Lawrence Dallaglio has been a Wasps player all his club career, signing in 1990 and becoming captain in 1995 for 12 years until his retirement in 2008. He has won a hat-trick of Premiership titles and was also a member of the triumphant England Sevens team which won the World Cup at Murrayfield in 1993. He has captained his country and is regarded as one of the world's greatest ever back-row forwards - he was the only player to play in every minute of every match during the victorious 2003 World Cup campaign. He has won 85 caps for England and 3 Lions caps.
Torkil Damhaug studied literature and anthropology in Bergen, and then medicine in Oslo, specialising in psychiatry. After working as a psychiatrist for many years, he now writes full time. Torkil lives with his wife and children near Oslo.
Barry Davies joined BBC Radio in 1963. He then moved to ITV where he was part of the 1966 World Cup commentary team, before rejoining the BBC in 1969. He became established as one of the corporation's leading commentators on football, as well as many other sports including tennis, ice skating, gymnastics and the Boat Race.
Hunter Davies was born in Renfrew, Scotland, in January 1936. He has written more than 40 books - including biographies of the Beatles, Gazza and John Prescott - and, as a journalist, he contributes to the Sunday Times and writes a weekly football column in the New Statesman. He is an avid collector of football memorabilia and has amassed an impressive collection over the years. He lives with his wife in the Lake District and in London.
Matt Dawson won 77 caps and scored 101 points for England, and won 7 caps and scored 10 points for the British and Irish Lions, in a distinguished 15-year playing career, the pinnacle of which was winning the World Cup in 2003. At club level, he excelled at scrum-half for 13 years with Northampton and won the Heineken Cup in 2000, then finished his career at London Wasps where he won the Premiership in his first season.Dawson is now a much-loved broadcaster who captains a team on BBC1's long-running A Question of Sport and passionately presents and commentates on rugby on BT Sport and BBC Radio 5 Live. In 2006 he won BBC1's Celebrity Masterchef and finished second in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing.
Peter De Jonge
Peter de Jonge wrote the bestselling novels THE BEACH HOUSE and MIRACLE ON THE 17TH GREEN with James Patterson, and has written for several national publications. He lives in New York.
Tony De Saulles
Tony has worked as a freelance designer and a college lecturer. He is the illustrator of the award-winning Horrible Science series.
Emma De Vita
Emma De Vita is features editor on Management Today. During her years on the magazine, she has spent time in jail, watching catwalk shows and travelling to Sao Paolo, New York and Mumbai all in the name of business journalism, for which she has won a number of awards. Her articles have also appeared in the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Financial Times.
Jason Dean was born in South London. He spent many years as a graphic designer before turning his talent to writing and deciding to write the kind of American thrillers he`d always loved to read. He lives in Thailand with his wife.
S.J. Deas was born in 1968. He once set fire to Wales. Well, one bit of Wales. Twice. When not burning principalities he managed to study theoretical physics at Cambridge, get a job at BAE, marry and have two children. He now lives in Essex.
James Delingpole was born in the Midlands, lives in London and rants on rock, politics, TV, books, food and culture for newspapers and magazines including the Spectator, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Mail. His main ambitions are to abolish windfarms, somehow find enough money to educate his children privately, bring about world peace, and go back in time and win a DSO commanding a battalion on D-Day.
Hugh Dennis is an award-winning writer, actor and comedian best known for weekly satirical panel showMock The Week, Radio 4's The Now Show and BBC sit-com Outnumbered. He lives in Sussex with his real wife and his real children. To their annoyance he is interested in almost everything. He reads, runs, cycles, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Kimberly Derting is a full-time writer who lives in Western Washington state with her husband and three children.
Lani Diane Rich
Lani Diane Rich is an award-winning author living in upstate New York where she, sadly, does not have a dog. Her eldest daughter is allergic. What are you gonna do? Visit her website on www.lanidianerich.com.
Clarissa Dickson Wright
Clarissa Dickson Wright found fame alongside Jennifer Paterson as one half of the much-loved TV cooking partnership Two Fat Ladies. She is the author of the bestselling memoir Spilling the Beans as well as many cookery books including The Game Cookbook and, most recently, Potty - her one-pot cookbook. She is also a passionate supporter of the Countryside Alliance and of rural life. She lives a little in London but mostly in Scotland.
Barbara Dickson was brought up in Dunfermline but soon moved to Edinburgh to follow her musical dream. After a lot of perseverance she finally broke through and became a household name with singles such as 'I Know Him So Well' with Elaine Paige, 'Caravan Song' and 'January February'; she also has a Silver, three Gold and two Platinum-selling albums. Barbara later featured onstage in acclaimed musicals and in TV shows as diverse as The Two Ronnies and Top of the Pops. She still tours annually to play to loyal fans and lives in Lincolnshire with her family.
Nell Dixon was born and continues to live in a small area of the UK known as the Black Country. She is married and has three daughters. In addition to writing, she works full-time as a health visitor in her local community. She was the winnner of the 2007 RNA Romance Prize.
Michael Dobbs was born in the same hour as Prince Charles. It doesn't seem to have done him too much harm. In the years since then he has become a doctor of philosophy, a senior adviser to both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, a Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, a regular presenter of BBC TV's Despatch Box and a columnist for the Mail on Sunday. In his spare time he has written books ranging from the bestselling House of Cards trilogy that became a hugely popular TV series to his recent brilliant series of historical novels about the life of Winston Churchill. He tries to live quietly with his wife and four sons near a pub and a church in Wiltshire.
Tommy Docherty's playing career began at Celtic in 1947 before joining Preston. He made over 300 league appearances for the club and played in the 1954 FA Cup final. He won 25 caps for Scotland and played in the 1954 World Cup. From Preston he moved to Arsenal where he played for three years.He was appointed Chelsea manager in 1962 and achieved promotion to Division One, won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup final. From there his managerial career encompassed 12 different clubs together with the Scotland post. Docherty managed Manchester United in the mid-70s and Derby County. He retired from football in 1988 and has made a successful career as a TV pundit and after-dinner speaker.
Paul Doherty was born in Middlesbrough. He studied History at Liverpool and Oxford Universities and obtained a doctorate for his thesis on Edward II and Queen Isabella. He is now headmaster of a school in north-east London and lives with his family in Essex.