Matthew Rye is a writer and journalist who worked for many years on the staff of BBC Music Magazine and more recently at The Strad Magazine, where he is currently working freelance as a reviews editor. He is a music critic for the Daily Telegraph, writing regular reviews of CDs and concerts, and he has also contributed to a wide variety of other titles on classical music. His publications include a chapter on twentieth-century opera for the Blackwell History of Music in Britain and contributions to the Rough Guides to Classical Music and to Opera.
The Royal Horticultural Society
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) is the UK's largest gardening charity, dedicated to advancing horticulture and promoting good gardening. Its charitable work includes providing expert advice and information, training the next generation of gardeners and promoting the ecological, aesthetic and psychological benefits of gardening in an urban environment.
Mark Rowlinson has been associated with the World Atlas of Golf since 1990, both editorially and as a contributor. He has also written A Place to Golf and The Times Guide to the Golf Courses of Great Britain and Ireland.
Dominic Roskrow is the former editor of Whisky Magazine, The Spirits Business and Whiskeria. He has written eight books on whisky including The World's Best Whiskies, 1001 Whiskies To Try Before You Die and The Whisky Opus, and has contributed to several more, including every edition of The Whisky Yearbook. He specializes in world whisky, and he has had work published in newspapers and magazines across the world including Drinks International, Harpers Wine & Spirits Trade News, Whisky Advocate, The Times, The Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, and the Wall Street Journal. He has been made a Kentucky Colonel and a Keeper of The Quaich for his contributions to bourbon and Scotch whisky respectively, and he was named the 2015 Fortnum & Mason Drinks Writer of the Year.
PLENISH founder Kara Rosen spent a decade flying between New York and LA - jetlagged, overindulged and exhausted from a hectic travel and event schedule, whilst working for Condé Nast in New York on magazines such as Condé Nast Traveler and Men's VOGUE. After battling a recurring throat infection with antibiotics for two years, she turned to a holistic nutritionist who suggested a five-day juice cleanse. That cleanse, which began as a temporary solution for an exhausted body, finally helped her win the battle and developed into a love for a new lifestyle. Inspired by the power that intelligent nutrition (mostly plants) had on regaining her health, Kara became inspired by the power of the right foods to not only heal a damaged body, but her own power to proactively fill up on the good stuff to have the health, energy and drive to live a full and active life. Ultimately this lead her to create a portfolio of Plenish products that act as health-hacks for the way we live. She's a champion of proactive health that easily integrates into life and tastes delicious, keeping people running on plenty, never empty. Her books are your tool guide to live a Plenished life.Plenish was orignally published in 2015 and Kara's second book, Plenish: Fuel Your Ambition, published in 2016.Find out more about Plenish at instagram.com/plenishcleanse, on Twitter at @PlenishCleanse and at www.plenishcleanse.com.
A full-time author and editor, Brenda Rosen is a student of esoteric and mythic traditions. She has written several books, including A Gaia Busy Person's Guide: Chakras, Mermaid Wisdom and The Atlas of Lost Cities.
Levi Roots first came to public attention when he conquered the dragons on the BBC television series 'Dragons' Den', winning backing for his Reggae Reggae Sauce business. The Reggae Reggae brand has since gone from strength to strength, with many new sauces and other foods being added to the range. Levi's primetime BBC television series and bestselling book - Caribbean Food Made Easy - followed, making Levi one of the nation's most popular cooks. Levi was brought up in Jamaica by his grandparents before joining his parents in Brixton, London, when he was 11 years old. He was taught to cook by his grandmother as a child and has enjoyed preparing Jamaican food for his family and friends ever since. He has had a long career as a musician, receiving a nomination for a prestigious MOBO award in 1998.He has a café and takeaway, and every summer runs his popular Rasta'raunt - a stall selling Caribbean food and his famous sauce at the Notting Hill Carnival.
Dr Roger Mugford
Dr Roger Mugford is widely acknowledged as being Britain's leading animal psychologist. He holds advanced degrees in zoology and psychology. After pioneering the practice of behavioural therapy for pets, Mugford founded the Animal Behaviour Centre in 1979, which is currently the biggest of its kind. His methodology has been embraced by veterinary surgeons throughout the UK.Roger is a frequent contributor to international symposia, books, radio and TV programs about pets. He is also responsible for the invention of numerous training accessories, including the world famous HALTI Headcollar.
Jancis Robinson MW is internationally renowned for her witty, authoritative wine writing and her books The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine are among the most important in wine literature. She is acclaimed as 'awesomely intelligent' (Guardian) and 'a writer of breathtaking clarity' (The Spectator). With www.JancisRobinson.com (subscribers in nearly 100 countries) and her flock of Twitter followers, she is something of an online pioneer as a wine communicator. She makes frequent visits to the USA to stay ahead of the crowd and, in the early 1980s, was the first British journalist to take a serious interest in American wine.
