Peter Cossins

Peter Cossins

A journalist for three decades, Peter Cossins has written about everything from drug scandals at the Tour de France to butchers battling to be crowned Britain’s pork pie champion. A former Editor of Procycling magazine, Pete is the author of many books on cycling including The Yellow Jersey (Random House, 2019), winner of the Cycling Book of the Year in the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards, and Full Gas: How to Win a Bike Race (Yellow Jersey, 2018), which won the same award in 2019. His other books include The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling’s Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2015, second edition March 2023), Alpe d’Huez: The Story of Pro Cycling’s Greatest Climb (Aurum, June 2016), Ultimate Etapes: Ride Europe’s Greatest Cycling Stages (Aurum, 2016), Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat SweepThe Tale of the First Tour de France (Yellow Jersey, 2017), and A Cyclist’s Guide to the Pyrenees (Great Northern Books, 2021). Pete’s most recent book, Climbers: Pain, panache and polka dots in cycling’s greatest arenas was published by Cassell in June 2022.



Twitter: @petercossins

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James Coyne

James Coyne

James Coyne is the assistant editor of The Cricketer magazine, where he has written for and edited the world’s leading cricket magazine since 2016 and was a contributor to The Cricketer Anthology of the Ashes (Allen & Unwin). Before that he was the assistant editor on six editions of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, and continues to co-edit their Cricket Round the World section on Associate nations. He has been a regular reporter on England and county cricket for more than a decade. Inspired by joint experiences on several intrepid cricket tours to mainland Europe with Timothy Abraham – arguably James’s lasting cricketing legacy will be as the first wicket to fall in a competitive match in Serbia – and a burning interest in Latin American culture and history, he embarked on the book Evita Burned Down Our Pavilion: a cricket odyssey through Latin America (Constable and Robinson, 2021) alongside Abraham. James also plays for his local cricket club in Bedfordshire. He is married to Baiba, and they have a young daughter, Hannah.

Twitter: @CoyneJames

Adam Crafton

Adam Crafton began his journalistic career before he went to Cambridge University to study Modern and Medieval Languages. A writer for the Daily Mail, he has twice been shortlisted for the SJA Young Sportswriter of the Year Award. His debut book, From Guernica to Guardiola: Eighty Years of Los Rojos, was published by Simon & Schuster in Spring 2018. He lives in Manchester.

John Cross

John Cross has been a football journalist for the Daily Mirror for 22 years and is now the paper’s Chief Football Writer, reporting on World Cups, European Championships, Premier League and the Champions League.

His book Arsene Wenger: The Inside Story of Arsenal Under Wenger (Simon and Schuster, 2015) was a huge success, it was translated into numerous languages and was an insightful biography on the former Arsenal manager.

Fiona Davison

Fiona Davison is the Head of Libraries and Exhibitions at the Royal Horticultural Society and the author of The Hidden Horticulturists, a book that is part detective story and part history.  In 2012, whilst going through some documents at the Lindley Library, she came across a bound volume that contained many letters dating back to 1821 from young, working men, seeking acceptance into the Society’s gardens, including one from a young Joseph Paxton.  Tracing their stories from these first letters, Fiona has written a brilliant and unique history of modern gardening packed with botanical wonders, scandals, spying and intrigue.  The Hidden Horticulturalists was published in 2019 and named as one of the Gardening Books of the Year by the Daily Telegraph.  Fiona is a regular presenter on the RHS podcast and is in high demand as a speaker by gardening and history societies up and down the length of the British Isles.  She is currently working on a new book about pioneering feminist gardeners and their impact today.

Twitter: @fjd65

Matt Dickinson

Matt Dickinson

Matt Dickinson is the award-winning Senior Sports Writer at The Times. He studied at Cambridge University then joined the Daily Express from the Cambridge Evening News in 1994. He moved to The Times in September 1997 and became Football Correspondent in 2000. He has covered seven World Cups, several Olympics, Tour de France races and many of the world’s major sports events. He helped David Beckham write My World and assisted Gary Neville with the writing of Red. His book, Bobby Moore: The Man in Full, was published by Yellow Jersey in September 2014. The biography received huge praise, and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2014, as well as winning the Biography of the Year at the Cross British Sports Book Awards 2015. He most recently authored 1999: Manchester United, The Treble and All That about the club’s historic achievement.



Twitter: @DickinsonTimes