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Amber Locke

Amber Locke is based in Derbyshire and runs her fruit and veg-based design business from her studio at home. She offers a bespoke commercial design service and also sells a range of her designs as limited edition prints online at www.ambaliving.com. Part of the 'fresh talent' team on Jamie Oliver's Food Tube, Amber recently held her first exhibition at the gallery in the Anthropologie store on London's Kings Road and held live design demonstrations in the store and at Whole Foods in High Street Kensington. Find out more about Amber at instagram.com/rawveganblonde, on Twitter at @rawveganblonde and at www.ambaliving.com.

Charlie Burton

Charlie Burton is a journalist based in London. As Senior Commissioning Editor of GQ he writes everything from celebrity profiles to political opinion. In 2015, he started the magazine's monthly how-to column, 'Bring Your "A" Game', which inspired this book. He is a graduate of Lincoln College, Oxford, and was formerly the Associate Editor of Wired.

Christie Goodwin

Christie Goodwin is a British photographer with a career that spans over 35 years. She first picked up the camera at the age of 12. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in art photography, she initially shot fashion assignments but soon got restless and left the fashion world behind her.After getting married and starting a family, she decided to return to what she had studied. For a good decade, she shot mainly fine art projects and held regular exhibitions to showcase her work. At the turn of the century Christie took on regular assignments to shoot political news as an editorial photographer for wire agencies.It wasn't until 2005 when she was commissioned to shoot a live performance that she found her true calling. After that first assignment, she hung up her editorial hat and became a full-time music and entertainment photographer. Today Christie is in high demand as a tour and portrait photographer. She has worked for Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and other top recording artists. Christie's work appears on CDs, DVDs and tour merchandise, and in international publications, books and exhibitions. Fast, creative and a little bit crazy, Christie is known and respected for always getting the shot and for her no-nonsense approach when connecting with the artist.When not on the road in a tour bus, Christie is at home in London, where she regularly shoots as official photographer for the Royal Albert Hall. She also shoots covers for best-selling crime novels.Christie hates free time, unless she can spend it in France... preferably with a camera. She can be found on both instagram and twitter, @christiegoodwin.

Christina Brown

Internationally renowned teacher and bestselling author Christina Brown has been practising yoga since 1989 and teaching for two decades. She has run in-depth teacher training programmes for the last ten years and her yoga retreats have been voted "top in Australia". She has been a regular contributor to the Ask the Expert column in Australian Yoga Journal magazine and also blogs on how yoga philosophy intersects with everyday family life. Christina is the author of several books on yoga and natural health including the bestselling The Yoga Bible (Godsfield, 2003), Quick & Easy Yoga (Duncan Baird, 2008), The Book of Yoga (Parragon, 2002), Ten Minute Yoga (Sterling, 2003), The Ayurvedic Year (Storey Books, 2002) and Yoga (Parragon, 2001).Christina's practice is inspired by many Hatha Yoga traditions. Over the decades she has enjoyed learning from esteemed yoga lineages like those of Vanda Scaravalli, BKS Iynegar, Synergy Yoga, Astanga Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga and she has received teachings by renowned yoga teachers from around the world.

Dr John Murray

Dr John Murray is a lunar expert at the Open University.

Ella Kasperowicz

Ella Kasperowicz received her illustration licence from Falmouth University in 2017 and loves playing with pens, words and ideas. She is also one third of 'spud' collaborative, a trio in a long distance illustrationship making work together about food and travel.

Eric Zandona

Eric Zandona is Director of Spirits Information at the American Distilling Institute, and a writer for Distiller Magazine. He also runs the website EZdrinking.com and is an author/editor for the ADI's publishing arm, White Mule Press. He lives in Mexico.Twitter: @EZdrinking

Hugh Johnson

Hugh Johnson is the world's pre-eminent writer on wine. First published in 1977, his Pocket Wine Book sells hundreds of thousands of copies a year. His winning formula of insight, critical appraisal of the world of wine, plus valuable vintage news and wine recommendations has been often-imitated but never bettered. With the publication of his first book, Wine, Johnson established himself at the age of twenty-seven as the most refreshing and authoritative voice on the subject. During the past four decades he has written books that have become landmarks on the subject, including his classic The World Atlas of Wine, co-authored with Jancis Robinson, his Wine Companion, first published in 2003, The Story of Wine and Hugh Johnson on Wine. In his spare time he writes about gardening from his home in London.

