Raymond Radiguet (1903–1923) was the eldest of seven children born to a poor cartoonist. He left school at fifteen and was soon contributing articles to newspapers and journals in Paris, where he became the protégé and lover of Jean Cocteau. Radiguet published poems, criticism, and a play, The Pelican, as well as a highly successful novel, The Devil in the Flesh, while leading a wild and increasingly self-destructive life. .....
Steve Radlauer is the author or co-author of five books and numerous articles for a range of publications including New York magazine, Esquire, Spy, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. He, too, is a native New Yorker.
URMI RAHMAN was born in Khulna, Bangladesh. She studied in Dhaka, Khulna and Chittagong, took a Masters degree in Bengali Literature and worked as a journalist before coming to the UK to join the BBC World Service as a producer and broadcaster. She now works as a Language Project Officer and freelance journalist. She has written 12 non-fiction books.
Phil Rainbow is a marine biologist and has been the Keeper of Zoology at the Natural History Museum since 1997.
Sarah Raven, writer, cook, broadcaster and teacher, is an expert on all things to grow, cut and eat from your garden. She runs cooking, flower arranging and gardening courses from her farm in East Sussex and is the author of several books on gardening, including The Cutting Garden, which won the Garden Writers' Guild Award for Best Specialist Gardening Book in 1993. She also writes for national newspapers and magazines and is a presenter on BBC Gardeners' World. .....
Tim Rawle read Architecture at Downing College, Cambridge, after which he was awarded the Caldicott Scholarship for postgraduate study at the Architectural Association. After two years working as an assistant architect he left architectural practice to work as a graphic designer, photographer and author. His first book, Cambridge Architecture, published in 1985, is the most comprehensive pictorial survey of the city ever undertaken, accompanied by an equally informative text. .....
Julian Raxworthy is Principal Landscape Architect with Donovan Hill, Brisbane, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology and a leading writer on landscape architecture. His current PhD studies with the University of Queensland concern change and landscape architecture.
Jane Ray graduated from Middlesex University in 3D Design. She began her career designing greetings cards, book jackets and posters. Gradually, however, she moved towards children's book illustration, especially fairy tales, mythology and folktales. Jane's first picture book for Frances Lincoln was Jinnie Ghost with Berlie Doherty, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. Her other acclaimed picture books include The King of Capri with Jeanette Winterson, Romeo and Juliet with Michael Rosen, and The Dolls' House Fairy and Snow White, which she both wrote and illustrated. .....
Donald Rayfield is emeritus professor of Russian and Georgian at the University of London.
Shazia Razzack was born in Rawalpindi, in Pakistan, and came to live in the United Kingdom when she was two. She took her BSc (Hons) in Human Biology at the University of East London before training to be a teacher and has been teaching in East London ever since. She lives in Wanstead, London.
Friedrich Reck (1884-1945) was born Friedrich Percyval Reck-Malleczewen, the son of a landed aristocrat from East Prussia who was also a conservative politician. He studied medicine and, in 1912, embarked as a ship's doctor en route to America. Upon his return to Germany, he settled in Bavaria and began to collaborate with the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He wrote theater criticism, children's adventure stories, and historical novels, becoming a well-known figure in Munich society. .....
Trent Reedy grew up in Iowa and has always loved telling stories. He majored in English at the University of Iowa and paid for his course by joining the Iowa Army National Guard. Called up to serve in Afghanistan in 2004, he experienced bad feelings both about the war and leaving his wife and home. Then, after reading Katherine Paterson's novel Bridge to Terabithia he started thinking about writing for young people. .....
Katharine Reeve is an editor and writer. She is former Editorial Director and History Commissioning Editor at Oxford University Press. She lives in Bath.
Alastair Reid is a poet, translator, essayist, and scholar of Latin American literature. He joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1959 and has translated works by Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges. Among his many books for children are A Balloon for a Blunderbuss, I Keep Changing, Millionaires, Supposing, and Ounce Dice Trice (published by the New York Review Children's Collection). In 2008 he published two career-spanning collections of work, Inside Out: Selected Poetry and Translations and Outside In: Selected Prose. .....
