Having been thrown out of a perfectly good grammar school for being caught in possession of an alternative mindset, Lucinda Wilde found an outlet for her passion for the written word in the heady days of feminist publishing in London. After a period of travel in Africa and Asia, she returned to England and has been involved with publishing ever since. She lives on the edge of Dartmoor with her family and other anarchists and is working on acquiring a direwolf in the near future.
Mark is an exceptionally talented self-taught photographer who delights in taking portraits in simple settings and extracting every last ounce of colour, texture and, crucially, natural light. Mark prides himself on working with an entry level Canon SLR, and a variety of lenses, though mainly a standard 50mm f1.8 lens. His personal photographic journey started when he was bought the wonderful Olympus Trip for his 12th birthday.www.weeklyimogen.com
Executive Chef, John Williams has overseen The Ritz restaurant since 2004. The son of a Tyneside fisherman, today he is one of the most respected chefs in Britain. He is a humble man who, as a teenage chef, came from England's north-east to London, propelled by an ambition to cook for 'very special people'. That dream has long been realised: John's food is relished by royalty, and savoured by presidents and prime ministers. His career includes seventeen years in the kitchens of Claridge's.John has received numerous honours during his time at The Ritz, including a Michelin star (in 2016), an MBE and a Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite Agricol (the first British chef to receive such an honour).
Michael Williams is an author and journalist specialising in tractors and farm machinery. He has written 15 books about the development of tractors and agricultural steam power.
Tim Wilson was born and brought up in Peterborough on the edge of the Fens. He was a student on the University of East Anglia MA Course in Creative Writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. He still lives in Peterborough.
Dale Wilson is a successful stock photographer in the very competitive world that has sprung up around the new distribution channels. He has also has his work used to promote Canada to tourists, and his clients have included the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Reader's Digest & IMAX.
Andrew Wilson is a founding Director of The London School of Garden Design and an award winning garden designer, lecturer and writer. He is Chief Assessor for the RHS for show gardens and has been assessing and judging for over 12 years, mainly at Chelsea and Hampton Court flower shows. He writes a regular column for Gardens Illustrated and has contributed to a series of books, including Influential Gardeners, The Book of Garden Plans and the Book of Plans for Small Gardens (all Mitchell Beazley). He is also the founding editor of The Garden Design Journal and regularly contributes to the RHS journal The Garden.
The Women's Weekly
The Australian Women's Weekly is the bestselling cookery series of all time (source: Nielsen Bookscan).The Australian Women's Weekly is an extraordinarily successful global cookery brand, built over 30 years, having sold over 70 million books in over 100 countries around the world.So what's the secret? It's the world famous Test Kitchen and the 3 Rs: RANGE, RELIABILITY & the RECIPESRANGE Delicious recipes for every occasion covering cuisine from around the world - where there's food, there's a Women's Weekly cookbook. RELIABILITY All the books are TRIPLE TESTED(r) for guaranteed results.And finally, the RECIPESEach recipe is clearly and vividly photographed to illustrate your finished dish and they taste fantastic. The recipes work every time.
With his restaurant declared one of 2013's best by both Fay Maschler of the Evening Standard and Nick Lander of The Financial Times, Andrew Wong is doing something extraordinary that is attracting attention and accolades from top critics, chefs and foodies from London and further afield. After studying social anthropology at LSE, Andrew decided to study catering on a whim. Little did he know that this would become a turning point, with food taking over his entire life for the next 13 years through his passion and hard work. After stints in kitchens across London, Andrew decided to travel around China, moving from kitchen to kitchen - from a noodle stand in Chengdu to the Millennium Hotel in Qingdoa. Upon returning to London, he opened A. Wong to rave reviews from the Evening Standard, the Guardian, The Independent and The Times. He also won Chinese Masterchef in the UK in 2013. Just nine months after opening, the restaurant's modern exploration of regional Chinese cuisine resulted in it being rated as one of the best Chinese restaurants in the UK by The Good Food Guide, as well as winning a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2014. When he isn't at work in his kitchen, Andrew contributes to the Ming ai Chinese cultural project, teaches the art of noodle pulling and occasionally appears on TV (he taught renowned British baker Paul Hollywood how to pull noodles on BBC1). Find out more about A. Wong online at awong.co.uk or on Twitter at @awongSW1.
James Wong is a Kew-trained botanist, science writer and broadcaster based in London. Graduating with a Master of Science degree in Ethnobotany in 2006, he pursued his key research interests of under-utilized crop species and traditional food systems through field work in rural Ecuador, Java and southern China.He is the author of the best-selling books Grow Your Own Drugs, Homegrown Revolution and, for Mitchell Beazley, RHS Grow for Flavour (more than 64,000 copies sold) and How to Eat Better (more than 85,000 copies sold). He has presented BBC2's award-winning series Grow Your Own Drugs and co-presented, with Dr Michael Mosley, The Secrets of Your Food - a major BBC series on the science of food. He has a column in the Observer magazine.With his obsession for food almost eclipsing his love of plants, James's small London garden serves as a testing station for all manner of crops from around the world.
Richard C. Woolfson
Dr Richard Woolfson PhD PGCE MAppSCi CPsychol FBPsS is a child psychologist with expertise in childhood development, parenting problems and family issues. He has written widely on child development and family life and is the author of several books on the subject. He also contributes to websites, appears regularly on radio and television and runs training workshops for parents and early-years professionals.
Carol Woolton is a leading authority on jewellery, having lectured and written widely on antique and modern jewellery for newspapers and magazines around the world. She's been British Vogue's jewellery editor for 14 years and has published three books: Fashion for Jewels: 100 years of styles and icons, Drawing Jewels for Fashion and Precious Jewels about the world's leading designers.
Antony Worrall Thompson
Antony Worrall Thompson is one of Britain's best loved chefs and a father of four. He became a Saturday morning staple on our TV screens with Saturday Kitchen on the BBC and Saturday Cooks on ITV and also appeared on Ready Steady Cook for many years. He currently presents Daily Cooks Challenge on ITV. He is the chef-proprietor of Kew Grill and Windsor Grill, a food shop, Windsor Larder, and has a pub near his home, The Greyhound. Antony has also written numerous bestselling books, including Real Family Food, Fast Family Food and Antony Makes it Easy for Mitchell Beazley.
Liz Wright has kept ducks and geese for over 20 years and currently runs a small village egg round. A keen and committed smallholder, she has been the Editor of Smallholder magazine since 1987.
Nick Wright was the instruction editor of Golf Monthly. He has written a number of practical instruction books, including Junior Golf, Master Your Short Game with Tony Johnstone and Women's Golf.
Janet Wright is a freelance writer specializing in evidence-based medicine and self help.
Katie-Jane Wright, author of Crystals: A Conscious Guide, has been a psychic clairvoyant and medium since childhood. She describes herself as an 'open channel for cosmic consciousness.' Having previously been a footwear designer for luxury brands and part-time lecturer for 12 years, three years ago she moved away from the corporate world and began conducting healing sessions with clients and holding crystal healing workshops. Katie-Jane currently lives in Washington D.C.
David Wright began his career as a geography teacher, before moving into teacher training. Together with his wife, Jill, and son and daughter, he has travelled the world extensively, researching new material for educational and children's books. David and Jill Wright are the authors of the highly successful Philip's Children's Atlas, now in its 15th edition.