OUR AUTHORS

Our authors range from crime, fantasy and adventure writers to world-renowned academics and journalists.  The common denominator is great writing, well researched, and thoroughly enjoyable.

M J Akbar

MJ Akbar is a leading Indian journalist and author. His latest book was published by HarperCollins to great acclaim Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan. He was invited by King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to become a member of the Forum of Islamic Scholars and Intellectuals, held in Makkah al- Mukarammah, to write an agenda for the next decade for Muslim nations. He joined The Brookings Institution, Washington, as a Visiting Fellow in the Brookings Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World and named Non Resident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution, Washington the following year. It is not all work as MJ is also Elected President, Mohammedan Sporting Club, one of the country's oldest football clubs in India. Simultaneous with a fulltime career in journalism, there is a parallel career as an author of major political works that examine the conflicts and challenges of the last, disturbing century. His works have received wide acclaim across the English speaking world and include: India: The Siege Within, Challenges to a Nation's Unity ( Penguin, 1984) and now a staple of university courses on South Asia); Riot After Riot (Roli Books 1987); Nehru: The Making of India (Viking/Penguin 1989); Kashmir: Behind the Veil (Penguin India 1991); The Shade of Swords: Jihad and the Conflict Between Islam and Christianity (2002 Routledge and Roli Books); Blood Brothers (Roli, 2007)

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Denise Allen

Denise has devoted her working life to archaeology in various forms, starting as an excavator, completing a degree at Cardiff University, then a PhD on Roman Glass. She juggled museum work, teaching and working as a glass specialist before moving sideways into archaeological tourism. She was Deputy Director at Andante Travels, Britain’s leading archaeological travel company, for 15 years, and had a wonderful time devising tours around the world, producing brochures, leading tours and generally making archaeology accessible to a wide public. Publications to date include many reports on Roman glass, including the popular Shire Archaeology book on Roman Glass in Britain – and then many brochures of archaeological tours. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

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Sebastien de Castell

Sebastien de Castell is the author of the acclaimed swashbuckling fantasy series, The Greatcoats. His debut novel, Traitor's Blade, was shortlisted for both the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Fantasy, the Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut, the Prix Imaginales for Best Foreign Work, and the John W. Campbell for Best New Writer. Sebastien had just finished a degree in Archaeology when he started work on his first dig. Four hours later he realized how much he actually hated archaeology and left to pursue a very focused career as a musician, ombudsman, interaction designer, fight choreographer, teacher, project manager, actor, and product strategist. His only defence against the charge of unbridled dilettantism is that he genuinely likes doing these things and that, in one way or another, each of these fields plays a role in his writing. He sternly resists the accusation of being a Renaissance Man in the hopes that more people will label him that way. . He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his lovely wife and two belligerent cats. You can reach him at www.decastell.com or on Twitter @decastell

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Jonathan Downs

Editor, journalist and author of a number of published histories of the late 1700s, most notably Discovery at Rosetta (Constable 2008), the first full investigative account of the British acquisition of the Rosetta Stone in 1801, as well as The Industrial Revolution 1770-1810 (Shire 2011) and prime-source miltary memoirs. He has consulted for the National Trust and his work has been cited in the Britannica Online and Wikipedia. He edited a specialist collectors’ and military history journal, and wrote for the UK's History Today magazine, covering the Arab Spring and Cairo riots, and their impact on the antiqiuities repatriation debate. He has given university lectures and seminars on Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt, in particular the discovery, seizure and controversy surrounding the Rosetta Stone. An authority on the French surrender in Egypt, he is an advocate for the repatriation of antiquities. Jonathan was born in Britain, raised in Canada, and now lives in Cape Town, in South Africa.

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Nick Eames

Born to parents of infinite patience and unstinting support in Wingham, Ontario. Nick began reading The Lord of The Rings shortly thereafter. In his youth he was determined to be a cartoonist, then went to college for theatre, before finally deciding to pursue the infinitely more attainable profession of ‘epic fantasy novelist’. While chasing this dream he read voraciously, traveled broadly (or abroad, anyway), and worked occasionally, sometimes in bookstores, more often in restaurants. After ten tireless years he finished writing a monstrous book full of adventure, love, betrayal, and endless paragraphs of needless exposition. He spent another year editing it, then another splitting it into halves and editing those. At last he abandoned it altogether and began writing Kings of the Wyld, which found itself the benefactor of the myriad mistakes made by its older, ungainly brother. Nicholas loves black coffee, neat whiskey, the month of October, and video games. He currently lives north of Toronto, Canada, and is very probably writing at this very moment.

