JOHN MCPHEE was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University. His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with The New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965. The same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and soon followed with The Headmaster (1966), Oranges (1967), The Pine Barrens (1968), A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles (collection, 1969), The Crofter and the Laird (1969), Levels of the Game (1970), Encounters with the Archdruid (1972), The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed (1973), The Curve of Binding Energy (1974), Pieces of the Frame (collection (1975), and The Survival of the Bark Canoe (1975). Both Encounters with the Archdruid and The Curve of Binding Energy were nominated for National Book Awards in the category of science. William Fiennes is the best-selling author of The Snow Geese, winner of the 2003 Hawthornden Prize, Somerset Maugham Award and Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, and shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2002. He is also a founder member of the charity First Story, set up to place published authors in creative writing residencies in state schools across the UK.