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.
Jess Arnaudin is an expert skin therapist, organic beauty coach, eco-makeup artist and writer with 7+ years of experience in NYC's beauty and wellness industry. Jess's articles on beauty have been featured in publications including Chickpea Magazine, Buzzfeed, Inskin Magazine, Savor Life Magazine, Grace Belle, and New York Yoga + Life Magazine.
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.
Russell Ash was the creator and author of this best-selling series for over 20 years. He had written and contributed to over 100 successful books, including numerous spin-off titles such as Top 10 for Men, Top 10 of Britain and Top 10 of Football, all published by Hamlyn. He was aided in his writing and research by his family and it is they, led by his widow Caroline, who have taken up the baton after his untimely death.Location: East Sussex, UK.
Russell Ash has written and contributed to over 100 successful books, including over 20 years of Top 10 of Everything, Whitaker's World of Facts, Great Wonders of the World, The Impressionists and their Art and Tall Stories. He is regularly featured on TV and radio.
Carolyn Asome is a fashion and interiors writer and brand consultant. She was a fashion editor at The Times for 14 years and now contributes to the The Times, The Sunday Times Style magazine, the Telegraph, and Vogue. She lives in London with her husband, two daughters and one son.
Zoe Athene Berkeley
The baker, Boo (Zoe Athene Berkeley) established the bake-a-boo café three years ago in West Hampstead after several years trading at markets and making cakes to order for family and friends. Initially a fashion designer by trade, Zoe has finally found the perfect way to combine her specialties, making the best looking (and tasting) cakes in North London.
Susy Atkins is an author and broadcaster who is known for her no-nonsense, down-to-earth and often humorous approach. She appears regularly on BBC1's flagship cookery programme, Saturday Kitchen, and speaks at food and wine festivals around the UK. She writes the weekly 'Sauce' drinks column for the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine and is wine columnist for the new National Geographic magazine supplement Green. She has won awards for her writing, including Glenfiddich Book of the Year for Drink!, Champagne Lanson Book of the Year for the Which? Wine Guide (twice) and International Wine and Spirit Competition Communicator of the Year.
Mary Atkinson is a qualified holistic massage, Indian head massage, reflexology and aromatherapy practitioner. She is also an instructor for the Massage in Schools Programme and runs her own complementary therapy clinic and training school. Mary has been a health and fitness writer for numerous UK magazines and is the author of over 15 books including The Art of Indian Head Massage and Head and Foot Massage.
Catherine Atkinson is a trained Cordon Bleu cook. She has worked in a number of hotels and restaurants including the Roux Brothers' patisserie. Catherine currently works as a freelance writer and consults for a number of food and lifestyle magazines - she has written and contributed to over 30 cookbooks, including MQ Publications Homemade Pies.
John Austin worked as a senior toy designer in the Boy's Research and Development Department at Hasbro Toys and has worked on popular brands like; Transformers, Star Wars, Iron Man, Spiderman, Jurassic Park, Tonka and GI. Skilled in 3D computer modelling, illustration, and creative thinking, he brings many of these talents to the creation of his book projects, as well as ever-increasing market awareness for each individual product he works on. He has also personally pitched projects to Warner Brothers and Cartoon Network. John graduated in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Design. He currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and keeps busy working on contract product development, more books and other entrepreneurial endeavours. Also the author of Cubicle Warfare and Prank University.