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The author, Jeremy A. Thomas, is former Head of Site at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Dorset, and is widely recognized as one the UK's leading experts on butterflies.
Celebrity trainer and founder of PMA Fitness Faisal Abdalla can usually be found bouncing around teaching at Barry's Bootcamp, a global fitness phenomenon loved by A-list actors, footballers, supermodels and pop stars alike. Named as one of London's top personal trainers by Hip & Healthy magazine, he has an infectious energy and positive mental attitude that has earned him the title 'Mr PMA' among clients. He was also named as Askmen.com as one of the fittest men on earth, alongside the likes of Usain Bolt, Anthony Joshua, Andy Murray and Conor McGregor.Faisal also keeps busy in his role as an official master trainer for Nike. He is one of a handful in the U.K. with the prestigious title, which has led him to train huge crowds of strong women at Nike Women events across the world.His holistic approach to fitness has gathered fans around the world and he will get you not just looking great, but feeling great, from the inside out.Find out more about Faisal on Instagram @faisalpmafitness, Twitter @faispmafitness or his YouTube channel PMA Fitness.
A graduate of l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse, Bérengère Abraham has worked as a home economist on numerous French magazines including Femina, Regal and has authored books on local cuisine of Provence, Brittany and Alsace, Mes petits plats pour bébé allergiques and Intense chocolat.
Last summer, Pitt Cue Co. was the talking point of London's Southbank. For three months, their trailer dished out hot, Southern US-style, slow-cooked food and instantly became a must-try experience. In January 2012, the trailer was joined by a destination restaurant in Soho, and since then there have been queues around the block.Tom Adams, Simon Anderson, Jamie Berger and Richard H. Turner brought together their experience from Hawksmoor, The Albion, The Blueprint Café and Brunswick House to create a fabulously finger-licking, bourbon-drinking paradise that's taken the London restaurant scene by storm.
Zoe Adjonyoh is a writer and cook from South-East London. Her pop-up restaurant and supper club has been making waves in the foodie scene - both in London and Berlin - bringing traditional and contemporary Ghanaian food to an audience outside of the Ghanaian community. Zoe appears at streetfood markets, pop-ups and festivals across Europe, as well as providing cookery classes and being an established event caterer. A writer by trade, Adjonyoh insists she's not a chef, and chooses to focus on homemade favourites and traditional flavours. Born to a Ghanaian father and Irish mother, Adjonyoh deepened her understanding of West African cuisine after a trip to visit her extended family in Ghana, where she spent time in her grandmother's kitchen, explored the famous Kaneshi street market, and met with cooks who shared with her their own takes on tradition. Zoe completed her MA in Creative & Life Writing at Goldsmith's University.
If ever there was a vintage-clad, firey redhead that knew how to bring all the glam of the golden years to life, it's Angel Strawbridge. Angel has written down her well-honed insight for all things 'tea party' so that everyone can share the magic of this timeless era anywhere and for any occasion.Angel's eye for beautiful things began at the age of thirteen, when she started acquiring fur jackets, jewelled bags and glamorous hats from the vintage eras. A market stall followed and when the stall couldn't cope anymore, Angel moved to a big converted school house in Bethnal Green. It was here in 2001 that she launched The Vintage Experience, where Angel offered advice, styling and hand-picked vintage delights for her clients - as well as providing them with delicious cakes! The Vintage Experience lasted for seven years. When this could grow no more, the Vintage Patisserie brand was born.Angel appeared on BBC Two's Dragon's Den in 2010 and instantly became the face to remember when she was offered a £100k investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis for developing her website and business, The Vintage Patisserie (http://www.vintagepatisserie.co.uk).In the same year, Angel met and fell in love with ex-Army colonel, engineer, inventor and author, Dick Strawbridge. Life moved quickly! They are now married and have two children, Arthur and Dorothy. The Strawbridges have embarked on the renovation project of a lifetime in rural France, bringing the fairytale 19th-century Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson back to life. Together they make quite a team and their adventures in craft, vintage weddings, engineering and all things DIY can be seen in the popular Channel 4 series Escape to the Chateau.
