Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1992 to a father who was a Tongan rugby legend, Billy Vunipola moved to Wales as a child before settling in England and gaining a scholarship to Harrow School.After a spell at Wasps, he joined Saracens in 2013 and has never looked back. His England debut followed that same year, and he has already won 34 caps at the tender age of 24. After a disappointing World Cup in 2015, England - with Vunipola as the spearhead - swept to their first Grand Slam for thirteen years in the 2016 Six Nations. Eddie Jones' rejuvenated side then recorded their first ever Test series in Australia, whitewashing the Wallabies 3-0, with Vunipola again very much to the fore, and then reclaimed their 2017 Six Nations crown.Vunipola was selected in Warren Gatland's British & Irish Lions squad for the tour to New Zealand, but had to withdraw due to injury.
Susan Vreeland 's bestselling collection of linked stories, GIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE, was sold in thirteen countries and shortlisted for a number of major prizes. THE PASSION OF ARTEMISIA is her first novel.
Tom Vowler lives in south-west England, on the edge of a moor, where he moved to finish a novel set there. His blog about the experience received 9,000 hits in its first year. In 2007 he completed an MA in creative writing, and since then his short stories have appeared widely. A chapter from his first novel came in the top ten of the Richard & Judy 'How to Get Published' competition, which received 46,000 entries. Tom is the assistant editor of the literary journal Short Fiction. His debut collection of short stories, The Method & Other Stories (Salt, 2010) won the Scott Prize (2010) and the Edge Hill Award (2011). He is an Associate Lecturer in creative writing at the University of Plymouth.
Born in 1960, Carol grew up in North Wales with her sister, brother and her beloved mum, Jean. She went to the University of Cambridge at just seventeen. Since childhood, Carol has had a passion for everything mathematical and her skill with numbers secured her a role on Countdown in 1982, the show that cemented her position as one of the most successful and popular female presenters in British TV history. Awarded an MBE in 2000, she has now turned her attention to maths education. Carol lives in Bristol with her children.
Cecily Von Ziegesar
Cecily von Ziegesar grew up in New York City and attended a private girls' school. She always wanted to be a writer, and she was always a gossip, so the GOSSIP GIRL and THE IT GIRL novels were inevitable.
Penny Vincenzi, who died in 2018, was one of the UK's best-loved and most popular authors. Since her first book, Old Sins, was first published in 1989, she went on to write sixteen more bestselling novels and two collections of stories. She began her career as a junior secretary for Vogue magazine and went on to work at The Daily Mirror, Tatler, and later as a Fashion and Beauty Editor on magazines such as Woman's Own, Nova and Honey, before becoming a Deputy Editor of Options and Contributing Editor of Cosmopolitan. Over seven million copies of Penny's books have been sold worldwide and she is universally held to be the 'doyenne of the modern blockbuster' (Glamour).
Hailed as the "Internet's Big Sister", Grace Victory is an award-winning blogger and YouTuber with over 23 million total views to date. Grace is a BBC documentary presenter and Summer 2016 saw her debut the hit documentary 'Clean Eating's Dirty Secrets'. Additionally she is a dedicated body image campaigner, has exclusively presented London Fashion Week and has worked with brands including L'Oreal, Clinique, ASOS and New Look, to name but a few.
Carl Vernon is an entrepreneur, speaker and author renowned for his personal experience in overcoming anxiety after fifteen years. Since his transformation, Carl has been passionate about helping others overcome anxiety and achieve more than they thought possible by sharing life-changing habits and principles. Find more at www.carlvernon.com
Denise Van Outen
Denise Van Outen has enjoyed a successful career both acting and presenting on British television and radio since the mid 1990s - getting her big break on `The Big Breakfast` with Johnny Vaughn. She has also appeared on the West End stage, most recently in `Legally Blonde`. In 2012 she stars in the film `Run For Your Wife` as well as continuing to be the voice of `The Only Way is Essex'. Following her ascent of Kilimanjaro in 2009 and Peruvian trek in 2010, her latest charity venture sees her cycling the Rajasthan Tiger Challenge in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is married to Lee Mead who she met while judging Any Dream Will Do for BBC TV.
Zanna Van Dijk
Zanna van Dijk is a 23-year-old London-based, Yorkshire-born, qualified personal trainer and nutrition consultant, Instagram star, blogger, vlogger and co-founder of the #girlgains women's fitness and empowerment movement. One of Women's Health's top 5 fitness bloggers and Women's Fitness magazine's 'Ones to watch in 2016', Zanna is the judge of the HBC Health Blog Awards, the female face of both the Tommy Hilfiger sports capsule collection and Adidas' most recent workout videos, she has just released her new activewear collection and in January 2016 appeared on the front cover of The Sunday Times Style magazine. She hosts and speaks at various events ranging from intimate brunches to large group workouts. These include her own series of supper clubs as well as headlining at the Be:Fit festival. Most recently she's hosted a series of Adidas Bootcamp workouts. She's also a full time nut butter addict. Check out her website www.zannavandijk.co.ukConnect with her on Instagram and Twitter @zannavandijk, on Snapchat at zanzapan, Facebook www.facebook.com/zannavandijk and on YouTube www.youtube.com/c/zannavandijk
E V Thompson
E V Thompson was born in London and spent nine years in the Navy before joining Bristol police. He moved to Hong Kong, then Rhodesia and had over 200 stories published before returning to England to become a full-time writer. In 1977 Chase the Wind won the Best Historical Novelist Award.