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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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“I was sure I saw that knife go into you. The villain had to tug to retrieve it. But it was that.” She looked down and made a small exclamation. “It’s been cut.” She opened the reticule, examing the contents and took out a small, leather-bound book. She held it up so that he could … Continue readings

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  ‘No matter where I lived, I read. I devoured whatever I could get my hands on,’ Anne Gracie says.   An award-winning historical-romance writer, Anne was born into a family of ‘chalkies’ (‘teachers’ in Aussie slang), who moved around a lot when Anne was a children. She spent a lot of time outside playing … Continue readings

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  Master of Hammer Horror Vincent Price was a bon vivant and cook. In addition to writing several cookery books, he made various foodie TV and radio broadcasts and, in 1971, starred in Cooking Price-wise, a Thames Television-commissioned six-programme series, in which Price cooked his way around the world – in a rather sad studio … Continue readings

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  Master of Hammer, Witchfinder General and the weak-chinned lover of the female protagonist in Otto Preminger’s original and magnificent film noir Laura (1944), actor Vincent Price informs our cultural consciousness. But how many of us know that Price was the Master Chef of his time? A bon vivant and gourmand, Price not only loved … Continue readings

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New Orleans-born Elizabeth Hoyt is a best-selling New York Times novelist. The author of 15 historical and 2 contemporary romances (the latter as Julia Harper), she recently published Duke of Midnight, the sixth book in the acclaimed ‘Maiden Lane’ series, set in 18th-century London. Elizabeth was brought up in St Pauls, Minnesota, and travelled extensively … 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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Mary Jo Putney is a leading historical-romance writer. The recipient of many awards, ‘MJP’, as she is known affectionately to her fans, won the prestigious RWA Nora Roberts’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Born in Upstate New York, Mary Jo developed a love of reading at an early age. Her favourite authors included Georgette Heyer, … 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

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Director of health promotion and commmunication at Harvard’s Department of Nutrition, Dr Cheung has been a student of Thich Nhat Hanh since 1967. She worked with him on the book Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, Savour Every Moment and Every Bite.   See also: Thich Nhat Hanh

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Nominated by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, who has dedicated his life to promoting peace and reconciliation. He is the author of many books, focussing on various aspects of Mindfulness and the art of Mindful living, including Mindful Eating, Mindful … Continue readings

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  New Zealand-born Len Lye was an experimental animator and sculptor. He is known primarily for a series of innovative films produced in the 1930s and 40s, the earlier while working with John Grierson’s much acclaimed GPO Film Unit. A Colour Box (1935) was particularly influential – wonderful Norman McLaren took up animation full time … Continue readings