Becky Dickinson is a freelance journalist who writes for national newspapers and magazines and runs the website allotmentmum.co.uk. She has also written a number of children's books for schools.
She is passionate about the benefits of gardening, both for physical health and mental wellbeing, and is dedicated to encouraging people of all ages to grow some of their own food.
She lives in Devon with her partner and three children, and an army of slugs she's determined to defeat.
Brian Jones hails from Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire and was a founder member of the Bradford Astronomical Society. He developed a fascination for astronomy at the age of five when he first saw the stars through a pair of binoculars, and his interest took him into the realms of writing sky guides for local newspapers, appearing on local radio and television, teaching astronomy and space in schools and, in 1985, to become a full time astronomy and space writer. He has penned 17 books to date which have covered a range of astronomy and space-related topics for both children and adults. His passion for bringing an appreciation of the universe to his readers is reflected in his writing.
Brian has edited The Yearbook of Astronomy 2017, 2018 and the upcoming 2020 in the famous series. Head to our Space section to see more.
Charlotte Carroll's general interest in nutrition and health has grown into a passion.
She is a health coach and blogger with a desire to motivate people to lose weight, change their lifestyles and help people identify their triggers and then overcome them with positive support.
Changing our behaviours and the way we think about food is fundamental in any diet and her aim is to help people achieve their goals and start the transformation of their new journey.
Eat Yourself Thin is available now - head to our Healthy Living or Food sections for much information.
Eve Menezes Cunningham is a journalist, accredited psychosynthesis counsellor, integrative coach-therapist, clinical supervisor, yoga therapist, NLP (neuro linguistic programming) Master Practitioner, accredited and certified Advanced EFT (emotional freedom technique) Practitioner, crystal therapist and Chair of BACP Coaching.
Gerard Cheshire has written books about natural history for more than two decades. He has an MSc in ecology and is currently reading for his PhD. He spent his formative years studying animals and plants in Dorset and Hampshire, so already had a comprehensive knowledge of fauna and flora as a child, long before embarking on his eventual career as a write and scholar.
Henry Giles caught his first salmon on Scotland's River Conon in 1981. Schooled at Christ's Hospital, he read medieval history at university and has sub-edited and written for newspapers including The Sunday Express and The Evening Standard and also for country and fieldsports magazines. For the last two years he has written on the topic of fishing in the Flyfisher's Journal; Trout & Salmon and Waterlog.
Henry lives in Cambridgeshire with Chloe and Pippa, Yorkshire terrier Lucky and two horses. He blogs about fishing in Scotland, Norway and New Brunswick where he fishes most years.
Isla Hodgson is a zoologist, wildlife journalist and freelance researcher for natural history film. She is currently based in Scotland, studying for a PhD in conservation conflict (essentially a big excuse for some adventuring).
She has a strong passion for conservation, and her popular blog Where The Wild Things Live was born from a desire to spark that enthusiasm in others, starting with the wildlife we have at home.
She is never happier than when trudging around in the outdoors, preferably with a dog - although she is still working on that...
James Taylor is now retired from professional cricket and now works in the media. He is a regular pundit for Sky's coverage of the England cricket team, works on the BBC's Test Match Special show and has a column in the Evening Standard. He also works with a number of leading heart charities to raise awareness of heart defects and spends time helping individuals and families who suffer from heart problems.
For more information on his autobiography, James Taylor: Cut Short, go to our Sports section.
Jenny Tschiesche is one of the UK’s leading nutrition experts and the founder of www.lunchboxdoctor.com, a hugely popular brand. She creates delicious and nutritious recipes for leading brands and health campaigns including BBC Sport, Sport England, Cancer Research UK and The Realbuzz Group. Jenny is a guest nutrition presenter on QVC (the TV shopping channel) and regularly contributes to TV and radio shows including Good Morning Britain and BBC Radio and to newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Mail, Zest, Prima and Top Santé.
