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Ivor Baddiel

Ivor Baddiel started driving at the age of 4 months, before he could even walk. Or talk for that matter. He became the Formula 1 world champion when he was 7, a title he has retained every year to the present day, making him the better than best ever greatest driver of all time, ever. He is also the current 500cc motorbike world champion, Trucker of the Year, Mr Milk Float and recently won the Tour De France on a pogo stick. Last week he joined the Labour party and is already being tipped to succeed Tony Blair as Prime Minister, a post he will probably hold forever. He was recently voted The Best At Everything In the World Ever. As well as the above, Ivor Baddiel has written 13 books and writes extensively for television and radio where he has worked with the likes of Stephen Fry, Ant and Dec, Johnny Vaughn, Dara O' Brian, Joan Rivers, Vernon Kay, James Nesbitt and Jerry Springer.Follow Ivor Baddiel on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ivorbaddiel.
HyeKyung Baek

HyeKyung Baek is a bestselling manga creator in South Korea well known for her stylish flair and sense of drama. Her skills are ideally suited to bring the lives of the original Gossip Girl cast to life.
Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey is a comedian, musician, actor and presenter. He is perhaps most well known for his live shows - most recently Qualmpeddler, Limboland, and The Remarkable Guide to the Orchestra. His work on television includes programmes such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Black Books and QI. He was also the host of Bill Bailey's Birdwatching Bonanza in January 2010, and wrote and presented his award-winning documentary about Alfred Russel Wallace, Bill Bailey's Jungle Hero, in 2013. He lives in West London with a small menagerie of animals and humans.
Gwen Bailey

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.
John Bailie

John Bailie is a freelance author and editor and has worked on many books including the Hamlyn History of Classical Music and the Hamlyn Guide to English Usage.
David Baird

David Baird is a prolific author who has written books on a wide range of subjects. His ten titles in the successful 1000 Paths series have been translated into multiple languages and have sold over six million copies worldwide. His recent books for Spruce include 1000 Great Movie Moments, Movie Monsters and Things to do Now That You're a Dad. He is also a musician, composer and theatre director.
R. Scott Bakker

R. Scott Bakker is a student of literature, history, philosophy and ancient languages. He divides his time between writing philosophy and fantasy, though he often has difficulty distinguishing between them. He lives in London, Ontario.
L.A. Banks

L. A. Banks was an award winning and New York Times-bestselling author. She penned over 35 novels in a wide range of genres. She died in 2011.
James Barclay

James Barclay is the author of the Chronicles of the Raven and Legends of the Raven series, which have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. The Raven saga came to a conclusion with the stunning Ravensoul. He also penned the epic fantasy duology The Ascendants of Estorea and completed an Elves trilogy: Elves: Once Walked With Gods, Elves: Rise of the Tai'Gethen and Elves: Beyond the Mists of Katura.James Barclay lives in Teddington with his wife and two children. Find out more on his website, www.jamesbarclay.com, or follow @barculator on Twitter.
Saffron Barker

Saffron Barker is a YouTuber from Brighton who has been making videos since July 2015. She lives at home with her mum, dad, three brothers and eldest brother's girlfriend. Saffron Barker Vs. Real Life is her first book.
Dan Barlow

Dan Barlow has wasted a large proportion of his life playing games, particularly cribbage. He won the National Open Cribbage tournament in 1980, and has since had other strong finishes in this tournament. He has been a long time contributor to World Cribbage magazine, and his strategy articles now appear on the web pages of both the American Cribbage Congress, and the Microsoft Gaming Zone.
Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr has traveled the world reviewing golf courses, golf resorts and, of course, golf holes. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post and Golf Week magazine, the No.1 golf news magazine in America. 1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die is his fourth book.100 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die brings together a team of leading golf writers, journalists, players, and experts from around the world, including Terry Jacoby, Gene Yasuda, Brian Hewitt, Alistair Tait, Rob Vanderzahn, Jay Coffin, Kelle Larkin, Kevin Adams, and Mike Mazur.
Angela Barrett

Angela Barrett completed a Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art, London and was taught by Quentin Blake. Upon leaving, Angela turned almost immediately to illustration as a career.Her first book was The King, The Cat and The Fiddle, for A&C Black, which was runner up in the Mother Goose Award in 1984. Since then, Angela has illustrated titles and designed book covers for well over 30 titles. Recognition of her work came with the Smarties Prize in 1988 for Can It Be True?, the WH Smith Illustration Award in 1991 for The Hidden House and being shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award in 1984 and 1989 and the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1993 for Beware, Beware!The Orchard Book of Stories from the Ballet and The Orchard Book of Shakespeare Stories are exquisitely illustrated by Angela and are regarded as definitive collections. Angela has become a leading figure in illustration and her unique talent is recognised internationally. Her artwork regularly features in exhibitions and is highly collectable. Angela lives in London.
Jeff Barrett

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.
Sarah Bartlett

Sarah Bartlett is a renowned astrologer and author. She was astrologer for the Evening Standard for three years up until 2002, and more recently astrologer for Cosmopolitan, Prima and She magazines for five years, and Spirit and Destiny for seven years. She currently contributes to 'Steve Wright in the Afternoon' on BBC Radio 2.She is author of many books on the Tarot and other esoteric arts, including The Mythology Bible and the best-selling Tarot Bible, both published by Godsfield Press.
Sarah Bartlett-Fanchi

Sarah Bartlett is a renowned astrologer and author. She was astrologer for the Evening Standard for three years up until 2002, and more recently astrologer for Cosmopolitan, Prima and She magazines for five years, and Spirit and Destiny for seven years. She currently contributes to 'Steve Wright in the Afternoon' on BBC Radio 2.She is author of many books on the Tarot and other esoteric arts, including The Mythology Bible and the best-selling Tarot Bible, both published by Godsfield Press.
Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. With Terry Pratchett he has co-authored the Long Earth novels. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife.Visit Stephen Baxter's website at www.stephen-baxter.com.
Manu Bazzano

Manu Bazzano is a Zen monk, writer / lecturer, workshop facilitator and psychotherapist. He studied Eastern meditation since 1980. Having lived in India, Germany and the U.S., he settled in London in 1990. His other books include Buddha is Dead and (for Spruce) Zen Poems.
Brian Beacom

Brian Beacom is an award-winning entertainment writer at the Herald and Times group of newspapers based in Glasgow. He has written four books and two plays.
Misery Bear

Misery Bear is the loneliest, saddest and drunkest bear in the world. He drinks too much, hates his job and can't get a girlfriend. He lives in London and has just two friends, Nat Saunders and Chris Hayward.