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John Florio

John Florio is the author of the critically acclaimed Jersey Leo series, which includes Sugar Pop Moon (Prometheus, 2013) and Blind Moon Alley (Prometheus, 2013). He is also the co-author of One Punch from the Promised Land (Lyons Press, 2013) and One Nation Under Baseball (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), which he wrote with his wife Ouisie Shapiro. Florio and Shapiro are regular contributors to the New Yorker, the Atlantic, VICE, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife.

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Carl Gibeily

Carl Gibeily was born in Lebanon in 1966. After school in Beirut, he read engineering at Cambridge. He has worked as an engineer in South Africa, a confectionery salesman in Dubai, a journalist and UN editor in Beirut and Bahrain, and a Bloomsbury editor in Doha. Carl lives in Edinburgh with his wife and two children. His first novel, Blueprint for a Prophet, was published by Doubleday to critical acclaim.

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Mandy Hager

Mandy Hager, author and educator, has written novels for adults and young adults, short stories, scripts, and non-fiction resources for young people. She won the Esther Glen Award for Fiction for her novel Smashedand ​Best Young Adult Book in the NZ Post Book Awards 2010 for The Crossing, ​the first of her bestselling trilogy was published to high praise and was followed by the critically lauded The Nature of Ash, which was shortlisted for the 2013 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. Hager has a MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University and an Advanced Diploma in Applied Arts (Writing) from Whitireia Community Polytechnic, where she now works as a tutor and mentor. She ​is the 2012 recipient of the New Zealand Society of Authors Beatson Fellowship and has recently been living in France as the 2014 recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship.

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David Hair

David Hair is the New Zealand-based author of four major fantasy series. Two series for young adults: The Aotearoa Series, a six YA series set in New Zealand and The Return of Ravana set in India. Both series include award winning books. The Moontide Quartet, is an epic fantasy adventure, written for adults.

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Chris Humphreys

A playwright, fight choreographer and novelist, Chris (CC) has written ten adult novels including ‘The French Executioner’, runner up for the CWA Steel Dagger for Thrillers; ‘The Jack Absolute Trilogy’; ‘A Place Called Armageddon’; ‘Shakespeare’s Rebel’ and the international bestseller, ‘Vlad – The Last Confession’ which sold over 150,000 copies worldwide. He also writes for young adults: a trilogy called ‘The Runestone Saga’, a heady brew of Norse myth, runic magic, time travel and horror; and ‘The Hunt of the Unicorn’ with a loose sequel, ‘The Hunt of the Dragon’, published Fall 2016. His most recent novels were tales of religious fundamentalist serial killers set against the wild events of 1665 to 1666, London: ‘Plague’ won Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2015 and the sequel, ‘Fire’ published Summer 2016. Both novels spent five weeks in the top ten on last year’s Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star Bestseller lists. Chris is translated into thirteen languages. In 2015 he earned his Masters in Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from the University of British Columbia. cchumphreys.com

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Richard King

Richard King is a writer who has worked in the book industry for almost thirty years. Beginning his career as a bookseller at Classic Bookshops in Montreal, he became the territorial manager supervising bookstores from Ottawa to St-John’s in Canada and in New York City, Cleveland and Palm Beach in the United States. In 1981 he co-found Paragraphe Bookstore which pioneered many of the ideas that are now common to Canadian bookselling. King has served on the board of directors of the Canadian Booksellers Association and the National Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada.

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Lesley Livingston

Lesley is a writer and actor living in Toronto, Canada. Captivated at a young age by stories of mythology and folk lore, past civilizations, and legendary heroes, she developed into a full-fledged Celtic Mythology Geek, steeped in stories of the Otherworld, Faeries and King Arthur. Lesley went on to earn a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Toronto specializing in Shakespeare and Arthurian literature.For almost three years, Lesley hosted weekly late-night movie marathons on the nationally broadcast television show, Spacebar, as the Waitron-9000, a sparkly holographic waitress with an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure B-movie trivia. She is also a founding member and principal performer with Tempest Theatre Group. Wondrous Strange was her debut novel, the first in a trilogy published by HarperCollins. The second book in the series, Darklight hit stores in 2009, and the third, Tempestuous came out in 2010. In 2011 Lesley released Once Every Never, an historical time-travel of epic adventure, published by Penguin Canada. Starling is her new title in an upcoming trilogy spin-off of her Wondrous Strange world, and it's in bookstores now!

