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Marion Aldis and Pam Inder

Pam Inder and Marion Aldis met as mature students while doing an MA in English Local History at Leicester University. Together they have collaborated on ten books, most of which have dealt with the lives of nineteenth-century women. Marion has had several careers. She taught art to A level for ten years, then, when she started a family, ran her own pottery from home. She later set up a business organising craft fairs in stately homes. Pam Inder is a retired museum curator and university lecturer with a particular interest in historic costume and textiles. When she is not writing and researching she works with City of Sanctuary, a charity that supports asylum seekers and refugees. Marion and Pam's book The Happiest Days of Their Lives? was published by Chaplin Books in 2016.

Peter Broadbent

Peter Broadbent author Peter Broadbent joined the Royal Navy as a 15-year-old Junior Seaman. After a successful naval career, he worked in marine facilities around the world. In 2001 he moved to a mountain village in the Valencia region of Spain where, along with his wife Margaret, he started a small community magazine that, over a period of five years, grew to become one of the most popular 'revistas' on the Costa Blanca. His witty and entertaining account of his time as a Junior Seaman is told in HMS Ganges Days; his coming-of-age as a Junior Seaman in HMS Bermuda Days; and his far-flung adventures as an AB in A Singapore Fling. He is also a novelist: his comic novel My Wight Little Isle and and his historical trilogy featuring Felix Wild, are all published by Chaplin Books.

Read an interview with Peter Broadbent in Issue No. 2 of Inside Story

Mark Browning

After receiving a First Class English degree at Manchester University, Mark Browning attended universities in Leeds, London and Kent and gained a PGCE, an MA and a PhD respectively. He has taught English and Film Studies in a number of schools in England and was a senior lecturer in Education at Bath Spa University. His previous books include David Cronenberg: Author or Filmmaker? and Stephen King on the Big Screen (both for Intellect), and David Fincher: Movies that Scar (for ABC CLIO).

He now lives and works as a teacher and freelance writer in Germany. His book, Danny Boyle: Lust For Life, was published by Chaplin Books in 2011.

John Bull

John Bull author John Bull was born in 1935. He grew up in Gosport, Hampshire, and trained as a reporter on the Portsmouth Evening News. His subsequent provincial newspaper career included stints for the South London Press, where Battersea was his 'beat' area; the Bath Chronicle; and the Southern Evening Echo in Southampton. He worked in Paris, for the Associated French Press, before moving to Fleet Street where he wrote the John Field column for the News of the World (with a weekly readership of more than 12 million), and worked as a sub-editor on the Daily Mirror. His skills as a newspaper 'doctor', turning around failing papers and putting them back on the road to success, have been called on many times, most notably when he became editor of Sunday Sport in the 1980s.

His memoirs, The Night They Blitzed The Ritz, The Smile on the Face of the Pig and I Was Rupert Murdoch's Figleaf are all published by Chaplin Books.

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James Christie

James Christie author James Christie, born in 1964, has a degree in creative writing and a postgraduate diploma in library and information studies. He catalogued the private library of a stately home and worked as a law librarian for some years in Glasgow. In 2002 he was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and shortly thereafter began to take a focused interest in Drusilla the vampire, a character in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In 2010, James took a Buffy-themed Greyhound bus trip across America with the support of the National Autistic Society Scotland, the story of which, together with descriptions of his difficulties living as an autistic adult in a neuro-typical world, was published by Chaplin Books under the title Dear Miss Landau in 2012. The book is now being developed as a stage musical. James Christie is also the author of a novel, The Legend of John Macnab, and an ebook, Differently Wired: Articles by an Autistic Blogger, both published by Chaplin Books.

Read an interview with James Christie in Issue No. 1 of Inside Story

Kay Christopher

Kay Christopher author Kay Christopher grew up in Birmingham before moving to Hampshire when she was in her early 30s. She has been widely published in women's magazines. Never Let Her Slip Away, her first novel, was published by Chaplin Books in 2015. She is currently writing Melon Street, a period novel set in Birmingham in the late-Victorian era.

Julian Dutton

Julian Dutton author Julian Dutton, whose book Keeping Quiet: Visual Comedy in the Age of Sound was published by Chaplin Books in 2015, is a writer and performer - his work has won a British Comedy Award, a BAFTA, and a Radio Academy Gold Award. He is the co-creator, co-writer & co-star of the BBC TV visual comedy series 'Pompidou' starring Matt Lucas. Born in London, he has toured as an actor throughout the UK and Europe, and as a comedian and impressionist has appeared in the West End supporting many of Britain's top comics like Harry Hill and Al Murray. He co-created, wrote and performed in BBC1's hit comedy series 'The Big Impression,' and his TV sitcom 'Scoop' ran for three series. He has written & performed in more than two hundred radio comedy shows and has had columns in The Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday and the London Evening Standard. He lives in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire.

