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Following a distinguished academic career teaching and studying the history of Europe, Joel Harrington is currently Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. He specializes in the Reformation and early modern Germany, with a particular interest in social history. Among his previous publications are A Cloud of Witnesses, Reordering Marriage and Society in Reformation Germany and The Unwanted Child, for which he won the 2010 Roland Bainton Prize for History.
Spencer FC has over 1.9 million online subscribers who enjoy his football, gaming and eSports videos. 4-million people watched him play with Champions League and World Cup winners at Wembley Stadium. To-date, he has had over half a billion views on YouTube and is at the forefront of football's new digital world.
Andrew Motion has received numerous awards for his work, including the Arvon/Observer Prize, the Whitbread Prize for Biography and Somerset Maugham Award. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In May 1999 he was appointed Poet Laureate.
Cliff Kuang (Author) Cliff Kuang is a design strategist at Google, and an award-winning journalist. He was previously the design editor at Wired and Fast Company, where he has edited or written over 7,000 articles on design. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, and The Economist. Robert Fabricant (Author) Robert Fabricant is a co-founder of Dalberg’s Design Impact Group and former Vice President of Creative for Frog Design. He has won numerous design awards and has written and spoken widely on design and social impact, for outlets including the Harvard Business Review and SXSW.
Dr Judith Fabüla (BBC3; QPR-nil) is a hugely respected retox guru. Author, presenter, psychic and pneumatic channeller, he is a frequent contributor to Toxicity Now! and Deep Fat Monthly.
Anne Fadiman is the Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale. She is the author of Ex Libris and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (recipient of a National Book Critics Circle Award).
IBN FADLAN was a tenth-century diplomat who, in 922 AD, was sent on a mission from Baghdad to the far north by the caliph Muqtadir. His subsequent account of his travels and the peoples he encountered is one of the most important documents from the period. PAUL LUNDE studied at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies and specializes in Islamic history and literature. He is the author of Islam: Culture, Faith and History and is working on an internet project to map pre-modern Eurasian cultural and intellectual exchanges. CAROLINE STONE has edited and written numerous books and articles, principally on textile history, medieval history and literature, Islamic culture and literature, and the cultural and economic relations between Europe and the Orient in the pre-modern era. With Paul Stone, she is translating a collection of the writings by the Arab geographer Mas'udi for Penguin Classics.
Jenni Fagan was born in Scotland, and lives in Edinburgh. She graduated from Greenwich University with the highest possible mark for a student of Creative Writing, and won a scholarship to the Royal Holloway MFA. A published poet, she has won awards from Creative Scotland, Dewar Arts and Scottish Screen among others. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the James Tait Black Prize. Jenni was selected as one of the Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2013 after the publication of her highly acclaimed debut novel, The Panopticon. Her most recent novel, The Sunlight Pilgrims, was shortlisted for The Royal Society of Literature’s Encore Award.
Donald Fagen was born in 1948 and grew up in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Bard College, where he met musician Walter Becker and started a musical partnership that eventually became the band Steely Dan. Can’t Buy a Thrill, Steely Dan’s first album was released in 1972; over the next eight years, the band released six more critically acclaimed albums that blended elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B and pop, culminating with Aja (1977) and Gaucho (1980). Steely Dan disbanded in 1981 but later resumed playing live concerts, as well as releasing two albums of new material; they have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Fagen has also released four albums of solo material, including The Nightfly (1982), and, most recently, Sunken Codos (2012). In the 1980s, Fagen briefly wrote a film music column for Premiere magazine, as well as contributing pieces to Slate, Harpers Bazaar and Jazz Times.
Jason Fagone is a staff writer at Philadelphia magazine. His piece on Kobe Bryant earned honorable mention in The Best American Sports Writing 2004. He lives in Philadelphia.
Sam Faiers is the star of hit reality show The Only Way is Essex. She owns and runs Minnie's Boutique alongside her mum and sister Billie. In 2014 she was a finalist on Celebrity Big Brother, and she has appeared on Loose Women, This Morning, Daybreak, and Celebrity Juice. Sam is also a model and her first perfume 'La Bella' was the bestselling celebrity fragrance of the year.
