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Mon 18th Jun 2012
Clare Clark was born in London in 1967. A Senior Scholar at Trinity College Cambridge she graduated with a Double First in History. Novels published by Penguin include The Great Stink, The Nature of Monsters, Savage Lands and Beautiful Lies. Her most recent book is a novel about love and loss, We That Are Left , which explores the devastating effect of the First World War and the choices a family must make when all the conditions and convictions upon which they have constructed their lives have been shattered. She is married with two children and lives in London.
Lord Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. He is the author of the The World After Communism (1995) (American edition called The Road from Serfdom). He was made a life peer in 1991, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994. He is chairman of the Govenors of Brighton College. He writes a monthly column for Project Syndicate, "Against the Current", which is syndicated in newspapers all over the world. His account of the current economic crisis, Keynes: The Return of the Master, was published in September 2009. A short history of twentieth-century Britain was published in the volume A World by Itself: A History of the British Isles in January 2010. His latest book is How Much is Enough? The Economics of the Good Life written jointly with his son Edward Skidelsky.
Rosie Boycott is a writer and broadcaster whose career has spanned the national media. She co-founded the feminism magazine Spare Rib in 1971, and went on to become the UK's first female editor of a British daily newspaper, the Independent on Sunday. She has also edited Esquire, The Independent, and The Express. She has appeared regularly on The Late Review (BBC2) and The Moral Maze (BBC Radio 4), and written several books, including A Nice Girl Like Me and Our Farm: A Year in the Life of a Smallholding. Rosie was appointed Chair of London Food by the Mayor to help improve Londoners’ access to healthy, locally produced and affordable food. She writes and speaks regularly about the importance of food in improving health and in reducing carbon emissions.
Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. Born in London in 1959, he graduated with a Double-Starred First from Cambridge University, where he was a Lecturer in History and Fellow of Trinity College from 1984 to 1999. He is the author of many books on Russian history, including A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924, which in 1997 received the Wolfson Prize, the NCR Book Award, the W.H. Smith Literary Award, the Longman/History Today Book Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia (2002) was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize. His latest is The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia (also in hardback) (2007), which is featured here. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books.