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.
Dr Douglas Palmer
Dr Douglas Palmer is a science writer and lecturer. His books include The Neanderthal, which accompanied the acclaimed Channel 4 series, Earth Time, The Atlas of the Prehistoric World and Prehistoric Past Revealed (MB). He is a contributor to a variety of publications including New Scientist, Science and BBC Wildlife Magazine. He is currently working on Evolution for Mitchell Beazley (2009).
Amanda was born in Virginia and, after travelling widely, she was sucked into the gravity well of Texas and hasn't managed to escape. Yet. She has a BA in English Literature, and is now a bookstore minion while writing and beast-herding her many animals full time. She lives near Austin.
David Drew writes and presents television documentaries (including series such as Chronicles, Footsteps and Timewatch). He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Anthropological Institute. This is his first book.
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.
Michael Drosnin is a reporter, formerly at the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of the international bestsellers CITIZEN HUGHES. THE BIBLE CODE and BIBLE CODE II: the Countdown. He lives and works in New York.
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
Storm Dunlop is a former President of the British Astronomical Association. He is based in East Wittering, near Chichester, England.
Award winning broadcaster and historian, Tessa Dunlop has presented several series and one-off documentaries for BBC TV including 'Thames Shipwrecks', 'Coast' and 'Inside Out'. She has authored and presented several documentaries for Radio 4 and the BBC World Service and has written for almost all the major national newspapers. She received the Gertrude Easton History prize whilst at Oxford University, got a 1st in her MA: Imperialism and Culture and has been awarded a PhD scholarship at Sheffield Hallam University.
Erik Durschmied was born in Vienna in 1930. After the Second World War he emigrated to Canada. A television war correspondent for the BBC and CBS, Durschmied covered every major crisis, from Vietnam, Iran, Iraq, Belfast, Beirut, Chile, to Cuba and Afghanistan. Winner of numerous awards, Newsweek wrote 'Durschmied is a supremely gifted reporter who has transformed the media he works in.' And in Le Monde: 'He's survived more battles than any living general.' Erik has just been appointed Professor of Military History at The Military Academy of Austria. He lives in Paris and Provence with his family.
Catherine Dyson is a writer, director and producer. She is a graduate of the Australian Film TV and Radio School and Deakin University. Her films have been broadcast in Australia and internationally, and have screened theatrically. Her award nominations include Mohamed Ali's Happy Day Feast (1998) Best Documentary, Australian Film Institute Award, and A Wing and a Prayer (2000), the United Nations Media Peace Award. Catherine's documentary screenwriting credits include - A Wing and a Prayer, Echoland: the Kokoda Trail, Cousin Brother Cousin Sister, The Picasso Ransom, Swing By Sailor. She worked as interviewer, videographer and editor on the national archive project - Australians at War Film Archive (2003 - 2005). Catherine also works as a script editor and script assessor at the Victorian College of the Arts Film School. Her first book, Swing By Sailor: True Stories from the War Brides of HMS Victorious was published by Hachette Livre Australia in 2007.