Check out Gut Health & Probiotics: The Science Behind the Hype in our Healthy Living section.
Jessica Groenendijk is a Dutch biologist with a passion for connecting people with nature. Her work has been published in BBC Wildlife Magazine, Africa Geographic, Earthlines, Earth Island Journal and Zoomorphic, amongst others. Her blog Nature Bytes was Highly Commended in the International Category of the 2015 BBC Wildlife Blogger Awards and she is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers. She was probably an otter in a previous life.
Visit jessicagroenendijk.com or find her on Twitter and Facebook: @WildWordsAuthor
The Giant Otter: Giants of the Amazon by Jessica Groenendijk can be found in our Nature & Wildlife section.
Julie Neville is a nutrition specialist who has the passion and desire to make healthy and organic food available to everyone. Her approach to healthy, organic living has often been featured on television: ITV and Lorraine and in the press: The Telegraph, The Sun, The Daily Star, Daily Mail, Vegetarian Living Magazine.
During her career she has worked with a number of Premiership football clubs, several Championship clubs and the England National teams, as well as a number of elite athletes.
For more information, follow Julie on Instagram mrsnev18
Kate Bradbury is an award-winning author and journalist, specialising in wildlife gardening. she edits the wildlife pages of Gardeners' World Magazine and regularly writes articles for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, RHS Magazine The Garden and BBC Wildlife and BBC Countryfile magazines. In 2015, she became the first Butterfly Ambassador for conservation charity Butterfly Conservation, and she writes a quarterly column for its members' magazine, Butterfly.
Kate regularly talks at events and festivals, and appears on radio including BBC Gardeners' Question Time. She also makes wildlife gardening videos for gardenersworld.com.
She lives and breathes wildlife gardening, and is currently transforming a tired north-facing patio garden into a wildlife oasis where she hopes to attract a wealth of creatures including frogs, toads, newts, birds, beetles, hedgehogs, butterflies, not to mention her very favourite, and first love: bees.
Kate's The Wildlife Gardener can be found in our Gardening and Nature & Wildlife sections.
Louise V. Taylor struggled with long periods of anorexia and bulimia in her teens and early 20s, before breaking free from the disease, overcoming her obsession with food and weight control, and finding better ways to manager her difficult feelings. She has since qualified in nutrition and psychology, and now works as a writer. She's keen to help people gain new-found confidence, move on from difficult circumstances and focus on the good things in life, for a positive future.
Louise's How to Overcome Eating Disorders: Breaking Free for a Better Life book is available in the Self-care & Wellbeing section of our website.
Michael J. Brown has an MA in Garden History and has been interested in both history and gardening for as long as he can remember. As a child, Michael was allowed to have a patch of ground to grow whatever he liked, including his first poisonous plants. Where his mother called the plants 'weeds', he called them wild flowers. Michael has been a Head Gardener, a college lecturer and designed the medieval gardens at the Prebendal Manor, Nassington, including poisonous plants. He now gives talks and demonstrations on historical gardening.
Michael's debut book, Death in the Garden: Poisonous Plants and their Use Throughout History can be found in our Gardening and Nature sections.
Best known for his many television appearances as a Historical Weapons Expert/ Military Historian, Mike also works as a director and writer for historical documentaries. Other work includes acting as a historical consultant to the video games industry. He is the author of several previous books, including major works such as War Bows and the highly acclaimed Swords and Swordsmen. Mike is British, though for the past 12-years he lived in California, where he co-founded the California Centaurs horse-archery club. He and his wife now live in Portugal. As well as having an interest in swords, bows and horses, Mike has also had a lifelong enthusiasm for dogs. In Dogs: Working Origins and Traditional Tasks, he has been able to blend his love of dogs with his passion for history.
Patsy Westcott is an award-winning freelance journalist, author and copywriter specialising in health, medicine and nutrition, especially for women aged 50+. She currently contributes regular features to Woman & Home, Saga, Waitrose, Healthspan and many others. She is also health editor and 'voice of Victoria' victoria.co.uk a website aimed at women of a certain age as well as doing medical backgrounders for a variety of companies.
