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Cline, Sally

Sally Cline

Sally Cline is an award winning biographer and short story writer. She is a Royal Literary Fund Advisory Fellow and is currently Director of the Writers’ Pool, the Royal Literary Fund’s Mentoring Scheme. She has written nine books including biographies of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald and Radclyffe Hall and she is now at work on a third, a major new double biography: ‘Lillian Hellman & Dashiell Hammett: Managing Memories, Framing Fictions’.

In 2004 she was the recipient of the Hawthornden Fellowship and the same year won the Hosking Houses Trust Fellowship for a Woman Writer over 40. Her short fiction has won the BBC Short Story contest, the Raconteur fiction prize, and was shortlisted for the Asham Short Story Award. A prizewinner in the UK New London Radio Playwriting contest, she has written co-produced and broadcast 3 radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation based on her books.

Educated at Durham University and Lancaster University, in 2004 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for her writing in Cambridge , her home for 26 years. Born in London, a former Fleet Street journalist and international stage director, she has taught Social and Political Science at Cambridge University and English and Creative Writing at APU, Cambridge where she was the Royal Literary Fund Writing and Project Fellow for five years and is now Writer in Residence.

She has read and discussed her work at literary festivals including Hay on Wye, Cheltenham, Ways With Words, the Cambridge Wordfest, and the Sole Bay Literature Festival as well as at the Biography Club. She has served on the Women’s Committee of the Writers Guild, and has been a member of the Fawcett Society, the Royal Literary Society and Pen International.

Clay, John

John Clay

Campbell, John

John Campbell

John Campbell has been a freelance political biographer for thirty years. Born in 1947, he was educated at Edinburgh University where he studied Politics and Modern History (MA 1970) and did a Ph.D on Lloyd George in the 1920s under Paul Addison (1975). This became his first book, Lloyd George: The Goat in the Wilderness ( Cape 1977), which won second prize in the Yorkshire Post award for the best first book of that year.

Since then his subjects have become progressively more contemporary under the pressure of publishing with no salaried position. A big biography of F.E.Smith, First Earl of Birkenhead ( Cape 1983) was followed by a short interim life of Roy Jenkins (Weidenfeld 1983), then by Nye Bevan and the Mirage of British Socialism (Weidenfeld 1986). His biography of Edward Heath ( Cape 1993) won the 1994 NCR Book Award for Non-Fiction, after which he was persuaded to take on his biggest subject which eventually emerged in two volumes: Margaret Thatcher: The Grocer’s Daughter (Cape 2000) and Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady (Cape 2003). He has now gone back to his first love to write a book on Lloyd George’s relationship with Frances Stevenson, his secretary, mistress and eventual second wife, which should appear in 2006.

He also edited The Experience of World War II (Harrap 1989) and a series of short biographies, Makers of the Twentieth Century (Cardinal 1990-91). He was a regular book reviewer for The Times and other papers during the 1980s and still reviews periodically for The Independent and the TLS, as well as occasional other journalism.

He lives in London and devotes much of his spare time to directing (and occasionally acting in) amateur theatre.

Buccleuch, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Buccleuch

Elizabeth Buccleuch is a former radio producer and journalist, working primarily for BBC Radio 4.  She cut her teeth on the live arts review programme Kaleidoscope, and was also responsible for documentaries of many kinds, the most biographically relevant were on the Queen Mother, Women Parliamentarians in the Twentieth Century and the life stories which were revealed through the Mass Observation project during the Second World War.

After many years as Chairman of the Scottish Ballet, Patron of the building of the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and a trustee of the British Museum, she is now a freelance writer, at present in the final stages of producing a commissioned short biography of Jane Carlyle, and working on a memoir of her mother, the writer and Founder of The Woman of the Year Lunch, Tony Lothian.  She is also the sponsor of the Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize.

Burge, James

James Burge

James Burge is a writer and maker of factual television programmes. He has written and directed many programmes, mainly about history and science. His book about the medieval lovers, Abelard and Heloise, was published in 2003 by Profile Books. He is currently working on a TV script about Dante; his latest book, Dante’s Invention, was published by The History Press. He also writes occasional newspaper articles about television.

