Described by Jeremy Beadle as 'one of the world's leading oddity hunters', Paul Donnelley is a freelance author, journalist and pop historian. He is a Sunday Times Top 10 Best-selling Author with over 15 books to his name and contributions in many more. Paul has also written features for numerous national newspapers and magazines, and has published a number of sports titles including Television Sporting Heroes, The Arsenal Companion, Arsenal: On This Day and Cricket: On This Day. He is currently working on Hamlyn's Firsts, Lasts & Onlys sport series, which include Firsts, Lasts & Onlys of Football and Firsts, Lasts & Onlys of Golf.Location: Essex, UK.
Roma Downey is an actress, singer and producer from Derry, Northern Ireland. She is best known as Tess's angel/employee in the successful American TV series Touched by an Angel. She is married to television producer Mark Burnett.
Jim Drewett is a professional sports writer who has worked on a number of magazines, including Four Four Two and Total Football. He has also written several books, including The Virgin Book of Football. He is a massive fan of football in general and still plays for a local amateur side most weekends.
Didier Drogba played for English club Chelsea as a striker, and is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club's fourth highest goal scorer of all time. In October 2012, he was voted by Chelsea supporters as the club's greatest ever player. He has also been named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009.After playing in youth teams, Drogba made his professional debut aged 18 for Ligue 2 club Le Mans, and signed his first professional contract aged 21.In the summer of 2004, Drogba moved to Chelsea for a club record £24 million fee, making him the most expensive Ivorian player in history. In his debut season he helped the club win their first league title in 50 years, and a year later he won another Premier League title. With a career record of scoring 10 goals in 10 finals winning 10 trophies at club level, Drogba has been referred to as the 'ultimate big game player'.An Ivory Coast international between 2002 and 2014, Drogba captained the national team from 2006 until his retirement and is the nation's all-time top goalscorer with 65 goals from 104 appearances. On 8 August 2014, he announced his retirement from international football.
Norman Drummond is founder of Columba 1400, a charity specialising in helping young people from underprivileged backgrounds to become leaders. He is also chairman of Drummond International, a life coaching, personal and presentation skills and media management company. Formerly a headteacher and BBC governor, Norman Drummond's skills as a coach are in great demand with top politicians and business figures worldwide. He is currently a chaplain to the Queen. He is married with five children.
Daphne Du Maurier
Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day. In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children.Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.
Daphne Du Maurier
Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London and educated at home and in Paris. She lived most of her life in her beloved Cornwall, the setting for most of her novels.
Laurent Dubois is a professor of romance studies and history at Duke University, where he teaches the popular course Soccer Politics. The prize-winning author of five books, including The Banjo, Haiti, and Soccer Empire, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Martin Dugard is the New York Times bestselling author of such nonfiction titles as Chasing Lance, The Last Voyage of Columbus, Farther Than Any Man, Knockdown, and Into Africa. He has written for Esquire, Outside, Sports Illustrated and GQ
Duncan Dyason is founder and director of the Toybox Charity, which promotes awareness of the plight of the street children of Latin America and supports projects that seek to bring an end to their suffering. He lives with his wife Jenni and daughter Katelyn in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. The stories of his childhood, conversion and the founding of Toybox are all told in MIRACLE CHILDREN.