The Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled religious and temporal leader of Tibet and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, is recognised internationally as a spiritual leader and statesman. He lives in Dharamsala, India. Nicholas Vreeland has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist monk since 1985, when he was ordained by the Dalai Lama. Since 1998 he has been the Director of the Tibet Center.
Gregor Dallas is an acclaimed historian of the ending of wars. He is the author of 1815: The Roads to Waterloo, 1918: WAR AND PEACE, POISONED PEACE: 1945 - THE WAR THAT NEVER ENDED, and has written as well on Paris (METROSTOP PARIS), rural life in France, and on Clemenceau. Educated in Britain and the USA, he now lives near Paris.
Willie Daly thinks he was born on 1 April 1943, though he can't be sure because the priest who recorded the date was 'very fond of the drink'. He has lived in Ballingaddy all of his life, and still lives next door to the 300-year-old cottage where he was born.
Emma Darwin is the author of the historical novels The Mathematics of Love and A Secret Alchemy, and her short fiction has been published and broadcast. She has appeared at literary festivals from Hay on Wye to New Zealand, she has taught creative writing for many institutions including the Open University, and she blogs at This Itch of Writing. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin.
Jonathan Davies is the author of three previous novels (all published by Hodder). He is a criminal barrister and Crown Court Recorder with chambers in the Middle Temple. He lives in South London.
Ashley Davis Bush
Ashley Davis Bush, LICSW is a psychotherapist with 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She is a freelance writer and the author of eight self-help books. She is also a grief counsellor and an expert in stress management, self-care and self-compassion skills. She lives in New Hampshire, USA with her husband, also a psychotherapist. They have five grown children.
Jocelyn Davis is an author and consultant with 25 years' experience in the corporate learning industry. Before founding her company, Seven Learning, she was head of R&D for The Forum Corporation, a global leadership development firm. She is co-author of Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution (Harvard Business Press) and has published widely on leadership, strategy execution, and workplace learning. Her clients have included companies such as Microsoft, Disney, and Unilever. Known as an exceptional leader herself, she is the recipient of awards for excellence in management and product innovation. She holds an M.A. in Philosophy. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and daughter. JocelynRDavis.wordpress.com @JocelynRDavis
Marlena de Blasi
Marlena de Blasi is the author of two other bestselling memoirs for Virago. She lives in Orvieto in Umbria, Italy.
Anja de Jager
Anja de Jager is a London-based native Dutch speaker who writes in English. She draws inspiration from cases that her father, a retired police detective, worked on in the Netherlands. Anja worked in the City for twenty years but is now a full-time writer. She is currently working on the next Lotte Meerman novel.
Jeffery Deaver is the award-winning author of three collections of short stories and 32 internationally bestselling novels, including the 2011 James Bond novel Carte Blanche. He is best known for his Lincoln Rhyme thrillers, which include the number one bestsellers The Vanished Man, The Twelfth Card and The Cold Moon, as well as The Bone Collector which was made into a feature film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The first Kathryn Dance novel, The Sleeping Doll, was published in 2007 to enormous acclaim. A three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Reader's Award for Best Short Story of the year, he has been nominated for an Anthony Award and six Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America. He won the WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award in 2001 and in 2004 won the Crime Writers' Association Steel Dagger for Best Thriller with Garden of Beasts, and their Short Story Dagger for The Weekender from Twisted. Jeffery Deaver lives in North Carolina and California. Visit his website, www.jefferydeaver.com, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/JefferyDeaver, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JefferyDeaver.
Ted Dekker, New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels with a total of more than 3 million books in print, came storming into the UK market in 2008. He is known for thrillers that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. Visit Ted Dekker's website at www.teddekker.com and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/teddekker and follow him on Twitter @TedDekker
Daniel C. Dennett
Daniel C. Dennett is Director of the Center of Cognitive Studies, and Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor at Tufts University, Massachusetts.
Les Dennis has been one of Britain's most popular entertainers over the last 30 years, making his TV breakthrough on Russ Abbot's Madhouse, before having a hugely successful run as the host of The Laughter Show and Family Fortunes. More recently he has been appearing in more serious dramas, and he made an unforgettable appearance in Extras with Ricky Gervais.
Susie Dent is the resident word expert in Dictionary Corner on C4's Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, has been on every programme about words: 15 x 15, Word of Mouth, More or Less; and is a regular panellist on R4's Wordaholics. Susie also writes a weekly column for the Radio Times, reviews for the Spectator and has over 86,000 followers on Twitter. This is the book she has always wanted to write.
Born in Zambia, Peter Dickinson spent his childhood in Gloucestershire and was educated at Eton and Cambridge, where he read English. Before writing full-time, he worked in various capacities on Punch Magazine, where he reviewed detective novels. His own first two detective novels, Skin Deep and A Pride of Heroes, set a still unsurpassed record by winning the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger in successive years (1968 and 1969), and his 21 crime and mystery novels have been published in several languages. Peter Dickinson is also one of the UK's most acclaimed children's writers. He has twice won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award, as well as the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. He has been Chairman of the Society of Authors and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2009. He lives in Hampshire, England.
David Dickinson was born in Dublin. With an honours degree in Classics from Cambridge, David Dickinson joined the BBC, where he became editor of Newsnight and Panorama, as well as series editor for Monarchy, a three-part programme on the British royal family.
Clarissa Dickson Wright
Clarissa Dickson Wright found fame alongside Jennifer Paterson as one half of the much-loved TV cooking partnership Two Fat Ladies. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Spilling the Beans as well as many cookery books including The Game Cookbook and, most recently, Potty - her one-pot cookbook. She is also a passionate supporter of the Countryside Alliance and of rural life. She lives a little in London but mostly in Scotland.
Aged 16, as winner of a British Council poetry competition, Pete Doherty embarked on poetry tour of Russia. He studied English Literature at the University of London for a year, before forming The Libertines with Carl Barat in the late nineties. They released two albums before falling apart; Babyshambles released 'Down in Albion' in November 2005; the single 'Fuck Forever' reached no.4 in the charts.
A native of Maine, Paul Doiron is a registered Maine Guide and lives by a trout stream with his wife, Kristen Lindquist. Visit him at his website www.pauldoiron.com