J. A. Thomas
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.
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.
Angel Adoree is the founder of The Vintage Patisserie, a popular vintage hosting company offering bespoke tea parties from a bygone era. Delivering music, makeovers and - of course - a customised menu of tea party treats that elevate any function into a swanky soiree. It has created unforgettable tea parties for famous clients including Paul Smith CBE, Myleene Klass, and Kim Jones to name but a few!Angel was the outstanding character on BBC Two's series 'Dragons' Den'. She has grown up with great determination, a skill for creativity and has taught herself strong business acumen - she ticked all the boxes with the dragons and became the face of the series. Angel's eye for beautiful things started at a young age, and by the age of thirteen she was buying vintage clothes and gems. A market stall followed and when the stall couldn't quell the tide of treasure, Angel moved to a big converted school house in Bethnal Green. It was here in 2001 that the launch of 'The Vintage Experience' took place, where Angel opened her doors to her devotees and revealed rail upon rail of vintage delights, and offered advice and hand-picked gems that were just right for her clients - as well as providing them with delicious cakes! The Vintage Experience lasted for seven years and when this brand could grow no more, the Vintage Patisserie was born! Angel's business has grown from strength to strength and this year saw the opening for her new East London event space, Vintage Hair Academy and Vintage Hospitality school.Angel's first book The Vintage Tea Party Book was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards 2011 for Food Book of the Year.
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.
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.
Tom Ang is a leading authority on digital photography, a photographer, author, TV broadcaster, and traveller. He won the Thomas Cook award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his photographic coverage of the Marco Polo Expedition, which pioneered the modern Silk Road crossing from Europe to China. He has worked as a magazine editor, picture editor, and technical journalist. He has exhibited internationally and was Senior Lecturer in Photographic Practice at the University of Westminster, London, for over 12 years. Among his many books on photography and video is the bestselling Digital Photographer's Handbook. Tom has also presented the successful TV series A Digital Picture of Britain for BBC4 and BBC2.
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.
Bettina Arndt is a clinical psychologist, sex therapist and social commentator. As editor of the influential Forum magazine, she spent ten years talking about sex on television and radio, then writing about broader social issues for leading newspapers and magazines. She is the bestselling author of Private Lives, All About Us and Taking Sides.
Peter Arnold has written over 40 books on football, cricket, boxing, gambling, snooker, darts and cards. He was the co-author of the successful Complete Book of Card Games and General Editor on The Official Rules of Sports and Games. He lives in London, England and Spain.
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
Claire Arrowsmith is Principal Pratitioner for the Pet Behaviour Centre and a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Consellors. She is the author of Brain Games for Dogs, Correcting Bad Habits in Dogs and Instant Dog Training.
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.
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.