Diana Reid Haig is an award-winning songwriter, annotator, and audio producer. She has produced, annotated, or engineered almost 100 compilations, DVD-As, or SACDs for Motown, NBC, Universal, SONY, Warner Bros., and others. A member of the Napoleonic Society of America, her lifelong interest in Paris during the First Empire led her to research and write “Walks through Napoleon and Josephine’s Paris. .....
Sally Rendel is a practising architect and a member of the Twentieth Century Society's casework committee. She has edited special issues of Scroope and Architectural Design. Sally lives in London.
Jean Renoir (1894–1979), the son of the painter Auguste Renoir, was born in Paris, grew up in the south of France, and served as a cavalryman and pilot during World War I. He directed his first film, La Fille de l'eau, in 1925 and followed it with many others, including his masterpieces Grand Illusion (1937) and The Rules of the Game (1939). In 1975 Jean Renoir received an Academy Award for his lifetime contribution to the cinema.
SUSAN REUBEN has been an editor since 1997. A Cambridge University graduate, she was Commissioning Editor at Frances Lincoln, then Senior Publisher at Egmont books before starting Baobab Editorial and Design with Sophie Pelham. She is co-editor of the Ultimate Book Guide series, the first of which won a Blue Peter Book Award. Susan also works as a ghostwriter and copywriter.
Pierre Reverdy (1889–1960) was a French poet who, along with artists and writers such as Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, and Georges Braque, helped develop cubism and surrealism. Soon after the appearance of his first significant collection, Les Épaves du ciel (1924), his writing turned more mystical and Reverdy became a Catholic. In 1926 he retired to a life of ascetic seclusion near the Benedictine monastery at Solesmes and stayed there for the rest of his life. .....
Julie Rhodes is a professional wildlife artist who lives in Cornwall with her husband and baby daughter. Their boxer dog Archie inspired Julie to write The Very Noisy House. Julie says, “ Archie is always barking and running about, so our house is very noisy!” She has written and illustrated stories for her family all her life, but this is her first published book.
Adrienne Ribes-Tiphaine has written for Vogue France, and is now a freelance writer for ELLE, Atmosphere, Rendez-Vous, and France-Amerique. In 2003, she published Paris sur mesure (Parigramme).
Matthew Rice is a painter, designer and writer. He is the author of Village Buildings of Britain (Little Brown), to which Prince Charles contributed a foreword. He lives in Norfolk with his wife, the potter Emma Bridgewater.
Tony Rice received his first degree and PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Liverpool. He worked as curator of crustacea at the Natural History Museum, London then spent 26 years leading the deep-sea benthic biology team at the Natural Environment Research Council’s Institute of Oceanographic Sciences. He now concentrates on writing books and acting as a marine environmental consultant. Tony lives in Alton, Hampshire, UK.
Frank Rich is a columnist for The New York Times. His books include Ghost Light, a memoir, and The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush's America.
Nathaniel Rich is an editor at The Paris Review. He has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and The Village Voice. He lives in San Francisco.
Neil Richardson is the award winning author of A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall. He works as a creative writing teacher and editor, as well as writing books. He studied Philosophy in University College Dublin and is also a member of the Reserve Defence Forces. His family’s long tradition of military service, stretching back over 150 years, sparked Neil’s interest in military history. .....
Phil Richardson is a science teacher by day and spends evenings and holidays working with bats. He helped popularise bats in the UK by making them appealing to the public in TV and radio presentations, and in the setting up of a number of volunteer bat groups and the Bat Conservation Trust, the national body involved in bat conservation.
Tim Richardson is a writer who specializes in garden and landscape design and history. He has been gardens editor at Country Life, and landscape editor at Wallpaper* magazine, and was founding editor of both the award-winning gardens magazine New Eden and Country Life Gardens. He now contributes mostly to the Daily Telegraph, House and Garden, Gardens Illustrated and Country Life. He is the author of Phaidon's The Garden Book, Vanguard Landscapes Gardens of Martha Schwartz, English Gardens of the 20th Century and Arcadian Friends: the Makers of the English Landscape Garden. .....
