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Levy, Paul

Paul Levy

Paul Levy was born in Kentucky, lives near Oxford and hangs out in Hampstead. Educated at the University of Chicago, UCL, Harvard (PhD) and Nuffield College, Oxford, he is a trustee of the Strachey and Jane Grigson Trusts, and chair of the Oxford Symposium Trust. Unless you count his childhood autobiography, Finger Lickin’ Good, and his regular obituaries for the Independent, his chief biography is Moore: G.E. Moore and the Cambridge Apostles, though he has edited The Letters of Lytton Strachey and some of Strachey’s papers.

On the staff of the Observer for several years as food and wine editor, he has been the culture correspondent for The Wall Street Journal Europe since the 1990s. He blogs at, see

Skre, Arnhild

Arnhild Skre

Arnhild Johanna Skre (b. 1952) is a Norwegian writer and historian with special interests in culture and political history in the early post-war period and in biography from art and literary history in late 19th and early 20th century. She has been a journalist since 1978 and an author since 1988. Since 2011 she has been the vice chairman of the Norwegian Biographic Society. Her latest book is the biography “Hulda Garborg. Nasjonal strateg”, for which she won the Norwegian Book Prize for biography in 2011. She lives near Oslo.

Starling, William

William Starling

Strathie, Anne

Anne Strathie


My first full-length biography, Birdie Bowers: Captain Scott’s Marvel is to be published in September 2012 by The History Press.

Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers was the youngest of Captain Robert Scott’s five-man party who reached the South Pole in January 1912 but died on the return journey in March 1912. The biography has been informed by extensive research at the Scott Polar Research Institute and other archives, a visit to Antarctica (including Scott’s Hut) and previously unpublished material loaned from private collections.

Born and educated in Scotland, I studied English, French and Art History at St Andrew’s University. Following a business career, I worked in the arts/heritage sector, mainly as a fundraiser, including for Cheltenham and Bath Festivals, Gloucester Cathedral and Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. Whilst working I completed a degree specialising in Art History (OU, BA, 2:1, 2003) and a course in creative writing (OU, Distinction, 2009/10) and attended an Arvon Foundation course (Life Writing, tutors Carole Angier and Allegra Huston).

Other writing and research activities include :

  • Hugh Willoughby: The Man Who Loved Picassos (2008, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum); cited in Tate Picasso & Modern British Art catalogue;
  • 15th-century Italian artist Carlo Crivelli (Venice, Dalmatia, Le Marche);
  •  ‘cross-Channel’ artist/printer Lucien Pissarro (eldest son of Impressionist Camille Pissarro) and his friend Théo van Rysselberghe;
  •  Isabella Bird, the intrepid Victorian traveller, and other likeminded souls.

Jones, Nicolette

Nicolette Jones

Nicolette Jones is a writer, journalist and broadcaster specialising in
literary and arts journalism, who has worked for national newspapers and the
book trade press. She is the children’s books editor of the Sunday Times,
and wrote the text of a critical anthology of the work of Raymond Briggs,
Blooming Books (Jonathan Cape). Her book about the Victorian philanthropist
Samuel Plimsoll and his campaign to save lives at sea, The Plimsoll
Sensation (Little, Brown/Abacus) won the Mountbatten Maritime Prize and the
international division of the US Maritime Literature Award, and was a Radio
4 Book of the Week. She has been a judge of various adult and children’s
book awards from the Orange Prize to the Branford Boase Award, has directed
the children’s programme at the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival
(2010-2012), and has been a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at University
College, London (2010-2012).

Hirsch, Pam

Pam Hirsch

Dr Pam Hirsch is a Lecturer in English Literature and Film History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Newnham College. As a biographer she is particularly interested in the interweaving of personal and historical/political contexts. Her latest biography, The Constant Liberal: the Life of Phyllis Bottome (2010) has received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Pam has also published a full-length biography of the radical nineteenth-century feminist and artist, Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, and a joint biography (written with New York author, Mark McBeth) of Oscar Browning and Elizabeth Hughes. Her collection of biographical essays entitled Practical Visionaries; Women, Education and Social Progress 1790-1930 charted women’s contributions to progressive movements. She has published shorter pieces on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and George Sand, plus entries in the Dictionary of National Biography on Barbara Bodichon, the pre-Raphaelite painter Anna Mary Howitt, and the avant-garde dancer, Margaret Morris. Pam has also written about the scientist, Hertha Marks Ayrton.

Strathcarron, Ian

Ian Strathcarron

Lord Strathcarron is a travel writer, publisher, mediator and counsellor. He lived in the Orient for many years, working as a freelance foreign correspondent and TimeLife stringer and founded Japan + Europa Press Agency, since sold to Reuters. More recently he has written the spy thrillers Invisibility and Black Beach, and the historical travel works Joy Unconfined! Lord Byron’s Grand Tour Re-Toured, Innocence and War: Mark Twain’s Holy Land Revisited and The Indian Equator: Mark Twain’s India Revisited. He is now completing the third part of a Mark Twain travel trilogy Heart of Lightness, Mark Twain’s Mississippi Revisited.

When not writing, he owns the art book publisher Unicorn Press Ltd and has a conflict resolution mediation and counselling practice, Mediation Process Ltd. More on Wikipedia and

Ferrar, Marcus

Marcus Ferrar


Marcus Ferrar writes historical memoirs about WWII, Communism, Germany, and Eastern Europe, with emphasis on peoples with difficult heritages. He was a journalist with Reuters for 18 years. In the Cold War he was the only western correspondent in East Berlin and also lived in Prague. He then reported the Portuguese revolution.

Together with John Corsellis, he wrote Slovenia 1945, about the massacre of 12,000 Slovene Home Guard sent back by the British Army from Austria at the end of WWII. The survivors tell their stories. It was published in English by I.B. Tauris in 2005. The Slovene version became a best-seller in Slovenia, and it also appeared in Italian.

Marcus publishes A Foot in Both Camps: A German Past – for Better and for Worse in May 2012.

He lives in Oxford, where he is Chairman of the Friends of Summertown Library.

Broughton, Jade

Jade Broughton

Jade Broughton graduated from Oxford University with First Class Honours in 2006. She is now studying for a PhD at the University of Leicester. She is exploring the short stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald in their original cultural contexts.

O’Kane, Judy

Judy O’Kane is an Irish writer based in London Bridge. She trained at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Cork, and worked the 2009 wine harvest in Bordeaux while on sabbatical from legal partnership in Dublin. She has since read for an M.A. at the University of East Anglia, where she is now completing a PhD in creative and critical writing.

Thirst, her non fiction work in progress was shortlisted by the Biographers’ Club for the Tony Lothian Award in 2016. The judges described the work as “a quest in many registers, and a celebration of the mystery of wine. Written with verve and insight, it’s a very modern form of memoir, and one that leads its readers into many different worlds along the way.”

Judy’s work has been published in The World of Fine Wine (UK), Alquimie (Australia) and The Irish Times. She won the Listowel Writers’ Week Original Poem Prize in 2015 and her poetry has been published in Landfall (New Zealand).