IVANA BACIK is a lawyer, a feminist campaigner and a political activist. She is Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology at Trinity College Dublin and has been Editor of the Irish Criminal Law Journal since 1997. She is the author of several books, including Abortion and the Law and Crime and Poverty in Ireland. Ivana is a member of Seanad Eireann and was a candidate for the European Parliament in 2004.
Paul Bahn is a distinguished archaeologist and writer and broadcaster on archaeology. He led the team that discovered the caves of Creswell Crags. He lives in Hull.
Chris Baines is an award-winning writer and broadcaster and one of the UK's leading environmental campaigners. He writes popular monthly columns for both BBC Wildlife and BBC Gardeners' World magazines. He also worked as a landscape and sustainability adviser on the Millennium Dome project.
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Rosemary Baird is the curator of the Goodwood Collection and was formerly Research Consultant in the British Paintings Department at Sotheby's. She is a well-known lecturer in art and architectural history and the author of several books.
Dorothy Dodds Baker (1907-1968) was born in Missoula, Montana, and raised in California. After graduating from UCLA, she traveled in France, where she began a novel and, in 1930, married Howard Baker. The couple moved back to California, and Baker completed an MA in French at UCLA. After having a few short stories published, Baker turned to writing full-time, and in 1938 she published Young Man with a Horn, which earned critical praise and eventually became a movie. .....
J. A. Baker is also the author of The Hill of Summer. He was a native of Essex, England.
S. Josephine Baker (1873–1945) was a pioneering American public health physician and the first director of New York’s Bureau of Child Hygiene. Her work with poor mothers and children in the immigrant communities of New York City had a dramatic impact on maternal and child mortality rates and became a model for cities across the country. On two occasions she helped to track down the infamous “Typhoid Mary,” the cook who had spread the disease while working in several New York households. .....
Janet Balaskas is an internationally renowned pioneer of natural childbirth and the founder and director of the Active Birth Centre. The centre is famous for the unique and innovative environment it offers new parents both before and after birth. Janet is the author of numerous articles and books, including Active Birth, The Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Childbirth, Natural Pregnancy, Water Birth and Preparing for Birth with Yoga.
Robert Baldick was a Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford, and of the Royal Society of Literature. He wrote a number of histories and biographies, and translated the works of a wide range of French authors. He was a joint editor of Penguin Classics and one of Britain's leading French scholars until his death in 1972.
Christina Balit was born in Manchester but grew up in the Middle East. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and also attended Morley Theatre School and Questors Theatre School. She has exhibited widely and is also a playwright. Her books have won several nominations, commendations and a shortlist place for the Kate Greenway Medal. Kingdom of the Sun (written by Jaqueline Mitton), won the 2002 English Association Award for non-fiction. .....
Carolyn Bánfalvi, a native of Washington D.C., has lived in Hungary since 1999 except for a period during which she attended culinary school in the United States. Her writing has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Wall Street Journal, Gastronomica, The Washington Post and she has contributed to several guides to Hungary. In 2002 she was awarded the International Foodservice Editorial Council’s scholarship for food writing.
Ann Banks is a journalist who writes on travel and parenting for The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Conde Nast Traveler and many other publications.
Lynne Reid Banks was born in London. She spent the war years in Canada, and on her return trained at RADA and spent 5 years acting in repertory before joining ITN as the first British woman TV reporter. In 1962 she emigrated to Israel where she married, became an English teacher and had three sons. She returned to England with her family in 1971. She has written 40 books for adults and young readers including The Indian in the Cupboard, which sold over ten million copies worldwide. .....
John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of many novels, including The Book of Evidence, The Untouchable, and Eclipse. Banville's novel The Sea was awarded the 2005 Man Booker Prize. On occasion he writes under the pen name Benjamin Black.
Stanislaw Baranczak is a poet, literary critic, scholar, editor, and lecturer. His book Chirurgiczna Precyzja (Surgical Precision) won the 1999 Nike Award
Francoise Barbe-Gall studied history of art at the Sorbonne and also at the Ecole du Louvre, where she now teaches. She also directs an association called CORETA (Comment Regarder un Tableau), for whom she gives many lectures. She is regularly called upon to participate in management workshops, where her experience of analysing images in relation to publicity and marketing is called upon. Editions de l'Agenda de L'Empresa have published a collection of her articles, and she is the author of several articles on the work of the sculptor Tom Carr. .....
Antonia Barber's The Ghosts was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and filmed as The Amazing Mr Blunden. The Mousehole Cat was a finalist for the Smarties Prize, winner of the 1990 British Book Award and Commended for the 1991 Kate Greenaway Medal; it was later made into an animated film. In 1993 Tales from Grimm was selected for Child Education Best Collections of the Year.
IRENE BARBER has worked as a school principal and special needs teacher and has a Masters degree in Education. She is a former President of Children's Books Ireland. Irene is also the author of Under the Hawthorn Tree - The Great Irish Famine. Study Guide to the film and novel.