Adjunct Assistant Professor Lisa Richardson Elkins, BArch, Ball State Univ; MArch University College London Currently teaching undergraduate architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she has been designing architecture and furniture professionally for more than ten years, and has experience in Chicago, San Francisco, and London. In 2006 she founded 2 point perspective, inc., a design firm specializing in environmentally responsible architecture, interiors, and furniture design. .....
Edwina Riddell studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and worked for ten years as a freelance illustrator.
Christopher Ridgeway has been curator at Castle Howard since 1985, and has written and lectured widely on its architecture, gardens and collections.
Ralph Riegel lives in Cork. He has worked as a journalist for several newspapers including The Cork Examiner, The Evening Echo, The Evening Herald and The Sunday Independent and is the southern correspondent for The Irish Independent. He is also a regular contributor to RTE, BBC and TV3 and to British newspapers including the (London) Independent and The Daily Telegraph.
Abigail Rieley is a writer and journalist based in Dublin, where she mainly works as a freelance court reporter covering murder trials for the Irish media. Her first book, The Devil in the Red Dress, about the trial of Sharon Collins and Essam Eid, was published by Maverick House.
Bronwen Riley lived for a time in the remote mountains of Transylvania, studying village traditions and learning Romanian. An Oxford Classics graduate, she specialised in the post-Byzantine art of Romania at the Courtauld Institute, London. She is now managing editor of guidebooks at English Heritage and organises tours of small groups to share her great enthusiasm for and knowledge of Romania.
James Riordan travelled the world collecting folktales and published over thirty volumes of tales from different countries. The Twelve Labours of Hercules won the UK Reading Association Award 1998. He was Emeritus Professor at the University of Surry and Visiting Professor at the University of Worcester, as well as holding honorary degrees from Birmingham, London, Moscow and Grenoble. He regularly reviewed children's books for The Times. .....
Marion Ripley runs the Clear Vision project, which is a nation-wide postal lending library of children's picture books in Braille. Her two tactile books have been mass-produced in English and French.
Sally Rippin was born in Darwin and grew up in South-East Asia. As an adolescent she studied traditional Chinese painting for three years in Shanghai and Hangzhou. Returning to Australia, Sally began to write and illustrate both picture books and junior novels, influenced by her time in China. Sally then moved to France for three years but returned to Melbourne recently, where she now lives with her partner and three children. .....
NA'IMA B ROBERT is descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father's side and the Zulu people on her mother's side. She was born in Leeds, grew up in Zimbabwe and went to university in London. At high school, her loves included performing arts, public speaking and writing stories that shocked her teachers! She has written several multicultural books for children and is the author of 'From Somalia, with love', a novel for young adults. .....
Marion Roberts always wanted to be a fashion designer, but she studied science, alternative medicine, psychotherapy and psychology instead. She also worked as a chef and taught people how to cook. Marion started writing because she wanted a job she could do in her pyjamas. Also, her friends kept saying her emails were too long, and she needed to find another place to put her stories. She was born in Melbourne, which has always been her home town. .....
M. P. Robertson was born in Parsons Green, London. He studied Graphic Design at Hounslow Borough College, where he discovered a love for illustrated books. After leaving Hounslow he spent a year drawing in museums, cathedrals and on the underground before specialising in illustration at Kingston Polytechnic. Among the influences on his style are Mervyn Peake, Heath Robinson and Odile Redon. He believes that more than merely decorating a book, illustration should be integral to the narrative. .....
Jeff Robins is a professional photographer, who teaches postgraduate courses with Graham Diprose at the University of the Arts, London.
Anthony Robinson writes children's books and teaches. He has lived and travelled all over the world, from his original home in Australia to Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe, from Japan to Edinburgh, and now lives in Cambridge. He is keen to give a voice to the voiceless, be they refugees who have fled their own countries, children living normal lives in vastly different cultures, or children living in difficult circumstances.
David Robinson is a zoologist and evolutionary biologist in the Department of Biological Sciences.
Roxana Robinson is the author of a biography of Georgia O'Keeffe and of six books of fiction, including the novel Sweetwater and the story collection A Perfect Stranger. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and lives in New York City.
