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A. P. H. Oliver

The author A. P. H. Oliver has collected shells for many years in various parts of the world and has an extensive private collection, which was the source for many of the illustrations in this book.
Kristen Painter

Kristen Painter is a former college English teacher, personal trainer, advertising exec, maitre d', and runway model. She lives in Rockledge, Florida.
Thomas Pakenham

Thomas Pakenham is the author of the critically acclaimed THE SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA which won the W.H. Smith Award and the Alan Paton Award. He is also the author of THE BOER WAR, THE MOUNTAINS OF RASSELAS and THE YEAR OF LIBERTY. He lives in County Westmeath, Ireland and is chairman of the Irish Tree Society. He plants trees both for profit and ornament.
Douglas Palmer

Douglas Palmer is a science writer and lecturer. He is the author of Neanderthal, which accompanied the acclaimed Channel 4 TV series, as well as two other books on fossil prehistory. He is also a regular contributor to a variety of publications including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Science, Nature and Focus Magazine.
Douglas Palmer

Douglas Palmer is a science writer and lecturer. He is the author of Neanderthal, which accompanied the acclaimed Channel 4 TV series, as well as two other books on fossil prehistory. He is also a regular contributor to a variety of publications including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Science, Nature and Focus Magazine.
Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar only arrived on the international cricketing scene in March 2006, but his electric performances against India and in the Ashes series saw him catapulted to cult hero status in a matter of months, and widely rated as England's best spin bowler for 30 years.
Nick Papadimitriou

Nick Papadimitriou is a writer, walker, deep topographer and eccentric. Born in Finchley, Middlesex in 1958, he has had an interest in 'conscious walking' since 1989 and has built up an extensive archive dedicated to this region (his 'Deep Library' consists of approximately 2000 maps and works of local & county history, plant and animal life, architecture, engineering, etc). In 2009 John Rogers/Vanity Projects made a film about Nick titled The London Perambulator: Afoot in London Edgelands. Scarp is his first book.
K. J. Parker

K. J. Parker is a pseudonym for Tom Holt. He was born in London in 1961. At Oxford he studied bar billiards, ancient Greek agriculture and the care and feeding of small, temperamental Japanese motorcycle engines. These interests led him, perhaps inevitably, to qualify as a solicitor and emigrate to Somerset, where he specialised in death and taxes for seven years before going straight in 1995. He lives in Chard, Somerset, with his wife and daughter.
Louise Parker

Louise Parker has spent 20 years learning, researching, testing and improving The Louise Parker Method. Her clients include CEOs and celebrities too A-list to name, as well as figures from high society and royal family members from around the world. To date, over 18,000 people in more than 39 countries have completed a Louise Parker programme. Many are willing to pay thousands of pounds for the unique plan. Louise now runs the Louise Parker company with her husband Paul, who left his job 4 years ago to help keep up with the ever-increasing demand for The Louise Parker Method. They live in London with their 3 daughters.
Johanna Parker

Johanna Parker is the narrator of over 40 audiobooks to date, best known for her mesmerising Southern Belle accent: the voice of Charlaine Harris' bestselling Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series. She is a two-time AUDIE-nominated audiobook narrator and winner of AUDIOFILE'S 2006 EARPHONES AWARD.
Michael Parkinson

Born in Yorkshire, Michael Parkinson left school at sixteen with the ambition to play cricket for Yorkshire and England and to write about cricket for the Manchester Guardian. Although, he didn't manage to fulfil the first half of his ambition, he has since become one of the most successful journalists of his generation. He wrote a sports column for The Sunday Times for fifteen years and has also written for the Telegraph. He is also a legendary TV and radio presenter - his long-running chat show Parkinson was hugely popular for many years.
Nando Parrado

Nando Parrado was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. After surviving the Andes plane crash of 1972, has gone on to become a successful businessman and television producer and presenter. He speaks five languages and is a hugely successful lecturer around the world. In his spare time races motorcycles and stock cars.
Steve Parrish

Steve Parrish provides commentary and analysis for ITV's week-long coverage of the Isle of Man TT. A qualified pilot, he is also a commentator for the Red Bull Air Race series for Channel 4. Away from television, he regularly tests various vehicles and racing machines, and is an expert witness for motor racing incidents. He has a regular back page in Fast Bikes and writes columns in other motorcylce magazines. He lives near Royston, Hertfordshire. His memoirs, PARRISH TIMES, were published in 2018.
Steve Parrish

Nick Harris is a long standing motorcycling journalist and commentator.
Paul Parsons

Dr Paul Parsons is a regular contributor to Nature, New Scientist and the Daily Telegraph. He frequently appears on BBC radio and his television credits include Richard & Judy and BBC Breakfast. He was formerly editor of the BBC's award-winning science and technology magazine Focus. The Science of Doctor Who (Icon Books), was longlisted for the Royal Society Prize for Science Books. His latest book is Science 1001 published by Quercus.
Bill Paterson

Bill Paterson is one of the media's best-known voices. He is an award-winning actor, who has worked in many TV, film and theatre roles and productions including Marriage Play and Death and the Maiden. Television work includes Wives and Daughters, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, The Singing Detective and Licking Hitler and films include The Killing Fields and Truly, Madly, Deeply.
Joe Nick Patoski

Joe Nick Patoski is a contributing editor for Texas Monthly. He is the author of biographies Stevie Ray Vaughan and Selena and has written for the Texas Observer, Austin American-Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Spirit, American Way, and Hustler among others.
Den Patrick

Den Patrick was born in Dorset in 1975 and shares a birthday with Bram Stoker. He has at various times been a comics editor, burlesque reviewer, bookseller and Games Workshop staffer. Anything to avoid getting a real job in fact.He lives and works in London. His first three books for Gollancz, the War Manuals, were released in Autumn 2013. His first novel, THE BOY WITH THE PORCELAIN BLADE, he first in the Erebus Sequence, was published in Spring 2014.http://www.denpatrick.com/
Neil Patterson

Neil Patterson has been a regular contributor to all the leading fly-fishing magazines for over thirty years. Along with being awarded 'Angling Writer of the Year' and 'Travel Writer of the Year' by the Angling Writers' Association, he was nominated 'Columnist of the Year' in the Scottish Magazine Awards for his column, The Wild Trout's Wish List. The Take, a series of 24 television programmes he scripted, appeared worldwide. His first book, Chalkstream Chronicle, was claimed to be "a modern classic" by The Field.
James Patterson

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records.Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 240 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.