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Sally Emerson is the award-winning author of novels including Heat, Separation and Second Sight and an anthologist of poetry and prose. She is a Travel Writer for The Sunday Times and previously was editor of the literary magazine Books and Bookmen. She began her career there as an editorial assistant in a basement in London’s Victoria Street. At Oxford she edited Isis and continued her reviewing work and wrote for The Times. She won prizes including a Catherine Pakenham Award, the Vogue Talent Contest and the Radio Times Young Journalist of the Year.

Theodore Gorton was born in Texas in 1947, and educated at the American University of Beirut, universities of Paris (Nanterre, 1968-9) and Oklahoma, and finally St John’s College, Oxford, where he took an MPhil in Comparative Literature and a doctorate in Oriental Studies (Arabic).  He taught Arabic at St Andrews University in Scotland and was an adjunct professor at Beirut College for Women (as it was then), the Georgetown University and elsewhere, besides spending 25 years in the oil business. 


Nicola Madge is a psychologist with a long career in social research and currently Honorary Professor at Kingston University London. She has written widely as an academic and is the author of over a dozen books on topics spanning education, disadvantage, health and most recently, young people and religious identity. Paul Hoggart is a journalist and novelist who has written for a variety of publications, including The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent and the Daily Telegraph.

Sylvia Chioma is an author, teacher and FGM activist, based in Lagos, Nigeria. A graduate of Public Administration from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, she is Project Coordinator for the Girdle Network NG. Before co-authoring her book on FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), Sylvia focused on teaching and publishing. The book has given birth to the GIRDLE Network, a non-profit organization that runs an online and field awareness programme to sensitize Nigerians and raise awareness about the complications, criminality and injustice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Louis Hagen was a teenage German Jewish refugee, a British army glider pilot at Arnhem, a journalist, writer and children's film producer. He had a spectacular life. Born in Potsdam, near Berlin, he and his four siblings grew up in a Bauhaus-style villa built by their father, a banker with bohemian leanings. Louis was always known as "Büdi", a diminutive of brüderlein , or little brother. His blissful childhood was shattered in 1934 when, aged 15, he was thrown into Schloss Lichtenburg concentration camp. A housemaid had denounced him to her Nazi boyfriend after finding a postcard he had sent his sister with an anti-Nazi joke on it.

Dr Trevor Millum FRSA: Teacher and Head of English; Director of the National Association for the Teaching of English; creative practitioner and manager for Creative Partnerships; now freelance writer, editor, consultant - and gardener. Previous works include Images of Woman (Chatto and Windus, 1975) through to The Poetry Guide (Troika, October 2020).  In between he has published mainly in the education sector, both poetry and fiction for children and young adults and books for teachers on poetry, ICT and creativity.

Jeffrey Bird comes from a horse-racing family and has been passionate about the sport all his life. This is his account of how he, his wife, family and friends in the game have worked over the years to select, breed and train horses to win at the highest levels in racing, both point-to-point and steeple chasing, across the finest courses in England and particularly his native Wales. Triumphs and disasters, trials and tribulations are described on every page.

Tony Wilson was born in Dublin in 1931. He studied Economics at Trinity College Dublin before qualifying as a chartered accountant. After six years in Paris with Price Waterhouse he went to England, working as financial controller for the Avon Rubber Company, GKN, and British Oxygen. He lives near Bath where his interests include writing, painting, philosophy and rowing. He has had six solo exhibitions, and has been shown in the RA Summer exhibition. Tony published The Universe on a Bicycle in 2007 and The Wheels of Society in 2021.

Gerald Jacobs is a British author and the literary editor of The Jewish Chronicle. His first book Sacred Games is an account of a Hungarian Jew, Nicholas (Miklós) Hammer and recounts Hammer's subsequent time in a Nazi ghetto for Jews, and his eventual sufferings in Birkenau.
Nine Love Letters is Jacobs's first novel which was originally published in 2016. It tells the story of two Jewish refugee families whose lives unexpectedly converge in post-war London.
His other titles include Judi Dench: A Great Deal Of Laughter - the authorised biography published by Little, Brown and Company. Sacred Games published by Penguin and  Nine Love Letters originally published Quartet Books, now republished by Quadrant Books.

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