Stephen Lacey combines a flair for writing with a successful career in gardening and garden design. He is a gardening correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and contributes to various magazines, including Country Homes and Interiors and Hortus. He lives in London, SW7. For more information on Stephen visit his website www.stephenlacey.com
Elizabeth Laird is the renowned author of Kiss the Dust, The Garbage King and A Little Piece of Ground. She has been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal. She has a longstanding interest in Persian literature and has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East. Her other books for Frances Lincoln are Pea Boy: Stories from Iran, A Fistful of Pearls: Stories from Iraq, and The Ogress and the Snake: Stories from Somalia. .....
Katherine Lambert is a distinguished and prolific garden writer and editor. She has worked on the Good Gardens Guide since 1996 and has been Joint Editor since 2004. She helped to edit Rosemary Verey’s The Garden in Winter, was co-editor with her of The American Man’s Garden and Secret Gardens, is author of Hell with a Capital H, the story of six survivors of Scott’s last expedition (Pimlico, 2002). .....
Priscilla Lamont studied graphic design at Canterbury College of Art. A full-time artist, she is a portrait painter as well as a successful children's book illustrator, Her books include Baby Rhyme Time (ISBN 9781845077143), Lovely Old Roly (ISBN 9780711214897) with Michael Rosen, The Hurricane Tree with Libby Purves and Little Bo Beep on the Nursery Rhyme Crimes series. She lives near Canterbury, Kent.
Sir Osbert Lancaster produced several books on architecture, and from 1939 onwards he produced cartoons for the Daily Express, using his character Maudie Littlehampton to satirise upper-class preoccupations. He died in 1986.
Penny Ann Lane has worked for many years as a Montessori teacher. She comes from a family of architects and she is committed to showing how beautiful architecture can be. This is her first book for Frances Lincoln. Penny lives in Fyfield in Oxfordshire.
Roger Lane came into photography through motor racing with sponsorship from Agfa Gevaert in the late 1960's. His images were subsequently used in magazines, books and promotional media. In 2009 a selection of his classic motor racing images are to be published in a book Out of the Shadows (Halsgrove). Photographing and writing about gardens has long been another interest, and Roger has produced a number of magazine features with a particular interest in France and the landscapes of the French Impressionists. .....
Louisa Lane Fox was co-founder of the Last Word Lunchtime Lectures. Her husband is the architectural critic and landscape designer Charles Jencks. She is a mother, stepmother and grandmother.
ROBIN LANE FOX is the gardening correspondent for The Financial Times.
Jonathan Langley was born in 1952 and studied at the Liverpool College of Art and the Central School of Art and Design. A hugely successful author and illustrator of children's books, his titles for HarperCollins have sold over a million copies throughout the world. Shine was written in collaboration with his wife, Karen Langley. They are based in Arnside, Cumbria.
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Karen Langley lives in the Lake District. She wrote Shine in collaboration with her husband, Jonathan Langley.
Ann Laras works for a television company in Stockholm. Journalist, photographer and garden historian, she has travelled extensively throughout Italy, visiting as many historic and modern gardens as possible.
Joy Larkcom is Britain's most respected vegetable garden maker and gardening writer. She has contributed to many magazines and newspapers, radio and TV programmes and has lectured all over the world. Her accolades include the Garden Writer of the Year award (three times); Lifetime Achievement Award from the Garden Writers' Guild in 2003, and the Veitch Memorial Medal for horticulture, the RHS's highest honour, in 1993. .....
James Lasdun was born in London and now lives in upstate New York. He has published three books of poetry—A Jump Start, Woman Police Officer in Elevator, and Landscape with Chainsaw—and three collections of short stories, most recently Besieged (Selected Stories), of which the title story was made into a film by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Andy Latham is a landscape photographer specialising in the beautiful scenery of northern England, from the windswept Northumberland coast to the gentle moorland above his home in Bolton. His photographs reflect an appreciation of light and the landscape, whether it is a dramatic view in a national park or in the subtler beauty of the less heralded corners of England. Andy is a regular contributor to numerous magazines, including Outdoor Photography. .....
Michelle Latiolais is a member of the Programs in Writing at the University of California at Irvine where she is associate professor of English. She is the author of the novel Even Now.
