Hilary Laurie was born in Ireland. She has worked for the Queen's University, Belfast, the West African Examinations Council I Lagos, and the British Council in Tehran. For several years she was Publishing Director of J.M. Dent and Everyman Paperbacks and was responsible for current editions of Dylan Thomas's work. She now divides her time between publishing, researching and writing. Derek Jacobi is one of our most distinguished contemporary actors, having made his name with commanding performances on TV, stage and screen, memorably in the BBC TV series I, Claudius. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role of Alan Turing in the TV series Breaking the Code. Other notable TV work includes the series Cadfael. His film work ranges from The Day of the Jackal to Gladiator and Gosford Park. He has read several audio books for Orion, including Verses of the Poets Laureate and The Book of Dead Days for children. He was knighted in 1992. Bill Paterson is one of the media's best-known voices. He is an award-winning actor, who has worked in many TV, film and theatre roles and productions including Marriage Play and Death and the Maiden. Television work includes Wives and Daughters, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, The Singing Detective and Licking Hitler and films include The Killing Fields and Truly, Madly, Deeply.