Paul Barker was born in Yorkshire and still lives there. He is an architectural and landscape photographer working extensively for Country Life and English Heritage.
Paul Barker regularly writes and broadcasts on social, cultural and urban issues. He is a senior research fellow of the Young Foundation in East London, and the former Editor of New Society magazine. His latest book is Hebden Bridge : A Sense of Belonging, as well as The Other Britain, Living as Equals, Arts in Society and The Freedoms of Suburbia. Born in West Yorkshire, he now lives in North London.
Steve Barlow was born in Crewe but now lives in Somerset with his wife and cats. After working as a puppeteer, refuse collector and laundry-van driver, he became a teacher of performing arts, before turning to full-time writing. With Steve Skidmore, he formed one of Britain's most popular writing double-acts for young people, and performs regularly in schools and libraries. (If you haven't seen them in action, you definitely should. .....
Betty Barrett is an experienced Dublin tour guide with extensive knowledge of the city, its history and attractions.
Dr Paul Barrett is a researcher in the Palaeontology Department of the Natural History Museum. He is the author of National Geographic Dinosaurs and is a regular contributor to numerous books, journals and magazines on the study of dinosaurs.
Philip Barrett creates comics. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Professor Tim Barringer is the Paul Mellon Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University
Bestselling author Mel Bartholomew was an engineer by profession and a gardener by weekend. Using his engineering expertise, he developed a system that yields 100% of the harvest in 20% of the space. Mel’s method gained popularity and he has converted millions of gardeners worldwide to his method.
Anne Barton is a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. She is the author of Essays, Mainly Shakespearean. (March 2007)
Martine Batchelor was born in France. She spent 10 years in a Korean monastery studying Zen Buddhism. She now works as a lecturer and spiritual counsellor at Gaia House in Devon and teaches at the Sharpham College of Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry. With her husband, Stephen, Martine leads meditation retreats worldwide. She has written many magazine articles on Buddhism and modern living.
Michael Baxandall was probably the most influential art historian of his generation. In books including Painting and Experience in Fifteenth Century Italy, The Limewood Sculptors of Renaissance Germany, Patterns of Intention and Tiepolo and the Pictorial Intelligence (with Svetlana Alpers) he expanded the discipline's range of topics, approaches, and ways of writing. A professor at London's Warburg Institute and the University of California at Berkeley, he was also a member of the British Academy, and was awarded the Mitchell Prize, and prizes by the University of Hamburg, and the MacArthur Foundation. .....
Keith Baxter is the Editor of the online 'Top 100 Golf Courses' and a Top 100 Director. Keith has played more than 1,000 courses around the world and than eighty of the current British Isles Top 100. He is the author of 'Top 100 Golf Courses of Britain & Ireland and England. Top 100 - the only website dedicated to the best golf courses of the world. 'Our mission is to connect passionate golfers with the world's greatest golf clubs'
LESLEY BEAKE is a multi-award-winning writer for children and young adults. Her international awards include, for Song of Be, a Children's Book of Note and the Best Book for Young Adults by the ALA. Outside South Africa her books have been published in ten countries. Of the 45 books published in South Africa, one has been translated into thirteen African languages. Her first book for Frances Lincoln was the highly-acclaimed picture book Home Now, illustrated by Karin Littlewood. .....
Rosalind Beardshaw has been illustrating for over 10 years. “I grew up in Sheffield,” she says. “Thanks to creative parents I was encouraged to draw (and use fuzzy felt!) and was taken to art galleries on rainy Saturday afternoons.My favourite subject at school was Art so it was an easy decision to become an artist.” Rosalind gained a degree at Manchester Polytechnic and began work designing greetings cards and giftwrap, then slowly moved into book illustration. .....
JULI BEATTIE was born in Hungary and has 35 years' experience of using art to help children learn. In 2002 she founded The Art Room, a charity working with children who find it difficult to manage mainstream education. Juli is a Governor at Oxford School, a Patron of Modern Art, Oxford and a Member of the Hogarth Advisory Panel for the Foundling Fellows at The Foundling Museum in London. Juli lives in Oxford with her husband and has 3 grown up children.
Simon Beaver grew up in the south of England, but moved to Paris nearly thirty years ago. For two and a half decades he has been adapting books, TV and movie scripts, songs, and biographies into English; writing subtitles; and recording voice-overs.
Dr George Beccaloni is Curator of Orthopteroid insects (cockroaches, grasshoppers, and their relatives) at the Natural History Museum. He is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Entomological Society and has worked as an entomologist at the Museum since 1995. George has authored many scientific and popular articles about insects, and is the co-author of two scientific books.