Hugo Latymer was an authority on plant cultivation and garden design in Mediterranean regions. He spent many years living and gardening on Majorca and became an acknowledged authority on designing and cultivating gardens suited to the dry, hot climate there. He died in 2003.
Des Lavelle is a veteran of many years of the Skellig islands and is the son, grandson, and great grandson of a lighthouse family. Author, historian, diver, photographer, lecturer and ornithologist, he runs regular tours of the islands during the Summer. His intimate knowledge of the islands, his passion for island photography and his live slide presentations about the Skelligs have taken him on lecture tours all over Europe and to about thirty cities of the USA. .....
As well as being a distinguished garden photographer – he holds the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal for photography – Andrew Lawson is a painter, a passionate and knowledgeable gardener, and author of several successful gardening books.
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Joe Layburn worked for fifteen years as a journalist and television reporter with BBC, ITV and Channel 4, often working on programmes focusing on children, and has been nominated for the Royal Television Society's home current affairs award. In 2002 he switched to teaching, and started working in East End schools. It was here that he heard the little-known story of South Hallsville School, Canning Town where, during the Blitz, around 500 people fled after their own homes were destroyed - and the school itself was demolished by a bomb. .....
Camara Laye (1928-1980) was born in Kouroussa, a large village on the river Niger in the French West African colony of Upper Guinea. The Camaras are one of the oldest clans of the Malinke people, and Camara Laye's father, a goldsmith, was a man of considerable local authority. The eldest of seven children, Camara spent his formative years in Koranic and French elementary schools before winning a scholarship to study automobile engineering in Argenteuil, outside Paris. .....
Sarah Lazarus is a science and natural history writer who has written extensively for the Natural History Museum and Science Museum. She has also contributed to four books from the Rough Guide travel series and numerous television programmes as varied as Mastermind and Survival. She is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne.
Deirdre Le Faye is an expert on Jane Austen, and the author of several books about her, including the definitive biography Jane Austen: A Family Record for the British Library, and a completely new edition of Jane Austen's letters. She lives in Portishead, North Somerset.
Munro Leaf (1905-1976) was an American writer, illustrator, and columnist whose books for children include Manners Can Be Fun and How to Behave and Why (both of which he also illustrated). In 1936 he "dashed off in 25 minutes" a story about a bull who preferred flowers to bullfights as a showcase for the artistic talent of his friend Robert Lawson. The Story of Ferdinand went on to become a best-seller and the two men collaborated on three subsequent books, Wee Gillis (1938), The Story of Simpson and Sampson (1941), and Aesop's Fables (1941).
David Leavitt is the author of several novels, including The Body of Jonah Boyd, While England Sleeps, and most recently, The Indian Clerk. A recipient of fellowships from both the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, he teaches at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Una Leavy has written many books for children. She works as a primary school teacher in County Mayo. Una Leavy was born in Charlestown, Co. Mayo. She has been writing since early childhood. A primary school teacher by profession, she is married to Lorcán and they have six children. Her writing includes poetry, articles and short stories which have been published in various magazines and periodicals. .....
Caroline Leclerc studied history at Harvard University, USA. She is the Editorial Director of a large publishing company in Paris. A huge fan of contemporary art, she shares an unbridled passion for stickers with her children! She lives in Paris, France.
Alastair Lee has been taking photographs since he first went travelling at the age of twenty. The main focus in front of the camera has always been his passion for rock climbing and mountaineering. The author of two travel guides to Australia and New Zealand, Alastair's first full colour photography book was Eyes Up (2003), a selection of images from his worldwide travels. This was followed by Forgotten Landscape (2004), and his acclaimed Pendle (2009), a collection of photographs of his beloved Pendle Hill in Lancashire. .....
Margaret Leech (1893-1974) was an American historian, novelist and dramatist. She twice received the Pulitzer Prize in history, for Reveille in Washington (1952) and In the Days of McKinley (1960); with the former she became the first woman to receive a Pulitzer in that category.
Lia Leendertz studied horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, and writes for various publications including the Guardian and The Garden.
Stewart Lees studied illustration at Richmond College in West London before beginning his career as an illustrator. From 1992 to 1997 he lived in France, illustrating, painting and exhibiting in Eymet, Bergerac and Bordeaux. He lives in north Norfolk.