Nuts and Seeds: Improving Your Health will be available for pre-order in 2019. Keep your eyes peeled on our Healthy Living section for more information.
Paula Greenspan is a Canadian-born journalist and health editor in the UK. With a background in women's magazines, Paula is the former health editor of Pick Me Up! and has written for publications such as Metro, The Mirror and Prima Baby. Having suffered with migraines for most of her adult life, it was when Paula found herself having a migraine attack with aura whilst at a toddler group with her 2-year-old that she decided to take migraine prevention more seriously. The idea for Migraine Free For Free came from Paula's efforts to keep her own head clear.
Migraines are the sixth most disabling condition in the world. Understanding how the disorder affects you can help you to treat - and even prevent - an attack.
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Phil Steele is a UK based hypnotherapist and Reiki Master. Dividing his time between treating clients around the world and also teaching hypnosis and Reiki to students including members of the police and the NHS, Phil is completing a Masters in Psychology to accompany his History degree. Phil's experience with hundreds of clients with sleep issues combined with his knowledge in history and how the mind works provides him with a unique insight into sleep. Phil lives with his wife Becca and three young sons.
How To Get To Sleep and Why It Is Important will be available for pre-order in 2020.
Sam Quek was born in the Wirral on Merseyside on October 18, 1988. She attended Birkenhead High School and Calday Grange Grammar School. Sam decided that she wanted to stay fairly close to home and studied a BSc in Sport and Exercise at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2010. She won her first international cap while studying at university. the hockey star is also a loyal supporter of Liverpool F.C. and regularly presents for the club's official TV channel.
Sam's autobiography – Hope & A Hockey Stick is available in our Sports section now.
Simon Wills is a history journalist and genealogist who writes regularly for magazines such as Your Family History and Family Tree. He has appeared in the TV programme Who do You Think You Are? and contributes to the magazine. He is also a dedicated wildlife photographer, and all the photographs in this book were taken by him.
Sophie Michell’s first encounters with cooking were with her grandmother when she was just four years old. She would go onto become the UK’s youngest female Executive Chef and has launched a number of successful restaurants.
Sophie has also carved out a successful career away from the kitchen as a TV presenter on a number of smash hit TV shows, and as an established author and food writer. In addition to this, Sophie has worked as an ambassador and consultant to heavyweight global brands and has been on the judging panel for a number of renowned food award panels.
Sophie is well-regarded by the press and has appeared in and contributed to countless titles from Grazia, YOU, Stella and Healthy Magazine to The Telegraph, The Times, Guardian Weekend and Observer Food Monthly.
Being sugar-intolerant, Sophie has created Baking Without Sugar with passion and experience of the subject, and with a view to helping everyone that wants to bake a little more healthily.
Find this book in our Healthy Living and Food sections.
Over the past few years, Villager Jim has been photographing wildlife in his own garden as well as in the beautiful countryside that surrounds his home in the Derbyshire Peak District.
Amongst his subjects are pictures of his own beloved Labrador dogs, as well as farmyard animals, and the flora, fauna and spectacular landscapes around him.
Having built up a huge international presence on Facebook, Villager Jim's thousands of followers enjoy his out of the ordinary compositions and the humorous angle of his captions.
Villager Jim has appeared twice on BBC's Countryfile, and was the editor's choice in the British Wildlife Photography Awards in 2013. Winning a Springwatch competition (beating 50,000 others), his images are often shown by the Springwatch and Autumnwatch team. He is also an official Designated Photography Partner for the Peak District tourism board.
In spite of his popularity, Villager Jim remains anonymous, while his photographs speak for themselves. Read more about his at villagerjimsshop.com, where you can also find a selection of greetings cards, calendars and many other items that feature his photographs.
For all of Villager Jim's books, check out our Nature & Wildlife or Photography sections.