With an inquisitiveness second only to Norris Cole, Tim Randall became a journalist, writing about television and interviewing some of TV's most familiar faces for newspaper supplements and magazines. A British TV buff, his recent books include the bestselling Fifty Years Of Coronation Street and Rainbow Unzipped.
Esther Rantzen made her name producing and presenting the long-running BBC series That's Life, and since then has made a number of pioneering programmes on subjects such as childbirth, mental health and child abuse. She is President of Childline, which she founded in 1986, and a trustee of the NSPCC, as well as a Patron of a number of other charities. She was married to Desmond Wilcox until his death in 2000.
Kate Reardon has spent twenty years at the cutting edge of women's publishing. She started as a fashion assistant at American Vogue and at 21 was made Fashion Editor of Tatler. She has contributed to most major British newspapers and written three colums in The Times - who named her one of Britain's best writers. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. She lives in London during the week and goes to her cottage in Wiltshire at the weekends - as a home worker she finds this helps her remember what day of the week it is.
Richard Reeves, along with John Knell, are co-founders of the Intelligence Agency, a strategy and research consultancy. Their roster of clients includes BT, Accenture, Sky, PricewaterhouseCoopers, NESTA, PepsiCo, the Arts Council, Orange and the BBC. They are both contributors to the Whitehall Top Management Programme. Richard is currently European Business Speaker of the Year. He is a columnist and editor-at-large for Management Today.
Christopher Reich was born in Tokyo and grew up in Los Angeles. He worked in a major Swiss bank in Geneva until 1995, when he decided to pursue writing full-time. He lives in California and Switzerland and is the author of four previous bestselling thrillers, NUMBERED ACCOUNT, THE RUNNER, THE FIRST BILLION and THE DEVIL'S BANKER.
Born in Scotland, Andrew worked as a research scientist for almost a decade, on projects including DNA synthesis, forensics, and drug development. His short fiction has featured in several anthologies published by Fox Spirit books and his fantasy novel serial on Wattpad amassed nearly 175,000 reads. THE HUNTER is his debut novel.
Eva Rice has written five novels and one non-fiction book. Her third novel, The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, was a Richard and Judy Book Club Choice. Her latest novel is Love Notes for Freddie. She is married to a musician and has three children. She lives in London.
Zoe Rice grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in Manhattan. She graduated cum laude from Yale, where her friends thought she should have majored in Art History. She then spent four years editing while her friends told her she should write. She hopes they're happy now.
Nigel Richardson is an award-winning travel writer and the former deputy travel editor of the Daily Telegraph.
Baron Richards of Herstmonceux served in the Far East, Germany and Northern Ireland before commanding deployments in East Timor and Sierra Leone, where his intervention in the civil war, without official sanction from London, proved decisive in ending years of factional fighting. He later served with NATO and led ISAF forces in Afghanistan.David Richards became Commander-in-Chief Land Forces of the British Army in 2008 and held that role until 2009, when he was appointed Chief of the General Staff. In 2010 he was appointed as Chief of the Defence Staff, the professional head of the British Armed Forces, and served in that position until 2013. He was made a Life Peer in February 2014.
Eddie Richardson was born in 1936 and grew up in wartorn south London. He forged a career as a businessman and became, together with his brother Charlie, head of a criminal gang that dominated London south of the Thames in the 1960s. After spending more than 20 years of his life in prison - where he learnt to paint - he is now retired and an acclaimed artist in his own right.
John Connolly was born in Dublin. He is the bestselling author of eighteen books, including the Charlie Parker series and THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS, and an editor of the prizewinning non-fiction anthology BOOKS TO DIE FOR. CONQUEST is his twentieth published book. Jennifer Ridyard was born in England and grew up in South Africa, where she worked as a journalist for many years. CONQUEST is her first novel. John and Jennifer live in Dublin.
Ransom Riggs grew up in Florida but now makes his home in the land of peculiar children - Los Angeles. Along the way, he earned degrees from Kenyon College and the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, got married, and made some award-winning short films. He moonlights as a blogger and travel writer, and his series of travel essays, "Strange Geographies", can be found at mentalfloss.com or via ransomriggs.com.
Monty Roberts was born in 1935 and rode his first horse, Ginger, at the age of two. A child riding prodigy, he won his first trophy aged four and went to college on a rodeo scholarship. He has worked with horses all his life and his incredible 'join-up' technique - with which he gets an unbroken horse to accept its first saddle, bridle and rider in under 30 minutes - has made him famous the world over.
Wendy Robertson has written short stories, some journalism and many novels - the latest being Sandie Shaw and the Millionth Marvel Cooker and The Woman Who Drew Buildings - all now available as ebooks. She has built up a substantial following on her blog LIFE TWICE TASTED (www.lifetwicetasted.blogspot.com). It averages 2,500 visitors a month - 33,000 since she started. You can also find her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @lifetwicetasted.
J.P. Rodgers was born in Co. Galway. He left school at fifteen and at the age of sixteen had the first of his many letters read on Ireland's popular Radio Éireann programme Dear Sir or Madam. In 1963 he joined the mass exodus of Irish people who went to England in search of employment: there he worked as a bus conductor before immigrating to Australia in 1970. In 1978 he moved back to his childhood home near Williamstown, Co. Galway, where he still lives with his wife.
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Hillary Clinton was brought up in Chicago and educated at Wellesley College and Yale after which she practised as a lawyer and was a children's rights activist. She married Bill Clinton in 1975 and became America's First Lady when he was elected President in 1993. She was elected Senator for New York in 2000 and from 2009 to 2013 served as President Obama's Secretary of State.
Jack Rollin was soccer columnist for the Sunday Telegraph for 21 years and has worked on all but three editions of SKY SPORTS (ROTHMANS) FOOTBALL YEARBOOK as well as editing PLAYFAIR FOOTBALL ANNUAL with his daughter, Glenda Rollin. He is the most prolific compiler of football fact books in Britain.
Glenda Rollin worked as a legal secretary in London before joining her father, Jack Rollin, to work full time on the SKY SPORTS FOOTBALL YEARBOOK. She was appointed co-editor in 1995. She is also co-editor of PLAYFAIR FOOTBALL ANNUAL. An Aldershot supporter since she was ten, Glenda regularly accompanies her father to their matches.
Karen Rose was introduced to suspense and horror at the tender age of eight when she accidentally read Poe's The Pit and The Pendulum and was afraid to go to sleep for years. She now enjoys writing books that make other people afraid to go to sleep. Karen lives in Florida with her family, their cat, Bella, and two dogs, Loki and Freya. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, and her new hobby - knitting.