Bernhard Aichner was born in 1972 and lives in Innsbruck/Austria, where he works as an author and photographer. Aichner writes novels, audio plays and stage plays and has been awarded several literature prizes and scholarships for his works.
A K Benedict read English at Cambridge and studied creative writing at Sussex. She now composes film and television soundtracks, as well as performing as a musician. She lives in Hastings.
Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in small town Massachusetts before moving to Los Angeles for college. She earned a BFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California, and splits her time between the East and West Coast.
She is currently an author and screenwriter, hard at work on her next books and screenplays. The film rights to Red Queen were acquired by Universal Pictures before Victoria had even finished writing it.
Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including A Tap on the Window, Trust Your Eyes and the Richard & Judy Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, No Time for Goodbye. He lives near Toronto with his wife.
Laura Barnett is a writer, journalist and theatre critic. She has been on staff at the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, and is now a freelance arts journalist and features writer, working for the Guardian, the Observer and Time Out, as well as several other national newspapers and magazines.
Laura was born in 1982 in south London, where she now lives with her husband. She studied Spanish and Italian at Cambridge University, and newspaper journalism at City University, London. Her first non-fiction book, Advice from the Players – a compendium of advice for actors – is published by Nick Hern Books. Laura has previously published short stories, for which she has won several awards. The Versions of Us is her first novel.
Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD.
Maeve Binchy received a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the BRITISH BOOK AWARDS in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A. T. CROSS AWARD in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the BOB HUGHES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the BORD GAIS IRISH BOOK AWARDS by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 201
Fanny Blake was a publisher for many years, editing both fiction and non-fiction before becoming a freelance journalist and writer. Her previous novels include HOUSE OF DREAMS and THE SECRETS WOMEN KEEP, and various non-fiction titles, as well as acting as ghost writer for a number of celebrities. She is also Books Editor of WOMAN & HOME magazine.
Jo Bloom has worked as a freelancer in the communications field for the past fifteen years with a focus on arts publicity and e-learning. She also contributed to the book review section of Time Out, London for a few years. Prior to this she lived and worked in Prague and New York. She was inspired to write Ridley Road when she met a Jewish anti-fascist who’d lived in the East End all his life and participated in numerous street battles with the fascists alongside both the 43 Group and the 62 Group. She lives in Brighton with her husband and young son.