Richard Seward Newton
Richard Seward Newton's family home was in Surrey. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and Oxford where he studied history and English literature. He was a lawyer before becoming a lecturer in London. He now lives with his wife near Bath.
After meeting a whale when he was a student, Richard spent many years researching the natural history and biology of whales, and the horrific history of their near-destruction at the hands of mankind.
The whales' story, together with Richard's experience of practical human affairs and his life-long interest in history, literature and science have come together in this profound and fascinating book, Tisala, his first novel.
Bugle & Yarrington
James James is a lawyer by profession. Don't hold it against him. Encouraged by colleagues and adversaries who saw frequent humour in his court appearances and glimmers of literary genius in his letter writing and drafting, James began to formulate ideas.
Before long, he couldn't keep Bugle & Yarrington in his head any longer, so he wrote it down. If, as a result of his writing, his legal career suffers, James is more than happy to write another book.
James has lived and worked in London all his adult life.
"The cover was modelled on one of my less flamboyant shirt and tie combos" - James
Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Emily Hunter grew up near Bath. She has two science degrees but also loves literature and writing. She now lives in London spending her time reading, writing, travelling and taking photographs. This is her first published novel.
We interviewed Emily about her and her book - please follow the link below to read it.
Photo: Emily Hunter (& tripod)
Lucy Brydon is a writer and filmmaker from Edinburgh. A graduate of Warwick University with a First Class BA (Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing, Lucy moved to Shanghai in 2005 and lived there for four and half years.
During that time, Lucy worked briefly as a token Western hostess in a nightclub to pay her rent. The bizarre but heady life of a barfly proved to be the inspiration for her first novel, Shanghai Passenger.
Lucy is currently based in London.
Photo courtesy of Lucy Brydon
Flack's Last Shift
Alex Wade was born in west London, grew up in Devon and lives in Cornwall. After studying American and English Literature at the University of East Anglia, he became a lawyer, specialising in libel law and working for law firms, publishers and newspaper groups.
A spell off the rails in his early 30s led to Alex taking up boxing; his first book, Wrecking Machine, recounts his pugilistic adventures. A keen surfer since his teens, Alex has also written two books about surfing. Alex combines working as a libel lawyer with freelance journalism for the nationals. Flack's Last Shift is his first novel.
Photo: SAS/Alex Wade
Steven Boykey Sidley
Award-winning and multi-shortlisted novelist Steven Boykey Sidley was once a software engineer and can often be seen playing saxophone in bands around town. He lived most of his adult life in the Hollywood depicted in this book. He currently lives in Johannesburg with his wife, Kate, and their two children.
His first novel, Entanglement won the UJ Debut Fiction Award and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize and MNet Literary Award in South Africa. His second novel, Stepping Out was shortlisted for the UJ Main Fiction Award.
Imperfect Solo is his third novel and the first published in the UK. So far it has been longlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize in South Africa and selected for Le Grand Livre du Mois, France's most prestigious national literary book club.
Photo: courtesy of Steven Boykey Sidely
Tatamkhulu Afrika was born in Egypt in 1920 of an Arab father and a Turkish mother. He was brought to South Africa in 1923, orphaned, and raised by Christian foster parents. At the age of seventeen, his first novel Broken Earth was published by Hutchinson in London, but almost the entire print run was destroyed in the Blitz. He did not write prose again for fifty years. He served in North Africa in the Second World War, and following the fall of Tobruk was taken prisoner of war for three years in Italy and then Germany. After the war he worked as a barman, shop assistant and jazz drummer, finally settling in Cape Town in 1964. He converted to Islam and became an active opponent to apartheid. Since 1990 eight volumes of his poetry were published which won various prizes including the CNA Debut Prize, two Thomas Pringle Awards, the Olive Schreiner Prize and Sanlam Poetry Prize. Bitter Eden was first published when he was eighty-two. He died in December 2002, shortly after its publication.
Photo: courtesy of the author's estate
Jesse Loncraine studied English at Bristol, and Violence and Conflict at SOAS. He moved to New York at 24 where he worked variously in documentary film, international criminal law, and as a gardener.
His work for Skylight Pictures (in conjunction with the International Criminal Court) disseminating information about the prosecution of war crimes took him to Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lebanon. Jesse was born in London in 1985.
He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Oakland, California. The White Review has previously published his short stories. In The Field is his first novel.
Photo: Blue Mark Books
Richard Seward Newton
Steven Boykey Sidley