Jon Ardle is technical editor for the RHS magazine The Garden, specializing in bonsai and Japanese gardens. He is the author of two books on bamboos and grasses and lives in Peterborough.
Alexander Ash is a Londoner born and bred. Originally from Tooting and part-raised in Wandsworth, he received an honours degree in Economics from University College London. He has contributed to a number of fascinating trivia titles, including It Just Slipped Out and Boring, Botty and Spong. Alex is also the co-author of the 2012 edition of the bestselling annual Top 10 of Everything.
David Baird is a prolific author who has written books on a wide range of subjects. His ten titles in the successful 1000 Paths series have been translated into multiple languages and have sold over six million copies worldwide. His recent books for Spruce include 1000 Great Movie Moments, Movie Monsters and Things to do Now That You're a Dad. He is also a musician, composer and theatre director.
Harry Baker was for many years Fruit Officer at RHS Wisley, where he presided over 16 acres of fruit. He is an Associate of Honour of the RHS, a member of the fruit and vegetable committee and one of the country's best-known fruit experts. He lives in Hampshire.
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.
A. C. Bishop
The authors are researchers in the mineralogy and palaeontology departments of the Natural History Museumin London.
Perhaps best known as a presenter of popular television shows on the design and decoration of homes.... and even food - "Grand Design's: Trade Secrets"; "Honey, I Ruined the House" Channel 4; "Other People's Houses" Channel 4; "Britain's Best Home" Channel 4; "The Greatest Dishes in the World" Sky One - Naomi is an interior designer, design consultant and writer distinguished by a design philosophy that has been described as "warm, eccentric...clever, idiosyncratic" Grand Designs Magazine; "dramatic, witty and just a little bit racy" Elle Decoration. www.naomicleaver.com
Confetti.co.uk is the UK's leading wedding and special occasion website, helping more than 500,000 brides, grooms and guests every month.
Terence Conran is one of the world's best-known designers, restaurateurs and retailers. In the 1960s he founded Habitat - the chain of homeware stores that brought good, modern design within reach of the general population for the very first time.Over the subsequent 50 years Terence built another group of companies centred around design, retailing, restaurants and hotels. Today, Conran owns restaurants and shops in eight cities throughout the world and a design business serving many international clients that includes architecture and interior design, product and graphic design and brand licensing.In January 2011 Conran began working with Marks & Spencer in the UK, designing an exclusive range of homewares for the store. In 2012 Conran signed a deal to collaborate with US retail giant jcpenney to design an exclusive range of furniture, lighting and accessories for the home. The initial collection launched in spring 2013 into 300 jcpenney stores throughout the US and there will be new ranges launching each spring and autumn.Terence was knighted for his services to design in 1983 and has been provost of the Royal College of Art in London. In 1982 he opened the very first museum in the world dedicated to design, which is now the celebrated Design Museum in London, due to move to new premises in 2015 thanks to a massive expansion programme.
Eoghan Corry is an Irish columnist, travel writer, author of sports history, and founding story-editor of the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum at Croke Park, Dublin. He began his journalistic career as a sportswriter with the Irish Times and Sunday Tribune, where he became sports editor and won several awards, and since 2002 has edited Ireland's biggest circulation travel publication, Travel Extra. He is a regular commentator on travel affairs to national newspapers and Irish radio and television, with his weekly travel broadcasts on the RTE 1 radio programme 'Today with Pat Kenny' reaching an average audience of 279,000 listeners.Location: Straffan, Ireland
Heather Couper is a past President of both the British Astronomical Association and the Society for Popular Astronomy. She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics, and a former Millennium Commissioner, for which she was awarded the CBE in 2007.
Dr Douglas Palmer
Dr Douglas Palmer is a science writer and lecturer. His books include The Neanderthal, which accompanied the acclaimed Channel 4 series, Earth Time, The Atlas of the Prehistoric World and Prehistoric Past Revealed (MB). He is a contributor to a variety of publications including New Scientist, Science and BBC Wildlife Magazine. He is currently working on Evolution for Mitchell Beazley (2009).
Storm Dunlop is a former President of the British Astronomical Association. He is based in East Wittering, near Chichester, England.
Clare Foster is Garden Editor at Home & Garden magazine and a freelance garden journalist. She spent 10 years at Gardens Illustrated magazine, latterly as Editor, and has written three books: From Bud to Seed: Perennials and From Bud to Seed: Annuals (Conran Octopus 2001) and Compost (Cassell Illustrated 2002). After having her own allotment in West London for many years she has recently moved to the countryside to expand her vegetable plot. Author lives: Oxfordshire, England
Madonna Gauding has been a student of Buddhism for over 12 years and is a practitioner of martial arts. She is the author of The Meditation Bible, World Mandalas, Six Keys to Buddhist Living and Working with Meditation. Location: St Louis, Missouri, USA.
Diarmuid Gavin owns his own garden design business, designing and creating bespoke gardens for both private and commercial clients. He won 2 Gold medals at the Royal Dublin Society and subsequently exhibited at RHS Chelsea 3 times, winning Silver Gilt in 2004 for his Contemporary Suburban Garden.He has been a regular face on television since the pioneering series Home Front with Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen in the late 1990s; a regular slot with Alan Titchmarsh presenting Chelsea and many hit series in his native Ireland. Most recently he has starred to huge acclaim in Rich, Famous and Unemployed and in 71 Degrees North. Diarmuid has written 6 books on garden design including two with Sir Terence Conran.
Piers Gibbon studied Human Sciences at Oxford University (Social Anthropology, Human Ecology, Demography). His final year thesis on Plant Use in Tribal Societies became the basis for an hour-long documentary on Channel Four - Jungle Trip. This followed him on a journey from Kew Gardens (where there is already a plant with his name on the label) to the Amazon to study the ayahuasca ceremony with mestizo shamans around Iquitos and Pucallpa. He also stayed with the Matses tribe where he was put through an ordeal with frog poison and took part in a blowgun competition. He has given lectures on his experiences in the Amazon to the London School of Economics, Bath University and ethnobotanical conferences in Australia and Belgium. He has also presented a six-part TV series on historical food and written and narrated over two hundred hours of science, natural history and adventure documentaries for broadcasters worldwide including the BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic. He presented a TV documentary, titled 'Headhunters of the Amazon', about the headshrinking traditions of the Shuar people of Ecuador, which was aired on Channel Five in May 2009, and then the National Geographic worldwide. He has been Sony nominated for his radio interview work and is also a regular moderator at conferences worldwide.
Paul Gravett is a London-based freelance journalist, curator, lecturer, writer and broadcaster, who has worked in comics publishing and promotion since 1981.
While working for House & Garden, Catriona Gray stumbled across the magazine's extensive archives. The leather-bound volumes gave no indication of the riot of design inspiration hidden inside. When not leafing though old volumes of magazines, Catriona can be found at Town & Country and Harper's Bazaar, and is reviews editor for the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.
Diana Grenfell is a writer and international lecturer on hostas, daylilies, and other horticultural topics. She was a co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and lives in London.