James Wong

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 60,000 copies sold) and How to Eat Better (more than 80,000 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.

Martin Cohen

Martin Cohen is a writer, reviewer and editor specialising in popular books in philosophy, social science and politics. Recent projects include How to Live (2014) and Critical Thinking Skills for Dummies (2015). He has written about the politics of the climate change debate and has been invited by the Chinese government to discuss ecological rights and indigenous communities.

Megan C Hayes PhD

Megan C Hayes is a groundbreaking researcher and pioneer of the Positive Journal® approach to personal writing (www.positivejournal.org). She has spent a decade studying writing and the psychology of happiness, and discovering ways that writing makes us happier. She is an academic in the fields of Positive Psychology and Creative Writing, with a personal interest in mental health issues after growing up with a mother and sister who both experienced bipolar episodes. Megan's interdisciplinary PhD explored writing as a tool to promote and support psychological wellbeing. She has shared her research in the UK, United States and Europe, including papers in The International Journal of Wellbeing and Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research. She is a co-founder of Creative Writing Lab: The Network for Research in Creative Writing and Wellbeing (www.creativewritinglab.org), and continues to be fascinated with how words and writing can create happiness.

Neil Beckett

Neil Beckett's interest in wine stretches back for many years, so much so that his MBA dissertation was on White Burgundy. He has spent time in Burgundy, and has also qualified for the WSET Diploma, graduating with distinction. As well as working for wine shipping company Richards Walford, he has also worked at Harpers Wine & Spirit Weekly where he was a contributing editor for many years and in 2004 became the first editor of the critically-acclaimed, leading wine magazine, The World of Wine, on which he works with Hugh Johnson and Andrew Jefford. He is one of two UK tasters on the Grand Jury Européen du vin and his wine writing has won prizes.

Nick Harper

Nick Harper is a journalist, writer and music obsessive who has written for magazines and newspapers including the Guardian and Q Magazine, Britain's biggest music magazine.

Patricia Mercier

Patricia Mercier trained as a yoga teacher many years ago with specific emphasis on making yoga accessible to the Western mind, creating a bridge to traditional teachings. She is a fellow of Hygeia College of Colour, a qualified holistic healer using various energy techniques and has written extensively on these subjects. She is author of The Chakra Bible, The Chakra Experience, Chakras and four books about Mayan teachings from Central America. She has been upon a visionary path since initiations with esoteric teachers and shamans.

Peter Furtado

Peter Furtado has been the editor of History Today magazine since 1998. He holds degrees in History and Art History from Oxford University and has edited many reference works on world history, including the Atlas of World History which was 'wholly admirable...a great achievement' (Daily Telegraph). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Richard Croasdale

Richard Croasdale is an award-winning journalist, editor-in-chief of Ferment craft beer magazine, and an all-round lover of anything cold and hoppy. A member of the Guild of Beer Writers, Richard has travelled the world in search of the best beers and brewers, experiencing the diversity of approaches and cultures that make craft beer so exciting. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and can usually be found evangelising in the city's many excellent beer and whisky bars.

Robert Arp

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

Robert Dimery

Robert Dimery is a freelance writer and editor who has worked on Tony Wilson's 24 Hour Party People, Pump Up the Volume: A History of House, and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, plus countless other popular music publications. He has also contributed to books on classic albums and classic singles, and has worked for a variety of magazines, including Time Out London and Vogue. He lives in London.

Steven Jay Schneider

Steven Jay Schneider, one of the true connoisseurs of movie horror, has written, talked, taught and published extensively on all aspects of film, from aesthetics and psychoanalysis to the joys of the slasher flick. Here he has brought together more than 50 of the finest writers, reviewers, critics, professors, aficionados and filmmakers from around the globe. From Le Monde's Jean-Michel Frodon in Paris to Undercurrent's Chris Fujiwara in Tokyo, the team compromises the best that film writing has to offer and includes contributors to Empire, Sight & Sound, Time Out, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Total Film, International Film Guide, LA Weekly, CineAction, Film Quarterly, NME, the Washington Post, Filmmaker, Moviemaker and many more.

Susannah Marriott

Susannah Marriott is a freelance writer who specialises in issues of parenting, complementary health and folklore. She is an established author with 19 illustrated books to her name, including The Art of Motherhood and Total Meditation for Spruce. Her articles have also appeared in Weekend Guardian, You, Marie Claire, Zest, She and Junior, and she has broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She currently lectures on Professional Writing at University College, Falmouth.