Anthony Clavane was born in Leeds in 1960, a year before Don Revie became manager. He started life as a History teacher and is now chief sports writer for The Sunday Mirror and a former regional journalist of the year. His book Promised Land: A Northern Love Story, published in September 2009 by Yellow Jersey, won the British Sports Book of the Year Award and was named Best Football Book in May 2011. Described by David Peace as “an absorbing and compelling dissection of Leeds, the city and the club”, the book has been adapted for the stage and had its premier in Leeds in the summer of 2012. Anthony’s most recent book, Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here?: A Secret History of English Football, was published by Quercus in October 2012. www.redladder.co.uk (DL)

Jon Cooksey is a leading military historian with a particular interest in the the world wars and the Falklands War. His expertise has also led to him being an experienced battlefield guide, frequently leading tours to battlefields from these wars. He has written a number of books including The Barnsey Pals, Flanders 1915, Calais: A Fight to the Finish and 3 Para Mount Longdon: The Bloodiest Battle, as well as writing for a number of military magazines and currently editing Stand To!. He has also written articles for a number of national newspapers and appears frequently on television and radio. Most recently he has collaborated with David Griffiths on a new collection of diary entries by First World War Private Harry Drinkwater entitled Harry’s War, published by Ebury Press. (DL)

Peter Cossins. A journalist for 20 years, 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 and still a Contributing Editor for the same title, he recently collaborated with Irish cycling legend Stephen Roche on his autobiography, published in June 2012. Pete’s new book The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling’s Greatest One-Day Races was published in early 2014. (DL)


Catrina Davies is a musician and DJ living and working in Cornwall. Her first book,The Ribbons are for Fearlessness, is published by Summersdale. An inspiring, funny, harrowing memoir about how, following the death of her oldest friend, she set out to busk fromCornwall to northern Norway and then south to Portugal with her cello as her only means of earning a living. (RW)

Hope Daniels – see Jenny Molloy.

Hazel Davis is a freelance journalist and writes on a range of issues, from parenting to alternative therapies. She is a ghostwriter and editor and has widespread experience in most features areas, including parenting, relationships, music and memoir. An article in The Daily Mail entitled “Could Going to Therapy with My Mother Heal our Troubled Relationship?” led Hazel to set up a website, www.daughtersnet.co.uk, which attracts hundreds of responses from women who also experienced difficult relationships with their mothers. She hopes to write a book on the subject this year. (RW)

Matt Dickinson is the award-winning Chief Sports Correspondent of The Times. He studied at Cambridge University then joined the Daily Express from the Cambridge Evening News in 1991. He moved to The Times in September 1997 and became Football Correspondent in 2000. He has covered four World Cups, the Olympics, the Masters 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. He is currently working on a biography of Bobby Moore to be published by Yellow Jersey at the end of this year. (DL)

Ben Dirs writes for the BBC Sports Website and covers all sport from darts to football, boxing and cricket in particular. In 2007, he blogged his way around the Rugby World Cup in a camper van with his BBC colleague, Tom Fordyce; they subsequently collaborated on the highly acclaimed We Could be Heroes: One Van, Two Blokes and Twelve World Championships (Macmillan, 2009). A second book for Macmillan, Karma Chameleons, was published in 2010. In 2011, Dirs wroteEverywhere We Went: Top Tales from the Barmy Army for Simon and Schuster. His most recent book Benn, Eubank and Boxing’s Bitterest Rivalry is published by Simon and Schuster. (DL)