Alan Field

Alan Field author Alan Field is a professional journalist and translator who writes mainly about technology. He is the European correspondent for a Japanese trade journal, but his preferred reading includes fantasy, poetry and classical fairy stories. He has a collection of teddy bears - some of them rescued from charity shops and rubbish bins. He is thinking of starting a bear sanctuary.

Amanda J Field

Amanda J Field author Amanda Field, author of England's Secret Weapon, is a film historian who specialises in the classic 'studio era' of Hollywood. She studied art history at Winchester School of Art and took her Masters in Film Studies at the University of Southampton, where she completed her doctorate in 2009. Before embarking on academic study, she had a long career in corporate communications producing publications for blue-chip organisations including IBM, Vodafone, The Science Museum and British Gas. She is a member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and for five years was a volunteer at at Portsmouth Museum where she helped catalogue the world's largest collection of Sherlock Holmes material.

She is currently researching boxing films of the 1930s and 1940s, for her book Sucker Punch which will be published by Chaplin Books.

Read an interview with Amanda J Field in Issue No. 2 of Inside Story

Tony Foot

Tony Foot author Tony Foot was born on the Isle of Wight in 1944 but the family moved to Portsmouth in 1953 where he lived for most of his working life doing a wide variety of jobs. These included shop work, drayman, gardener's labourer as well several years with Minimises, the Electric people. He then switched to teaching and completed his career at The Priory School in Portsmouth. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees. Since retirement and a move to Bishop's Waltham where he served as governor and chair of governors at a local infant school, he has devoted time to researching family history. From this he developed the need to write and he had his second novel, A Fortune to India, set during the Indian Mutiny, published by Chaplin Books in 2018.

David Gary

David Gary author David Gary was born in 1948 and grew up in Basingstoke before joining the Royal Navy. He served for ten years in the Writer branch, after which he worked for local government, specialising in revenues and benefits. His time in local government ended in Taunton, where he and his wife had also run a smallholding and a local village store. He studied at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth to gain an MBA. He then went to live in Spain for eight years where he wrote his first novel, Sin or Salvation, under the pen name of 'Scribes'. He also wrote a series of articles for the magazine Costa Brava Resident and created two books where stories could be read in both English and Catalan. He now lives in Gosport and is the compiler of Going Over the Water: Memories of the Gosport Ferry, which was published by Chaplin Books in 2016, and is the co-compiler with Eric Birbeck of Memories of Haslar, which was published by Chaplin Books in 2017.

Penelope Gordon

Penelope Gordon author Penelope Gordon is a doctor, magistrate, saxophonist and yachtswomen. She qualified in medicine at Southampton University followed by post-graduate training at St Thomas' Hospital in London. Her first post as Consultant Radiologist was in Brighton, subsequently moving to Portsmouth when she married Lionel Jarvis, also a doctor and a naval officer. A sabbatical in Florence and a fellowship in North Carolina followed and she took increasing responsibilities in medical leadership and medical education in Portsmouth and Wessex. She left the NHS in 2012 having been unexpectedly headhunted to head up medical leadership and education for the emerging Gulf State of Qatar. Now back in the UK and living in the Meon valley in Hampshire, she plays the saxophone in local orchestras and in a jazz band, sails in the Mediterranean, sits on the Portsmouth bench as a JP and supports her husband's career. He retired as a Rear Admiral and is now Head of the Order of St John in England and Chairman of St John Ambulance. The charity benefits from every copy sold of her memoir 800 Days in Doha, which was published by Chaplin Books in 2018.

K L Knowles

KL Knowles author K L Knowles was born in Gosport where she still lives. She loves local history (but says she is no expert) and feels proud to live in this area of Hampshire. As a child she always wanted to go on an adventure and explore the town, so where better a setting for an adventure story, she thought? She kept her writing a secret from her family and friends until one day decided to send off the manuscript of The Road to Apple Dumpling Bridge to Chaplin Books. When the offer for publication came through, she decided she had better start telling people! When she did, they all told her she should be shouting about it. K L Knowles is a civil servant working for Hampshire County Council. In her spare time, she loves woodcarving: she has converted her garage into a workshop and can spend hours (which seem like minutes) in there whittling away, happy as Larry. "This hobby completely relaxes my mind," she says, "and no 'shoulda woulda coulda' thoughts or conversations come into my mind. Bliss."