Buchanan, Jean

Jean Buchanan

Buchan, Ben

Ben Buchan

Brooke, Alan

Alan Brooke

Alan Brooke (Chairman of the Biographers’ Club) was a publisher for 40 years until retiring in 2009. During that time, he worked for Michael Jospeh for 15 years (as Editorial Director and then Managing Director), Headline Books and latterly seven years with Piatkus Books. During his career he published many biographies – ranging from Edward Burne-Jones, Mary Tudor, Catherine Cookson and the Countess of Warwick, to autobiographies by Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman, Ginger Rogers and Anthony Quinn.

Bradford, Sarah

Sarah Bradford

Educated at St. Mary’s Convent, Shaftesbury Dorset, where she won a State Scholarship and at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she won a College Scholarship in History, Sarah Bradford is an historian and biographer who has travelled extensively, living in the West Indies, Portugal and Italy. She speaks four languages which have been invaluable in her research for her various books, particularly The Englishman’s Wine, the Story of Port (the first book on the subject written by a woman), Portugal, and Portugal and Madeira

She worked in the Manuscript Department of Christie’s London, travelling for the Department and valuing manuscripts from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries, an experience which enabled her to write Cesare Borgia (used by the BBC as the source of their series ‘The Borgias’, for which she wrote the novelisation of the scripts) and, most recently, Lucrezia Borgia. Her other biographies include Disraeli, named Book of the Year by the New York Times, Princess Grace, written with the cooperation of Prince Rainier and the Kelly family, George VI (published in the United States as The ReluctantKing) which his daughter, the Queen, is said to keep on her desk, Splendours and Miseries, The Life of Sacheverell Sitwell, written at the request of the writer’s family who made the archives available to her for the first time, two international bestsellers, Elizabeth, a Biography of Her Majesty the Queen, and America’s Queen, The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Her biography of Diana, Princess of Wales was published in 2006 by Viking. She frequently appears on television as an authority on her biographical subjects and as a commentator for notable royal events such as the funerals of Diana, Princess of Wales and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and the Royal Jubilee in 2002. She lives in London and is married to the 8th Viscount Bangor.

Berthon, Simon

Simon Berthon

Simon Berthon has worked as director, writer, and executive producer on a large range of top quality films in history, science, religion, current affairs and observational documentary. He is also the author of three books: Warlords, pub 2005 (co-author Joanna Potts) – “Gripping, innovative and perceptive …. It reads like a thriller but it is also a scholarly, impeccably researched piece of work … superlative’ (Tribune), “fascinating insights into the minds of these titans” (Daily Mail); Allies at War, pub 2001 – “Fascinating … A captivating glimpse into the personalities and goals of the three Allied giants” (Library Journal); and The Shape of the World (co-author Andrew Robinson) pub 1990 ‘ “A vivid account of great courage and endeavour on the grandest scale” (Where and When). Simon was a founding partner and Chief Executive of a successful production company, 3BM Television, and is Vice-Chair of Directors UK.

Among his television productions are Nuremberg: Goering’s Last Stand (BAFTA Huw Wheldon award winner), The Ascent of Money (International Emmy winner for Documentary), Age of Terror (Broadcast Award), The Big Story (Premier Ondas, Barcelona), World in Action (Gold Hugo, Chicago), The Shape of the World (Gold, New York) and the internationally best-selling drama-documentary series Zero Hour, whose format he designed.

One of his specialities is 20th Century history and the Daily Telegraph has described him as a ‘formidable Second World War historian’. His Channel Four series, Warlords (2005), accompanied by his book, was variously described as ‘excellent’, ‘brilliant’, ‘outstanding’, ‘gripping’, ‘a smart and original piece of history’. His WW2 6-part series for Discovery Home Front Britain (2009) was similarly greeted as ‘wonderful’, ‘excellent’ and ‘a treat’.

Simon is an accomplished public speaker, having toured the United States to publish his TV series and lectured at venues such as the National Army Museum. He has been a frequent moderator at sessions for the World History Congress and World Congress of Science and Factual Producers.