Eric Robson was born in southern Scotland and has lived most of his life in Cumbria. For the last 15 years he has had a small farm in the southern Lake District where he keeps sheep. A broadcaster and television documentary maker, he got to know Alfred Wainwright uncommonly well while filming with him in the 1980s. He was executive producer of Granada's Wainwright Country and consultant for the BBC's Wainwright Walks series. .....
Shen Roddie was born in Singapore and lived in many countries before settling in Oxford. Her love of words led her to become an author via a number of other careers including time spent as a journalist, copywriter and radio presenter.
Rachel Rodriguez was born in Michigan. She has worked as a restaurant busgirl, a medical guinea pig, and a 7–11 Slurpee machine syrup refiller. She was the voice of Hellman's Mayonnaise for Argentinean commercials screening at Cannes Film Festival. She's also answered phones at a Dublin public relations firm. As a park ranger in Olympic National Park, she climbed to the jaw-dropping summit of Mt. .....
Illustrator Gregory Rogers was born in 1957 and lives in Brisbane, Australia. He has had several solo exhibitions and is one of Australia's finest children's book illustrators. In 1995 he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for Book Illustration for Way Home by Libby Hathorn. Gregory is a musician and a keen collector of CDs, antiques, books and anything that attracts dust.
Milton Rokeach (1918-1988) received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a professor of social psychology at Michigan State University and later at Washington State University. In 1984 he received the Kurt Lewin Memorial Award from The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
Fr. Rolfe (1860-1913) also known as Frederick Rolfe and Baron Corvo, converted to Catholicism when he was twenty-six and attempted to enter the priesthood. After he was ejected from the seminary, he pledged himself to twenty years of celibacy and proceeded to write several semi-autobiographical novels that were simultaneously pious and irreverent. He lived alternately extravagantly and in squalor, depending on his means at the time, and died bitter and poor in Venice.
Marc Romano is a writer living in New York City.
Alan Romans was formerly a biology teacher but is now a full-time potato enthusiast, a specialist potato roguer (selector of seed potatoes) and consultant to potato breeders. He lives in Fife in Scotland.
RACHEL ROONEY trained as a special needs teacher and currently works with children with autism. She also teaches poetry workshops for West Sussex's Gifted and Talented Programme, and leads workshops in schools as a visiting poet. She has been shortlisted for the Belmont Poetry Prize and 60 of her poems have been published in children's poetry anthologies. The Language of Cat is her first book of collected poems. .....
Gillian Rose (1947-1995) was a professor at the University of Warwick in England, where she taught modern European philosophy, social and political thought, and theology. Her books include Nihilism, The Broken Middle, Judaism and Modernity, and Hegel.
Brian Rosen is a Scientific Associate in the Department of Zoology at the Natural History Museum, and a former research scientist in the Department of Palaeontology. He works on living and fossil corals and reefs, with a general interest in biogeography and ecology.
Charles Rosen's most recent book is Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist. (November 2008)
Michael Rosen is an enormously successful and popular writer, poet, scriptwriter, performer and broadcaster. Winner of the Smarties Award, the Other Award and the Signal Poets Award, he has written more than a hundred children's titles. In 1997 he won the Eleanor Farjeon Award for his outstanding contribution to children's literature, and in 2007 he became the Children's Laureate.
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Andrew Ross is currently Principal Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeobotany at the National Museums Scotland.
Diana Ross is an amateur gardener who turned her hand to writing relatively recently. She began writing for Hortus in 1995, and in 2000 began her series of interviews with gardeners.
MANDY ROSS has written over 60 children's books, including Peekaboo Baby! (shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Baby Book Award 2001), Animal Lullabies, Animal Exercises and Children's History of Birmingham.Twice shortlisted for Birmingham Poet Laureate, Mandy is a member of Secret City Arts www.secretcityarts.com. She works widely in schools and teaches all sorts of writing workshops – on and off the page – with adults and children. .....
Leon Rosselson is a man for all seasons. Not only does he write well for children but he is also a sought-after singer and songwriter and writes plays for adult radio.
