Patricia Bracewell

Patricia Bracewell grew up in California where she taught literature and composition before embarking upon her writing career. She holds an M.A. in English Literature&44; but has always been fascinated by English history – an interest that led her to a brief course in Anglo-Saxon history at Downing College&44; Cambridge University. She has two grown-up … Continued

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Miranda Beverly-Whittemore was born in Los Angeles in 1976. She attended Vassar College&44; where she received the Fiction Prize and after graduating worked at the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center in New York City. Her first novel&44; The Effects of Light&44; 2005&44; was called an “ambitious first novel” by the New York Times and … Continued

Andrea Bennett

Andrea Bennett graduated from the University of Sheffield in History & Russian and then spent a good part of the “Yeltsin years” living and working in Russia. On her return to the UK she joined the Civil Service – first at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office&44; then the Department for International Development. A stint in … Continued

Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. Her most recent novel&44; Orphan Train&44; has spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list&44; including five weeks at 1&44; and has been published in 38 countries. More than 100 communities and colleges have chosen it as a “One Book&44; One Read” … Continued

Anne Berry

Anne Berry was born in London in 1956&44; then spent much of her infancy in Aden&44; before moving on to Hong Kong at the age of six&44; where she was educated&44; first at Little Peak School&44; then Big Peak School&44; finally at the Island School&44; where she completed her A levels. She worked for a … Continued

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier grew up in Washington&44; DC. She moved to England in 1984&44; and graduated in 1994 from the MA course in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Her first novel&44; The Virgin Blue&44; was chosen by WH Smith for its Fresh Talent promotion in 1997. In 2000&44; HarperCollins published Girl with a … Continued

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter&44; musician&44; poet and novelist. Cohen published his first book of poetry&44; ‘Let Us Compare Mythologies’&44; in 1956 and his first novel&44; the semi-autobiographical ‘The Favourite Game’&44; in 1963. Cohen has recorded and collaborated on numerous albums&44; and published several books of poetry and an experimental and critically-acclaimed novel&44; ‘Beautiful … Continued

Mary Chamberlain

Mary Chamberlain has lived and worked in England and the Caribbean&44; and is Emeritus Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University. Her book&44; Fenwomen&44; was the first to be published by Virago Press in 1975. Since then she has written many books on women’s history&44; oral history and Caribbean history. She is a graduate of … Continued

Joanna Cannon

Joanna Cannon graduated from Leicester Medical School and worked as a hospital doctor&44; before specialising in psychiatry. She lives in the Peak District with her family and her dog. The Trouble With Goats and Sheep is her first novel.