Robert Leeson started a career in journalism aged 16. In 1946 he began two years' army service in the Middle East and developed a keen interest in Arabic culture. Since the early 1970s he has written history books and over 70 children's books, and contributed to literary journals. His book Grange Hill Rules OK? inspired the highly successful BBC series Grange Hill. Over the past 30 years he has visited over 600 schools and libraries encouraging children in reading and creative writing. .....
David Lehman's new book of poems, his sixth, is When a Woman Loves a Man. He is the series editor of The Best American Poetry, the annual anthology he founded in 1988, and is currently preparing a new edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His nonfiction books include The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets and Signs of the Times: Deconstruction and the Fall of Paul de Man.
Tom Lennon's fiction is noted for its understanding of gay politics in modern society and for the sympathetic and honest treatment of the characters it depicts.
Arabella Lennox-Boyd has undertaken over 240 commissions and won gold medals at five Chelsea Flower Shows, including a Best Garden award in 1998. To visit her website click here
Former Conservative MP Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd is Patron of the British Sundial Society. He has designed numerous sundials for clients in Britain and Europe, often in collaboration with his wife, the garden designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd.
Jella Lepman, born in Stuttgart in 1891, was the second of three daughters of a Jewish factory owner. She organised an international reading room for children when she was only seventeen. Her husband, a German American, died when her two children were tiny, leaving her a widow at thirty-one. She became a journalist and in 1928 published her first children's book. When Hitler came to power, she lost her post in the German Democratic Party and on the advice of friends sought safety in London. .....
Stefan Leppert, born in 1959, trained as a gardener and worked in gardening and landscaping before studying landscape architecture at Osnabrueck, Lower Saxony; he went on to work as a garden and landscape architect in various design practices, then joined the “Garten + Landschaft” editorial team for five years. In 2001 he set up an editorial office in Munster and has contributed numerous articles on garden design and landscape architecture to magazines and books.
Dominique Lesbros is the author of numerous books, including Musées insolites de Paris (Unusual Museums of Paris), Découvertes insolites autour de Paris (Unusual Discoveries around Paris) and Les Coulisses de Paris (Paris, Behind the Scenes).
Wendy Lesser is the founding editor of The Threepenny Review and the author of six books of nonfiction. Her reviews and essays have appeared in periodicals around the country, and she has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Arts Jouranlism Program, and the American Academy in Berlin. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Alison Lester is the well-known creator of many popular and award-winning children's books, many of which reflect her own country childhood. Her picture books include Magic Beach, Imagine, My Farm, Alison Lester's abc, and Yikes! She has written four Bonnie and Sam novels (illustrated by Roland Harvey) and two novels for older children, The Quicksand Pony and The Snow Pony
JONATHAN LETHEM is the author of eight novels, including Girl in Landscape and Chronic City, and five collections of stories and essays, including The Ecstasy of Influence (2011). He has previously written the introductions for the NYRB Classics editions of A Meaningful Life by L.J. Davis and On the Yard by Malcolm Braly. He teaches at Pomona College and lives in Los Angeles and Maine.
Kim Horton Levesque is a professional writer and French translator. She has worked primarily in the U.S. beauty industry for the past three years. She has a background in teaching and journalism, and is now focusing on travel writing. Kim spent many years studying, traveling and working in France and Western Europe and continues to be an avid traveler. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and three daughters. .....
Peter Levi (1931-2000) was a poet, travel writer, biographer, and Fellow of St. Catherine's College, Oxford. He was widely known for his translations from the Greek.
Rhoda Levine is the author of seven children's books (two of which were illustrated by Edward Gorey) and is an accomplished director and choreographer. In addition to working for major opera houses in the United States and Europe, she has choreographed shows on and off Broadway, and in London's West End. Among the world premieres she has directed are Der Kaiser von Atlantis, by Viktor Ullmann, and The Life and Times of Malcolm X and Wakonda's Dream, both by Anthony Davis. .....
Suzanne Jill Levine is the author of numerous studies in Latin American literature and the translator of works by Adolfo Bioy Casares, Jorge Luis Borges, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, and Manuel Puig, among other distinguished writers. Levine’s most recent book is Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman: His Life and Fictions. She is a professor in the Spanish Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Clare Lewis is a journalist and former managing editor at Conde Nast, IPC and National Magazines, including Tatler, Brides, Country Living and Homes and Gardens specialising in articles on crafts, design and interiors. Her skills as a commissioning editor and writer have given her an eye for detail and putting words and pictures together in a clear format. Together with television producer Becky Jones, she created the Adventure Walks for Families series of guide books, inspiring children and families to get out and about, exploring the stories and games of an old fashioned outdoors childhood through a good tramp in the countryside. .....
