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Marc Abrahams

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.
Guy Adams

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

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.
Sarah Albee

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.
Laurel Alexander

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.
François Allard

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.
Kevin Allison

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

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

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

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.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a prolific and influential composer. Since its first performance in 1791, The Magic Flute has been a crowd pleasing opera and it remains one of the most celebrated in its genre.
J.C. Amberchele

J. C. Amberchele was born in Philadelphia in 1940. He attended a Quaker school, then colleges in Pennsylvania and New York, graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology. In the early 1960s, Amberchele worked as a part-time instructor at a private school in Honolulu, teaching high school math and French. An athlete in high school and college, he tried his hand at auto racing in Hawaii, but soon ran out of funds. He married in 1965, worked briefly as a salesman in both Honolulu and Los Angeles, but soon divorced and returned to Hawaii. After working at odd jobs at a local marina, he began taking LSD, and subsequently joined the growing ranks of "hippies" living in the Waikiki Beach area. In 1967, Amberchele again moved to Southern California, and this time began selling marijuana to support himself. Soon he was transporting wholesale quantities to various cities in the United States, and within a year was moving marijuana north from Mexico in cars and airplanes-a "career" he followed for nearly fifteen years, and one which he admits drove him deeper and deeper into crime and "insanity." During this time, he married again, had two children, and travelled extensively, often to avoid the law. After his arrest, he began writing and studying Eastern philosophy. His first book, How You Lose, a novel, was released in 2002 (Carroll & Graf, New York). He has been a longtime meditator in prison, and has called himself a "reluctant Buddhist" since taking formal vows in 2001. As of this writing he has been incarcerated a total of twenty-nine years, and does not expect to be released soon.
Stephen K Amos

STEPHEN K AMOS is a British stand-up comedian of Nigerian origin. A regular on the international comedy circuit, he began his career as a compere at the Big Fish comedy clubs in South London, and has been nominated for Chortle's Best Compere Award three times.Stephen has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material and can find the funny in some of the most unexpected places. His debut DVD Find the Funny, recorded at the Enmore Theatre Sydney, was released in November 2009. In 2010 The Stephen K Amos Show debuted on BBC2. His second DVDThe Feelgood Factor was filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo. His 2011 Best Medicine solo show played to packed out crowds around the country.
Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson is the founder and lead singer of Suede.
Geraint Anderson

Before sacrificing his soul to dark forces in the Square Mile, Cityboy was a genuine left-wing hippy and political activist, complete with ponytail and hoop earrings. His dream of becoming a global traveller was cruelly dashed when his brother got him an interview at a French bank in the City, which would set him on the rocky road to destruction and despair.
Geraint Anderson

Before sacrificing his soul to dark forces in the Square Mile, Cityboy was a genuine left-wing hippy and political activist, complete with ponytail and hoop earrings. His dream of becoming a global traveller was cruelly dashed when his brother got him an interview at a French bank in the City, which would set him on the rocky road to destruction and despair.
Geraint Anderson

Before sacrificing his soul to dark forces in the Square Mile, Cityboy was a genuine left-wing hippy and political activist, complete with ponytail and hoop earrings. His dream of becoming a global traveller was cruelly dashed when his brother got him an interview at a French bank in the City, which would set him on the rocky road to destruction and despair.
Laurence Anholt

Laurence and Catherine Anholt live and work in a house and studios on top of a hill above the sea in Devon. They started making picture books in 1984 when their first daughter was born. Since then they have made more than 200 classic picture books, which are published all over the world in more than 30 languages. Their titles range from their Orchard picture book series which include Babies Love Books and Billy and the Big New School; to Laurence's self-illustrated Anholt's Artists series, an introduction to great artists for young children, which include Camille and the Sunflowers. Laurence also collaborates with his friend, the illustrator, Arthur Robins on the bestselling Seriously Silly Stories, which include the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award winner Snow White and the Seven Aliens.The Anholts' books have won many awards and are frequently featured on television and radio. Babies, Babies, Babies is listed in The Sunday Times 100 Modern Classics. Laurence was included in the Independent on Sunday's Top 10 Children's Authors in the UK and was described as 'one of the most versatile authors writing for children today'. Laurence was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting passion for art. He then went on to study Fine Art for eight years, finishing with a Master's Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London.The Anholts have been closely involved with a number of literacy schemes such as the UK Government funded Bookstart scheme, which encourages parents to share books with babies from the earliest possible age. Their work has taken them inside Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on many occasions. Recent projects include a full-scale stage musical in Korea. Laurence and Catherine have three grown up children: Claire works for the UN in New York, Tom Anholt is a painter living in Berlin and Maddy is an actor based in London. Laurence's favourite things include, 'my lovely family, travelling to wild places and anything to do with art'. The best way to relax? 'A long soak in a warm book.'
Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong is a presenter, comedian and actor and part of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller. He presents the hit BBC show Pointless with Richard Osman. As well as regular appearances on panel shows such as Have I Got News For You, he also presents a show on Classic FM and writes a column for the Telegraph.
Peter Arnold

Peter Arnold has written over 40 books on football, cricket, boxing, gambling, snooker, darts and cards. He was the co-author of the successful Complete Book of Card Games and General Editor on The Official Rules of Sports and Games. He lives in London, England and Spain.