Daniel Carter, born and raised in Southbridge, New Zealand, is widely touted as the best rugby player in the world. He has been crowned the record points scorer in Test rugby and the most capped All Blacks fly-half of all time. Upon retirement, he had played 112 Tests for his country and scored 1,598 points in their legendary jersey. He has three times been named World Rugby's Player of the Year, most recently the day after his Man of the Match performance in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final. He will now play for Racing 92 in France.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton was born in 1874, the son of a prosperous estate agent in west London. After working in publishing for a few years, he became a regular newspaper columnist. As well as being a great debater and well-known social critic, Chesterton wrote around eighty books, several hundred poems, some two hundred short stories, four thousand essays as well as a number of plays. THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY is perhaps his best-known novel. He died in 1936.
Katherine Clements is a critically acclaimed novelist, self-confessed costume drama addict and current Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Manchester. She is editor of Historia, the online magazine of the Historical Writers' Association, and is a member of the HWA committee. @KL_Clements