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Trapped at the Altar

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Read a little of legendary romance author Jane Feather's latest novel, Trapped at the Altar.

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Friend For Life

Kate Humble
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Kate Humble

There is one animal that is familiar to all of us, whoever we are, wherever we live. Even if we've never had direct contact with one, we will have seen one, or at the very least, heard one. For those of us who live in the western world it is more than likely that one sleeps in our house, possibly even on our bed. I'm talking of course, of the dog. Yet, this animal, which lives alongside five hundred million of us all over the world - as an invaluable partner and a trusted confidant - presents us with one great unsolved mystery: how did this relationship - the most complex and enduring of any between human and animal - start in the first place?Kate Humble is a life-long animal lover. Now living on an idyllic farm in Wales, she has achieved her dream of surrounding herself with as many varieties as possible. But, as with many Brits, the dog has always held a special place in her heart. Here, she uses her journey with her sheepdog puppy Teg to frame her examination of this very special relationship. Written with warmth and love, and packed full of stories about rescue dogs, guide dogs, service dogs and medical dogs, this is a must-read for anyone with a four-legged friend.

Andy Seed

Andy Seed worked for many years as a primary school teacher in the Yorkshire Dales before setting up as a freelance writer in 2000. He now splits his work time between writing and travelling around schools running workshops and enthusing children about books and reading, as well as giving talks about his days as a young teacher in the Dales. Andy is married with three children and lives in the wilds of North Yorkshire where he finds inspiration while battling against the overgrowth of his vast, rambling garden.

Ann Kidd Taylor

Ann Kidd Taylor is the co-author with Sue Monk Kidd of the New York Times bestselling memoir Travelling with Pomegranates. The Shark Club is her first novel. She lives in southwest Florida with her husband and son.

Anthony Howard

Anthony Howard is a distinguished political observer who has been editor of both the Listener and the New Statesman, and has written for the Guardian, The Times, the Sunday Times and the Observer. He is familiar to viewers of BBC TV's 'Panorama' and 'Newsnight', as well as many other political programmes. In 1997 he was made a CBE and now lives in London and Shropshire.

Bill Shaw

Bill Shaw has survived some of the toughest war zones in the world during his twenty-eight years in the British Army, including Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Columbia, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Gulf War, and was awarded an MBE for his service. In March 2010, Bill was wrongfully arrested in Afghanistan and accused of corruption, despite a lack of any evidence against him. Bill was held in Kabul's Pul-e-Charkhi prison, alongside inmates from the Taliban and al-Qaeda. After a sustained campaign fight by his family back at home, he was finally released four months later after all charges were dropped. Bill is married with children and grandchildren and divides his time between Leeds and Spain. KILL SWITCH is his first book.

Bobby Charlton

Sir Bobby Charlton was born in 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland. He joined Manchester United as a professional in 1954 and made his first team debut in October 1956. He was voted European Player of the Year in 1966 and won the FA Cup, three Division One championships and the European Cup with United. He joined the board of the club in 1984, a position he still holds today. Bobby Charlton was a key member of the victorious England World Cup side of 1966. He was awarded the OBE in 1969, the CBE in 1973 and was knighted in 1994, the first footballer to gain such an honour since Sir Stanley Matthews in 1965.

Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli was born in Ferrara in northern Italy in 1955. He begun his professional career as a dancer and came to London as a leading member of the Paris-based company La Grande Eugene before joining the Lyndsay Kemp Company. He has worked extensively in film, theatre and TV - and also in music business, choreographing videos, stage shows and tours for many artists including Tina Turner, Sting, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, Freddy Mercury, Boy George and Duran Duran. His TV credits include Not the Nine O'Clock News, Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders, The Brit Awards, Top of the Pops and The Royal Variety Show. Since 2004, Bruno has been a judge on BBC1's smash show Strictly Come Dancing; since 2005 he has also been a judge on ABC's equally successful show Dancing With the Stars in the USA.

Charlotte Madison

Captain Charlotte Madison was the first female Apache pilot in the Army Air Corps and is still one of only two. She is the blonde and beautiful 27-year-old veteran of two tours of Afghanistan, and the only pilot ever to have gone 'Winchester' - to have used every single piece of ammunition in the Apache's awesome armoury - in a single sortie.

