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Barbara Taylor Bradford

International bestselling novelist
Joint chair of judging panel

 

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Barbara Taylor Bradford OBE is an international bestselling novelist. Her debut novel, A Woman of Substance, was published in 1979 and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It ranks as one of the top-ten bestselling novels of all-time. To date, she has written 30 novels — all bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Over 88 million copies of her books have been sold to date. They are published in over 40 languages and in more than 90 countries. Her latest book, The Cavendon Women, is out 26 March 2015

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Eleanor Mills

Editorial Director of The Sunday Times
Joint chair of judging panel

 

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Eleanor Mills is Editorial Director of The Sunday Times and writes a weekly column in the News Review section of the paper. She is Chair of Women in Journalism and appears regularly on TV and radio. Her publications include Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs: 100 Years of the Best Journalism by Women. She is the mother of two girls and lives in London.
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Abigail Moss

 Deputy Director of National Literacy Trust

 

 

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Abigail is Deputy Director of National Literacy Trust. Her role involves creating new approaches to increasing enjoyment of and skills related to writing, and reading, often in partnership with cultural organisations. Prior to joining National Literacy Trust in 2010 Abigail led investment into work with children and young people at Arts Council England. She has also been a secondary school English teacher and an actor.
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Helena Coggan

 15-year-old published author

 

 

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Helena Coggan wrote the first draft of The Catalyst when she was 13, she was signed by Hodder & Stoughton at the age of 14. Now 15 and with her GCSEs yet to take, her debut novel, The Catalyst, was published in February 2015. Her ambitions up to this point had been somewhat linear - she had wanted to write stories since she was six, and before that, she wanted to live in one. She lives with her family in London and divides her time between writing and procrastinating, which her parents insist on calling 'school'. The Catalyst has been described as '2015's Divergent' and Helena's flair for writing has been recognised across the national press, with The Guardian commenting, 'someone so young must be immensely talented to create this'.
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Lynne Drew

 Publishing Director at HarperCollins

 

 

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Lynne Drew is a Publishing Director at HarperCollins and has been Barbara Taylor Bradford's editor for the past decade. She has published bestsellers such as PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern and The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger, both of which have sold in excess of a million copies. As a teenager Lynne read everything she could get her hands on, from Georgette Heyer to Jilly Cooper, and has remained passionate about great storytelling (and reading far too late at night) ever since.
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Miranda Stephenson

 Movellas Ambassador

 

 

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Miranda Stephenson, Movellas Ambassador, 14-years-old. Miranda has been an ambassador for Movellas for nearly a year and a half. Since becoming an ambassador she has critiqued lots of other people's work, giving accurate and constructive writing advice. She is looking for original stories that grab her attention and keep her reading!