François Allard is a specialist in Motown and American music and has run the website MJStrangersite.com since 2003. He has collaborated on various Michael Jackson magazines and is part of the team behind JAM.
Jimmy Anderson is one of England's greatest cricketers, having taken 565 wickets (and counting) in his 16-year career. Known as the King of Swing, Anderson is the biggest wicket taker in English Test Cricket and the 4th in the World. He is currently ranked No.2 in the ICC Test Bowling Rankings.
Helen Arnold is a travel journalist with over 17 years' experience who has contributed to a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including the Observer, Family Circle, Farmers' Weekly, Harpers, High Life, Optician and Essentials. She was first bitten by the travel bug after a year-long round the world trip in 1992, but has since settled in London where she lives with her husband and two children.
Robert Arp is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Maple Woods College and Johnson County Community College, in the Kansas City area. He has attained a PhD in Philosophy from Saint Louis University, and specializes in the philosophy of biology, the philosophy of mind, and modern philosophy. A member of The American Philosophical Association and The Philosophy of Science Association, Robert Arp has written numerous articles, book chapters, and books, and is the editor of South Park and Philosophy (Blackwell Publishing, 2006), the co-editor of Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009), and the author of An Integrated Approach to the Philosophy of Mind (Cambridge University Press, 2010). In 2013 he was general editor of 1001 Ideas That Changed The Way We Think. See his website at robertarp.com
Max Arthur is rightly seen as one of Britain's leading oral historians of the Great War, collecting first-hand accounts of survivors from Britain's armed services, and allowing their stories to be told to a wider audience. He has enjoyed great success with previous books Forgotten Voices of the Great War, and his most recent book Lost Voices of the Edwardians.He has now delved into the superb photographic archives of the Imperial War Museum and other collections throughout Europe and unearthed remarkable, never before seen images, that when married with his contemporary eyewitness accounts, truly give the reader a unique view of the horror that was World War I.
Jeff Barr has traveled the world reviewing golf courses, golf resorts and, of course, golf holes. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post and Golf Week magazine, the No.1 golf news magazine in America. 1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die is his fourth book.100 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die brings together a team of leading golf writers, journalists, players, and experts from around the world, including Terry Jacoby, Gene Yasuda, Brian Hewitt, Alistair Tait, Rob Vanderzahn, Jay Coffin, Kelle Larkin, Kevin Adams, and Mike Mazur.
Jeff Barrett, Robin Turner and Andrew Walsh are the team behind the angling and music blog Caughtbytheriver.net. Their day job is running the independent record label Heavenly Recordings.The book is illustrated throughout with the woodblocks of the artist and writer Robert Gibbings. One time owner of the Golden Cockerel Press and author of numerous books about rivers such as Sweet Thames Runs Softy Gibbings work perfectly completes the mood of the book.
Neil Beckett's interest in wine stretches back for many years, so much so that his MBA dissertation was on White Burgundy. He has spent time in Burgundy, and has also qualified for the WSET Diploma, graduating with distinction. As well as working for wine shipping company Richards Walford, he has also worked at Harpers Wine & Spirit Weekly where he was a contributing editor for many years and in 2004 became the first editor of the critically-acclaimed, leading wine magazine, The World of Wine, on which he works with Hugh Johnson and Andrew Jefford. He is one of two UK tasters on the Grand Jury Européen du vin and his wine writing has won prizes.
Dr Peter Bentley is one of the most creative thinkers working in computer science today. He is Senior Research Fellow and College Teacher at the Department of Computer Science, University College London. He is known for his prolific research covering all aspects of Evolutionary Computation and Digital Biology. He is the author of the popular science book Digital Biology (Simon and Schuster USA), and editor of the books Evolutionary Design by Computers, Creative Evolutionary Systems and On Growth, Form and Computers. He is a regular contributor to programming on BBC Radio 4.
Colin Beveridge can't understand why maths isn't the most popular subject on the planet, and spends his life trying to make it so. After a PhD from St Andrews, he worked on NASA's Living With A Star program before returning to the UK in 2008. When he's not writing, teaching, or speaking about maths, he's looking after his young sons or running on south Dorset's excellent cycle path network.
