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.
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The authors are researchers in the mineralogy and palaeontology departments of the Natural History Museumin London.
Lee Clayton is the Head of Sport for the Daily Mail and MailOnline, and a life-long West Ham supporter.
Confetti.co.uk is the UK's leading wedding and special occasion website, helping more than 500,000 brides, grooms and guests every month.
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
Peter Cossins is a freelance cycling journalist and former editor of Procycling Magazine. He edited the Official Tour de France guide for the magazine, has been writing and reporting on cycling for over 20 years and has worked on every Tour during that time.
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.
Described by Jeremy Beadle as 'one of the world's leading oddity hunters', Paul Donnelley is a freelance author, journalist and pop historian. He is a Sunday Times Top 10 Best-selling Author with over 15 books to his name and contributions in many more. Paul has also written features for numerous national newspapers and magazines, and has published a number of sports titles including Television Sporting Heroes, The Arsenal Companion, Arsenal: On This Day and Cricket: On This Day. He is currently working on Hamlyn's Firsts, Lasts & Onlys sport series, which include Firsts, Lasts & Onlys of Football and Firsts, Lasts & Onlys of Golf.Location: Essex, UK.
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).
Jim Drewett is a professional sports writer who has worked on a number of magazines, including Four Four Two and Total Football. He has also written several books, including The Virgin Book of Football. He is a massive fan of football in general and still plays for a local amateur side most weekends.
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.