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David Antram was born in Brighton, England, in 1958. He studied at Eastbourne College of Art and then worked in advertising for 15 years before becoming a full-time artist.

Mark Bergin studied at Eastbourne College of Art and has specialised in historical reconstructions, aviation, maritime and hi-tech subjects since 1983. He lives in Bexhill-on-Sea, England, with his wife and three children. He has written and illustrated many Salariya titles:

Penny Clarke is an author and editor specialising in information books for children. The books she has written include titles on natural history, rainforests and volcanoes, as well as others on different periods of history. She used to live in central London, but thanks to modern technology she has now realised her dream of being able to live and work in the countryside.


John Cooper is a geologist and Keeper of the Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton. He has written several books on geological topics, including dinosaurs and volcanoes and has acted as consultant on many others.

Ian Graham was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1953. He studied applied physics at The City University, London, and took a postgraduate diploma in journalism at the same university, specializing in science and technology journalism. After four years as an editor of consumer electronics magazines, he became a freelance author and journalist. Since then, he has written more than one hundred children’s non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles.

Chris Gravett was born in Broadstairs, Kent. He studied medieval history at the University of London and spent a number of years as a curator at the British Museum. He is currently a senior curator at the Royal Armouries in the Tower of London. He is the author of a number of books and articles on knights and castles and has acted as consultant on several others. He was involved with the film Braveheart and was a consultant for the BBC on their series Ivanhoe.

Nick Hewetson was born in Surrey, England, in 1958. He was educated in Sussex at Brighton Technical School, and studied illustration at Eastbourne College of Art. He has illustrated a wide variety of children’s books.

John James was born in London in 1959. He studied at Eastbourne College of Art and has specialized in historical reconstruction since leaving art school in 1982. He lives in Sussex with his wife and children.

Peter Lafferty is a former school science teacher. Since 1985 he has been a full-time author of science and technology books for children. He has written over 50 books and edited and contributed to many encyclopedias and dictionaries.

Andrew Langley is the author of a large number of non-fiction books for both adults and children, many of them on historical subjects. He lives in Bath, England.

Gerald Legg holds a doctorate in zoology from Manchester University. He worked in West Africa for several years as a lecturer and rainforest researcher. Dr. Legg’s current position is biologist at the Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton.

Fiona Macdonald studied history at Cambridge University and at the University of East Anglia. She taught in schools, adult education, and college and is the author of numerous books for children on historical topics.

John Malam studied ancient history and archaeology at the University of Birmingham, England, after which he worked as an archaeologist at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Shropshire. He is now a writer, editor and reviewer, specialising in books for children. He lives in Cheshire with his wife, a book designer, and their two young children.

Henrietta McCall studied Egyptology at Oxford University. She is the author of Mesopotamian Myths and has edited numerous children’s books on ancient Egypt. She is also a member of Council of the British Museum Society.

Sean Milne
is an exprerienced artist who specialises in natural history subjects. He has illustrated a number of children's books and lives in Wales with his family. You can see more of Sean's work at www.seanmilne.net.

Jacqueline Morley studied English at Oxford University. She has taught English and History and has a special interest in the history of everyday life. She is the author of several historical non-fiction books for children including Clothes in the Timelines series and the prize-winning An Egyptian Pyramid in the Inside Story series.

David Stewart has written many non-fiction books for children. He lives in Brighton with his wife and son.

Carole Stott is a full-time science writer. She was formerly Curator of Astronomy and then Head of Observatory at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, UK. She has written more than 20 books for both children and adults and has contributed to numerous encyclopedias and science publications.

Carolyn Scrace is a graduate of Brighton College of Art, in England, specialising in design and illustration. She has worked in animation, advertising and children’s fiction and non-fiction, particularly natural history.


Kathryn Senior is a former biomedical research scientist who studied at Cambridge University, in England, for a degree in pathology and a doctorate in microbiology. After four years in research she joined the world of publishing as an editor of children’s science books. Dr. Senior is now a freelance writer and editor.

Peter Turvey studied Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester and History of Technology at Imperial College London. Working at the Science Museum, London, he has been involved in a wide range of projects including the Space and Challenge of Materials galleries and a computerised Visitor Information Network. He has also worked on a wide range of books on technology. He lives in Middlesex with his wife and two children.

Jenny Vaughan lives in London. She has written and edited children’s books on a variety of subjects. These include several science titles and books on dinosaurs and other prehistoric information books. Her special interest is the environment and the natural world.

Shirley Willis was born in Glasgow, Scotland. She studied mural design and stained glass at Glasgow School of Art and Illustration and printmaking through to post-graduate level at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. She has illustrated non-fiction books for Readers’s Digest, Dorling Kindersley and Kingfisher in London and picture books for Guinti Marzocco in Florence.
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