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.
Deborah Harkness is a historian of science and a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She spent several years in Oxford doing research (and really did once find a missing manuscript in the Bodleian Library!). She has written THE JEWEL HOUSE: ELIZABETHAN LONDON AND THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION as well as the three novels in the internationally bestselling ALL SOULS trilogy, A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, SHADOW OF NIGHT and THE BOOK OF LIFE.
Fresh out of baking college, Tom won Baker Of the Year and his signature sourdough has won Organic Loaf of the Year 9 times in the last 10 years. Now, along with his butcher brother Henry, the two work and cook side by side, professionally and domestically, creating every element of a meal; from the bun to the burgers and even the homemade pickles that top them off.
Last year Henry, 24, left his role as Head Chef of the award winning Coach and Horses in Clerkenwell to face a new challenge, buying the traditional butchers next door to his brother Tom`s bakery. Now the two work and cook side by side, professionally and domestically, creating every element of a meal; from the bun to the burgers and even the homemade pickles that top them off.
Luke Hines and Scott Gooding cooked their way to the finals in MY KITCHEN RULES with their healthy food philosophy. Luke went on to build a career as a leading health and wellness personality. With six books, numerous television appearances and writing credits in food and fitness publications, Luke's message is simple: nourish your body with the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, keep active in a way that you enjoy, and smile each and every day.Follow Luke online through www.facebook.com/lukehinesonline, www.twitter.com/LukeHinesOnline, www.lukehines.com and www.instagram.com/LukeHinesOnline
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.
Ken Hom was born in the United States of Chinese parents. He studied art history at the University of California and lived in nearby Berkeley until 1998 when he moved to south-west France where he is now based permanently. His first BBC television series, Chinese Cookery, in 1984 and its accompanying book assured him a place in the hearts of all those fascinated by Oriental cookery. Together with Ken Hom's Hot Wok and Ken Hom Travels with a Hot Wok, on fusion food, Ken has created a trio of bestsellers which has sold over one and a half million copies around the world.