Jan Beccaloni is the Curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda at the Natural History Museum. She is also the conservation officer for the British Arachnological Society, keeps pet arachnids at home, and enjoys travelling abroad where (of course) she looks for arachnids. She has also worked as a volunteer at London Zoo on the hooved animals section, and is passionate about rhinos. Janet lives near Epping Forest in Essex, UK.
Louis Begley is a novelist and retired lawyer. He has written eight novels, including Wartime Lies, About Schmidt. and Matters of Honor, which was published in 2007. He is a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres of France and served as the president of American pen from 1993 to 1995. He lives in New York with his wife, Anka Muhlstein, an historian of France.
Rob Beighton is one of the foremost photographers of wilderness and landscape subjects. He divides his time between the west of Ireland, New Zealand and Cornwall. His other books for Frances Lincoln are Best Walks in Ireland (ISBN 9780711224209) and A Year in the Life of North Cornwall (ISBN 9780711228795).
Eugenia Bell is a London-based freelance writer and editor of books on art, architecture, design, and travel. She has written for Artforum, ID, Interiors, and Lingua Franca. Born in New York, her family is from Turin, where she and her husband regularly spend time.
Quentin Bell, the younger son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, grew up at Charleston, giving him an intimate knowledge of the house and its inhabitants. He was a painter, sculptor, potter and art critic, and held chairs in Fine Art and the History of Art at the universities of Leeds, Oxford and Sussex. He died in 1996.
David Bellamy is a distinguished botanist and marine biologist. He has also been an award-winning presenter and script writer for network television programmes worldwide. A trustee of the Living Landscape Trust, he is a Founder Director of the Conservation Foundation.
Stephen Benatar was born in Baker Street. He taught English at the University of Bordeaux, lived in Southern California, and is now a full-time writer. Wish Her Safe at Home was a runnerup for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
Dr Gretchen Benedix works as a researcher in the same department.
Christopher Benfey is Mellon Professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, American Audacity: Literary Essays North and South , has just been published. (December 2008)
One of six children, Floella Benjamin was born in Trinidad but was brought up in England. After leaving school she spent a short time in the world of banking and accountancy, but the staid Chief Accountants Office of Barclay's Bank just didn't suit her effervescent personality and she soon found her way into the theatre.
She appeared in several successful West End shows including 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'The Black Mikado' with Michael Denison and 'The Husband in Law' with Kenneth Williams. .....
Paul Benjaminse is an award winning cartographer and author. He lives in Amsterdam.
Penelope Bennett is a writer who has no formal training as a gardener but has acquired her considerable skills through trial and error. Her work has appeared in newspapers and magazines. Her novella and short stories, Endangered Happiness, was nominated for the David Higham Prize for Fiction. Town Parrot. a children's book, was published by Walker Books. Penelope lives in London.
EILEEN BERGIN established The Butler's Pantry in 1987 as a response to the changing trends in Irish lifestyles and eating habits. The first shop opened on Mount Merrion Avenue in Blackrock and the business has expanded to seven shops in the Dublin and Wicklow areas.
Alexander Berkman was born of a prosperous Jewish family in Russia in 1870 and emigrated to America as a young man. Deported for political reasons from the U.S. in 1919, he went to the Soviet Union, from which he was in turn expelled. "Expelled again and again," he once wrote. "Must get off the earth, but am still here."
Alan Berman practises as an architect in Oxford. He has extensive experience of renovating older properties, as well as in the design of new buildings and interiors. He has also taught at several architectural schools and is a regular contributor to architectural periodicals. He is the author of several books on design and sustainability and a board member of Oxford Inspires.
Miriam Berman is a graphic designer and the author and designer. She lives in New York City.
Ann Bermingham has worked in many different areas throughout her career, but this is the first time that she has added writer to that list. She has previously worked as a teacher, a journalist and a librarian. She now works as a counsellor in a women's refuge in Coolock, County Dublin. She is married with four children.
GEORGE BERNANOS (1888-1948) was born in Paris and studied for his license in law and literature at the University of Paris. He was the author of many novels , including Diary of a Country Priest, which, like Mouchette, was adapted for film by Robert Bresson. His Dialogues des Carmelites was used by composer François Poulenc as the libretto for the opera of the same title.
Susan Bernofsky, co-chair of the PEN Translation Committee, is the translator of six books by the great Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser as well as novels by Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Hermann Hesse, Gregor von Rezzori and others.
Sandra Berresford was educated at the Courtauld Institute and now teaches in Italy. She specialises in 19th- and 20th-century Italian art and has published on Leonardo Bistolfi, Ettore Ferrari and the Italian background to Medardo Rosso.
Simon Berry is Chairman of award-winning Berry Bros & Rudd. Before joining the company in 1977, Simon spent two years working in France for various wine producers. Simon is on the Council of the Wine & Spirits Trade Benevolent Society, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Vintners and a member of the Académie du Champagne. He is also the Clerk of the Royal Cellars and the holder of the Royal Warrant of Appointment as wine merchant to HRH the Prince of Wales. .....