Claire Bidwell Smith

Claire Bidwell Smith lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She is an experienced therapist specializing in grief. Claire has written for many publications including Time Out New York, Yoga Journal, BlackBook Magazine, The Huffington Post and Chicago Public Radio.Claire has a bachelor's degree from The New School University in Manhattan and a master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles. She has worked for numerous publications and also for nonprofits like Dave Eggers' literacy center 826LA. She most recently worked as a bereavement counselor for a hospice in Chicago.

Cynthia Owen

Cynthia Owen is happily married and lives in the UK. Living with Evil is her first book.

Dr David Dosa

Dr David Dosa is a practicing geriatrician in Providence, Rhode Island. He is also an assistant professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is the author of an essay on Oscar the Cat that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine during July 2007 sparking international media attention. Dr Dosa lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater established her successful pottery business in 1985. She found a manufacturer in Stoke-on-Trent to produce a range of mugs, jugs and teapots inspired by traditional shapes and spongeware designs. She now employs over 230 people and continues to make all her ceramics in Staffordshire, the historic home of pottery manufacture in Britain. Emma is married with four children and lives outside Oxford, where she was brought up.Follow Emma on Twitter: @EmmaBridgewater www.emmabridgewater.co.uk

Fleur De Force

Fleur De Force is one of the most successful beauty and fashion vloggers in the world. She started making videos on YouTube in September 2009, and has been building her global audience ever since. Her You Tube channel subscribers now stand at over 1.3 million bringing her into the top 1% Google approved YouTubers in the beauty sector. Her chatty, informative and accessible videos see her looking at her favourite beauty/fashion trends, products and advice and currently attract over 4 million views per month and some 180,000,000 views since she started.In addition to her You Tube channel, Fleur is an avid blogger - her blog attracts over 100,000 unique visitors per month.Fleur's first book The Glam Guide, published by Headline, shares all of her secrets and discoveries from makeup tips, wardrobe cheats, first-date points or healthy lifestyle motivation and it went straight to the top 5 of the Sunday Times bestsellers!She is a regular speaker at trade events including Beautycon and Vidcon and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Miss Vogue, Company, Sunday Times Style and ITV This Morning.

Hunter Davies

Hunter Davies was born in Renfrew, Scotland, in January 1936. He has written more than 40 books - including biographies of the Beatles, Gazza and John Prescott - and, as a journalist, he contributes to the Sunday Times and writes a weekly football column in the New Statesman. He is an avid collector of football memorabilia and has amassed an impressive collection over the years. He lives with his wife in the Lake District and in London.

Jayne Sterne

Jayne Sterne lives in London with her husband and 4 children. Destroyed is her first book.

Jerry Coyne

Jerry Coyne is forty-six and lives in Nottingham, where he works as a bricklayer. His greatest hope is that, one day, he'll be able to leave the memories of his childhood behind him.

Jo Brand

Jo Brand is a stand-up comic with many TV and radio shows to her name. She is married with two children and lives in south London.

John Kenneally Vc

John Kenneally won the VC during the Tunisian campaign in the Second World War for attacking a whole company of Panzer Grenadiers on his own. It was only years later that he revealed that 'John Kenneally' was an assumed name that he had adopted in order to join the Irish Guards after deserting the Honourable Artillery Company. He was in fact the illegitimate son of Neville Blond and Gertrude. He died in September 2000 and is survived by his second wife and children.

John Rodgers

J.P. Rodgers was born in Co. Galway. He left school at fifteen and at the age of sixteen had the first of his many letters read on Ireland's popular Radio √Čireann programme Dear Sir or Madam. In 1963 he joined the mass exodus of Irish people who went to England in search of employment: there he worked as a bus conductor before immigrating to Australia in 1970. In 1978 he moved back to his childhood home near Williamstown, Co. Galway, where he still lives with his wife.

Joseph O'connor

Joe O'Connor was born in Dublin. His non-fiction collections THE SECRET WORLD OF THE IRISH MALE and THE IRISH MALE AT HOME AND ABROAD established him as an author of huge mass market appeal. Between 1989 and 1997 he was Auxiliary Bishop of Mullingar.