Monisha Bharadwaj is an award-winning chef, author and food historian. She was awarded 'CookeryWriter of the Year' by the Guild of Food Writers and her books have been shortlisted for awardssuch as the Andre Simon Award, the Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards and the Jacob'sCreek World Food Media Awards. She has written 15 books. Monisha runs a successful Indiancookery school in London - Cooking With Monisha - teaches once at month at Divertimenti andhas recently given demos at Borough Market. @monibharadwaj (Twitter)
Gwen Bailey was the Head of Animal Behaviour for The Blue Cross, one of Britain's foremost animal welfare charities, for many years and also spent 15 years as Chairman of The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. As well as lecturing at national and international conferences, Gwen also runs training courses for staff at animal charities around the world and is the owner of The Puppy School, establishing a network of professional, well-trained tutors across the UK. She is the author of several dog-training titles including Puppy School, What is my Dog Thinking?, The Rescue Dog and Choosing the Right Dog for You, all published by Hamlyn.
Louise Blair is a home economist and food stylist who specialises in healthy recipes. She was a consultant for Diabetes UK and is the author of a number of books including Quick Cooking for Diabetes and Low-GI Cookbook, both published by Hamlyn.
Stephen Bayley is one of the world's best known commentators on modern culture. In 1989 he was made a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's top artistic honour, by the French Minister of Culture. Stephen Bayley has been a design consultant working on imaginative communications projects for Ford, Jaguar, Fiat, Audi and BMW amongst others, and wrote the creative strategy for Mercedes-Benz' advertisments. He has written extensively for Car magazine. Stephen was awarded PPA Columnist of the Year for his car column in GQ (which ran for about eight years) and he wrote very popular regular car columns for the Daily Telegraph and Management Today. He is also well-known as an outspoken commentator on art and design and has contributed to the Times, the Daily Mail, the Observer, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, the Spectator, the Los Angeles Times, High Life, New Statesman, the Independent, and the Independent on Sunday as well as many trade and professional publications.
Matthew Biggs trained at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has presented numerous television programmes, notably Channel 4's Garden Club, and is a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time. He has written several books, including RHS Lessons From Great Gardeners (also Mitchell Beazley). Matthew contributes to several magazines, including the RHS's The Garden, BBC Gardeners' World and Gardens Illustrated. He lectures at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Oxford University Botanic Gardens and the Cookery School of Michelin-starred chief Jean-Christophe Novelli, and is Course Director of the Plants and Plantsmanship course at the English Gardening School.
Petra Boase is a top UK designer and stylist with over 15 books to her name. She regularly appears on the BBC's Change That and her work sells through the Conran Shop, Liberty's of London, and Barney's in New York.
Lindsey Bowden is the founder and producer of the Twin Peaks UK festival, now in its sixth year.
Award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom has been writing about whisky for 25 years as a journalist and author. He has written eight books, two of which (Drink! and Rum) won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book of the Year. He has also won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Writer of the Year twice and recently won the extremely prestigious IWSC Communicator of the Year Award. In 2015 Tales of the Cocktail presented Dave with the Best Cocktail & Spirits award, soon to be followed by the Golden Spirit Award in 2016.Over his two decades in the field, Dave has built up a considerable international following with regular training/educational visits to France, Holland, Germany, the USA and Japan. His remit has covered consumer features as well as business reports. He is also actively involved in whisky education, acting as a consultant to major distillers on tasting techniques as well as teaching professionals and the public. He was also one of the developers of Diageo's generic whisky tasting tool, the Flavour MapT.
Neil Bone was Director of the British Astronomical Association Meteor Section and winner of the British Astronomical Association's Merlin Medal for his contribution to the advancement of astronomy. Neil died in April 2009 - a team of his friends and colleagues have completed the updates that he began for this revised edition.
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David V. Barrett has been a teacher of Religious Studies and English, a computer programmer and intelligence analyst for the British and American governments, and a journalist. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1991. As an author he now researches and writes mainly on religious and esoteric subjects. He is the author of Secret Societies and Sects, Cults and Alternative Religions.
UK-born SIMON BOND currently lives in South Korea, and has been living and travelling in Asia for the last five years. Recording his experiences through photography with a strikingly graphic style, he is known for his ability to find great photos in seemingly mundane locations, and his work has been published and exhibited in both the UK and in South Korea.
Jamie Butterworth is an RHS Ambassador who has had a passion for gardening since the age of nine, when he converted his grandparents back garden in Wakefield into his own allotment. He was a finalist in BBC 3's Young Gardener of the Year in 2011 and went on to study for two years at RHS Wisley Gardens. Leaving with a distinction in 2015, Jamie become Show Plant Manager for leading plant nursery Hortus Loci, where he was responsible for growing plants for all major RHS shows, including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Jamie's work as an ambassador for the RHS sees him travel across the UK, visiting schools and colleges where he shows young people what a fun, exciting and rewarding career horticulture really is, and how horticulture really can save the world. Jamie is also BBC Radio London's gardening expert, joining Robert Elms live in the studio on Saturday mornings, along with being a regular gardening guest for both Talk Radio and BBC Berkshire.
Colin Beveridge can't understand why maths isn't the most popular subject on the planet, and spends his life trying to make it so. After a PhD from St Andrews, he worked on NASA's Living With A Star program before returning to the UK in 2008. When he's not writing, teaching, or speaking about maths, he's looking after his young sons or running on south Dorset's excellent cycle path network.
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.
Ros Badger is the founder of the children's knitwear company Little Badger. Before forming her own company she designed and produced knitwear for clothing lines by Marks & Spencer, Flyte Ostell, Copperwheat Blundell, and Geaorgina von Etzdorf among others. Ros Badger has been a professional knitter for more than 20 years.
Simon Brown is a feng shui teacher and consultant. He has worked as a design engineer, has studied Oriental medicine and is a qualified Shiatsu therapist and macrobiotic consultant. He is the former director of London's Community Health Foundation and taught some of the first major courses in feng shui in the UK. His feng shui clients include celebrities and public companies. He is the author of Feng Shui in a Weekend and the bestselling Practical Feng Shui.
Gail Wagman's creativity with decorating ideas, traditional American ingredients and French joie de vivre make these recipes both unusual and tasty. Gauil Wagman was born and grew up in Washington, D.C. but has lived in France for most of her adult life. She curently lives in the South of France where she opened a restaurant with her husband. The restaurant became famous for its fusion cooking and its wide variety of homemade desserts, Gail's speciality.
EFT Masters Sue Beer and Emma Roberts explain the principles of tapping, and present step-by-step tapping sequences to follow. Each chapter deals with a different issue and offers tapping sequences specific to that need, which are fully illustrated with clear photographs and explanations.
Tim Bean and Anne Laing are leading experts when it comes to creating beautiful bodies, and their clients include many celebrities and prominent business people. Their highly successful diet and workout programmes have been covered widely by national press as well as on radio and television.
Charlotte Bront? is one of the most famous novelists of her period. Growing up in genteel poverty she persevered through great personal tragedy and loss to write several famous and inspiring works. However, Jane Eyre is her masterpiece, its enduring popularity demonstrated by its constant re-creation in new editions, plays, films and television series.