Susan Berry has written 10 gardening books, including three on container gardening. She has also edited many bestselling gardening books. An enthusiastic organic gardener, she lives in London where she cultivates a small garden and an allotment.
Rachel Bespaloff (1895–1949) was born to a Ukrainian Jewish family—her father was the Zionist theoretician Daniel Pasmanik—and raised in Geneva. Bespaloff intended to pursue a musical career, but after an encounter with the thinker Leo Shestov, she devoted herself to the study of philosophy. One of the first French readers of Heidegger, Bespaloff published essays in the 1930s about Kierkegaard, Gabriel Marcel, André Malraux, and Julien Green, among other philosophers and writers. .....
Over 21 years as an archaeologist Bill Bevan has written four books and numerous articles about archaeology, prehistory and history including Ancient Peakland (2007). As a photographer Bill has spent the last two years working on the Stonehenge Riverside Project to create a pictorial document of the archaeologists at work, with unprecedented access to photograph inside the circle. Bill has appeared on Channel 4's Time Team, and was a consultant to BBC TV's Time Flyers.
Tessa Bickford was born in Queensland and grew up by the Great Barrier Reef. After completing an Arts degree, she spent several years working on boats on the reef in Far North Queensland and Indonesia. Her passion for marine life and the natural world took her to Macquarie Island, in the Sub Antarctic, where she worked as a Fur Seal researcher. Over two summer periods, she monitored the breeding and population growth of three species of seals. .....
Pia Jane Bijkerk is an Australian stylist specializing in still life, food, interiors, and lifestyle imagery. She has a special interest in forecasting design trends. She lives in Amsterdam and Paris, and works internationally with renowned photographers for magazines and advertising agencies. Clients include Vogue Entertaining & Travel, GQ, Real Simple, Marie Claire, and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Roger Billcliffe was formerly a lecturer at Glasgow University, Assistant Keeper of the University Art Collection, and subsequently Keeper of Fine Art at Glasgow Art Gallery, and then Director of The Fine Art Society. He now owns and runs the Roger Bilcliffe Gallery in Glasgow.
Jill Billington is an accomplished garden designer and writer. She contributes regularly to the Royal Horticultural Society's journal The Garden and is the author of a string of successful books. She has also made numerous appearances on television, including BBC TV's Gardens by Design and BBC Gardeners' World. She is sought after as a judge for major shows including Chelsea and is a lecturer in garden design on the Degree course at Middlesex University.
Rachel Billington is a renowned and successful novelist for adults and children. The daughter of Lord and Lady Longford and sister of writers Antonia Fraser and Thomas Pakenham, Rachel has been an editor and regular contributor to Inside Time, the national newspaper for prisoners, since it was founded over twenty years ago. Rachel is married to the film and theatre director, Kevin Billington. They have four children and five grandchildren, all keen readers, and live in Notting Hill, London and near Sherborne, Dorset.
Caroline Binch's illustrations for Hue Boy, written by Rita Phillips Mitchell, won the Smarties Prize. She illustrated the bestselling story Amazing Grace and several other Grace stories by Mary Hoffman. Gregory Cool, which Caroline wrote and illustrated, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and her Since Dad Left won the United Kingdom Book Award in 1998.
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Marcus Binney CBE is Architecture Correspondent to the Times of London and founder and President of SAVE Britain's Heritage. He is also co-presenter of the 39-part TV series Great Houses of Europe. He has written frequently on country houses from Portugal to Poland. His other title for Frances Lincoln is Croatia (ISBN 9780711229211). He lives in Jersey.
Robert Montgomery Bird (1806-1854) was born in Delaware and lived most of his life in and around Philadelphia. Trained as a physician, Bird abandoned medicine to become a poet dramatist, novelist, and editor. He dabbled restlessly in electoral politics, farming, banking, and teaching, as well as painting and photography. Sheppard Lee was published in 1836, as the purported true tale of the remarkable transformations undergone by its protagonist.
Bill Birkett is one of Britain's foremost mountain writers and photographers. Photography, climbing and walking have been his lifelong passions. He first started exploring the mountains with his father Jim Birkett, a leading climber and naturalist. Twice a winner of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild BEST OUTDOOR BOOK for his A Year in the Life of the Duddon Valley. and A Year in the Life of Langdale Valley, Bill is also the author of photographic portaits of Borrowdale and Glencoe and Scafell - Portrait of a Mountain. .....
Richard Bisgrove is the director of the Landscape Management degree course at Reading University. He has designed gardens in Britain and the United States and lectures internationally on the history of garden design and on the work of Gertrude Jekyll.
