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
Guido Crepax (1933-2003) was a Milanese architect who worked in advertising as a graphic artist. He is the creator of numerous graphic novel series invluding over 18 volumes starring Valentina which have sold millions of copies and have been shown in over 100 exhibitions across the world. Crepax created over 3,000 pages of Valentina in all, published over 18 volumes and n 40 languages. Since Crepax's death, Valentina has continued to live and flourish in books, merchandising and art.
Nick Cutter is a pseudonym for an acclaimed author of novels and short stories. He lives in Toronto, Canada.