Uz has worked in state and private education for 20 years. She is trained in Paws B (primary school) Mindfulness in Schools Programme, Dot B (secondary school) Mindfulness in Schools Programme, and trained in teaching The Mindful Schools Curriculum. Uz was selected to become a consultant for Goldie Hawn's highly acclaimed MindUP Programme (active in the UK and US). She has led drop-in sessions at the Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre and popular walking meditation workshops at the V&A Museum.
Maria Ahlgren is a Swedish health and beauty editor, who has previously written for publications such as Elle. She worked as a beauty, health and fashion journalist in Tokyo for several years, where she first became aware of the concept of beauty food.
Simon Akeroyd is a garden writer with a passion for both kitchen gardening and cooking. He contributes to numerous magazines including Grow Your Own (as the Allotment Gardener) and was also a garden and food writer for the BBC. His books include Shrubs and Small Trees, Lawns and Ground Cover, the RHS Allotment Handbook and Planner, A Small Course in Veg and Fruit, RHS Vegetables for the Gourmet Gardener and Raised-Bed Gardening. He was previously a Garden Manager for the Royal Horticultural Society, and worked at both RHS Wisley and Harlow Carr.
Laurel Alexander has worked as a lifestyle coach and therapist for 20 years, with qualifications in nutrition, stress management and reflexology. She is the author of over 23 books and her articles have appeared in Good Health, Bella and Fidelity.
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.
Darina Allen is Ireland's best-known food ambassador and the bestselling author of Ballymaloe Cookery Course and Forgotten Skills of Cooking, which won the prestigious André Simon award in 2009. She campaigns for local produce, is a member of Slow Food Ireland and set up Ireland's first farmers' market. She has won many awards including the Guild of Food Writers' Lifetime Achievement award in 2013. www.cookingisfun.ie
Katherine Allen has been teaching Qigong and Taiji from 1992. She is a senior instructor member, past committee member and honorary vice president of The Tai Chi Union for Great Britain. She is a Level 8 senior instructor of Practical Tai Chi Chuan International, and an instructor member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts. Since 1992 she has taught thousands of people of all ages and requirements, and given workshops, talks, demonstrations and performances to a wide variety of groups and institutions, including London Mind Body Soul exhibitions and GMTV. Her longtime interest in physical and mental health and the mysteries of a joyful, peaceful, youthful spirit are driving forces in her life.
The late Robert Allen had a long-standing involvement with Buddhism, and especially Zen, which began when he was a teacher in Thailand. He was also a compiler of puzzle books for Mensa and other publishers, appeared on radio as a puzzle expert, was CEO of the Mensa Foundation for Gifted Children and he also taught writing. Robert's previous books include The Ultimate Mental Challenge, How to Win Arguments, Zen Reflections, 365 Pep Talks from Buddha and 365 Smiles from Buddha.
Frances Ambler is a London-based writer and art historian. She has a special interest in 20th-century design and is the author of Mid-Century Modern: Icons of Design and The Story of the Bauhaus. She has worked with museums and galleries across the globe, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, London's Victoria and Albert Museum and the Scottish Sculpture Trust.
A publishing professional, Alan Anderson has written books about his twin passions: the history of the written word (Ornamental Alphabets, Ilex, 2018) and cycling (Muck, Sweat & Gears, Carlton, 2011). He lives in Hove (UK) and is currently working on a third book, about suffering and pain.
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.
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.
Helen Ardley studied Textiles at Huddersfield University in the UK before becoming a full-time crochet and knitwear designer. She has worked for a number of international companies, and was the crochet designer for Patons. Helen now works as a freelance crochet and knitwear designer and is the author of Cute Crochet for Tiny Tots and Crocheted Accessories, both published by Hamlyn.
RYAN ARMBRUST runs a pinup and boudoir studio that handles many hundreds of clients, and a popular blog on the subject. He also teaches workshops in pinup photography, is a photographer for Retro Lovely Magazine, and has released an iPhone app dedicated to pinup photography. This year Ryan's studio released a pinup calendar with the proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a charity close to Ryan's heart since he beat lymphoma in 2008.