Malorie Blackman has shot to fame since she published her first book in 1990 and prizes have come in thick and fast. In 2002 she won The Children's Award for Noughts and Crosses and earlier she won the W. H. Smith Mind-Boggling Award for Hacker, in which she used her knowledge of computing to full dramatic effect. Recently Malorie was shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize. Several of Malorie Blackman's books have been turned into successful television series and she enjoys a second career writing TV scripts. .....
Caroline Blackwood (1931-1996) was born into a rich Anglo-Irish aristocratic family. She rebelled against her background at an early age and led a hectic and bohemian life, which included marriages to the painter Lucian Freud, the pianist and composer Israel Citkowitz, and the poet Robert Lowell. In the 1970s Blackwood began to write. Among her books are several novels, including Great Granny Webster and Corrigan (both available as NYRB Classics); On the Perimeter, an account of the women's anti-nuclear protest at Greenham Common; and The Last of the Duchess, about the old age of the Duchess of Windsor.
Gary Blackwood has written novels for young readers including Wild Timothy, Beyond the Door and The Dying Sun. His involvement in the theatre, both as a playwright and as an amateur actor, goes back a long way ... though not quite to Shakespeare's day. Gary lives with his wife and two children on an acre of land surrounded by cow pastures outside Carthage, Missouri.
Elaine Blair was born in St. Petersburg and now lives in Southern California. Most recently she was on the staff of The New York Review of Books. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The American Scholar, The Nation, and The Village Voice.
Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved illustrators of our time, and his books with a wide range of authors, including Joan Aiken, Russell Hoban, Michael Rosen and Roald Dahl, have been treasured by generations of children throughout the world. In 1999 he became the first Children's Laureate. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE.
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Nina Blazon was born in 1969 and grew up in Neu-Ulm, a Bavarian town near the Danube. She studied German literature and Slavic languages and taught at the universities of Tuebingen and Saarbruecken. She started writing during a work placement in journalism and worked for many years in an advertising agency. She has written many children's books and was awarded the Wolfgang Holbein Prize for her fantasy debut. .....
Lawrence Blochman (1900-1975) was an American writer and a prominent translator of Georges Simenon.
Adrian Bloom is a nurseryman and writer. He is Chairman of Blooms of Bressingham nursery in Norfolk, which has won 20 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. In 1985 he became one of the youngest horticulturists ever to be awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour. He regularly appears on television.
Suzanne Bloom in her own words: I come from cowboys and I come from Queens. Let me explain. My grandfather's saddle was stored in the basement of our house in Portland, Oregon. I remember its leather smell and how it creaked when I straddled it – and his cowboy boots… My dad's job took us east when I was five, and we lived in a hotel in New York City, almost like Eloise, until we moved to a garden apartment in Queens. .....
Wilfrid Blunt was for many years senior drawing master at Eton. An Associate of the Royal College of Art and a fellow of the Linnean Society, he was the author of a number of biographies and books on European art and botany: his The Art of Botanical Illustration has become a standard work of reference. He died in 1987.
Philip Boehm is the author of numerous translations from Polish and German, including works by Franz Kafka, Ida Fink, and Christoph Hein.
Anneli Bojstad is a journalist and designer. Born and brought up in Sweden, she has lived for many years in Spain. Like her husband, Eduardo Mencos, she contributes regularly to Vogue, Country Life, Condé Nast Traveller, Elle Deco and Casa & Campo.
John Bold teaches in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster. He is the author of the standard book on Greenwich.
Heinrich Böll (1917-1985) was one of Germany’s foremost post-World War II writers. He wrote short stories, essays, plays, and novels, the most famous of which are Billiards at Half-Past Nine,The Clown, Group Portrait with Lady, and The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum. Böll was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 1967 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972.
Louise Borden graduated from Denison University with a degree in history. For several years she taught young children and later was part owner of a bookshop in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to writing children's books, she also speaks to students about the writing process. She has written a number of picture books, including Just in Time for Christmas, illustrated by Ted Lewin, The Watching Game, illustrated by Teri Weidner, and, with co-author Mary Kay Kroeger, Paperboy, illustrated by Ted Lewin. .....
Martin Boroson is widely recognized for his ability to communicate important spiritual ideas to young and old alike. He has trained in transpersonal psychology with Dr Stanislav Grof and lectures and leads workshops around the world. He now lives in Dublin where he writes plays, and directs the Temenos project, dedicated to developing the transformational potential of theatre.
Christopher Boswell is the executive chef of the Rome Sustainable Food Project. He has been at the RSFP since the program was established in 2006, when he was chosen by Alice Waters to work with former RSFP executive chef, Mona Talbott. He started out as a dishwasher and a prep cook in the small gold-rush town of Jackson, California. After high school, he attended the California Culinary Academy where he received the distinguished Daniel Carlisle Walker Award for culinary excellence. .....
Edward J. Bourke is a scientist working at Diageo St Jamesâ€™s Gate Global Beer Technical Centre.