David Roberts was Managing Editor on more than 20 music reference book projects at Guinness World Records including British Hit Singles & Albums and Rockopedia. In 2006 he was appointed consultant, writer and film maker to the British Music Experience visitor attraction at London's O2. He is the author of the British and Irish music locations book, Rock Atlas.
Brian Rittershausen has been writing and lecturing for many years and is an active member of the Royal Horticultural Society's Orchid Committee.
Sara Rittershausen is the proprietor of Burnham Nurseries in Devon and writes for the National Orchid Journal and many other publications.Location: Devon, UK
Simon Rimmer is a popular TV chef and co-presenter on Channel Four's Sunday Brunch. He previously presented BBC Two's much-loved Sunday morning staple Something for the Weekend and has appeared as a presenter/chef on BBC Two's Recipes for Success, BBC Good Food Live, A Taste For Travel, Food Fighters, Great British Waste Menu, Meals in Minutes, Simon Rimmer's Dinners, ITV's Grubs Up and UKTV's Local Food Heroes. Simon is chef patron of two award winning restaurants in Manchester, Greens and Earle. He is the author of The Accidental Vegetarian, More From the Accidental Vegetarian, Rebel Cook and Something for the Weekend.
Ian Ridpath is a full-time writer, broadcaster and lecturer on astronomy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the Association of British Science Writers. A former editor of Popular Astronomy, he is a regular contributor to Astronomy Now. Ian Ridpath's many books include Collins Guide to Stars and Planets, Gem Stars and The Monthly Sky Guide. He is also the editor of the highly respected Norton's Star Atlas - a must-have publication for most practical astronomers - and the Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy.
Bernard Richards is an Emeritus Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford, where he was the Fellow in English from 1972 to 1996. He is the author of English Poetry of the Victorian Period in the Longman Literature in English series, and has edited Henry James' The Spoils of Poynton (World's Classics) and The Princess Casamassima (Everyman). He is the author of more than 350 scholarly articles and reviews, ranging from John Donne to 20th-century authors. His most recent work is a chapter on unwritten Ruskin for the forthcoming Ruskin Companion (Cambridge University Press). He is also currently printing (privately) Praeterita Continued, a completion of Ruskin's unfinished autobiography.
Sir Richard Francis Burton
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. His best-known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights, and bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English - thereby introducing the world to what is now regarded as a standard work on human sexual behaviour. Following a career in the army of the East India Company serving in India (and later, briefly, in the Crimean War), he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led the expedition guided by the locals that discovered Lake Tanganyika. In later life he served as British consul in Fernando Po, Santos, Damascus and, finally, Trieste. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood in 1886.
Dr Richard Woolfson
This book includes various contributors from the Practical Parenting expert panel:Dr Richard Woolfson, Anne Richley, Annette Maloney, Dr Rana Conway, Dr Lowri Kew, Siobhan O'Reilly, Charlotte Pearson, Ceri Roberts, Rachel Delahaye, Johanna Payton.Biographies of main contributors.Dr Richard Woolfson is a child psychologist and a regular writer for Practical Parenting. He is also the author of many books, including Bright Baby, Bright Toddler, Bright Child, Small Talk, Why do Kids Do That?, What is My Baby Thinking? and Happy Child, all published by Hamlyn.Anne Richley is a community midwife and a regular contributor to Practical Parenting. She has two children.Annette Maloney is a health visitor with over 15 years' experience, who regularly advises readers of Practical Parenting in her Questions and Answers feature.Dr Rana Conway is a registered public health nutritionist with more than 14 years' experience and is an expert on healthy eating for all the family.Dr Lowri Kew, Practical Parenting's expert doctor, has been practising for 13 years. She is mother to three boys.
Sam Rice's career has taken her from management consultant and travel business owner, to sommelier, wine columnist and more recently, food writer. Following the premature death of her youngest brother, who suffered from type 1 diabetes, she decided to overhaul her diet in the interests of living a longer and healthier life. She wrote about the process in her book The Happy Eater, 4 Weeks to a Better Relationship with Food, which was self-published in 2014.Sam, 47, now lives in Bali with her husband and two children.
Francesca Riccomini is an experienced veterinarian and pet behaviour counsellor. She is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist and a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and the Feline Advisory Bureau's Behaviour Expert Panel. As well as specialising in the treatment of problems related to companion animal behaviour, Francesca lectures and writes articles for a range of publications aimed at owners and those working with cats. She is the author of Know Your Cat and Cat Care Essentials for Hamlyn and co-author with Claire Arrowsmith of What if My Cat?
Leon Restaurants Ltd
Leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both taste good and do you good. When Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first restaurant, on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner). There are now 21 restaurants serving over 70,000 people a week.Leon's bestselling books include Leon Naturally Fast Food and the recently published Leon Fast Vegetarian.