Rebecca Stott is an author who now lives on Offord Road with her daughters Hannah and Kezia. She works for half the year as a Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich and the other half as a freelance writer and broadcaster. She is the author of several acclaimed books of non-fiction, including a biography of Charles Darwin called Darwin and the Barnacle (Faber 2003), a cultural history of the oyster and Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists which tells the 2,200 year history of evolution before Darwin. But she is now best known for best-selling historical science fiction novels: Ghostwalk, which was shortlisted for the Jelf First Novel Award, the Society of Authors First Novel Award and long listed for the Impac Dublin Literary Award; and The Coral Thief. She is currently writing a third novel set in London.
John Farndon is an author, dramatist, composer and literary translator who also lives on Offord Road. His books include bestsellers such as Do You Think You’re Clever? (Icon, shortlisted Society of Authors Education Award) and Do Not Open (Dorling Kindersley), four books shortlisted for the Science Book prize, and The Oceans Atlas (one of the Canadian Globe & Mail’s top ten science and nature books of the year 2011). His translation of the late Russian author Ravil Bukharaev’s poetic memoir novel Letters to Another Room is about to be published, and he is currently working on Omnipaedia (Random House Square Peg). His plays and musicals have been performed theatres as the Donmar and Almeida in London and the Salisbury Playhouse and selected for showcases, such as Beyond the Gate.