J P Buxton
J.P. Buxton has taught English in an eccentric boarding school in Massachusetts, sold suitcases in Manhattan and worked for years as a copywriter in the United Kingdom. With four successful previous novels for adults under his belt, I Am The Blade is his first book for teenagers and draws on his passion for ancient history, landscape, and adventure stories.
Victoria Parker grew up in Sutton Coldfield and went on to read English at Oxford. After having spent 10 years living in London and working for 6 of those in children's publishing, Vic decided to go freelance. She still teaches dance and fitness, a passion since she was young. She has had her work published by a number of other publishers including Belitha Press, Watts as well as of course Hodder.
Philip Parker is a professional historian specialising in the ancient world.
Dr Martin Parsons is director of PGCE Secondary at the University of Reading. He has established a centre for evacuee studies at the university and has lectured on the topic at the Imperial War Museum and abroad. He has lived with his family in Southend Bradfield for a number fo years and is actively involved in village activities.
Alex was a soldier and a jungle leader before concentrating on his illustration career: following in the footsteps of his sister and cousin who are also both children's illustrators. He has had eleven books published so far. Alex lives in a little village in Warwickshire with his wife Sarah.
Born in Malawi to a Belgian mother and a father who ran the tiny 'NYASALAND TIMES', Michelle Paver moved to the UK when she was three. She was brought up in Wimbledon and, following a Biochemistry Degree from Oxford, she became a partner in a big City law firm. She gave up the City to follow her long-held dream of becoming a writer. She is the author of the brilliantly successful children's series, THE CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS.Born in Malawi to a Belgian mother and a father who ran the tiny 'NYASALAND TIMES', Michelle Paver moved to the UK when she was three. She was brought up in Wimbledon and, following a Biochemistry Degree from Oxford, she became a partner in a big City law firm. She gave up the City to follow her long-held dream of becoming a writer. She is the author of the brilliantly successful children's series, THE CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS. DARK MATTER is her first adult ghost story. It arises from her lifelong love of the Arctic, which has taken her to northern Canada, Greenland, Scandinavia and Spitsbergen.
My father was a brilliant story-teller. He had a very boring day-job, so exercised his mind making up long, involved (and often very funny) bedtime stories for my sister and me - with a cliff-hanger ending every night! On the rare occasions when he was stuck for ideas, he used to fall back on lesser-known folk tales. Re-telling traditional stories is still the kind of writing I most enjoy.At school I used the English essay subjects we were given as an excuse to write stories of my own, which weren't always appreciated. 'Write on the subject!' written in red and a mark of C+ was my first experience of rejection.My French teacher was more appreciative, which maybe explains why I ended up doing not English but French at university. Straight after graduation I married and settled down to be a full-time wife and mother - it was a straight choice in those days between motherhood or a career.Apart from some freelance journalism and a few stories for radio, my writing career was on hold until my three sons were grown up, at which point I decided it was now or never if I wanted to be a full-time writer.I was lucky enough to get my first book - a retelling of an old East Anglian folk tale - accepted by the second publisher I sent it to. Luckier still to get a review from Susan Hill, saying it deserved to become a children's classic. (It didn't, of course.)Since then I've published around thirty books, ranging from picture book texts to a teenage vampire novel.My first young teenage novel, 'Owl-light', was short-listed for the WH Smith Mind-Boggling Books award.My most recent one, 'Shadow of the Beast', was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal.Nowadays, I'm a book junkie. I buy more books than I can ever possibly read and enjoy all kinds, bar chick-lit and modern biography.My other interests include cryptic crosswords, going to the theatre and foreign travel.
Kate Pennington is a pseudonym for a very successful, million-selling author. She has chosen to publish with a different name because her new work is a major departure from her established work to date - as she writes about favourite, and much loved, areas of history and literature (which formed the backbone to her post-graduate studies in literature).
Liza Phipps is a former teacher with a particular interest in history and drama.
Tim graduated in Drama from the University of Bristol, in 1967. He now holds the position of Special Lecturer in the Department of Drama. He has played leading roles with both the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Royal National Theatre; his most recent stage appearance was as Henry Higgins, in the Peter Hall production of Pygmalion.Tim made his Broadway debut in 1974 as Dr Watson in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production 'Sherlock Holmes'.He is well known for his character roles on TV, and his award-winning performance as Ronald Merrick in The Jewel in the Crown brought him international recognition. Tim has filmed all over the world, and has now achieved his ambition to appear in a James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, as the Foreign Secretary. In 2010, he will appear as Lord Ascot in Tim Burton's film Alice in Wonderland (released 2 April in UK).Tim is a regular broadcaster, with many audiobooks to his credit.
I'm a British author, and I have been writing since 1983. In that time I have had some 90 books published.Most of my books are illustrated information books for children, but I have also written children's stories, and several books for adults. Some have won prizes, including a Smarties silver prize, and a Blue Peter award. Three of my books reached the Aventis science prize shortlist.I don't just write books: I have written restaurant reviews, corporate reports, TV scripts and museum interpretation, and I have appeared on TV and radio.
Daniel is the son of animator Oliver Postgate. He worked as a freelance cartoonist before becoming a children's book writer and illustrator. He has since been involved in more than fifty books. His book 'Smelly Bill' won the Nottingham and Norfolk children's book awards and was one of the top ten children's books of the year in Time magazine. He lives in Whitstable.Daniel Postgate is the cartoonist for the Daily Express. He has illustrated a number of children¿s books, including The Philosophy Files and The Outer Limits.
Jenny Powell is a KS1 primary school teacher, who has a particular interest in history.
Jillian Powell has an MA in English from Cambridge University and an M.Phil in Art History from the Courtauld Institute, London. She is an experienced writer of children's fiction and non-fiction, and has written on many social issues.
Michael Praed played Jesus in Godspell, Frederick in the West End production of The Pirates of Penzance, starred a Broadway remake of Ziegfeld's Three Musketeers and as Alex in Trevor Nunn's production of Aspects of Love, amongst many other stage and musical theatre shows His television work includes a dashing Robin in Robin of Sherwood, Jake Lovell in The Riders and Prince Michael in Dynasty.