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 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.
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, after surviving the Andes plane crash, has gone on to become a successful businessman and television producer and presenter. He speaks five languages, is a hugely successful lecturer around the world, and in his spare time races motorcycles and stock cars.
Nick Harris is a long standing motorcycling journalist and commentator.
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.
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.
Harry Pearson was born and brought up on the edge of Teesside. He is the author of eight works of non-fiction. The Far Corner - A Mazy Dribble through North-East Football, was runner-up for the William Hill Prize and has been named as one of the Fifty Greatest Sports Books of All Time by both the Observer and The Times. He wrote a weekly sports column in the Guardian from 1996 to 2012, and won the 2011 MCC/Cricket Society Prize for his book about Northern club cricket, Slipless in Settle. He lives in Northumberland.
Roland Perry is an award-winning author, journalist and documentary-maker, best known for his writing on Australian military and sporting history. His books include BRADMAN'S INVINCIBLES, THE FIGHT FOR AUSTRALIA, MONASH: THE OUTSIDER WHO WON THE WAR, THE AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE, THE CHANGI BROWNLOW, biographies of cricketers Keith Miller and Shane Warne, his highly praised life of DON BRADMAN, as well as the recent bestsellers BILL THE BASTARD and HORRIE THE WAR DOG. Roland Perry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, for services to literature, in 2011. For more information visit rolandperryauthor.com
David Pickering is an experienced reference book compiler, freelance since 1992. He has contributed (often as sole author or chief editor) to around 200 books in the fields of general reference, English language, the arts, history and popular interest. He has also broadcast many times on a variety of subjects on radio and television. He lives in Buckingham with his wife and two sons.
Cameron Pierce is the Wonderland Book Award-winning author of fifteen books, including the critically acclaimed collections The Incoming Tide and Our Love Will Go the Way of the Salmon. In 2015, he was the Mellon writer-in-residence at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. His work has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Flyfishing & Tying Journal, The Barcelona Review, Vol. I Brooklyn, The Big Click and many other publications. He lives with his wife and daughter in Astoria, Oregon.
Tim Pilcher is a comic book expert, historian, journalist, and lecturer. He has worked as an assistant editor at DC Comics Vertigo imprint, and has written comic strips for the BBC, De Agostini, and the Young Telegraph. He was also associate editor of Comics International and has written numerous books on comics including the Complete Cartooning Course and The Essential Guide to World Comics with Brad Brooks, and Erotic Comics: A Graphic History Volumes 1 & 2. He is a co-founder and current Chair of the Comic Book Alliance, "The Voice of the British comics industry .
Brent Pope is a well-known New Zealand rugby analyst and sports personality who has been living and working in Ireland for many years.
Ian Poulter is an English professional golfer. He has been ranked as high as number 5 in the world rankings, and is currently number 17. He has won twelve times on the European Tour and twice on the PGA Tour, and has one of the best Ryder Cup records. He is the touring professional for Woburn Golf and Country Club and has an endorsement with the following companies: Puma Golf, Mutual of Omaha, Titleist, Cobra, Nikon, EA Sports, MasterCard, Oakley, Fathead, Audemars Piguet, Marquis Jet. He has a thriving clothing business, IJP Design. He lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife and four children.
Robert Powell is the reader of SELECTIONS FROM ISAIAH (audio). He is a well-known film and TV actor who has appeared on the small screen in comedy alongside Jasper Carrot and on the big screen as none other than Jesus of Nazareth.
The Associated Press
The Associated Press (www.ap.org) is a not-for profit news cooperative that delivers fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. Distributed by satellite and the Internet to more than 120 nations, AP services daily reach more than one billion people. With headquarters in New York City, the AP has over 3,700 employees in more than 300 locations worldwide.
Derek Pringle played for Essex between 1978 and 1993. He was a member of the successful sides of the 1980s and early 1990s alongside cricketers such as Graham Gooch, Mark Waugh, Nasser Hussain, John Lever and Neil Foster. In that period Essex won the County Championship six times. As an undergraduate, Pringle played for Cambridge University and was called up for England in 1982. Pringle went on to play 30 Tests until 1992, scoring 695 runs and taking 70 wickets. He also played in 44 One Day Internationals between 1982 and 1993. He appeared in two World Cups including England's 1992 Cup Final team.After his playing days, he became a cricket correspondent firstly with The Independent and then The Daily Telegraph.
Richard Purden grew up in Edinburgh but with family roots in Limerick and the west of Scotland he always felt a strong connection to Irish literature, culture and of course, Celtic FC. While studying at the University of Stirling he began to write arts reviews for student magazine Brig and on graduating he was first published in the Celtic View, Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, The Irish Examiner and The Irish Post. More recently he has contributed to Four Four Two, the Sunday Mail and the award-winning Herald Saturday magazine.