Jon E. Lewis
Jon E. Lewis is a historian and writer, whose books on history and military historyare sold worldwide. He is also editor of many The Mammoth Book of anthologies, including the bestselling On the Edge and Endurance and Adventure.He holds graduate and postgraduate degrees in history. His work has appeared in New Statesman, the Independent, Time Out and the Guardian. He lives in Herefordshire with his partner and children.Praise for his previous books:England: The Autobiography:'A triumph' Saul David, author of Victoria's ArmyThe British Soldier: The Autobiography:'this thoughtful compilation . . . almost unbearably moving.' Guardian'Compelling tommy's eye view of war.' Daily Telegraph'What a book. Five stars.' Daily Express
Patrick Leigh Fermor
In December 1933, at the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) walked across Europe, reaching Constantinople in early 1935. He travelled on into Greece, where in Athens he met Balasha Cantacuzene, with whom he lived - mostly in Rumania - until the outbreak of war. Serving in occupied Crete, he led a successful operation to kidnap a German general, for which he won the DSO. After the war he began writing, and travelled extensively round Greece with Joan Eyres Monsell whom he later married. Towards the end of his life he wrote the first two books about his early trans-European odyssey, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. He planned a third, unfinished at the time of his death in 2011, which has since been edited by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper and published as The Broken Road.
Stewart Lee grew up in Solihull and began stand-up in 1988 at the age of 20, having been inspired by seeing the post-punk anti-comic Ted Chippington open for The Fall in Birmingham in 1984. He won the Hackney Empire new act of the year award in 1990 and for the next decade was a five nights a week regular on the stand-up club circuit. In 2001 he was asked to contribute to the libretto for the composer Richard Thomas' JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA which went on to win four Olivier awards. His most recent stand-up shows have been Stand Up Comedian (2004), 90s Comedian (2005), 41st Best Stand-up Comedian (2007), If You Prefer a Milder Comedian, Please Ask for One (2009), Carpet Remnant World (2012) and Content Provide (2016). STEWART LEE'S COMEDY VEHICLE, featuring his stand-up, ran for four series on BBC2, and won the BAFTA for Best Comedy Programme in 2012. Stewart is also the author of the stand-up comedy studies HOW I ESCAPED MY CERTAIN FATE (2010) and IF YOU PREFER A MILDER COMEDIAN PLEASE ASK FOR ONE (2012). He has written for THE WIRE, UNCUT, the OBSERVER and MOJO, and won CELEBRITY MASTERMIND answering questions on the guitarist Derek Bailey. Stewart has two children and has lived in Stoke Newington, Hackney, since the 1990s. He recently recorded a half hour piece inspired by his contribution to this book, TELLY SAVALAS LOOKS AT BIRMINGHAM, with the free-jazz trio capri-batterie.
Jessica J. Lee
Jessica J. Lee was born in Canada in 1986. She holds a doctorate in environmental history and aesthetics. Jessica lives in Berlin, where she continues her search for new lakes. This is her first book.
Jennifer 8 Lee, the daughter of Chinese immigrants and a fluent Mandarin speaker, grew up eating her mother's authentic Chinese food in her family's kitchen before graduating from Harvardy. At 24 she was hired by the NY Times, where she is a metro reporter.
Olivier Le Carrer
Olivier Le Carrer is a journalist and passionate sailor. He has spent the last thirty years exploring the shores of the planet. He has written several books on cartography and navigation with the illustrator Sibylle Le Carrer.
Robert 'Butch' Lauffer
Robert ¿Butch¿ Lauffer is head coach at Texas A&M University, and holds a full FIFA license.
April S. Kater is Head Women¿s Soccer Coach at Syracuse University, bringing her team into the NSCAA tournament. She is a member of the United States Soccer Federation and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and holds both an NSCAA Premiere Coaching Certificate and a USSF ¿A¿ Coaching License.