Rosalind Henderson has loved and revered Pascal all her life – not as a mathematician or philosopher, but as a fellow human, struggling to find a place in and make sense of a troubling world, who has found that Pascal’s great work of wisdom, the Pensées, is still greatly relevant to the problems facing our own age. She lives on Anglesey, North Wales.
Sir Michael Holroyd CBE FRHistS FRSL is the author of celebrated biographies of Lytton Strachey, Augustus John, Bernard Shaw, Ellen Terry, and others. His awards include the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography, the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Golden PEN award, the Heywood Hill Literary Prize, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger, the Irish Life Arts Award and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award. His two memoirs, Basil Street Blues and Mosaic, have been widely praised. Michael Holroyd lives in London, W10.
Architectural photographer Angelo Hornak has contributed to many books, including histories of St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, as well as the cathedrals of Canterbury, Winchester, Wells, Exeter and Ely. Balloon Over Britain is the story of his flight over Britain in a hot-air balloon with a basketful of cameras. London from the Thames takes the reader on a boat trip from the Thames Barrier in the east to Hampton Court in the west, exploring the historic river and the buildings and monuments on its banks.
Catherine Horwood is a social historian with a passion for plants and gardens. Her book, Gardening Women: Their Stories from 1600 to the Present (Virago, 2010) was enthusiastically received. "Horwood strikes gold," said the Guardian. "Packed with lovely detail and quirky stories," wrote the Mail on Sunday. "Gardening Women is rich, full and lasting. Neither gardens nor women will seem quite the same again," said The Times. The American edition appeared shortly after under the title Women and Their Gardens: A History from the Elizabethan Era to Today (Ball Publishing, Chicago). Catherine Horwood’s other books include Rose (Reaktion, 2018), Potted History: The Story of Plants and the Home (Frances Lincoln, 2007) and Keeping Up Appearances: Fashion and Class Between the Wars (Sutton, 2005). She has also written for newspapers and magazines including The Times, Daily Mail, Gardens Illustrated and The English Garden. Her blog, www.gardeningwomen.com, has a worldwide following.
Jason Ingram is a celebrated photographer of gardens, plants, food and people. He also works with top international garden designer Dan Pearson on private projects. Jason won the Garden Media Guild Photographer of the Year Award in 2013 and 2014 and was Features Photographer of the Year in 2016. He lives in Bristol.
Andrea Jones’s passion for photography and nature has led her around the world documenting landscapes, gardens and plants. She has exhibited in both the UK and USA and won multiple awards including GMG Book Photographer of the Year (2014) and Garden Photographer of the Year (2008). She lives in Ayrshire, Scotland.
Julia L. Kay is a painter, printmaker, photographer, muralist and digital artist who was born and raised in New York City. She holds a BA in Photography from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and did graduate work at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She lives in San Francisco where her work has won local competitions and a mural commission.
Julia launched her Portrait Party in 2010 when a personal project to draw herself every day for three years was drawing to a close. In just over four years, Julia Kay's Portrait Party has grown to more than 800 members from 50 countries and so far generated nearly 40,000 portaits.
Mary Keen is an internationally known designer who has worked in the USA, France and Corfu, as well as on many English gardens of great distinction – among them the garden she describes in this book. For twenty years she was a member of the National Trust Gardens Panel, which advises on the care of important and historic gardens. She has monthly columns in the Daily Telegraph and Garden magazine and is a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated and the Spectator. She is also a hands-on gardener, and her own garden is regularly open to the public. The author of five books, she writes from the heart rather than to order, and this is her first book after a gap of twenty years.