Joel Rotenberg has produced NYRB original translations for Stefan Zweig's Chess Story and Hugo von Hofmannsthal's The Lord Chandos Letter. His translation of Georg Letham: Physician and Murderer by Ernst Weiss is forthcoming in 2009
Dr Sean Rothery is the former assistant head of the Department of Architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has researched widely in Irish traditional design and building. His other books include Ireland and the New Architecture and A Field Guide to the Buildings of Ireland. He was born in the city of Dublin and has lived for most of his life, except for 3 years in Uganda, in the county of Dublin on the slopes of the Dublin Mountains.
Miriam Rothschild was the niece of Walter Rothschild and, a renowned naturalist herself, shared her uncle's passion for the natural world. In 1995 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and was made a Dame in 2000. Dame Miriam died in 2005.
William Roughead (1870-1952) was born in Edinburgh, where he studied law and became an expert on criminology. Between 1889 and 1949 he attended every murder trial of significance held in the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh, publishing his accounts of them in a series of best-selling books. He held the legal title of Writer to His Majesty's Signet and was an editor of the Notable British Trials Series.
Ingrid D. Rowland is a professor, based in Rome, at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. A frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, she is the author of The Culture of the High Renaissance, The Scarith of Scornello, and a translation of Vitruvius' Ten Books of Architecture. Her latest books are a biography of Giordano Bruno and a translation of Bruno's dialogue On the Heroic Frenzies.
Eddie Rowley is the chief entertainments’ correspondent on the Sunday World, Ireland’s biggest selling newspaper. Confidante to personalities like Ronan Keating, Daniel O’Donnell and Westlife, Eddie has had huge success with his personal biographies and inside-takes such as Life is a Rollercoaster with Boyzone’s Ronan Keating, Follow Your Dream with Daniel O’Donnell and Our Joe- Joe Dolan by the People who Knew him Best. .....
James Roy has worked for many years as a paediatric and emergency nurse in various hospitals. In addition to his work with young people in the health setting, he has written several award-winning books for children and teenagers.
Angela Royston is a freelance writer and editor of children's illustrated information books. She lives in London.
Paul Rubens (1927-2003), a self-educated native New Yorker, mastered the German language as a member of the U.S. occupation forces after World War II.
Julie Rugg lives in York with her husband and daughter.
Norman Rush's stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. His first novel, Mating, was the recipient of the National Book Award.
Francis Russell was born in 1949 and educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford. Since 1972, he has worked at Christie's. He has been associated, as a selector or cataloguer, with a number of exibitions, including Treasure Houses of Britain (Washington, The National Gallery of Art, 1985-1986). He contributes for specialised review to 'Apollo' and 'The Burlington Magazine', and has written Portraits of Sir Walter Scott (1987), John, 3rd Earl of Bute, Patron and Collector (2004) and 52 Italian Places: A Pocket Grand Tour (2007).
Joyce Russell has thirty years of practical experience of fruit and vegetable growing, while feeding a family from the garden. She writes each month for Kitchen Garden Magazine, as well as regular contributions to other magazines and newspapers. She wrote for Organic Gardening magazine for ten years.
Sara Russell is the Head of Meteoritics & Cosmic Mineralogy in the Department of Mineralogy at the Natural History Museum, London.
Vivian Russell is a writer and photographer. An American by birth, she has lived in England and France for most of her life. Her book Monet's Garden won two Garden Writers' Guild Awards. She was a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated for many years and now writes and photographs for the Daily Telegraph gardening supplement.
Penni Russon grew up in Hobart, roaming around on a small mountain and making up stories about imaginary lost pets with her best friend. She used to write poetry until she discovered novels were a lot more forgiving. The Undine series, Undine, Breathe and Drift , published by Random House in Australia and Greenwillow in the US, is a series of books about a magical girl, set in Hobart's streets and the surrounding bush and seascapes. .....
John Ryan was born in Edinburgh and spent his early childhood in the UK and Morocco before moving back to England, where he worked for seven years as Assistant Art Master of Harrow School. Captain Pugwash first set sail over 50 years ago as a strip cartoon. Since then he has featured in books, films and theatres all over the world. Before his death in 2009 aged 88, John lived in Rye, Sussex, the home of smugglers in years gone by, with his wife Priscilla, who is also an artist. .....