ABI DAKER is a British illustrator who lives and works in Cyprus with her husband and son. She studied Art at the University of Reading and has since worked on children's books and as an archaeological illustrator; she also specialises in illustrated maps and architectural subjects. Her LONGEST DOT TO DOT books express her passion for exploring the graphic and linear qualities of the world in an imaginative and engaging new way. She also paints and draws the mediterranean landscapes of her home in Paphos.
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.
Lawrence Dallaglio has been a Wasps player all his club career, signing in 1990 and becoming captain in 1995 for 12 years until his retirement in 2008. He has won a hat-trick of Premiership titles and was also a member of the triumphant England Sevens team which won the World Cup at Murrayfield in 1993. He has captained his country and is regarded as one of the world's greatest ever back-row forwards - he was the only player to play in every minute of every match during the victorious 2003 World Cup campaign. He has won 85 caps for England and 3 Lions caps.
Hjalti Daníelsson has worked in different capacities on EVE Online since its start in 2003 and currently serves as CCP¿s main creative writer for the harsh universe of New Eden, the setting for EVE Online. He is the author of more than seventy short stories and assorted other fiction set in the EVE Online universe.
Davaa was born in Mongolia in 1971 and grew up there. She now lives in Germany and is a filmmaker, most recently of THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL. She made the film and wrote the book with the director, Lisa Reisch.
Dr Brenda Davies is Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Women's Services at Charter Nightingale. She is also a member of the Federation of Spiritual Healers, the International Healing Group and belongs to the Doctor-Healer network. She holds regular workshops on healing and includes many celebrities among her clients.
A co-author of the bestselling YIDDISH WITH DICK AND JANE and YIDDISH WITH GEORGE AND LAURA, Barbara Davilman is a writer for television and movies.
Tony Davis is the author of the bestselling Lemon!, Extra Lemon, Step On It, F Scott, Ernest and Me, and You Must Be Skidding, for children. A previous editor of Drive (SMH), Tony was, until recently, a features writer on the Sydney Morning Herald. Tony now writes full time and can talk endlessly about car and sports trivia, if required.
Christopher Dawes has written music journalism since the 1980s under the name Push. He was editor of the clubbing magazine Musik and of the male lifestyle title Mondo. He is the co-author of The Book of E (Omnibus Press, 2000). He lives in London with two ferocious cats, a large collection of records and CDs, and a lunatic across the street.
Marlena de Blasi
Marlena de Blasi is the author of two other bestselling memoirs for Virago. She lives in Orvieto in Umbria, Italy.
L. Sprague de Camp
Lyon Sprague de Camp was born in 1907 and died in 2000. During a writing career that spanned seven decades, he wrote over a hundred books in the areas of science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, non-fiction and biography. Although arguably best known for his continuation of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories, de Camp was an important figure in the formative period of modern SF, alongside the likes of Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein, and was a winner of the Hugo, World Fantasy Life Achievement and SFWA Grand Master awards.
Catherine Crook de Camp
Catherine Crook de Camp (1907-2000) was an American SF and fantasy writer. She mainly worked in collaboration with her husband, L. Sprague de Camp.
Belle de Jour
Belle de Jour is the nom de plume of a former London call girl. Find Belle online at belledejour-uk.blogspot.com.
Cindy De La Hoz
Cindy De La Hoz is the author of several books on film and fashion- among them, Audrey and Givenchy, Lucy at the Movies, and Lana: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies, which Leonard Maltin called "one of the best books about a star I've ever read." She has also edited numerous books on film history and women's lifestyle subjects. Cindy lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Dorothee De Monfreid
Dorothée de Monfreid was born in 1973 in a family of painters and architects. So it was any easy choice for her to go to the Arts & Decoration School, from which she received a degree in graphics. Today, she juggles her career as an author-illustrator and her vocation as a graphic artist in publishing. She has published over a dozen books: stories about cats, rabbits, elephants and stinking monsters and even about cakes.
Marianne de Pierres
Marianne de Pierres is the author of the multi award-nominated Parrish Plessis and Sentients of Orion science fiction series. The Parrish Plessis series has been translated into eight languages and adapted into a D20 Role Playing Game. 2011 will see the release of her new young adult dark fantasy duology. She is also the author of a humorous crime series, written under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt. Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband, three sons and three galahs. Visit her websites www.mariannedepierres.com and www.tarasharp.com
Tony De Saulles
Tony has worked as a freelance designer and a college lecturer. He is the illustrator of the award-winning Horrible Science series.
Aude de Tocqueville
Aude de Tocqueville is an award-winning cultural heritage and history author who has written more than 20 books. She lives in France.
After a childhood spent in Moorestown, New Jersey, Camille DeAngelis studied art history and Irish Studies at New York University, the highlight of which was a semester at La Pietra in Florence. After several years of visiting Ireland on vacation - once with her sister Kate, sometimes with friends, but more often solo - she moved to Galway in 2004 to participate in the masters program in writing at the National University of Ireland.Camille thoroughly enjoys writing about all that Ireland has to offer: making 10-pointed K-turns on back country roads, drinking a pint of Bulmers (no Guinness, thank you) at the corner pub, and typing up the day's experiences in B&B rooms with faded floral wallpaper. She is also the co-author of Hanging Out in Ireland, a shoestring guide for college students published in spring 2001. In addition to travel writing, she also writes fiction. Her debut novel is Mary Modern, published by Shaye Areheart Books, a division of Crown/Random House.
Terry Deary was born in Sunderland in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, where the Marsden family of the Tudor Chronicles live. Once an actor and a teacher of English and drama, he is one of Britain's bestselling children's authors, with over 140 books to his credit, including the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories.