matheson’s own Olympic adventures.

Anthony McGowan has written two literary thrillers, Stag Hunt and Mortal Coil, and numerous young adult novels, including Hellbent, Henry Tumour, The Knife That Killed Me (made into an acclaimed film in 2014), The Fall, Brock, Hello DarknessPike and Rook, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He has also written widely for younger children, including the award-winning Donut Diaries series, and Einstein’s Underpants, which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. His The Art of Failing was described by Nick Hornby as ‘…if young Nicholson Baker had decided to write as Charles Pooter. It’s eccentric, charming, maddening, and very, very funny. It also comes much closer to describing the reality of the writing life than anything you’ll find in the Paris Review.
Barry McKinley’s stories have twice been shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award. He has written for BBC Radio 4 and RTE. His stage plays include Elysium Nevada, which was nominated in 2010 for Best New Play at the Irish Theatre Awards. After narrowly failing to destroy the world in 1979, he gave up the attempt, and now restores old buildings for a living. His younger self would be horrified. His first book, A Ton of Malice, was described by RTE as ‘bringing to mind Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting and Bruce Robinson’s imperishable film classic, Withnail and I… The writing is fresh, piercing and very, very funny… Do not miss this book’.

Hannah Richards is a highly-trained nutritionist with prestigious qualifications matched by only a handful of others in the UK. She is an Advanced Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor, C.H.E.K Holistic Lifestyle Coach level III and a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist. She is a regular contributor to publications including Cosmopolitan, ES Magazine, the Daily Telegraph, Health for Men and Company magazine as well as having a regular slot on the Chrissy B Show on Sky TV.

Her book, The Best Possible You, is published in the UK by Orion Spring in July 2018.

Nikesh Shukla is the author of the novels Coconut Unlimited (Quartet) which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, Meatspace (Friday Project), which saw him reach notoriety as a the first man to send a lamb chop into space, a feat that has been viewed on Youtube more than 250,000 times and most recently The One Who Wrote Destiny, published in April 2018 by Atlantic Books. His first YA novel Run, Riot was published by Hachette Children’s Books in June 2018 and was shortlisted in the young adult category for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018.

He is also the editor of the acclaimed collection of essays about race and immigration by 21 writers of colour, The Good Immigrant (Unbound), which was Radio 4 Book of the Week and for which he was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award, named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s 100 Global Thinkers of 2016 and which won the Books Are My Bags Readers Choice Award.

Together with Julia he has co-founded The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency.

Tom Tivnan was born in Massachusetts and educated at the University of Massachusetts and University of Strathclyde. Leaving the United States as the second Bush administration took power, he worked variously as a bookseller and journalist in Rome, Budapest, Hamburg, Edinburgh and Glasgow before settling in London in 2007. For the last decade he has been the features editor for the publishing industry bible The Bookseller and is regularly seen and heard speaking on book trade matters to the wider media. He wrote the text for the photography book Tattooed by the Family Business (Pavilion) and contributes annually to the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (A&C Black).

He lives in Walthamstow, East London, with his partner and an elderly cat called Soze.

His first novel, The Esquimaux, is published by Silvertail. 

Authors XI smlThe Authors were an Edwardian cricket team, which starred PG Wodehouse, Arthur Conan Doyle and AA Milne. Each year, they’d play sides of Actors and Publishers at Lord’s. The last of these matches was in 1912. There were a few subsequent incarnations of the team before they were revived in 2012 by literary agent Charlie Campbell and novelist Nicholas Hogg. In their comeback season, they played all over England, including matches at Lord’s and at Wormsley against the Lords and Commons CC.  In January 2013, they toured India, playing a Rajasthan Royals XI and making the front page of The Times of India.  They have played three national teams, Japan, Iceland and the Vatican, winning the first and losing to the Puffins and St Peter’s CC. The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon is published by Bloomsbury and was shortlisted for the MCC Cricket Society Book of the Year Award.

 

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