Archive for August, 2010

John Francome

Monday, August 30th, 2010
John Francome

John Francome

You don’t need to be a horse racing fan to know about John Francome.

His success as a jockey and trainer makes him one of the foremost figures of all time in the racing world, but he has also made a success in the world of broadcasting and publishing as a commentator and novelist. He is also a great speaker.

Even though his autobiography is called Born Lucky, the fact still remains that John Francome came from humble beginnings. Born in a council house in Mulberry Grove on 13 December 1952 he left Park Senior High School with few qualifications to show for his time there.

His business sense, however, had already began to manifested itself in a scheme to print counterfeit lunch vouchers which he sold to selected classmates at half price.

One of the last areas he might have been expected to find himself was in the horse world, not least because the family struggled to provide the funds for him to compete with the horsey set. The Francomes had had no connection with horses, but a ride on a donkey at Barry Island at the age of six was enough to captivate John. He soon persuaded his parents to buy him a pony – Black Beauty – and the happiest moments of a happy childhood were the ones spent in the saddle.

Fairly unusually for a jockey, his first successes on horseback were as a showjumper. Yet even winning the European Championship with the Great Britain team is dismissed in one line in his autobiography.

On leaving school he realised showjumping offered little financial security and he recalls: “To become a jockey suddenly seemed the natural solution.”

Despite reservations that he would grow too big, the 16-year-old became an apprentice with top trainer Fred Winter at Lambourn.

John Francome went on to win seven championships in ten years but admits that by the time he set a new record of 1036 jumping victories in June 1984, he was already making up his mind to retire. He rode his 1038th and last winner in April 1985 and was awarded the MBE the following year.

John has retained a strong link with racing by working as a trainer and with regular appearances as a TV commentator.

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Dilly Court

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Dilly Court

Dilly Court

Dilly Court grew up in North East London and began her career in commercial television, writing scripts for commercials. She is married with two grown up children, and now lives in Dorset on the beautiful Jurassic Coast with her husband and large, yellow Labrador.

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Rebecca Tope

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Rebecca Tope

Rebecca Tope

REBECCA TOPE is the author of fourteen previous crime novels. She lives on a smallholding in Herefordshire, with a full complement of livestock, but manages to travel the world and enjoy civilisation from time to time as well. Most of her varied experiences and activities find their way into her books, sooner or later. For example, bee-keeping, milk recording, spinning, arguing, undertaking and gardening. She is also currently the membership secretary of the Crime Writers’ Association.

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Shayla Black

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Shayla Black

Shayla Black

The author of sizzling contemporary, erotic and historical romances, Shelley Bradley/Shayla Black lives in the south with her husband and munchkin, juggling the many roles in her life.

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Lisa Jackson

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson

Lisa Jackson has been writing romantic fiction for more than fifteen years. Over sixty of her books have been published and reprinted in more than a dozen languages. A single mother, she is a native of Oregon, where she still resides with her two teenage sons.

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Sam Bourne

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Sam Bourne

Sam Bourne

Sam Bourne is a pseudonym for the award-winning journalist and broadcaster Jonathan Freedland. He writes weekly columns in both the Guardian and the London Evening Standard, as well as a monthly piece for the Jewish Chronicle. He also presents BBC Radio 4′s contemporary history series, The Long View. The author of Jacob’s Gift and Bring Home the Revolution, Freedland, named by the Financial Times as one of the world’s most influential commentators, lives in London.

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Virginia Andrews

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Virginia Andrews

Virginia Andrews

Virginia Andrews, who lived in Norfolk, Virginia, studied art at college and during the sixties worked as a fashion illustrator, commercial artist, and later a portrait painter.

Her first novel, ‘Flowers in the Attic’, was based on a true story and became an immediate bestseller on publication in 1979, receiving tremendous acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic and being adapted for the big screen. It was followed by more books about the Dollanganger family, ‘Petals on the Wind’, ‘If There be Thorns’, ‘Seeds of Yesterday’, and a prequel to ‘Flowers in the Attic’, ‘Garden of Shadows’. In addition to these novels, she is also the author of ‘My Sweet Audrina’ and the Casteel family saga: ‘Heaven’, ‘Dark Angel’, ‘Fallen Hearts’, ‘Gates of Paradise’ and ‘Web of Dreams’, all set in Virginia Andrews ‘ home country, West Virginia, and in Boston.

Virginia Andrews died in 1986, and left a considerable amount of unpublished material.

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Pamela Evans

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Pamela Evans

Pamela Evans

Pamela Evans trained as a doctor at The London Hospital Medical College, and worked first as a General Practitioner in Highams Park. London E4. Later, a research post in Epidemiology enabled her to continue working while raising a family. Pamela’s work on data recording in cerebral palsy research achieved international recognition. The work she undertook with her husband, Stephen Evans, on the life expectancy of affected children, resulted in a published paper which has been used as evidence in the High Court, and is still being cited today.

After moving to Sussex, Pamela was eventually able to leave the epidemiological studies in the hands of others, and entered a phase which prompted some to ask, `When are you going to get a proper job?’ What some saw as a lack of a career plan was God’s training ground for what lay ahead! Time was available to develop an interest in counselling and to begin to teach adults in the local church and elsewhere.

Opportunities arose to contribute to the training of Christian counsellors, and to lecture to GPs on workaholism and other `respectable’ addictions. Such encounters often ended with requests for a book to read, and these prompted Pamela to write Driven Beyond the Call of God (BRF 1999).

In 1994, Pamela was invited to develop and lead what her church calls its Bodybuilding Course. This provided a fruitful channel for Pamela’s enthusiasm for New Testament teaching on the body of Christ. In due course, Building the Body (BRF 2002) allowed this enthusiasm to be expressed in written form.

Pamela continues to teach and preach in the Anglican church to which she and her husband belong, and is also a member of the Prayer Ministry Team. In April 2001 Pamela resigned her membership of the Eldership Team in order to be free to accept more commitments outside the parish. She enjoys visiting churches and other centres to speak and lead workshops on a variety of subjects. Pamela also provides pastoral support and spiritual direction for a small number of church leaders.

Pamela is a member of the Association of Christian Writers.

Living on the coast has many advantages. Pamela and her husband enjoy eating fish and chips while looking at the sea. They have two married sons, who live, work and worship elsewhere in the South of England. They became grandparents in 2008 and again in early 2009.

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Maggie Stiefvater

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater

All of Maggie Stiefvater’s life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you’re a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which she’s tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. She’s made her living as one or the other since she was 22. She now lives an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with her charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, two neurotic dogs, and a 1973 Camaro named Loki.

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Linda Fairstein

Monday, August 30th, 2010
Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein

Linda Fairstein, America’s foremost prosecutor of crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, has run the Sex Crimes Unit of the District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan for more than two decades. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, she is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law. Her first novel, Final Jeopardy, which introduced the character Alexandra Cooper, was published in 1996 to critical and commercial acclaim, followed in 1997 by Likely to Die, which also achieved international bestseller status. Her nonfiction book, Sexual Violence, was a New York Times notable book in 1994. She lives with her husband in Manhattan.

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