Alex Staniforth is a record-breaking adventurer, endurance athlete, motivational speaker and charity fundraiser who became a published author aged just 20 with his first book ‘Icefall’ in 2016. He was caught up in the two biggest consecutive disasters to date on Mount Everest and has since gone on to complete a number of outdoor endurance challenges, including becoming the fastest person ever to climb to the top of all 100 UK county tops in 2017, and most recently running the National Three Peaks Challenge, covering 452 miles in 9 days 12 hours. Alex shares his own personal adversity to inspire others in overcoming their own challenges, whilst raising over £100,000 for various charities and winning the Pride of Britain Granada Reports Fundraiser of the Year in 2017. His subsequent book, Another Peak, was published by Trigger Press in 2019. Since then, he has co-founded Mind Over Mountains, a charity restoring mental health through outdoor experiences.
Herbie Sykes is a journalist and writer. He lives in Turin, and his definitive history of Juventus FC has just been published by Vintage under the title Juve: 100 Years of an Italian Football Dynasty. This is a remarkable book that is as much about the Agnelli family as it is about the club itself. Sykes is a former editor of the official Giro d’Italia guide and he has written a number of books about the history of road bicycle racing. His first book, The Eagle of Canavese, was published in 2008. A biography of Franco Balmamion, it was centred around the mythical Giro d’Italia of 1962. He followed up with Maglia Rosa: Triumph and Tragedy at the Giro d’Italia, an illustrated history of the race. Coppi, a biography of the world’s most iconic rider, was published by Bloomsbury Sport and shortlisted for the British Sports Book Awards in 2013. Herbie then turned his attention to Dieter Wiedemann, the defected East German racing cyclist. The Race Against the Stasi was published, to widespread acclaim, by Aurum Press and sold in several languages. It was Cycling Book of the Year at the 2015 Cross British Sports Book Awards, was shortlisted in the Outstanding Sports Writing category, and has recently been optioned for film. In 2017, he published The Giro 100. The work featured interviews with 100 of the race’s constituents, and was published by Rapha.
Caroline Taggart is one of our most prolific and popular authors. In fact, keeping her webpage updated with her latest books has become something of a challenge and she is regularly called upon by both radio and television to speak on all matters concerning the use of the English language. Her most recent book, The Book-Lover’s Bucket List: A Tour of Great British Literature was published by the British Library in June 2021.
Daniel Taylor is a senior writer for The Athletic and has been named Football Journalist of the Year for the last four years. He was previously the chief football writer for The Guardian and The Observer and spent nearly 20 years working for the two titles. Daniel has written five books on the sport most recently with Kevin Keegan on his best-selling autobiography My Life in Football (Macmillan 2018).
Gareth Timmins is a former Royal Marines Commando turned author of Becoming the 0,1%, and emerging Behavioural/Cognitive Scientist. During recruit training in 2005/06, he documented his experiences by keeping a never-before captured diary of elite military training. In recent years, he has utilised his psychological grounding to produce and integrate thirty-four lessons to his book that people can employ to achieve cutting-edge, performance thinking and acquisition of goals.
More recently, he has founded Becoming the 0.1% in anticipation for his book publication in Spring 2021; selling niche accessories, top-quality clothing and training products for those endeavouring to become members of the 0.1% … aka The Royal Marines. Additionally, he has founded Nought Point One Projects – An innovative off-shoot of Becoming the 0.1%, that creates Quintessential Instruments & Distinctive Outerwear for all people, and supports elite human endeavours striving to make a positive difference to the planet and its inhabitants
David Tossell is the author of 17 sports books and has enjoyed a four-decade career in sports journalism and communications. He has been short-listed seven times in the British Sports Book Awards and twice for the MCC/Cricket Society Book of the Year. Among his titles are biographies of Jimmy Greaves, Alan Ball, Tony Greig, Malcolm Allison, Tommy Docherty, Bertie Mee and Derek Dougan, and the stories of the Wales rugby team of the 1970s, the 1953 FA Cup final, the Arsenal double season of 1971 and the iconic 1976 West Indies cricket tour of England. Beginning his career on local newspapers, he became executive sports editor of the Today newspaper before embarking on a 25-year career at the National Football League, where he is Director of Public Affairs (Europe). His latest book All Crazee Now: English Football and Footballers in the 1970s was published in February 2021 by Pitch Publishing.