He has an abiding interest in industrial history, especially relating to Ireland, and has published several books on shipwrecks around the Irish coast.
His fascination with the Guinness brewery began at an early age as both his parents and grandparents owned pubs in Dublin.
Val Bourne is an award-winning gardening writer, broadcaster, photographer and lecturer who makes regular contributions to the Daily Telegraph, The Countryman, The Garden, the English Garden and Gardens Illustrated.
Clive Boursnell is a renowned photographer of architecture, gardens, landscapes and, above all, people. He turned to photography as the culmination of a career which included classical ballet and working as a woodsman, a farmhand, a miner and prospector and a mountaineer. He lives in London.
Patrick Bowe is a garden designer, author and historian. He has led dozens of garden tours to Italy, Greece and other Mediterranean countries.
Dean Bowen is an Australian artist based in Melbourne. From the moment we saw his gorgeous cheerful artwork - the big birds, the colourful traffic scenes, the beautiful night skies with comets - we knew we had to do a book with him! Dean is a prolific and extremely successful artist - his work is in high demand and he is represented by many galleries in Australia and overseas. He is particularly popular in Japan, and his gallery there has been encouraging him for years to write and illustrate a children's book.
James Cloyd Bowman (1880-1961) was born in Ohio. After completing his graduate studies at Harvard, he began a career teaching English at Iowa State College and eventually became the head of the English Department at Northern State Teacher's College in Michigan (now Northern Michigan University). He wrote several works of criticism and served as editor of Contemporary American Criticism, published by Henry Holt in 1926. .....
Seán Boylan is remembered for being the manager who brought the Sam Maguire to Meath after a gap of twenty years and then brought it back three more times. Born in Dunboyne, he has had a lifelong association with Co. Meath.
John Quinn is a writer and broadcaster. He retired from RTÉ Radio in 2002 after a distinguished career of twenty-seven years. He is the author of five children's novels, one adult novel and a memoir, Sea of Love, Sea of Loss. .....
Sean Boyne is a journalist and author, and is currently news editor of The Sunday World, a major Irish newspaper.
Derry Brabbs is regarded as one of England's finest photographers within the sphere of heritage and landscape, with over 20 illustrated books to his credit. His stunning colour photographs for the worldwide best-seller James Herriot's Yorkshire contributed to its success. He is the author of several beautifully photographed titles celebrating England's landscape and architectural legacy. Derry lives in Harrogate. .....
Julia Bradbury is one of television's most experienced and versatile presenters. She currently co-hosts the BBC1 country affairs programme Countryfile with Matt Baker. They travel to the most interesting places in the country uncovering stories, meeting people and investigating issues that affect us all. It launched to record ratings and is consistently the 'most watched programme' on BBC One. Countryfile is broadcast every Sunday at 7pm. .....
Ray Bradbury started writing fiction at the age of twelve and published his first story when he was twenty. He has since written more than thirty books—novels, stories, essays, plays, and poems—including The Martian Chronicles(1950), the futuristic novel Fahrenheit 451 (1952), and a collection of short stories The Illustrated Man (1951). He lives with his wife in Los Angeles.
Nikki Bradford is an award-winning author and medical journalist. She was formerly health correspondent for Good Housekeeping magazine.
Tony Bradman has written more than 50 books for children. Well-known as a children's book reviewer for Parents magazine, he also founded the Best Book for Babies Award. His books for Frances Lincoln are Has Anyone Seen Jack?, Look Out He's Behind You, This Little Baby, Through my Window and he edited the story anthology Give Me Shelter. Tony lives in Kent.
Brianóg Brady Dawson was born in County Sligo and grew up there. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and two children. She works as a primary school teacher.
Her first book, Granny's Teeth, was published by The O'Brien Press as part of their new PANDA series in 1998. It became a No.1 Bestseller, and is now followed by six more Pandas - Granny Makes A Mess, Danny's Smelly Toothbrush, Danny's Sick Trick, Danny and Baby Do It All, Granny's Secret, Danny's Pesky Pet and Pageboy Danny. .....
Malcolm Braly (1925–1980) was born in Portland, Oregon. Abandoned by his parents, Braly lived between foster homes and institutions for delinquent children, and by the time he was forty had spent nearly seventeen years in prison for burglary, serving time at Nevada State Prison, San Quentin, and Folsom State Prison. He wrote three novels behind bars, Felony Tank (1961), Shake Him Till He Rattles (1963), and It's Cold Out There (1966), and upon his release in 1965 began to work on On the Yard. .....
Andrew Branch is a translator and former editorial assistant at The New York Review of Books.
Millen Brand (1906–1980) was born in Jersey city, New Jersey, into a working-class family and was of Pennsylvania German descent on his mother’s side. Following graduation from Columbia University in 1929, he worked briefly as a psychiatric aide and for several years as a copywriter for the New York Telephone company before taking up faculty posts at the University of New Hampshire and New York University. .....
