Michael Backes specializes in cannabis science and policy issues at a southern California consultancy, which maintains clients throughout the United States. He previously founded the first evidence-based medical cannabis dispensary. Backes is active with Project CBD, a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (a non-psychoactive cannabis molecule), the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines, and is a member of the American Herbal Products Association's Cannabis Committee. He lives in Southern California.
Halcyon Backhouse is a writer and editor with her company, Watermark, which she manages with her husband, Robert.
Fredrik Backman is a Swedish blogger, columnist and author. His debut novel A MAN CALLED OVE was a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia, has sold over one million copies worldwide, was a Richard & Judy summer read in the UK and an instant New York Times paperback bestseller, and has been made into an acclaimed film. Fredrik's subsequent novels, MY GRANDMOTHER SENDS HER REGARDS AND APOLOGISES and BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication.
Fredrik Backman is a well-known blogger and columnist. His debut novel's protagonist was born on his blog, where over 1000 readers voted for Backman to write a novel about Ove. In 2011 he became an overnight success when one of his blog entries, "Personal message to stressed blond woman in Volkswagen", about reckless driving and parental love, became the most linked entry on Facebook ever, with 600,000 shares. A MAN CALLED OVE has been a number 1 bestseller across Scandinavia where it has sold over half-a-million copies. Fredrik's second novel, MY GRANDMOTHER SAYS HELLO AND SENDS HER APOLOGIES, also went straight to number 1 in Sweden on publication in 2015. It will be published in English by Sceptre in 2015.
Born in 1973, Steve Backshall was brought up on a farm. He studied English at University before taking a second degree in Biology. He is the presenter of the top-rated CBBC natural history programme, DEADLY 60. After writing for ROUGH GUIDES and filming documentaries for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC he became a key member of the expedition team for the hit series, LOST LAND OF THE JAGUAR, LOST LAND OF THE VOLCANO and LOST LAND OF THE TIGER. Steve has also written several books for children.Steve's website is http://www.stevebackshall.com/, and you can follow him on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/stevebackshallofficial and Twitter @SteveJBackshall
Steve Backshall is well-known as a TV presenter, wildlife enthusiast and explorer. He travels the world to learn about the most inspiring animals, from boxing mantis shrimp to charging tigers. Steve also regularly writes articles for newspapers and magazines including the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER and BBC WILDLIFE and is an inspirational public speaker.Steve's website is www.stevebackshall.com, and you can follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stevebackshallofficial and on Twitter @SteveJBackshall.
Margaret Bacon was brought up in the Yorkshire Dales and educated at The Mount School, York, and at Oxford. She taught history before her marriage to a civil engineer whose profession entailed much more travel and frequent moves of house. Her first book, Journey to Guyana, was an account of two years spent in South America. Her subsequent books, including one children's novel, have all been fiction. Margaret has two daughter and is now settled in Wiltshire.
Terry R. Bacon
Terry R. Bacon, Ph.D. is founder, CEO, and chairman of Lore International Institute, a global executive development firm whose work with such Fortune 500 firms as American Express, Cargill, Centex, Fluor, General Electric, Halliburton, Raytheon, and Ford Motor Company has included executive assessment, coaching, education, and organizational consulting in talent management and human capital development. He has coached thousands of executives and designed and delivered hundreds of programs on leadership, management, and interpersonal effectiveness over his 30-year career as a coach, teacher, and consultant. A prolific author and popular speaker, his most recent books include Winning Behavior, The Behavioral Advantage, Powerful Proposals, and Adaptive Coaching.
David Baddiel co-created three of the most popular comedy programmes in BBC TV history and his stand-up comedy act is always a sell-out nationwide.
Ivor Baddiel started driving at the age of 4 months, before he could even walk. Or talk for that matter. He became the Formula 1 world champion when he was 7, a title he has retained every year to the present day, making him the better than best ever greatest driver of all time, ever. He is also the current 500cc motorbike world champion, Trucker of the Year, Mr Milk Float and recently won the Tour De France on a pogo stick. Last week he joined the Labour party and is already being tipped to succeed Tony Blair as Prime Minister, a post he will probably hold forever. He was recently voted The Best At Everything In the World Ever. As well as the above, Ivor Baddiel has written 13 books and writes extensively for television and radio where he has worked with the likes of Stephen Fry, Ant and Dec, Johnny Vaughn, Dara O' Brian, Joan Rivers, Vernon Kay, James Nesbitt and Jerry Springer.Follow Ivor Baddiel on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Ivorbaddiel.
Born in Vienna, Afred Bader fled to England at the age of 14 just before the outbreak of World War II, where he was interned as an enemy alien and sent to a Canadian prisoner of war camp. On his release in 1941 he read engineering chemistry at Queen's University, Ontario, and was subsequently a fellow in Organic Chemistry at Harvard. In 1951 he founded Aldrich, which became, as Sigma-Aldrich, one of the world's largest suppliers of research chemicals. After being ousted from the company in a boardroom coup he turned his attention to Old Master paintings, becoming a leading collector and dealer. Alfred and his family have become well known as generous benefactors in many diverse fields and his personal philanthropy has been directed towards helping students and teachers of chemistry and art history.
Ros Badger is the founder of the children's knitwear company Little Badger. Before forming her own company she designed and produced knitwear for clothing lines by Marks & Spencer, Flyte Ostell, Copperwheat Blundell, and Geaorgina von Etzdorf among others. Ros Badger has been a professional knitter for more than 20 years.
Louise Badger and Lawrence Kershaw first met in 1986 when working on opposite sides of the music business. A whirlwind romance ensued and they were married in 1987. They have run their own artists' management company since 1998 when they also first fell in love with Italy. After years of promising themselves to do it, they made the move there in 2007. This is their first book written together and is further proof that tolerance is the most important requirement of a successful marriage. They divide their time between London and Lucca.
HyeKyung Baek is a bestselling manga creator in South Korea well known for her stylish flair and sense of drama. Her skills are ideally suited to bring the lives of the original Gossip Girl cast to life.
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.
Julian Baggini is the founding editor of The Philosophers' Magazine. He has a PhD on the philosophy of personal identity and is the author, co-author or editor of over twenty books including The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, The Ego Trick, Welcome to Everytown, The Virtues of the Table (all Granta), and most recently The Edge of Reason (Yale). He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think-tanks The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. His website is www.microphilosophy.net
Julianna is an award-winning poet, novelist, and young adult writer. For years, she has been thinking about writing a futuristic dystopian novel about a society of haves - the Pure, who escaped the apocalypse and live in an uncontaminated dome-covered city - and have-nots - the wretched survivors who live in the nearly-destroyed outside world.
Gunjan Bagla is the founder and principal of Amritt Ventures in Los Angeles, which advises major Western companies on doing business in India and China. He received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and his MBA from Southern Illinois University. Bagla speaks frequently on the topic of global sourcing and marketing.
Ben Baglio lives on the Suffolk coast with his dog, Bob. He was inspired to write Pet Finders Club by the missing pet posters he saw on walks around town, and he hopes that Bob never requires their services!
Tilly Bagshawe upset the nuns at her Catholic boarding school by getting pregnant at seventeen. Expelled but undaunted, she gave birth to a beautiful daughter alone and went on to Cambridge University before fulfilling her dream of becoming a writer. Now a happy (but tired!) mother of three, she has contributed to many newspapers and magazines including GLAMOUR, COSMOPOLITAN, THE SUNDAY TIMES and THE DAILY MAIL.