Stephen Law is a lecturer in philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London, and was formerly Research Fellow in Philosophy at Queen's College, Oxford. He received his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Oxford.
Barbara Lazar studied English Literature at Syracuse University; she received her masters from the University of South Florida in Tampa and was selected to be that university's representative to the Florida Poetry Festival and received her doctorate from the University of Virginia in reading education. She taught for many years, worked as a mainframe programmer for NASA, and wrote and taught as an Instructional Systems Designer for major corporations. Obsessed with Japanese culture and its rich history of storytelling, she has spent the last twelve years meticulously researching what has become THE PILLOW BOOK OF THE FLOWER SAMURAI. She currently writes and teaches in San Antonio, Texas.
Judith Lennox grew up in rural Hampshire and studied at the University of Lancaster, where she met her husband Iain; they have three sons, three grandsons and a granddaughter. Judith lives with her husband in Cambridge.
Andrea Levy was born in England to Jamaican parents who came to Britain in 1948. After attending writing workshops when she was in her mid-thirties, Levy began to write the novels that she, as a young woman, had always wanted to read - entertaining novels that reflect the experiences of black Britons, which look at Britain and its changing population and at the intimacies that bind British history with that of the Caribbean. She has written six books, including SMALL ISLAND, which was the unique winner of both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Whitbread book of the Year, in addition to the Commonwealth Writer's Prize and the Orange Prize 'Best of the Best'. Her most recent novel, THE LONG SONG, won the Walter Scott Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Pam Lewis was born in Los Angeles California and has lived in Montreal, New Jersey, Washington DC, New York, San Francisco, and Middlesex Vermont. She now lives in rural Storrs Connecticut and travels extensively.
John Lewis-Stempel is the author and editor of numerous previous books including England: The Autobiography and Eye-witness D-Day. He lives on a farm in Herefordshire with his wife and two children.
Emma has narrated audio books in the UK and for RTE Radio by writers including Jennifer Johnston, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Marian Keyes, Deirdre Purcell and Maeve Binchy. Film/TV: Brooklyn, Foyles War (ITV), Fair City and The Clinic (RTE). Theatre: Hamlet (Smock Alley), Tiny Plays (Fishamble), Comedy of Errors (Rosemary Branch).
Anthony Loyd is an award-winning special correspondent for THE TIMES. A former army officer, he served in Northern Ireland and the first Gulf war, then left the army in 1991. At the start of 1993 he hitchhiked to Bosnia, living there throughout the war until 1996. His critically acclaimed book, MY WAR GONE BY, I MISS IT SO, was the result of his experiences there and parallel battles with heroin addiction. He has subsequently worked in numerous conflict zones including Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Chechnya, Ethiopia, Algeria and Sierre Leone. In addition to THE TIMES, his stories have been published in the NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, ESQUIRE, GQ, ARENA, the SUNDAY TIMES and the SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. Twice commended for his work in the British Press Awards, he was also nominated Foreign Freelancer of the Year in 1994 for his coverage in Bosnia. In 2001 he was voted Foreign Correspondent of the Year for his work in Afghanistan post-September 11th.