David McKie is a former political reporter, deputy editor, chief leaderwriter and columnist (‘Elsewhere’ and ‘Smallweed’) for the Guardian. Born in London, he grew up in London and Leeds, read history at Oxford and started in newspapers with the Oxford Mail. After the Guardian, he turned to writing books, which have included Jabez: the Rise and Fall of a Victorian Rogue (shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award); Great British Bus Journeys; and McKie’s Gazetteer.
Tom Miller moved to New York City in 1979 from Dayton, Ohio, where his interest in architecture and history was sparked. Tom currently holds the rank of Inspector within the NYPD’s Auxiliary Police Force. For years his involvement with the New York Police Department– whether on patrol or marching its wide avenues – has afforded him the opportunity to see the city’s seemingly endless variety of buildings. He started the blog Daytonian in Manhattan in 2009, and since then he has investigated and researched the stories of more than a thousand Manhattan buildings. He urges New Yorkers and visitors alike to ‘never stop being a tourist’ and ‘never stop looking up’.
Jeremy Musson is a distinguished architectural historian, writer and broadcaster. He was Architectural Editor of Country Life magazine 1998−2007. Previous books include English Country House Interiors (Rizzoli, 2011), The Drawing Room: English Country House Decoration (Rizzoli, 2014) and Robert Adam: Country House Design, Decoration and the Art of Elegance (Rizzoli, 2017). He also presented the BBC 2 series The Curious House Guest.
Dr Sandy Primrose MBE PhD has spent his professional life as a biologist, initially in academia and then as a senior manager in pharmaceutical, diagnostic and life science companies. He has also worked with various government departments on topics such as the detection of food fraud and the safety of genetically engineered foods. He now works as a consultant helping early-stage companies in the healthcare field. Sandy is a keen gardener and lectures extensively on plants, horticulture and gardening. He is passionate about teaching and tries to be both entertaining and educational.
Charles Quest-Ritson is the author of many books on gardens and gardening, including Ninfa: the Most Romantic Garden in the World (Frances Lincoln, 2009) the RHS Encyclopaedia of Roses (Dorling Kindersley, 2011) and Gardens of Germany (Mitchell Beazley, 1998). Charles Quest-Ritson lives in Hampshire and Normandy.
Tim Richardson is a garden columnist in the Daily Telegraph and the author of many books, including The Arcadian Friends (Bantam, 2008), Avant Gardeners (Thames & Hudson, 2009), Great Gardens of America (Frances Lincoln, 2009), Futurescapes (Thames & Hudson, 2011) and The New English Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2013). He is a trustee of the Garden History Society, sits on the National Trust’s gardens advisory panel, wrote Oxford University’s first garden history course – and is a passionate advocate of fringe gardening. Tim Richardson is the founder-director of the Chelsea Fringe Festival. He lives in London.