Heike Brandt is a German children's writer and translator.
BARBARA BRAY was an influential translator of twentieth century French literature into English. She was an early champion of Marguerite Duras, and also translated the work of Jean Genet, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jean Anouilh and Alain Robbe-Grillet. She worked as a script editor for the BBC in the 1950s, and there commissioned radio plays by young writers such as Harold Pinter. For over thirty years she had a close relationship with Samuel Beckett, and was one of the few people with whom he shared his thoughts and works in progress. .....
Michael Brenock grew up in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in a market gardening family. In his early career as a horticulturist, he worked on various local authority schemes designed to encourage home gardening and self-sufficiency, until the demise of such schemes in the 1970s. He also worked at Teagasc developing commercial vegetable growing. He has always kept his own garden and supplied his family with fresh, organic fruit and vegetables, which he still does. .....
Theresa Breslin is a Carnegie medal winning author whose work has appeared on television and radio. Her writing combines a powerful sense of drama with memorable characters and superb storytelling.
From humble beginnings, working a kiln set up in the bathroom of a squat she was living in, Emma Bridgewater has built up her eponymous pottery design business over the last twenty five years to a turnover of £8m. All of her ceramics are made in a nineteenth century factory on the Caldon canal in Stoke on Trent. She is married to Mathew Rice, and they collaborate on pottery designs. Emma and Matthew live in Oxford, but retain a home in Norfolk.
Michael Bright is an executive producer with the BBC Natural History Unit, based in Bristol. He has been a producer in many parts of the BBC, including departments responsible for science, arts, general documentaries, current affairs and natural history programmes, both on radio and television, and was a recipient of the prestigious Prix Italia for the programme Men, Nations and Whales: will the bloody story ever end? He is a graduate of the University of London and author of over 60 books on natural history, natural sciences, conservation and the environment, including Andes to Amazon: A Guide to Wild South America.
Catherine Brighton trained at St Martin's College of Art and the Royal College of Art. She has held exhibitions of her work in the Barbican, London, at the Bath Festival, and at a Southern Arts travelling exhibition. She is now a successful full-time author/illustrator of children's books. She lives in London.
JIM BROADBENT is one of Britain's most versatile actors. He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Iris.
Hermann Broch (1886-1951) was the author of The Sleepwalkers and The Death of Virgil, among other novels.
Marian Broderick is a freelance editor and a writer. Marian lives and works in London. Her parents are Irish and therefore all her childhood summers were spent in Ireland.
Cyrus Brooks was a writer of detective stories and a translator of other books by Kästner as well as by Alfred Neumann, Leonhard Frank, and others. During World War II, he was chief executive officer in the Political Warfare Executive, and in this capacity he was active in the reeducation of German prisoners of war.
Peter Brooks is the author of several books, including Henry James Goes to Paris, Realist Vision, and The Novel of Worldliness. He is also the author of one novel, World Elsewhere. Brooks recently joined the Princeton faculty as Mellon Visiting Professor.
Ron Brooks is a picture book artist with a career spanning over 35 years. His previous books include The Bunyip of Berkeleys Creek, Aranea, John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat and Motor Bill and the Lovely Caroline by Jenny Wagner; the Honey and Bear books by Ursula Dubosarsky; the Henry books by Margaret Perversi; Old Pig and Fox by Margaret Wild. He lives in Tasmania.
Jeremy Brooks grew up in Burundi, central Africa, where he worked as a solicitor for a number of years before returning to Britain to become a priest in the Church of England. He uses prayer and storytelling in his work with children in church and in school. His previous book for Frances Lincoln was A WORLD OF PRAYERS.
Palmer Brown (1920-2012) was born in Chicago and attended Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author and illustrator of five books for children, including Beyond the Pawpaw Trees and its sequel, The Silver Nutmeg; Cheerful; and Hickory-all forthcoming from The New York Review Children's Collection.
"I never knew my father," says Susan Taylor Brown. "If I never told you anything else about me, that would say a lot about why I wrote Hugging the Rock. Because I didn't know him, didn't know anyone from his family, I invented elaborate stories in which I was suddenly 'found' and reunited with a father who loved me, who wanted me, who needed me to make his life complete. Of course, that never happened. .....
SIR THOMAS BROWNE (1605-1682) was an English Renaissance author and physician. He wrote about medicine, geography, philosophy, and Christian spirituality.
Lisa Bruce is a successful children's author and a librarian at St Martin's College in Lancaster. She has also been a reviewer for the Bookseller and is currently doing research into children's literature for the Library Association. She lives in Carnforth, Lancashire.
Margaret A. Brucia has taught Latin in New York and Rome for many years and is a Fulbright scholar, the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Her mother taught her the art of shopping.