Craig Sams has an impeccable history as a health food advocate. He founded Whole Earth Foods, starting with the UK's first macrobiotic restaurant, Seed, and moving on to launch a range of organic products. He was chairman of the Soil Association from 2001-8. Josephine Fairley is a former glossy magazine editor whose quest has always been to combine outer and inner beauty. Craig and Josephine founded Green & Black's together in 1991 and sold the company to Cadbury Schweppes in 2006. Craig remains president of the company and, among other things, he ensures the original principles of sustainability and organic production are being held. Craig and Josephine are now concentrating on new ventures that embody their passion for sustainable living and wellbeing; including Judges, an organic bakery and wholefood store in their home town of Hastings, East Sussex; The Wellington Centre, an integrated health clinic and Carbon Gold, a company that produces the soil improver biochar.
Jack Fairweather is a former war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan and the author of A War of Choice and The Good War.
Dalton Wong is one of the world’s leading personal trainers. His clients include royalty and the Hollywood elite, including Jennifer Lawrence and the cast of X Men, Kit Harington and stars from Game of Thrones, Amanda Seyfried, Zoe Kravitz and many more. Kate Faithfull-Williams is a top health and fitness writer. Her work has been published in Sunday Times STYLE, The Observer, The Daily Mail, GLAMOUR, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, Now, LOOK and OK!
Ed Falco is the author of three novels, four story collections, and numerous plays, poems, essays, and critical reviews. Among his many awards and honours are an NEA fiction fellowship and the Southern Review's Robert Penn Warren Prize. He is a professor of English at Virginia Tech, where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.
HELEN FALCONER was a journalist on the Guardian before becoming a full-time writer. Helen was educated at Dartington and Oxford. She lives in north Mayo, Ireland, with her husband and has four children.
Ildefonso Falcones' first novel, Cathedral of the Sea became a publishing legend with over a million copies sold in Spain alone. It has since been published in over forty countries, becoming a European bestseller. In The Hand of Fatima, Falcones marked the four hundredth anniversary of the expulsion of the Moors from 17th Century Spain. His latest novel THE BAREFOOT QUEEN has already sold over a million copies in Spain. It tells of the tumultuous birth of Flamenco in Spain. Falcones is a practising lawyer in Barcelona where he lives with his wife and four sons.
Acclaimed Norwegian artist Matias Faldbakken (b. 1973), unanimously hailed as one of the freshest new voices to emerge in Norwegian literature in the past decade, is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Scandinavian Misanthropy trilogy. The Waiter is his latest novel, and the first to be published in English.
Peter Falk has appeared in over forty-one motion pictures, numerous plays, and many television programs, most notably Columbo. Falk continues to act in feature films, including the soon-to-be released Retirement and The Book of Joe. Peter Falk died in June 2011.
Florence Falk is a psychotherapist with over 20 years' experience of treating women of all ages.
John Meade Falkner was born in Wiltshire in 1858. He worked as a teacher at Derby school, and climbed through the ranks of a large Newcastle arms manufacturer to become its director in 1901, after working for the company founder as his family's tutor for many years. After retiring in 1926, Falkner became honorary librarian to the dean and chapter of Durham Cathedral. He wrote three novels including Moonfleet (1898), as well as publishing a volume of poetry (Poems, 1933) and a pocket history of Oxfordshire. J. Meade Falkner died on July 22, 1932.
Hans Fallada was born in Germany in 1893. His life was checkered by a failed adolescent suicide pact in which his friend died, addiction to morphine and alcohol, periods of incarceration in prison and mental hospitals, and brushes with the Nazi regime. His most famous novels include Little Man, What Now?, The Drinker and Alone in Berlin, written in 24 days. Fallada died weeks before its publication, in February 1947 in Berlin.
Sally Fallon is the founder and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, which promotes wise traditions in food and farming. They are the co-authors of the self-published Nourishing Traditions, which has sold 120,000 copies in the US.
Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do Before You're 30. Her Sunday Times bestselling books are Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome, The Ugly Sister, Skeletons, Strictly Between Us, My Sweet Revenge and Faking Friends. They have sold over a million copies in the UK alone.
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