Halcyon Backhouse is a writer and editor with her company, Watermark, which she manages with her husband, Robert.
Robert Baer spent 21 years in the CIA as a field operative. He resigned after leading an aborted attempt on Saddam Hussein. He is the author of four NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers. His memoir SEE NO EVIL was made into the Academy Award-winning movie SYRIANA. He anchored an Emmy-nominated British documentary series, THE CULT OF THE SUICIDE BOMBER. He is the intelligence columnist for TIME.com and a regular BBC and CNN contributor. He currently lectures various US government agencies on assassination.
Jay Bakker is co-pastor of Revolution Church NYC, a church that meets in a bar and has a strong online following. Bakker speaks to congregations and other groups all over the country about faith, grace, and his experiences with the underside of life and Christianity. He is the feature of a Sundance Channel original documentary, One Punk Under God, and he has appeared on Good Morning America, 20/20, and Larry King Live. His print appearances include Rolling Stone, the New York Times, Time, FHM, Charisma, and Relevant. Bakker previously authored two books, Son of a Preacher Man and Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self, and Society.
Guillem Balague is the author of Messi, Barça, Pep Guardiola, A Season on the Brink, and Cristiano Ronaldo. A key fixture of Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football, he appears regularly both on live match coverage and on the weekly round-up show, Revista de la Liga. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper, and El Larguero, Spain's most popular sports radio show. His work appears regularly in The Times and in Champions magazine, where he writes a regular column on international football. http://www.guillembalague.com/en/homehttps://twitter.com/GuillemBalaguehttps://www.facebook.com/guillembalague
Ian Balding was an internationally respected trainer, but in his retirement now serves on many BHB and NTF committees and also writes regularly for Country Illustrated and Horse & Hound. Ian married Emma Hastings-Bass in 1969 and they have two children: Clare, a successful journalist and BBC broadcaster, and Andrew, Ian's successor at Kingsclere.
Pepper Baldwin is a designer, maker, entrepreneur and tattoo lover who lives in Brisbane, Australia with a well-stocked tea cupboard, her pet ducks and an enthusiastically played ukulele. She fell in love with temporary tattoos in 2012, and as owner and Captain of Pepper Ink she, along with her team, sources, designs, prints and assembles a range of vintage, contemporary and customized tattoos. Their designs are sold online and in stockists all over the world, including in the USA, Canada, Australia, UK, Japan, Spain and the Netherlands. Pepper believes that tattoos are a reflection of our changing selves and what we find inspiring and meaningful, and wants to make the process to create customized, transient and beautifying temporary tattoos accessible to everyone. Pepper Ink has a strong online presence and a distinctive, delicate aesthetic.
Veronica Ballart Lilja
Veronica Ballart Lilja was born in Stockholm, studied Graphic Design in Barcelona, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. A successful fashion illustrator, she has worked for brands like Zara, Mango, and Harpers Bazaar. Most of her work is in watercolour, which she often uses as a basis for innovative mixed-media work.
Alan Bamberger is a San Fransisco-based, self-taught art appraiser and former rare book dealer specialising in fine and decorative arts books, who consults with artists and collectors from all over the world through his much-loved website at artbusiness.com, which has been online since 1998. The site gets 5-6,000 unique visits a day from artists, collectors, wanna-be collectors and the art-curious who can peruse hundreds of pages of his original articles about the art business. With his broad range of art and art business knowledge, and his privileged position as a respected writer and interviewer in the art community, he can give a perspective to art collectors and artists that very few in the art world can. Since the beginning, his site has been financially supported by hundreds of collectors, galleries and art sites through donations. He has two other publications: Buy Art Smart and Art For All.artbusiness.com
Patrick Barclay is the football columnist for the Sunday Telegraph and has won the Sports Journalist of the Year award. He has previously worked for the Independent, Guardian and Observer.Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/paddybarclay.
Rachel Barnes is an art historian who has worked as art critic for the Guardian and Independent. She is a lecturer at the National Gallery and Tate and has written a number of books on 19th-century art including the bestselling The Pre Raphaelites and their World (Tate). Her interest in Klimt developed when she wrote a thesis on the work of Edvard Munch and Gustav Klimt.
Jeff Barr has traveled the world reviewing golf courses, golf resorts and, of course, golf holes. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Washington Post and Golf Week magazine, the No.1 golf news magazine in America. 1001 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die is his fourth book.100 Golf Holes You Must Play Before You Die brings together a team of leading golf writers, journalists, players, and experts from around the world, including Terry Jacoby, Gene Yasuda, Brian Hewitt, Alistair Tait, Rob Vanderzahn, Jay Coffin, Kelle Larkin, Kevin Adams, and Mike Mazur.