Alyssa Brugman's first novel Finding Grace was published by in 2001 to critical acclaim. Her second Walking Naked won the 2004 IBBY Australia Ena Noel Award for Encouragement for Australian Writers and Illustrators; was a CBCA Honour Book for Older Readers in 2003; and was shortlisted for the 2003 Victorian Premier's literary awards Prize for Young Adult Fiction.
Ursula Buchan is an award-winning garden journalist and author of more than 20 years' experience. After Cambridge University, she trained as a gardener at the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Wisley and at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She has presented two series on flower shows for Channel 4 and has appeared on BBC radio. She writes regularly on gardens for the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator and has published many books.
Stefan G. Bucher is the man behind 344 Design and the online drawing and storytelling experiment, dailymonster.com. He is often engaged to speak on all things design, and produced a regular illustrated column that appeared in STEP magazine. His books include The Graphic Eye and 344 Questions: The Creative Person's Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment.
June Buckley and her husband Norman are professional writers, and the authors of numerous guide books and walking books. They live in Windermere, and are long standing members of the Beatrix Potter society.
Norman Buckley and his wife June are professional writers, and the authors of numerous guide books and walking books. Norman was awarded an M.A. degree in Lake District Studies at Lancaster University in 2006. They live in Windermere.
Beverley Buczacki has over twenty five years experience in schools, most of them as a primary school head teacher and her science teaching has been singled out for special praise by OFSTED.
Stefan Buczacki is one of Britain's most popular and most highly respected gardening experts and has presented many television programmes.
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Mariano Bueno is Spain's top organic gardener and the author of a number of gardening books.
Karl-Dietrich Bühler is an internationally-known photographer, specialising in gardens and landscapes. He trained in Germany as a horticulturalist before becoming a magazine gardening editor. Then, in 1973, he moved to Sweden and devoted himself to photography. He now spends his winters in Genoa and his summers at his house in the Swedish countryside, photographing gardens. He has published books and journals throughout Europe and has exhibited in Zurich, Lausanne, Perugia, Genoa, Turin and Køge.
J. B. BULLEN holds the Chair of English Literature and Culture in the Department of English Literature, Royal Holloway, University of London. He is also Professor Emeritus of the University of Reading where he lectured on English Literature and Art History for over twenty-five years. He is the author of many books and articles including, for Frances Lincoln, Rossetti (9780711232259). .....
MARIE BURLINGTON illustrated Trouble for Tuffy in the O'Brien FLYERS series. Helpful Hannah was the first book she both wrote and illustrated herself. Marie is also the author and illustrator of Dear Me!
Cristy Burne has joint New Zealand and Australian citizenship, has travelled widely and lived for several years in Japan as a teacher and editor. It was during this time that she became fascinated with Japanese folklore and the supernatural yokai - demons - which are very much a part of Japanese culture, but little known outside Japan. She won the Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Award for emerging writers, in Queensland, Australia, but Takeshita Demons was her first published book. .....
Adam Burton is a landscape photographer living in Hampshire. In 2007 he was named winner of the landscape category in the annual photographic awards of Wanderlust Magazine.
Robert Burton (1577-1640) was elected a student of Christ Church College, Oxford, in 1599 and took his B.D. in 1614. He served as a vicar in Oxford and then as the rector of Seagrave. The Anatomy of Melancholy appeared in five editions during the author's lifetime and has been reprinted countless times since.
Virginia Lee Burton created some of the most enduring classics of all children's literature. The winner of the 1942 Caldecott Medal for The Little House, Burton's books include heroes and happy endings, lively illustrations, and a dash of nostalgia. Burton lived with her two sons and her husband, the sculptor George Demetrios, in Folly Cove, Massachusetts. Here she taught a class in design and from it emerged the Folly Cove Designers, a group of professional artisans who were internationally known. .....
Ian Buruma, a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the Henry R. Luce Professor at Bard and a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. His latest book is Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents.
PETER BUSH is an award-winning translator who lives in Barcelona. Among his recent translations are Juan Goytisolo’s Níjar Country and Teresa Solana’s A Shortcut to Paradise. He is currently translating Quim Monzó’s A Thousand Morons and Josep Pla’s The Gray Notebook (forthcoming from NYRB Classics).
Dino Buzzati (1906-1972) was a painter, playwright, poet, novelist, short story writer, opera librettist, mountaineer, and science fiction writer, and-from the age of twenty-two until his death-worked as a journalist with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera. The New York Review Children's Collection publishes his The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily.
A. S. Byatt's book of essays On Histories and Stories will be published in the US next year. Her new novel, The Biographer's Tale, will be published here in January. (November 2000)
Bob Byrne is a comic book artist and designer who lives in Dublin. His comics have appeared in dozens of publications throughout the world.
Robots Don't Cry! is his first book for children.
Matthew Byrne has photographed churches in every county of England and has published illustrated articles on the subject in a number of magazines. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1988 for his work in architectural photography.