Emylia Hall was born in 1978 and grew up in the Devon countryside. She is the author of The Book of Summers, which was a Richard & Judy Summer Book Club pick in 2012, A Heart Bent Out of Shape, The Sea Between Us and The Thousand Lights Hotel. She lives in Bristol with her husband, the writer Robin Etherington, and their young son.
Tate Hallaway was born in the magical town of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Tate has been a fan of vampire fiction since she first read Poppy Z. Brite in high school. Her first short fiction acceptance was to a vampire 'zine called Nocturnal Ecstasy Vampire Coven. Tate lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota with three black cats.
Marvellously untouched by twelve years of formal education, Sylvian Hamilton was at different times a secretary, mother, lexicographer, journalist, farmer, second-hand book seller and antiques dealer, as well as a successful novelist. She died in 2005.
Emma Hannigan is the No. 1 bestselling author of twelve novels including Letters to my Daughters, The Wedding Promise and The Perfect Gift. Her bestselling memoir, Talk to the Headscarf, was updated and revised as All To Live For: Fighting Cancer. Finding Hope. and was also a top ten bestseller.
Born and educated in Sydney, Australia, Titania Hardie is the highly successful author of a range of distinctive non-fiction books and the children's series THE FRANGIPANI FAIRIES. Best known for her television appearances on This Morning with Richard & Judy and The Paul O'Grady Show, Titania is a serious student of esoterica. She has first class honours degrees in psychology and English, and was awarded the Chatterton bursary for post-graduate study at Bristol University, where she is currently completing her MA on the Romantic Poets. Titania lives in Somerset with her husband and two daughters.
Peter Hardy has spent much of his long career as a foreign correspondent and travel writer reporting from distant corners of the world for The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, and London Evening Standard. In the 1960s he lived briefly as a hippy in San Francisco, becoming the friend and lover of Janis Joplin. His colourful life has not been without some landmark mishaps - as a small child he lost an eye to a bow-and-arrow, and while reporting in Idi Amin's Uganda he narrowly escaped execution after receiving a death sentence for espionage. More recently, he was seriously injured in a tragic accident while ski mountaineering in the French Alps. But despite it all, he claims that travelling with James Blunt has undoubtedly been his most dangerous assignment to date. Peter is the editor of the website welove2ski.com and its sandy sister welovethebeach.com. When not travelling to concerts, mountains or beaches he lives in Hampshire with his wife and children.
Jennifer Hart lives in London. When she's not writing, she loves to dance, and is often found tripping the light fantastic at her local Lindy hop class.
The distinguished British actor Nigel Havers has played many roles in theatre, film and TV. Famous films include: Chariots of Fire, A Passage to India, and Empire of the Sun. He has appeared increasingly in TV dramas such as Upstairs, Downstairs and Dangerfield, headling the 1980s BBC sitcom Don't Wait Up. More recently he returned to comedy with Manchild. His father was Lord Havers QC.
Lucy Hawking has written for the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, The Times and the Evening Standard and has been a guest presenter and regular contributor on Nicky Campbell's Radio 5 Live show. She lives in London.
Edna Healey read English at Oxford and has lectured widely on literature and history. Her book LADY UNKNOWN, a biography of Angela Burdett-Coutts, received the Yorkshire Post Literary Award. She is married to former Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey.
Peter Heller is an award-winning adventure writer and contributing editor on Outside magazine, Men`s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He is also the author of several non-fiction books, including Kook; The Whale Warriors; and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet`s Tsangpo Gorge. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Kathryn Heyman grew up in Australia where she worked as an actor, playwright and, briefly, a deckhand. Her previous novels are Keep Your Hands on the Wheel (currently being adapted for Radio 4) and The Breaking (shortlisted for the Stakis Prize for the Scottish Writer of the Year, longlisted for the Orange Prize). The Accomplice has received an Arts Council of England Writer's Award and a Wingate Scholarship. Kathryn divides her time, with her partner and their young family, between Britain and Australia.
Amanda Hickie was born in Sydney and has lived in Australia most of her life. In 2000, she moved for some time to Canada, and was living there when Toronto was one of two centres of a SARS outbreak. Observing the news, and the response of those around her, she became interested in what decisions a family might have to make to survive an epidemic on the scale of the 1918 flu. Amanda lives in Sydney with her husband, two sons and two cats.
Julie Highmore lives in Oxford and has three grown-up children.
Jo Hill is married with two children and lives in the country.
Inspired by a visit to Spinalonga, the abandoned Greek leprosy colony, Victoria Hislop wrote The Island in 2005. It became an international bestseller and a 26-part Greek TV series. She was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards and is now an ambassador for Lepra. Her affection for the Mediterranean took her to Spain, which inspired her second bestseller The Return, and she returned to Greece to tell the turbulent tale of Thessaloniki in The Thread, shortlisted for a British Book Award and confirming her reputation as an inspirational storyteller. The Sunrise, a Sunday Times Number One bestseller about the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, was published to widespread acclaim in 2014.Victoria Hislop's latest book, Cartes Postales from Greece, is fiction illustrated with photographs. It was a Sunday Times bestseller in hardback and one of the biggest selling books of 2016.
Number one bestselling author Wendy Holden has written ten consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. A former journalist on the Sunday Times, Tatler and the Mail on Sunday, she contributes to a range of publications and is a TV and radio regular. She was a judge for the Costa 2013 Novel and Book of the Year Awards. Wendy lives with her husband and two children in Derbyshire. Visit her on her website www.wendyholden.net, or follow her on Twitter @Wendy_Holden and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wendyholdenauthor.
Linda Holeman is the author of the internationally bestselling historical novels The Linnet Bird, The Moonlit Cage, In a Far Country, and The Saffron Gate, as well as a number of other works of fiction and short fiction. The Moonlit Cage was chosen by Amnesty International UK as one of their 'ten great books on human rights'. Her novels have been translated into eighteen languages. A world traveller, she grew up and was educated in Winnipeg. She currently lives in Toronto.
Liu Hong was born in Manchuria, on China's North-Korean border, in the midst of the Cultural Revolution. She studied English language and literature before moving to Beijing where she worked as a translator for Channel Four and other western TV companies. In 1989 she came to England on an academic scholarship and studied first in Oxford and then in London, where she gained an MA in social anthropology. One of the first mainland Chinese authors writing fiction in English in the UK she has published four novels: STARTLING MOON, THE MAGPIE BRIDGE, THE TOUCH and WIVES OF THE EAST WIND. She is also the translator of the Chinese novel THE CONCUBINE OF SHANGHAI, by Hong Ying. She lives in the West of England.
William Horwood was born in Oxford in 1944, the illegitimate last child of five. He was a feature editor with the Daily Mail until 1978 when he began work on the first of his now classic Duncton Chronicles series which became instant international bestsellers.