Our authors include:
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
He lives in Walthamstow, East London, with his partner and an elderly cat called Soze.
His first novel, The Esquimaux, is published by Silvertail.