Michelle Mason is a designer, shopkeeper and stylist and has worked for a number of clients including Sir John Soane’s Museum shop, the British Library, the National Gallery and the Southbank Centre. She is also co-founder of east London vintage shop Mason & Painter in Columbia Road, home to the weekly Sunday Flower Market. Her first book was Flower Market (Pimpernel, 2019).
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.
Frédéric Ogée is Professor of British Literature and Art History at Université Paris Diderot. His publications include two collections of essays on William Hogarth, as well as 'Better in France?' The circulation of ideas across the Channel in the 18th century (Lewisburg, 2005), Diderot and European Culture (Oxford, 2006), and J.M.W. Turner, Les Paysages absolus (Paris, 2010). In 2006-07, he curated the first-ever Hogarth exhibition for the Louvre. From 2014 to 2017 he was a member of Tate Britain’s Advisory Council. He is currently finishing a book on Thomas Lawrence and working on an anthology of British artists’ writings.
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. He is a keen gardener and lectures extensively on plants, horticulture and gardening. He is passionate about teaching and aims to be at once entertaining and informative. His previous books include Principles of Gene Manipulation and Genomics, co-authored with Richard Twyman (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006) and Plants, Poisons and Personalities (Librario Publishing, 2010). He lives in Buckinghamshire.