Ian Birch is former Editorial Director of Hearst UK and Emap. He began his magazine career in the late 1970s as a reporter for Melody Maker, before moving to Smash Hits, where he was assistant editor for three years from 1984. His first launch and editorship came in the late 1980s with Sky magazine. At Hearst UK he oversaw brands like Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Men's Health and Good Housekeeping.Prior to working at Hearst, Birch was chief content officer at TV Guide in New York for four years; and before this he was editorial director at Emap for more than 10 years, where he helped to launch Red, Closer, Grazia and re-launch Heat.
Richard Bird has practiced gardening since childhood and is the author of over thirty books including Garden Answers: Ponds, Garden Answers: Pruning, and Small Garden Solutions, all published by Hamlyn. He has edited a number of gardening magazines and also lectures widely as well as doing regular radio broadcasts.
Yvonne Bishop's interest in vegetarian nutrition led to key roles at Holland & Barrett health food chain, Crank's wholefood restaurant and The Food Doctor. Yvonne lives in London.
Tony Weston's vegan guestshouse in Scotland won the Vegetarian Hotel of the Year Award in 1995. He is also the author of the groundbreaking vegan cookbook Rainbows & Wellies. Tony has worked for the british Vegetarian Society and now works for the Vegan Society. Tony now lives in East Sussex.
Julien Bitoun is a guitarist, writer and teacher. He writes for several rock and guitar magazines and has published books including Strange Brew and Guitars and Heroes.
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.
Bella Blissett is a Features writer for the Evening Standard working primarily on fashion, health and beauty spreads. She has covered everything from fitness and nutrition to the organic beauty movement and cosmetic surgery - as well as testing London's latest beauty and holistic health treatments. She coordinates and styles photographic shoots and commissions major interviews with celebrities from the health and beauty industry.
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.
Angela Boggiano is an experienced writer and food stylist who has worked for numerous magazines, including BBC Good Food, Olive, Delicious, Vegetarian Good Food Magazine, Food and Travel, and the Guardian magazine. She has worked as a food stylist on a range of TV programmes including the Nigella Bites Series, Ainsley's Big Cook Out, Meals in Minutes and Friends For Dinner.
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.
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.
Susanna Booth is a journalist with over 10 years' experience on health and lifestyle titles. She has always had an interest in food and worked as a cookery columnist for the Guardian newspaper, creating recipes that are free from ingredients like gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts and soya. Susanna graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Polymer Chemistry, which has helped her to explore the chemistry within cooking itself. This experience helps her to adapt common recipes to suit gluten-free requirements.
Harry Borden is one of the most celebrated portrait photographers working today. His pictures have featured in some of the world's leading magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, Vogue, American GQ, Das Magazin, Le Nouvel Observateur and Stern. Harry has won prizes at the World Press Photo awards (1997 and 1999) and was a judge in the contest in 2010 and 2011. In June 2005 he was awarded a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the gallery now has more than 100 examples of Harry's work in its permanent collection. His personal project on Holocaust survivors was shortlisted for the European Publishers Award in 2014. In the same year, Harry was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society.
For more than 25 years, Patrice Bouchardon has been leading seminars on different topics, all related to the enhancement of human potential when in connection with nature's energy. He specialises in the production of tree oils and elixirs, used for physical healing and general well-being.
Lindsey Bowden is the founder and producer of the Twin Peaks UK festival, now in its sixth year.
Daniela Bowker, author and curator of this book, is a noted photography journalist and photographer with a keen eye for digital art. She is co-author of Ilex's Photo School: Composition and a featured writer on the popular photography blog Pixiq.com.
Peter Boxall is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on drama and twentieth-century fiction and contributes regularly to journals such as The Yearbook of English Studies. He has recently published a Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett's drama and current projects include co-editing The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, Don DeLillo: The Possibility of Fiction and a monograph on contemporary fiction, Since Beckett.
Carolyn Boyes is an author, coach and speaker with more than 20 years' experience of helping individuals to change their lives. Her expertize is in using simple, practical self-help tools from psychology, business and spiritual traditions as a path to self-development, career success and personal fulfilment. Carolyn has worked with organisations in the UK, Asia, Africa and the Middle East and has written 15 books on subjects including NLP, CBT, communication, finding the perfect career and cosmic ordering.
Kevin is a writer and editor with 20 years of experience at titles including GQ, Esquire, the Guardian, The Face, Vogue and Sleek (Berlin), where he was Editor in Chief. Since his breakdown and recovery, he has completed qualifications in Coaching and Mentoring from UCL and Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling from Goldsmiths. In 2017 Kevin self-published a magazine about his story called Torchlight, which has since sold more than 1,500 copies and been featured in publications such as the Observer. He continues to promote and develop the Torchlight system, including practice cards that help users try out his techniques and advice.@torchlight_system
Genevieve Brading is an experienced cross-stitcher and the brains behind Floss & Mischief, an online emporium of all things needlework.