Jeff Barrett, Robin Turner and Andrew Walsh are the team behind the angling and music blog Caughtbytheriver.net. Their day job is running the independent record label Heavenly Recordings.The book is illustrated throughout with the woodblocks of the artist and writer Robert Gibbings. One time owner of the Golden Cockerel Press and author of numerous books about rivers such as Sweet Thames Runs Softy Gibbings work perfectly completes the mood of the book.
Sean Barrett has narrated many television documentaries for the BBC and Discovery Channel, notably THE PEOPLE'S CENTURY, WALKING WITH BEASTS, and GREAT LIVES. As a member of the BBC Radio Rep, he has appeared in hundreds of radio plays, and played Father Gillespie in the BBC Worldservice / BBC7 serial WESTWAY throughout its eight year-run. As a film and television actor he has appeared in pieces as diverse as TWELFTH NIGHT and FATHER TED, and he is a doyen of audiobook reading, with acclaimed recordings of authors ranging from Chaucer to Beckett and in 2012 recorded Antony Beevor's THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
Previous titles include: Great Paper Quilling, Wonderful Wire Works, Glass Painting In An Afternoon, Decorating Your Garden, Fantastic Furniture
Stephen Bates is the Guardian`s award-winning Religious Affairs Correspondent. Educated at New College, Oxford, he has reported from many parts of the world for the Guardian and other national newspapers during a thirty-year career in journalism. He travelled extensively in the US, interviewing many of the key players on the American religious scene for this book. Stephen Bates was named British Religious Writer of the Year in 2005 and 2006 and is the author of the internationally praised A Church at War (Hodder). He is married with three children and lives in Kent.
Stephen Bayley is one of the world's best known commentators on modern culture. In 1989 he was made a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's top artistic honour, by the French Minister of Culture. Stephen Bayley has been a design consultant working on imaginative communications projects for Ford, Jaguar, Fiat, Audi and BMW amongst others, and wrote the creative strategy for Mercedes-Benz' advertisments. He has written extensively for Car magazine. Stephen was awarded PPA Columnist of the Year for his car column in GQ (which ran for about eight years) and he wrote very popular regular car columns for the Daily Telegraph and Management Today. He is also well-known as an outspoken commentator on art and design and has contributed to the Times, the Daily Mail, the Observer, the Evening Standard, the Guardian, the Spectator, the Los Angeles Times, High Life, New Statesman, the Independent, and the Independent on Sunday as well as many trade and professional publications.
Brandon Bays was already a highly respected practitioner of many healing techniques before she healed herself of a life-threatening tumour. After this her life took an even more spiritual turn and she now gives hugely popular workshops worldwide on how to live a happy and fulfilled life with compassion and grace.Brandon Bays was already a highly respected practitioner of many healing techniques before she healed herself of a life-threatening tumour. After this her life took an even more spiritual turn and she now gives hugely popular workshops worldwide on how to live a happy and fulfilled life with compassion and grace.
Rev. Becca Stevens
Reverend Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest serving as Chaplain at St Augustine`s at Vanderbilt University, and founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms, a community and social enterprise that stands with women recovering from violence, prostitution, addiction and life on the streets. Stevens is the author of eight books and has been featured on CNN, NPR, and other national media. In 2011 Stevens was named by the White House as one of 15 `Champions of Change.` She was named the 2011 `Social Entrepreneur of the Year` in Nashville, TN and has received awards from the Frist Foundation and the Academy of Women of Achievement. To date, she has raised more than $13 million for the organizations she supports. Stevens lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.Stevens has been on CNN News, NPR's 'All Things Considered,' the Christian Science Monitor, CNN Headline News with Nancy Grace, PBS Religion and Ethics, Christian Century, Christianity Today, the Washington Times, Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Beast, The Tennessean, InFocus Magazine, Homecoming Magazine, Chapter 16, and Today's Christian Woman.
Mark Bechtel covered NASCAR for Sports Illustrated for 9 years and is now a senior writer for them. He also wrote the narration for the 2004 movie NASCAR 3-D: The IMAX Experience, a feature film aimed at hardcore NASCAR followers as well as newcomers. The movie grossed more than $20 million, making it the most successful IMAX production ever.
David Beckham is one of the most decorated footballers in the sport's history.With Manchester United (the club he supported as a boy), he won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and - unforgettably - the Champions League when United claimed their famous Treble at the climax of the 1998-99 season.In also winning championships in Spain with Real Madrid, in the USA with LA Galaxy, and in France with PSG, Beckham became the first Englishman to win league titles in four different countries.His 115 international appearances are a record for an English outfield player, and he is also the first England player to score at three World Cup finals.