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Philippe Tahon

Former restaurateur and father of two Philippe Tahon switched careers - and countries - to become one of Europe's most sought after therapists and weight loss gurus who has helped hundreds of people free themselves from fad dieting, lose weight and keep it off for good. The best-kept secret of celebrities and therapists, his revolutionary approach has sparked national media interest.Philippe has a deep understanding of weight and self-image issues, having gone through a 15 year period of yo-yo weight loss and regain. After years of frustration and guilt, Philippe sold his Brussels restaurants, retrained as a psychotherapist and came up with his own unique weight loss programme. This not only helped him lose all five stone (70lbs) of his excess weight in less than a year but, in gently reprogramming his mind to create a benevolent self-awareness, it also improved his self-esteem.For the past 17 years, he has dedicated his life to helping hundreds of people face up to eating disorders and issues surrounding addiction and self-image. Whether celebrities or journalists, actors or housewives, almost all his clients have had amazing - and lasting - results.Find out more about Philippe at www.philippetahon.com.
Nahal Tajadod

Nahal Tajadod was born in Tehran in 1960 and moved to France in 1971. She has written several books about China and fictional biography of the Persian poet, Roumi.
Sekonaia Takavesi

Sekonaia Takavesi was born in Fiji in 1943. On November 13, 1961 he enlisted in the British Army leaving the Pacific island, joining the King's Own Border Regiment. Two years later, he successfully sought selection to the SAS. He fought in the Battle of Mirbat in 1972 and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Takavesi served in the SAS for thirteen years.
Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet is an essayist, novelist and translator. He is the author of Thinking in Numbers, Embracing the Wide Sky, and the Sunday Times bestseller Born On A Blue Day. Tammet is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He lives in Paris.
Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen is the acclaimed author of You Just Don't Understand, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly four years including eight months as number 1; You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation; I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner and That's Not What I Meant! A professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, she has written for and been featured in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Time and Newsweek. She lives with her husband in the Washington, DC area.
Iain Taylor

Iain Taylor has worked with Scottish television and the Scottish Examination Board.
W M Thackeray

William M Thackeray is the author of VANITY FAIR and other titles.
Evan Thomas

Evan Thomas has been the Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek since 1991. He is the bestselling author of six works of nonfiction: Sea of Thunder, John Paul Jones, Robert Kennedy, The Very Best Men, The Man to See, and The Wise Men. He lives with his wife and children in Washington, D.C.
R.S. Thomas

R. S. Thomas was born in 1913. He won numerous awards for his poetry, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1964. His autobiography, NEB, was published by J. M. Dent in September 1995. He died in 2000.
Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea on 27 October 1914, the son of a senior English master. On leaving school he worked on the South Wales Evening Post before embarking on his literary career in London. Not only a poet, he wrote short stories, film scripts, features and radio plays, the most famous being Under Milk Wood. On 9 November 1953, shortly after his thirty-ninth birthday, he collapsed and died in New York city. He is buried in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, which had become his main home since 1949. In 1982 a memorial stone to commemorate him was unveiled in 'Poet's Corner' in Westminster Abbey.
Caitlin Thomas

Caitlin MacNamara (1913-1994) married Dylan Thomas in 1938. They lived in Wales where they had three children. Despite affairs and drink they stayed together until his death in 1953. She then lived in Italy partly and had another child, who writes an afterword to this memoir.
Michel Thomas

Michel Thomas (1914-2005) had an amazing life. Born in Poland, he spent his early years in Germany and then in France, where he studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris. When war broke out, he fought with the Resistance and suffered imprisonment in labour camps. At the end of the war he joined the US liberation army and later settled in the US where he established his world-famous language school. Languages, being his strength and passion became the focus of the next 50 years of his life that he spent developing a method that he hoped would change the way we teach and learn - so that everyone could succeed. He developed this method 'that works with the brain'. After creating several courses of his own, he passed on his method so that other teachers might use it too.
Jemeker Thompson-Hairston

Jemeker Thompson-Hairston started the Second Chance Evangelist Ministries (SCEM) in L.A., to inspire others like her. Ritz has collaborated with Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Laila Ali and B.B. King on their life stories, has won a Grammy, an ASCAP award, 4 Rolling Stone/Ralph J. Gleason book awards and is the co-composer of 'Sexual Healing.'
Alan Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh is known to millions through the popular BBC TV programmes British Isles: A Natural History, How to be a Gardener, Ground Force and Gardeners' World. But he started out in far humbler beginnings, in a rural childhood on the edge of Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire.After a spell at Kew he became a horticultural journalist, as an Editor of gardening magazines, before becoming a freelance broadcaster and writer.He has twice been named 'Gardening Writer of the Year' and for four successive years was voted 'Television Personality of the Year' by the Garden Writers' Guild. In 2004 he received their Lifetime Achievement Award.Alan has appeared on radio and television both as a gardening expert and as an interviewer and presenter, fronting such programmes as Points of View, Pebble Mill, Songs of Praise, Titchmarsh's Travels and Ask the Family, and since 1983 has presented the BBC's annual coverage of The Chelsea Flower Show. He now has his own daytime TV show on ITV, The Alan Titchmarsh Show. Alan has written more than forty gardening books, as well as seven best-selling novels, including his 2008 success, Folly, which have all made the Sunday Times Bestsellers List. Alan has published three volumes of memoirs; Trowel and Error sold over 200,000 copies in hardback when published in 2002, and Nobbut A Lad, about his Yorkshire childhood, was published in October 2006 with similar success, and his third volume of memoir Knave of Spadeswas a Sunday Times bestseller.He was made MBE in the millennium New Year Honours list and holds the Victoria Medal of Honour, the Royal Horticultural Society's highest award. He lives with his wife and a menagerie of animals in Hampshire where he gardens organically.
Paola Tite

Paola Tite is a teacher of Italian, author of Italian language books and an editorial consultant. As a native speaker of Italian, Paola attended Michel Thomas's Italian workshops and recording sessions at Hodder & Stoughton, and became an enthusiastic follower of his approach not only to language learning but to teaching in general.
Richard Watson Todd

Richard Watson Todd was born in Shrewsbury and graduated from Lancaster University with a BA in Accounting & Finance before realising that accounting did not provide the most interesting of careers (apologies to accountants). After gaining a masters in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a doctorate in the UK became Head of the Centre for Research and Services at the School of Liberal Arts at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) in Bangkok and runs the Big Applied Linguistics Database. He has acted as a consultant to both the World Bank and the Thai Ministry of Education, is the author of several books and a regular contributor to the Bangkok Post. Despite all this work, Richard finds enough time to keep his two dogs happy, enjoy reading and play darts.
Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope is the author of many titles, including BARCHESTER TOWERS.
Paul Trynka

Paul Trynka is the former editor of Mojo. He lives in South London with his wife and son.
Ted Turner

Ted Turner is one of America's most famous and successful businessmen.
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