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Deborah Moggach has written 19 novels, several of which she’s adapted as TV dramas. Her novel “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” was made into the hit movie, and “Tulip Fever” is due to be released early 2017, starring Judi Dench and Alicia Vikander. Her screenplay for “Pride and Prejudice”, starring Keira Knightley, was nominated for a BAFTA. Her latest novel is “Something To Hide”. She lives in London and Wales.
After education at Oxford, Richard Mabey worked as a lecturer in Social Studies in Further Education, then as a Senior Editor at Penguin Books. He became a full-time writer in 1974. He is the author of some forty books, including Whistling in the Dark: In Pursuit of the Nightingale (1993), winner of the East Anglia Book Award, 2010, in a revised version entitled The Barley Bird. Beechcombings: the narratives of Trees(2007). The ground-breaking and best-selling “cultural flora” Flora Britannica(1996), winner of a National Book Award, and Gilbert White, which won the Whitbread Biography Award in 1986,. His memoir Nature Cure (2005), was short-listed for three major literary awards, the Whitbread, Ondaatje, and J.R. Ackerley prizes. His most recent book is The Cabaret of Plants. Botany and the Imagination. He writes for the Guardian, New Statesman and Granta, and contributes frequently to BBC radio.
In the 1980s he sat on the UK government’s advisory body, the Nature Conservancy Council. He has been awarded two Leverhulme Fellowships, and honorary doctorates by the universities of St Andrews, Essex and East Anglia. He was awarded a Civil List Pension in 2008 for services to literature, and made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2011. In 2014 he was visiting fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is an Honorary Trustee of the arts and conservation charity Common Ground, President of Waveney and Blyth Arts, Vice-President of the Open Spaces Society, and Patron of the John Clare Society. He lives in Norfolk, in the Waveney Valley with his partner Polly Lavender.