Marc Abrahams is a Harvard mathematician and is the editor of 'The Annals of Improbable Research'. He founded the Ig Nobel Prizes in 1991, and it now receives worldwide coverage. He has a weekly column in the Guardian.
As an actor, Guy Adams has been conning people for years, and, as a writer, he has assumed the literary identity of DCI Gene Hunt, of the best-selling Rules of Modern Policing: 1973 Edition. Guy also has considerable expertise in the art of the con - its history, tools and techniques - and possesses a number of close-up magic skills.
Chris Addison is an acclaimed stand-up comic and actor. He has been twice-nominated for the PERRIER AWARD at the Edinburgh Festival and twice-nominated for the Barry Humphries Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In December 2005 he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards for his role in the BBC's new political satire, THE THICK OF IT. He writes for the Guardian and the Times. This is his first book.
Jake Adelstein, a Japanese-schooled Jewish-American, worked for 12 years as a journalist on Japan's largest newspaper, Yomiuri Shinbun. In 2005, he became chief investigator for a US State Department sponsored study of human trafficking in Japan.Now a writer and consultant in Japan and the US, Jake and his family remain under death threats from one of Japan's most notorious crime bosses.
Kate Adie became a household name through her work as the BBC`s chief news correspondent, reporting major stories and from war zones around the world. She has won numerous awards including two Royal Television Society awards, the Bafta Richard Dimbleby Award, and the Broadcasting Press Guild`s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. She was awarded an OBE in 1993.Kate Adie presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of several bestselling books.
Kate Adie was born in Sunderland and educated at Newcastle University. She joined the BBC in 1969 and has been their Chief News Correspondent since 1989. She was awarded the OBE in 1993.
Sarah Albee is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 books for kids, ranging from preschool through middle grade. Prior to being a full-time writer, Sarah worked at Children's Television Workshop (producers of Sesame Street) for nine years. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, their three kids, and their dog, Rosie.
Reed Albergotti is a white-collar crime reporter for The Wall Street Journal. He is also the son of a fanatic amateur cyclist who served as the director of cycling competition in the 1984 Olympics. An accomplished bike racer himself, Reed speaks the sport's odd language.
Mitch Albom is an internationally bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright, and award-winning journalist. He is the author of six consecutive number one New York Times bestsellers and has sold over thirty-five million copies of his books in forty-five languages worldwide, including Tuesdays with Morrie, which is the bestselling memoir of all time.Albom also works as a columnist and broadcaster and has founded eight charities in Detroit and Haiti, where he operates an orphanage. He lives with his wife, Janine, in Michigan.
Until 2003 Andrew Alderson was a director at the merchant back Lazard's but he quit in search of new challenges. After spending many years in the Territorial Army he served as part of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Kosovo in 2001 and more recently in Iraq. After he left Bara in 2004, he remained in the Middle East and went on to establish Gulf Capital which offers strategic consultancy. He lives in London.
Laurel Alexander has worked as a lifestyle coach and therapist for 20 years, with qualifications in nutrition, stress management and reflexology. She is the author of over 23 books and her articles have appeared in Good Health, Bella and Fidelity.
Sameem Ali lives in Manchester with her husband and two sons. She is active in local politics and is a councillor for Moss Side, Manchester. She also speaks openly about forced marriage at government conferences. Find out more at www.sameemali.com
François Allard is a specialist in Motown and American music and has run the website MJStrangersite.com since 2003. He has collaborated on various Michael Jackson magazines and is part of the team behind JAM.
James Allen is familiar to millions in the UK and around the English-speaking world as the lead commentator for ITVs Formula One coverage. He has worked in the sport as a journalist and broadcaster since 1990. James replaced Murray Walker as the voice of motorsport in 2001 and, through his extensive work for the Financial Times, has established himself as one of the most authoritative writers in Formula One. In 1995 he co-wrote Nigel Mansells bestselling autobiography THE PEOPLE`S CHAMPION.
The late Robert Allen had a long-standing involvement with Buddhism, and especially Zen, which began when he was a teacher in Thailand. He was also a compiler of puzzle books for Mensa and other publishers, appeared on radio as a puzzle expert, was CEO of the Mensa Foundation for Gifted Children and he also taught writing. Robert's previous books include The Ultimate Mental Challenge, How to Win Arguments, Zen Reflections, 365 Pep Talks from Buddha and 365 Smiles from Buddha.
With his writing and acting work on MTV's legendary sketch comedy series, The State, as well as on Reno 911!, High Maintenance, Blue Man Group and more, Kevin Allison has created all kinds of stories. In 2009, he launched RISK!, the live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share, which is downloaded over 2.5 million times per month. Allison is also the founder of The Story Studio in New York, where he has taught the art of storytelling to bestselling authors, well-known comedians, and executives from a range of fields.
Peter Alliss was born in 1931, the son of Percy Alliss, one of Britain's leading professional golfers in the 1920s and 30s. Peter himself turned professional in 1947, at the age of sixteen. During his pro career Peter won three British PGA championships, played in eight Ryder Cup teams, and ten teams representing England in the World Cup. He won 23 major tournaments in all.Peter Alliss is now universally known and loved for his golfing commentaries throughout the world, for the BBC in the UK and ABC in the US. For millions of people around the world, Peter Alliss is 'the Voice of Golf'. He was voted by Golf Digest as 'The Best Golf Commentator ... Ever.'
Ali Almossawi works on the Firefox team at Mozilla and is an alumnus of MIT's Engineering Systems Division (MS) and Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science (MS). Previous stints included working as a research associate at Harvard and as a collaborator at the MIT Media Lab. His writing has appeared in Wired and Scientific American.
JONATHAN ALPERT, a licensed psychotherapist and advice columnist, is one of the US media's favorite sources of no-nonsense lifestyle advice, quotes, and commentary. The New York Observer has called him 'Manhattan's most media-friendly psychotherapist' and 'the media's go-to guy for psychoanalyzing the City.'He regularly appears on television, print, radio, and online. He appears on such nationally televised shows as The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, FOX and NBC Nightly News.Alpert appeared in the 2010 Oscar winning documentary Inside Job where he commented on the psychological underpinnings of the financial crisis. His popular column, "No More Drama," appears in Metro newspaper - New York, Boston, and Philadelphia - and reaches more than one million readers weekly. In it he dishes out no-nonsense, results-oriented advice on relationships, sex, lifestyle and hot-button issues, mental health, and career issues.As a therapist, he counsels everyone from corporate executives to professional entertainers and the general public. His style of therapy leads to astonishing results and many of Alpert's clients see improvements by the end of the first session while most graduate from therapy within just a few months.
Peter Alson is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie. A writer and journalist, Alson's work has appeared in a wide range of national magazines and newspapers form The New York Times to Esquire and Playboy. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.