Jodie Daber has a Masters in Creative Writing, is the author of several published short stories and has just completed her first novel.
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.
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.
Carlo De Vito
Carlo De Vito the author of more than 15 books, including A Mark Twain Christmas and biographies of D. Wayne Lukas, Wellington Mara, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto. He was the publisher at Running Press Book Publishers and VP, Editorial Director at Sterling Epicure. He lives with his wife and two sons on their farm, the Hudson-Chatham Winery, in Ghent, New York.
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.
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.
Rocco DiSpirito entered the Culinary Institute of America at the age of sixteen, and at eighteen began working with legendary chefs worldwide. The James Beard award-winning chef opened the 3-star Union Pacific in New York City where he established his culinary credentials. He was named Food & Wine's Best New Chef and was the first chef to grace the cover of Gourmet as "America's Most Exciting Young Chef". DiSpirito stars in his own syndicated TV show, Now Eat This with Rocco DiSpirito and has a weekly Associated Press column called Now Eat This! He is the author of nine cookbooks, including the New York Times bestselling Now Eat This! Diet and Now Eat This! Italian.
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.
D. J. Enright is a celebrated poet. Among his publications are books of literary criticism, memoirs and translations. His Collected Poems 1948-1998 (Oxford University Press) appeared in 1998.
Michael Drosnin is a reporter, formerly at the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of the international bestsellers CITIZEN HUGHES. THE BIBLE CODE and BIBLE CODE II: the Countdown. He lives and works in New York.
Daphne Du Maurier
Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day. In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children.Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.
Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955. She has published 7 collections of poetry and won numerous awards, including a Somerset Maugham Award in 1988, the Dylan Thomas Award in 1989 and the 1993 Whitbread Award. She was awarded an OBE in 1995.
Rylan Duggan RK, BHK, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, is the creator of the Go Sleeveless! blog and e-book series, and creator of Adonis Fitness, the health and fitness consulting company specializing in women's body sculpting. Duggan is widely quoted in the "Obama arms" press. He lives in British Columbia.