Now retired, David Lewis was Collections Manager for invertebrates at the Natural History Museum, where he worked for over 40 years.
Miles Lewis is an architectural historian with a special interest in the cultural history of building technology, prefabrication, and vernacular architecture. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Comité International d'Architecture Vernaculaire, a Fellow of the International Advisory Council of the Royal Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, a Member of the Order of Australia, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. .....
Naomi Lewis is a leading authority on the writing of Hans Christian Andersen. She herself is a distinguished children's writer, poet, anthologiser and a much-respected reviewer of children's books.
Pam Lewis is a noted gardener and a conservationist who designs and creates wildlife gardens, specializing in making and managing wildflower meadows.
Philippa Lewis is a picture researcher, author and editor. Previous publications include Details: A Guide to House Design in Britain. She is married to the painter Miles Thistlethwaite and lives in Somerset.
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Simon Leys is the pen name of the literary critic, essayist, historical novelist, and eminent sinologist Pierre Ryckmans. Born in Belgium in 1935, he settled in Australia in 1970 and was a professor of Chinese studies at the University of Sydney from 1987 to 1993. His works include Chinese Shadows (1977), The Death of Napoleon (1991), a new translation of the Analects of Confucius (1997), and The Angel and the Octopus (1999). .....
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg was born in 1742 in Oberramstadt, Germany. In 1763 he joined the University of Gottingen where he studied mathematics and the natural sciences and, in 1770 was appointed a professor at the university. In addition to his scientific writings, he wrote Letters from England and a book on Hogarth's etchings. Lichtenberg died in 1799.
Karen Liebreich's books include The Letter in the Bottle and Fallen Order. She has written for a variety of publications including the Guardian and Kitchen Garden magazine.
Mark Lilla is Professor at the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He is the author of G.B. Vico: The Making of an Anti-Modern(1993) and the editor of New French Thought: Political Philosophy (1991). His latest book is The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West.
Rebecca Lim is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She worked as a commercial lawyer for several years before leaving to write full time. Rebecca is the author of twelve books for children and young adult readers, most recently Mercy and Exile. Her novels have been translated into German, French and Turkish.
HELEN LIMON, winner of the 2011 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award, started writing in 2000, when she set up a children's literature project in Newcastle which turned into a publishing venture for local authors and illustrators. She has just finished a PhD in Creative Writing at Newcastle University, and has also been running workshops for young volunteers in Shiremoor, artists in Russia and the Women's Institute in Wales. .....
Roger Lincoln is Scientific Associate in the Department of Zoology, and has had a close involvement in the design and development of the new Darwin Centre.
Jakov Lind (1927-2007) was born in Vienna. He fled Austria when he was eleven, finding temporary refuge in Holland, and then surviving inside Nazi Germany by assuming a Dutch identity. After a literary apprenticeship in Israel, he moved to London, where he wrote, in German, the short stories and novels on which his stature as a major European writer is based: Soul of Wood, Landscape in Concrete, and Ergo.
Sonja Linden is a playwright and short story writer and has edited plays, poetry and short fiction. As Writer in Residence for the Medical Foundation, she set up the Write to Life Project to help refugees and asylum seekers
During his 20-year-long passion for the Great Wall, author-photographer William Lindesay has spent 1,200 days investigating the structure. In 1987 he made a 2,470-km solo journey on foot along the Wall from Jiayuguan to Shanhaiguan, Since settling in China in 1990, he has established International Friends of the Great Wall, an NGO which cooperates on preservation projects with the Beijing Administration of Cultural Heritage and the World Monuments Fund. .....
Norman Lindsay (1879-1970) wrote The Magic Pudding to settle an argument with a friend who claimed that children liked to read about fairies. Lindsay argued instead that they liked to read about food. The author of several novels, Lindsay was also a caricaturist, sculptor, painter, and pen-and-ink artist renowned in Australia and beyond.
Magnus Linklater was editor of The Scotsman from 1988 to 1994 and now writes a column for sister paper Scotland on Sunday. He was appointed as chairman of the Scottish Arts Council in 1996, holding the post for five years, and is currently chairman of the Little Sparta Trust, which maintains the garden of the late Ian Hamilton Finlay in the Pentland Hills. The son of Scottish writer Eric Linklater, Magnus was born in Orkney and lives in Edinburgh's New Town.
Lorraine Liscio is a writer and editor who has taught at Boston College, where she was the Director of Women's Studies.
Deborah Lisson is a well-known author of young adult fiction, living in Banbury, Australia. Her passion for the story of Red Hugh led her to research this book in Ireland. Her novel The Devil's Own won the Western Australia Premier's Award for Children's Fiction and was shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award in 1991; her book, A Place of Safety, won the Western Australia Premier's Award for Children's Literature in 1997. .....
Adrian Lister is Research Leader in Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum and was previously Professor of Palaeobiology at University College, London. He contributes regularly to TV and radio programmes on palaeontology and evolution. He was also a consultant on the BBC TV series Walking with Beasts.
Penelope Lively is one of England's most distinguished writers. She is a short story writer, reviewer, radio and television scriptwriter, and has presented a children's literature programme on Radio 4. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she is also a former Chairman of the Society of Authors and a member both of the Arts Council Literature Panel and of the Board of the British Library. She was awarded the O. .....
Margot Livesey was born and grew up on the edge of the Scottish Highlands and now lives in the US. She is the author of a collection of stories and four novels: Homework, Criminals, The Missing World, and Eva Moves the Furniture.
Rodney Livingstone is a professor emeritus in German Studies at the University of Southampton and a well-known translator of books by Theodor W. Adorno, Max Weber, and Walter Benjamin, among others. In 2009 he was awarded the Ungar German Translation Prize of the American Translators' Association for his translation of Detlev Claussen's Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius.
Claire Llewellyn specialises in books for younger readers. Her My First Book of Time won the Times Educational Supplement Junior Information Book Award in 1992.
Christopher Lloyd was among the best informed, liveliest, most worthwhile gardening writers of our time and the author of a host of classics. He lived in Northiam, East Sussex and died in January 2006.
Christopher Lloyd read history at Cambridge, getting a double first, before becoming Technology correspondent for The Sunday Times. Since leaving journalism he has run a number of internet and educational publishing businesses. He now divides his time between writing books, journalism, and lecturing mostly in schools, museums and literary festivals. His books include the hugely popular What on Earth Happened? and What on Earth Evolved? Chris lives in Tonbridge, Kent in the UK. .....
Historian and novelist Morgan Llywelyn was born in New York City, but after the death of her husband and parents in 1985 returned to Ireland to take up citizenship in the land of her grandparents and make her permanent home there.
After making the shortlist for the United States Olympic Team in Dressage in 1975, but not making the team itself, she turned to writing historical novels exploring her Celtic roots. .....
Léon Lock received his Doctor's degree in Art History from the University of London. He is Secretary General of the Patrimoine Culturel Immobilier, Brussels, and Founding President of The Low Countries Sculpture Society, Brussels.
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Charles Lockwood is Lecturer in Human Evolution in the Department of Anthropology at University College London. He is an expert on early hominid taxonomy and evolutionary relationships. He previously worked in the Department of Anthropology at Arizona State University and at various South African and Ethiopian fossil sites, and currently leads a field project in northeastern Ethiopia. Charles currently lives in central London.
Bernard Lodge studied art at Dover and Canterbury schools of art, and went on to study at the Royal College of Art. He has had a long and distinguished career as a graphic designer for the BBC, designing award-winning title sequences on classics such as Doctor Who and The Mind Beyond. In 1979 he co-founded Lodge/Cheesman productions and worked on pioneering computer graphics, which featured in two of Ridley Scott's films, Bladerunner and Alien. .....
Dixon Long and Ruthanne Long are co-authors of Markets of Provence. His is also a novelist and short story writer, as well as dean emeritus and professor emeritus of political science at Case Western Reserve University. Ruthanne Long was a food consultant for wineries in the Napa Valley. They have lived in Provence and Paris.
John Long was born in Melbourne, Australia and began collecting fossils at the age of 7. He was for many years Curator of Vertebrate Palaeontology at the Museum of Western Australia and is now Head of Sciences at Museum Victoria.
Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is Gardens Adviser to Hampton Court Palace and Vice Chairman of the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust. He lectures on landscape history and is a regular contributor to publications including Country Life, the Times, the Sunday Telegraph and World of Interiors.
Tim Longville writes regularly on gardens for Cumbria Life and Hortus and contributes to many national magazines, including Country Life and English Garden. He lives in Cumbria.
Christopher Looby is the author of Voicing America: Language, Literary Form, and the Origins of the United States and he edited The Complete Civil War Journal and Selected Letters of Thomas Wentworth Higginson. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches in the English Department at UCLA.
FIONA LOONEY writes a regular column in The Sunday Tribune, from which this account is taken. She has also worked for Hot Press, for BBC Radio in London and as a scriptwriter for RTÉ, and is a regular on the Gerry Ryan Show. She lives in Dublin with her husband and three children.
Phillip Lopate is the author of the essay collections Against Joie de Vivre, Bachelorhood, Being with Children, Portrait of My Body, and Totally, Tenderly, Tragically, and of the novels The Rug Merchant and Confessions of a Summer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Tony Lord, photographer, writer and horticultural consultant, holds the Victoria Medal of Honour of the RHS. He has also won the Garden Writers' Guild Award for Best General Gardening Book.
Elaine Louie is a writer on staff at The New York Times. She is the author and co-author of many books, and won the 1995 James Beard Journalism Award for a series of articles on ethnic cuisine in New York City.
Sandra Lousada is famous for her theatre photographs, her photographs of children, and her iconic portraits of such luminaries as Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Vanessa Redgrave, Albert Finney and Julie Christie. Her photographs have illustrated many books, including, most recently, London's Parks and Gardens, by Jill Billington, and Hampstead Heath, by Deborah Wolton and David McDowall (both Frances Lincoln). .....
Brigid Lowry was born in New Zealand. She now lives there, having spent some time in Australia. In previous incarnations she has been a flower child, a waitress and a school teacher. She has published short stories and poetry as well as adult and young adult fiction. Her novel Guitar Highway Rose was shortlisted for the 1998 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for older readers. .....
Malcolm Lowry (July 28, 1909–June 27, 1957) was born in New Brighton, England, the youngest of four sons of Arthur O. Lowry, a rich Liverpool businessman and devout Methodist. Brought up largely by nannies, he attended the Leys School in Cambridge before shipping out "to see the world" on the merchant steamer Pyrrhus, an ordeal that supplied him with the material for his first novel, Ultramarine. .....
Elisabeth Luard is an award-winning writer on food and cookery, a journalist and a broadcaster. She has written two autobiographies with recipes, and published two novels. She regularly reviews books for the Daily Mail, the Scotsman, the Jewish Chronicle and the Literary Review.
Tom Lubbock, critic and illustrator, was the chief art critic of the Independent from 1997 until his death in 2011. He wrote widely on art, books and radio and produced major catalogue essays on Goya, Thomas Bewick and Ian Hamilton Finlay. His illustrations, mainly done in collage, appeared every Saturday on the editorial page of the Independent between 1999 and 2004. His weekly Great Works column, from which these essays are taken, ran between 2005 and 2010.
GERALD LUCKHURST is a landscape architect who has designed and built many gardens on the island. He is an expert plantsman with an unrivalled knowledge of sub-tropical flora. Each year he leads a number of specialist garden tours of the island.
John Lukacs was born in Budapest in 1924. He has written twenty-five works of history and criticism, including Budapest 1900: A Historical Portrait of a City and It's Culture; Historical Consciousness: Or, The Remembered Past; The Duel: The Eighty-Day Struggle Between Churchill and Hitler; and, most recently, George Kennan: A Study of Character.
Alison Lurie is the author of many highly praised novels for adults and children. She currently divides her time between Ithaca, New York, Key West and London. Previous titles include The Truth About Lorin Jones (Prix Femina Étranger, 1989), and Foreign Affairs (1985 Pulitzer Prize for fiction).
Dr Susanna Lyle has over 25 years of practical and academic experience in plant and soil studies. She has taught horticulture, plant science and garden design and has planned and planted private and community woodlands and gardens. She has also spent many years editing a range of scientific and educational books and journals. After travelling in many countries, observing and studying plants in many climates and locations, she now lives in Northland, New Zealand. .....
Fergus Lyons is an artist and lives in the hills of County Sligo. He exhibits his work frequently.