Anika Scott grew up outside Detroit, Michigan and has a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University in New York. She worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Chicago Tribune before moving to Germany in 2001. Since then she has freelanced for US and European media including Deutschlandfunk, and taught journalism at the Technical University in Chemnitz. She now lives in Essen with her husband and two daughters. Her debut novel The German Heiress was an international bestseller. The Soviet Sisters is her second novel.
Priscilla Morris was born in Cambridge to a Yugoslav mother and a Cornish father. She grew up mostly in London and read Spanish, Italian and Social Anthropology at Cambridge University. After working briefly as a journalist and teaching English in Spain and Brazil during her twenties and early thirties, she received an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia. She now lives between Ireland and Spain and lectures in Creative Writing at University College Dublin.
Kit Holden is a British-German author and journalist who lives and works in Berlin. He covers German news and sport for Agence France-Presse and is 1. FC Union Berlin correspondent for Der Tagesspiegel. His work has also appeared extensively in The Independent, the Daily Mail and Die Zeit.
Oskar Jensen is a historian and writer. Having grown up in Kent with German-Danish roots, he read his three degrees in History at Christ Church, Oxford, resulting in his first book, Napoleon and British Song (2015), along with two historical novels for children, The Stones of Winter and The Wild Hunt (both 2016). Moving to a postage-stamp-sized flat in Bloomsbury for research posts at King’s College London and Queen Mary University of London, he came to love that city, and published two books steeped in its cultural history: the co-edited volume Charles Dibdin and Late Georgian Culture (2018), and The Ballad-Singer in Georgian and Victorian London (2021). Oskar is currently based in the Politics department at the University of East Anglia but lives between Folkestone and Newcastle (it’s a long story). When London Cried is his first history book for a non-academic readership.
Anne Dickson is a psychologist, writer and trainer with over 40 years experience of in teaching communication skills and management of emotions. She is the author of several books, including The Mirror Within and Difficult Conversations.
William Heath Robinson began his career illustrating works of poetry and children’s stories. At magazines such as The Sketch, he developed his humorous illustrations for adults, culminating in the series of inventions for which he became known by his contemporaries as ‘The Gadget King’.
A.J. West was born in Buckinghamshire and not very comprehensively educated at a comprehensive school in Newport Pagnell. Growing up, his teacher parents read him stories by Bylton, Milne, Dahl, Lewis, Lawrence and Graham and he found a passion for old-fashioned tales that mixed fear and fun. He went on to study English Literature at university in Preston, Lancashire before graduating to become a radio and television producer, news presenter and journalist at the BBC in London and Northern Ireland, where his fascination with William Jackson Crawford’s story began. After a characteristically strange twist in events he became a television personality before embarking on a new career as a PR and communications director. During this time, he has written for national newspapers and appeared on network current affairs programmes on radio and television. To find out more about the author visit: https://ajwestauthor.com
Anna Abney is among the last descendants of the Abney family, former residents of Measham Hall, a lost house of Derbyshire. The Measham Hall series is a fictionalised account of her ancestors’ lives. An academic in the English and Creative Writing department at the Open University, she wrote her PhD on the seventeenth century writer, Margaret Cavendish, the first English woman to be published in her own name, under the supervision of Lisa Jardine at Queen Mary, University of London. Her writing also includes fiction, journalism and drama. Anna was born and raised in London and lived in Ireland, North and South, for thirteen years before returning to the Big Smoke. She now lives in rural Kent with her husband, a playwright and screenwriter, and their border-collie.
Victor Canning was a prolific writer throughout his career, which began young: he had sold several short stories by the age of nineteen and his first novel, Mr FinchleyDiscovers His England(1934) was published when he was twenty-three. It proved to be a runaway bestseller. Canning also wrote for children: his trilogy The Runaways was adapted for US children’s television. Canning’s later thrillers were darker and more complex than his earlier work and received further critical acclaim.
Cari Rosen worked as a journalist before moving into television production, working on entertainment programmes, sport and documentaries. These days Cari is a full-time writer and editor who lives in London but adheres firmly to the maxim ‘You can take a girl out of Manchester – but you’ll never take Manchester out of the girl.’