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Marilyn Livingstone

Following the publication of The Road to Crécy, a book on the campaign and battle in 1346 (with Morgen Witzel) - described by Ken Follet as 'the best book on the Battle of Crécy' - Marilyn was a historical advisor for Ken Follett's novel World Without End and appeared with him on the South Bank Show. Marilyn has interests in medieval economic and military history and a passion for bringing the riches of medieval source material to a wider public. A popular presenter at conferences and in academia, Marilyn also runs a history and art tour company in the West Country of England.

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A J Mackenzie

Drama and murder on Romney Marsh....The Romney Marsh Mysteries, is the first historical crime series to be published by AJ Mackenzie, the pseudonym of Marilyn Livingstone and Morgen Witzel, an Anglo-Canadian husband-and-wife team of writers and historians. ​The first book in the series, The Body on the Doorstep was published by Zaffre Publishing in Spring, 2016.

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Catherine Mayo

New Zealander Catherine Mayo worked as a professional musician and violin restorer before embarking on a new career as an award-winning author, gaining success in YA, Childrens’ and adult fiction. Much of her writing is set in Ancient Greece, for which she has had a life-long passion, fuelled by extensive study and travel. With a degree in History under her belt, she later returned to university to study The Odyssey in the original Greek.

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Jaishree Misra

Jaishree Misra has written six novels published by Penguin and Harper Collins. She has an MA in English Literature from Kerala University and two post-graduate diplomas from the University of London, in Special Education and Broadcast Journalism. She worked until recently at the British Board of Film Classification but has moved to Delhi, where she is helping develop a residential unit for developmentally challenged adults.Jaishree is a regular and popular contributor at Book Festivals around the world. Her next appearance will be at the Hay Festival from 26 May to 5 June 2011 More information can be found at http://www.jaishreemisra.com

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Navtej Sarna

Navtej Sarna is currently India's Ambassador to Israel and has earlier served as a diplomat in Moscow, Warsaw, Thimphu, Geneva, Tehran and Washington DC as well as most recently at Delhi as the Foreign Office Spokesperson. He is the author of the novels The Exile (2008) and We Weren't Lovers Like That (2003 ) as well as non-fiction titles including The Book of Nanak (2003) and most recently a translation of Zafarnama (2011). His short stories have been broadcast over the BBC World Service and he is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and several Indian journals and newspapers.

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Sue Tingey

Sue Tingey is the author of the fantasy romance series The Soulseer Chronicles and lives with her husband in East Grinstead, West Sussex. She spent twenty-eight years working for a major bank and, after taking voluntary redundancy in 2001, spent another fourteen or so years working as a practice manager for an arboricultural consultancy. She has now given up the day job to allegedly spend more time with her husband; he however has noticed that an awful lot more writing appears to be going on. Sue admits that storytelling is her obsession and was thrilled when she was offered a three book deal by Jo Fletcher Books in 2014.

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Morgen Witzel

With over twenty-five published books sold around the world, Morgen Witzel has established an international reputation for innovative thinking and clear incisive writing on management issues in books, newspaper columns, journal articles and online forae. He writes for many publications and his work has appeared in places as diverse as the Financial Times, the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Los Angeles Times, European Business Forum, EFMD Global Forum, Financial World, The Smart Manager, Finance+Management and others. Many of his books have been translated including into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi and Tamil. Two of those books, Doing Business in China and Tata: The Evolution of a Corporate Brand, have been international best-sellers; the former is now in its third edition. Morgen Witzel is a Fellow of the Exeter Leadership Centre at the University of Exeter Business School, University of Exeter (UK) where he lectures on the MBA programme. He also lectures at business schools in Edinburgh, Nantes and Ljubljana, and has previously taught at London Business School. He is a trustee of EDP, a Devon-based addiction treatment charity, and of Libraries Unlimited, the social enterprise that runs Devon's libraries.

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