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Iowa-born best-selling author Tami Hoag was raised in Minnesota. She began writing when she was nine years old and her first book focussd on horses, a life-long love with Hoag, who, today is a competitive equastrian. Her first books were published in Bantams’s Loveswept series, ranging from romantic comedies to the suspense genre she is … Continue readings

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A nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson was one of the founders of The Food Doctor. She regularly contributes to national papers and copresented Fat Nation (BBC) and Diet Doctors (Channel 5). She has written the cookery book Honestly Healthy with Natasha Corrett, endorsed by such celebrities as Victoria Beckham.   See also: Natasha Corrett

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A professional vegetarian chef Natasha Corrett always had a passion for cooking. She experimented from an early age in her father’s French restaurant, Le Boudin Blanc. She runs well-being and lifestyle retreats. She has written the cookery book Honestly Healthy with Vicki Edgson and endorsed by such celebrities as Victoria Beckham.   See also: Vicki … Continue readings

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EDITOR’S CHOICE Booker Prize-winning author Alan Hollinghurst is an English novelist. After attending Magdalen College, Oxford, Hollinghurst was employed as a lecturer. He was deputy editor of The Times Literary Supplement from 1985 to 1999. In 1988, he received critical acclaim for his brilliant novel The Swimming Pool Library. He won the Man Booker Prize … Continue readings

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Award-winning author and historian Alison Weir was born and brought up in Westminster, London. Since the age of 14, when she first came across a book on Katherine of Aragon, Weir has been fascinated with history. During the 1970s, she wrote several historical novels and finished The Six Wives of Henry VIII (her second published … Continue readings

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Historian Philippa Jones studied Egyptology at Cambridge University. She lived and worked in Bristol. Philippa wrote several books (fiction and non-fiction), including The Other Tudors: Henry VIII’s Mistresses and Bastards.   See also: Alison Weir; Philippa Gregory; Anne Gracie (Tudor titles)

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Award-winning author Amy Tan is perhaps best-known for The Joy Luck Club, a novel based on her own experiences of growing up as part of the immigrant Chinese community in the United States. Tan read English Linguistics and English at  San Jose State University, before studying for her Masters at The University of California at … Continue readings

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EDITOR’S CHOICE San Francisco-based author Armistead Maupin was born in Washington, DC, but grew up in North Carolina. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, he served as a naval officer in Vietnam. After moving to California, in the early 1970s, Maupin began working as a journalist. In 1976, he launched the daily fictional … Continue readings

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Leading American historical-romance writer Mary Jo Putney is known affectionately as ‘MJP’ to her fans. She was the recipient of the prestigious RWA Nora Roberts’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Mary Jo has written and contributed to more than 38 critically acclaimed books, including many series titles. Her most recent series, ‘The Lost Lords’ deals … Continue readings

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Award-winning Australian writer Anne Gracie‘s first book, Gallant Waif, was published in 1999 by Harlequin/Mills and Boon. Since then, she has written more than 15 novels, mostly Regencies. She was also commissioned to write the novelisation of series one of the successful TV show The Tudors. Anne’s latest series of books feature the ‘Chance Sisters’. … Continue readings

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New York Times best-selling writer Elizabeth Hoyt is one of The Literary Shed’s favourite historical romance writers. Since publishing her first novel The Raven Prince, Hoyt has published 14 novels to critical acclaim, many in the following series, ‘The Princes Trilogy’, ‘Legend of the Four Soldiers’ and the ‘Maiden Lane’ series. Hoyt also writes as … Continue readings

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EDITOR’S CHOICE Award-winning, best-selling writer Nora Roberts is one of the most popular authors in the world, selling billions of copies of books in a multitude of languages. Roberts, who began her career writing romances for Silhouette, published her first book in 1981. She has since turned romance, romantic-suspense and paranormal romance writing into an … Continue readings