Ian Birch is former Editorial Director of Hearst UK and Emap. He began his magazine career in the late 1970s as a reporter for Melody Maker, before moving to Smash Hits, where he was assistant editor for three years from 1984. His first launch and editorship came in the late 1980s with Sky magazine. At Hearst UK he oversaw brands like Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Men's Health and Good Housekeeping.Prior to working at Hearst, Birch was chief content officer at TV Guide in New York for four years; and before this he was editorial director at Emap for more than 10 years, where he helped to launch Red, Closer, Grazia and re-launch Heat.
Julien Bitoun is a guitarist, writer and teacher. He writes for several rock and guitar magazines and has published books including Strange Brew and Guitars and Heroes.
Harry Borden is one of the most celebrated portrait photographers working today. His pictures have featured in some of the world's leading magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, Vogue, American GQ, Das Magazin, Le Nouvel Observateur and Stern. Harry has won prizes at the World Press Photo awards (1997 and 1999) and was a judge in the contest in 2010 and 2011. In June 2005 he was awarded a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the gallery now has more than 100 examples of Harry's work in its permanent collection. His personal project on Holocaust survivors was shortlisted for the European Publishers Award in 2014. In the same year, Harry was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society.
Peter Boxall is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on drama and twentieth-century fiction and contributes regularly to journals such as The Yearbook of English Studies. He has recently published a Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett's drama and current projects include co-editing The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Don DeLillo: The Possibility of Fiction and a monograph on contemporary fiction, Since Beckett.
Michael Bright is an executive producer with the BBC's Natural History Unit. He and his colleagues are based in Bristol England but they scour the entire world for stories and pictures. He is the author of over 75 natural history books including Andes to Amazon: A Guide to South America, the producer of countless television and radio programmes including the award-winning television series Natural World and Wildlife on One and has been editorial consultant to Reader's Digest and Dorling Kindersley on reference works such as Discovering the Wonders of our World and The Wildlife Year.
Frances Case started her food writing career in food and drink magazines and has since contributed to television and radio programmes and major brands as well as several publications including The Guardian.Her experience of food ranges all over the world, from deli counters in London to buying from Parisian charcuteries, Sri Lankan market stalls and Kenyan fishermen.
Richard Cavendish is a historian of ideas and an authority on Britain's historic heritage. He writes a regular monthly column in History Today magazine and has just completed a book on the kings and queens of Britain for David and Charles. He edited The Encyclopaedia of the Unexplained and the partwork Encyclopaedia of the Supernatural: Man, Myth, and Magic, republished in 21 volumes in the US in 1995). He is the author of A Guidebook to Prehistoric england, was for several years editor of Out of Town magazine and planned, contributed to, and edited numerous guidebooks to Britain for the Automobile Association as well as an A-Z Gazetteer to Britain.
Jack Challoner studied physics at Imperial College, London, and teacher training at Kingston-upon-Thames. He worked in the Education Unit of the Science Museum, London, where mostof his time was spent explaining science directly to visitors. Jack has written nearly 30 books onscience and technology for all ages, and has acted as consultant science editor on many others.
Beth Chatto runs her own Garden and Nursery for Unusual Plants at Elmstead Market near Colchester. Winner of ten Gold Medals at Chelsea, she also holds the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour and an honorary doctorate from Essex University for her services to horticulture. She is the author of a host of gardening classics and is also co-author of Dear Friend and Gardener, written with her long-standing friend and fellow gardener, Christopher Lloyd.
Dad Says Jokes is a community-run social brand fast approaching 800k followers on Instagram and Facebook, inspired by the daily jokes of author Kit Chilvers' dad, Andrew Chilvers.Every day, followers submit their jokes and the team pick their favourites, or Dad just drops in his own zinger! Kit, an 18-year old social networking mastermind, started his career at the tender age of 14, when he created his original online platform, Football.Newz, to serve audiences for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He has recently added another nine accounts in different genres (of which @DadSaysJokes is one), with over 10 million followers and rising. Kit started his career at social media publisher LADbible and has since gone on to launch his own media company, Pubity Group Ltd.To find out more follow @DadSaysJokes on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.