Penny Dann was a well-known and highly talented children's illustrator, whose Secret Fairy range has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.Penny Dann studied Visual Communication at Brighton Polytechnic and enjoyed a successful career illustrating children's books. Her witty, lively watercolours have added character to many well-known stories and she also wrote her own books.Penny was born in Slough, Buckinghamshire and was brought up in Stoke Poges. Following an eighteen-month tour around Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and the US, Penny settled in her university town of Brighton.Penny was well-known for her bestselling The Secret Fairy range of handbooks and novelties for Orchard Books. Among Penny's other books are One for the Pot and Why Not Stay for Breakfast? (Elm Tree Books), two anthologies The Animals' Bedtime Story Book and Read Me a Story (Orion) and three books about Figgy Two Socks and Jefferson Bear (Kingfisher). She also illustrated The Collins Treasury of Poetry edited by Stephanie Nettell and designed a soft toy for Running Press.
Edwidge Danticat's collection of interlinked stories, KRIK? KRAK!, was shortlisted for the National Book Award in the US. She was also one of GRANTA's Best Young American Novelists.
Edwidge Danticat was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and the author of several books, including Brother, I'm Dying, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, winner of the inaugural Story Prize. She lives in Miami with her family.
Kitty Danton was born and grew up in Devon where her books are set. She spent time as a news journalist and a mature student before working in publishing. She lives in London.
Danny Danziger has written 11 books on a range of diverse subjects. His last title for Little, Brown -THE YEAR 1000 - went to number one and stayed on the bestseller list for seven months. Danny has a weekly interview column in the Sunday Times, Best of Times, Worst of Times, which over 12 years has won many accolades and awards.
Danny Danziger has written fourteen books on a range subjects, including The Year 1000 which went to number one and stayed on the bestseller list for seven months. Danny's weekly Sunday Times column, 'Best of Times, Worst of Times', won many accolades and awards over 12 years.
Andrew Darby is a Fairfax journalist who writes for both the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. He lives in Tasmania.
Christine Darcas is a freelance writer whose fiction and non-fiction have appeared in both Australian and overseas publications. In addition to her writing, Christine is passionate about Latin-American dancing, and in 2007 she reached the semi-finals of the Masters Division of the Tattersall s Australian Dancesport Championships. She was born and raised in the US and is now settled in Melbourne with her husband and two children. Hachette Australia published her first novel DANCING BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS in 2008. SPINNING OUT is her second novel.
Helen Dardik is a professional illustrator and a surface pattern designer based in Ottowa, Ontario. Born by the Black Sea, she lived in Siberia for a time and then moved to Israel, where she studied art and design. She later got a graphic design degree and found work as a designer and illustrator in Canada.
Richard Dargie is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies and History at Morey House Institute of Education in Edimburgh. He has written or co-written eight History textbooks, and around fifty BBC Education Scotland radio and television programmes.
Andrew Dargue and Donna Conroy founded Vanilla Black in York in 2004, before relocating the restaurant to London in 2008. The restaurant is now recognised as one of the best vegetarian establishments in the country and is recommended in the Michelin Guide.
Tom Darling was born in Oxford in 1978. He has an M.Phil. from Trinity College, Dublin , and is the author of the novel Glass People.
Thirty-two year old Olivia Darling was born and raised in Cornwall. At the age of eighteen she fell in lust with an Italian art student in St Ives and ran away to Tuscany in hot pursuit of him. The love affair didn't last but Olivia's sojourn in Montepulciano inspired a much more enduring passion for Vino Nobile. She divides her time between Tuscany and London, where she writes her novels of sex, love and luxury.
Ashley Dartnell was born in 1960s Tehran to an American mother and an English father. Educated in Tehran, she later graduated from Bryn Mawr and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. This is her first book. Ashley lives in London with her husband and three children.
Emma Darwin was born in 1964. Her first novel, THE MATHEMATICS OF LOVE, was acclaimed in nine countries; A SECRET ALCHEMY is her second. She lives in London.
Emma Darwin is the author of the historical novels The Mathematics of Love and A Secret Alchemy, and her short fiction has been published and broadcast. She has appeared at literary festivals from Hay on Wye to New Zealand, she has taught creative writing for many institutions including the Open University, and she blogs at This Itch of Writing. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin.
Rasamandala Das has been working in education and teacher training since 1990. He runs an educational consultancy in Oxford and is co-director of ISKCON Educational Services
Mike Dash read history at Cambridge and received his PhD from the University of London. Having worked for the Fortean Times and The Ministry of Sound, he is now setting up his own company.
Eileen Daspin is an award-winning US journalist and magazine editor who writes on a range of lifestyle subjects. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, InStyle, Food & Wine and other publications, and she has worked for W magazine, People, the Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Portfolio, the New York Post and Thomson Reuters. Eileen is married to New York celebrity chef Cesare Casella, with whom she has co-authored a cookbook. She lives and diets in Manhattan.
Rosie Dastgir was born in England to a Pakistani father and an English mother. Educated at Oxford University she received an MFA in film from NYU. She has worked at the BBC, and written a number of screenplays. Rosie lived in Whitechapel, East London, before moving to Brooklyn, New York, in 2005. A Small Fortune is her first novel.