Claire Murphy

author Claire Murphy Claire Murphy was born in Southampton in 1986. As a child she was a keen reader and writer and went on to study English and Creative Writing at the University of Chichester. Subsequently Claire qualified as a primary school teacher in 2007 - a job to which she is devoted. In 2017, following mental illness, Claire (then aged 31) received a late diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder which, combined with mental health problems, disabled her from working. During this temporary period of unemployment, Claire turned to writing as a means to make sense of her own psychology. She became passionate about using writing to communicate about autism in women and girls - and about mental health - so that others may reach the point of diagnosis and acceptance in a more informed and healthy way than she did herself. Claire says that "if you can't talk about it, write about it - there's people that want to know and it might just help someone." She believes that her writing has given her the knowledge to take back the power that her conditions had over her, and wants to encourage others to do the same. Claire is now back at work teaching part time, and planning on writing a great deal more in the future.

Tom Phelps

Tom Phelps author Tom Phelps, author of Britain's Wartime Milkmen - published by Chaplin Books in 2015 - was born and educated in Southampton. He attended what is now Solent University and then joined Hawker-Siddley Aviation in their sales department. In 1970 he was recruited by Unigate Dairies with responsibility for training new staff and in 1984 was appointed district manager for South London. During the 1980s and 1990s he was involved in the acquisition and integration of many milk businesses, large and small. He retired in 2000 as area manager for Thames Valley and in retirement has been a voluntary welfare visitor for the company and written articles and books on dairy history. Tom is married and lives in Hillingdon, West London and his hobbies include genealogy, heritage railways, Thames boating and Ripperology.

Derek Phillips

Derek Phillips author Derek Phillips, the compiler of The Wonder of Woolies, is a retired civil servant who worked in electrical engineering and aircraft logistics attached to the Royal Navy. He is the author of 10 books on steam railways, an enthusiasm that began when as a teenager he became a locomotive fireman at Yeovil Town engine shed.

George Porter

George Porter author George Porter was born in Liverpool in 1943. At fourteen he joined the Army as a boy soldier and subsequently served in Germany, the Persian Gulf, and Norway. After leaving the Army, he went first into the music publishing industry, eventually forming his own publishing/recording company, and then into magazine publishing. He has a combined honours degree in English and History from Ruskin University Cambridge and has a keen interest in the origins of Ancient Greek literature. He spent three years in Nigeria working on an adult literacy project for the British Council where he travelled the length and breadth of the country meeting and working with the many different peoples, of whom the Fulani nomads further influenced his contention that western civilization owes a great deal more to Africa than has ever been attributed. His play, Black Antigone, a new interpretation of Sophocles' tragedy, was published by Chaplin Books in 2012.

Read an interview with George Porter in Issue No. 4 of Inside Story

Will Shephard

Mark Rowe author Will Shephard, author of Inside King Kong, is a professional actor, director, playwright, and performance artist with a broad range of professional experience from New York's off-off Broadway to professional repertory theatre and films. He was a founding member of New York's Performance Group, directed by Richard Schechner and has written a book, The Dionysus Group, describing his experiences in off-off Broadway during tumultuous years in American history from 1967-1970. Will Shephard's original one-man show, The True Story of Jack London, has been performed to critical acclaim in Los Angeles, New York, Orlando and Monterey. He is also a former Professor of Theatre with over 37 years' experience teaching acting, directing and playwriting at the university level in both the US and abroad. In 1998-99 he received a Senior Lecturer Fulbright grant to teach and direct in India. He received his PhD in Theatre from The Florida State University's School of Theatre in 1984 and has appeared in films such as Dionysus in 69, Phantom of the Paradise, Deathrace 2000, and King Kong. He lives in Washington State.

Stephen Wade

Stephen Wade author Stephen Wade was born in Leeds and started his undistinguished football career there, playing for two struggling Sunday League teams; he made their struggling more dire and desperate than ever. Then this nippy winger morphed into a stopper for his 'North Kinley' team in Scunthorpe. His formative years included watching the great John Charles on the pitch and being inspired to write poetry in his evening classes at Park Lane College.

He is the author of over 50 books, mainly in the fields of biography and crime history. Famous Prisoners of Wormwood Scrubs; and A Victorian Somebody - The Life of George Grossmith are both published by Chaplin Books.

Liam White

Liam White author

Liam White, author of Mitchum, Mexico and the Good Neighbours Era, studied Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex, graduating in 1993. He followed this with a Masters in Film and Art Theory at the University of Kent, which left him frustrated with the intellectual currents in Film Studies and eager to explore the real world. So he took an EFL diploma and headed to Mexico with a vague notion to explore Latin America for a few months. He didn't get much further than Mexico City, where he lived between 1996 and 2004, working as an English teacher and later as a journalist. The last decade has found him back in his home town, Swindon, where he lives with his partner and two sons. Mexico retains a fascination for Liam and his work focuses on how the country is perceived and how it represents itself, principally in cinema.

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