Phil Earle was born in the great city of Hull in 1974, and spent the next eighteen years playing a lot of sport, messing around in plays and trying to sing in bands. He has had jobs as a care worker in a residential kids' home and a bookseller, and now works as sales and marketing director for David Fickling books. In 2016, Phil was appointed as Reading charity BookTrust's new writer-in-residence. He lives on a hill in Yorkshire with his wife and three children and his favourite place to write is on the bus. Visit Phil's website, www.philearle.com, or follow him on twitter @philearle.
Kevin Eason was The Times' Motor Racing Correspondent since 1998. He covered 18 seasons of Formula One for the newspaper, and picked up numerous awards, including the Silverstone award for best F1 coverage.
Gareth Edwards played rugby as scrum-half for Cardiff, Wales and the British Lions in the 1960s and 1970s. He is widely regarded as the greatest rugby player of all time, and is now a respected TV commentator.
Jessica Ennis was born in Sheffield in 1986. Jessica attended King Ecgbert Secondary School where she first met her fiancé Andy Hill. In the school holidays Jessica attended local athletics camps, and at the age of thirteen Jessica had her first coaching session with Toni Minichiello. After graduating with a degree in Psychology from the University of Sheffield, Jessica became a professional athlete; her greatest achievement to date has been winning heptathlon gold at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Jessica was appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2011 and lives in Sheffield with Andy and their chocolate labrador, Myla.
Sven-Goran Eriksson's remarkable career spans four decades over as many continents. He was born in the small town of Sunne, Sweden in 1948. At the age of 34, he led mostly amateur side IFK Gothenburg to UEFA Cup victory in one of the greatest upsets in football history. He has won numerous league and cup titles in Portugal and Italy with Benfica, Roma and Lazio. In 2001, he became the first foreign manager of the England national team, reaching three consecutive quarter-finals in major tournaments. His winning record as England manager is eclipsed only by the legendary Sir Alf Ramsey. Following managerial positions at Manchester City, Mexico, Ivory Coast and Leicester, and a spell as the technical director of Al Nasr in the United Arab Emirates league, he is currently the manager of Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F.