Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House is a company formed by the merger of book publishers Random House, and Penguin Group. Penguin Random House markets itself as the worlds first truly global trade book publisher, Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U. S. U. K. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across five continents and it comprises almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors, the creation of the company has been referred to as the publishing industrys response to the increasing dominance of Amazon. com in the book market. PRH relaunched Book Country, Penguins languishing online unit in July 2013 and this buttresses the existing Universal subsidiary Focus Features deal with Random House Films.
Haines would report to PRH Children’s managing director, Francesca Dow, in November 2015, Pearson announced that it would rebrand and completely focus on its education division. Pearson will likely sell its share in Penguin Random House, though Pearson CEO John Fallon estimates that the company will wait until at least 2017, DK was founded in London in 1974 and is a leading reference publisher focusing on highly visual non-fiction for adults and children. Imprints under DK include Alpha, Prima Games and Rough Guides, Alpha Books produces the Complete Idiots Guides, Prima Games publishes video game strategy guides, and Rough Guides publishes travel guides. As of 2015 DK has a number of official publishing relationships with Angry Birds, Marvel, Crown Publishing was founded in 1933 as the Outlet Book Company and became the nations leading remainder house but is now a publisher of fiction and narrative non-fiction. Amphoto Books is a publisher of photography books, broadway books was founded in 1996 as part of Bantam Doubleday Dell and is the now the paperback imprint of Crown.
Clarkson Potter is a publisher and includes cookbooks, illustrated gift books. Crown Archetype is a publisher of pop-culture titles, while Crown Business publishes business. Harmony Books focuses on self-help titles, hogarth is a partnership between Crown in the U. S. and Windus in the UK and the imprin focuses on new generation literary talent. Convergent, Image Catholic Books, Multnomah Books, and Waterbrook Multnomah, pam Krauss Books was founded in 1915 to focus on culinary and healthy sustainable lifestyles. Ten Speed Press which joined Crown in 2009 is a West Coast publisher of nonfiction, tim Duggan Books was founded in 2014 to and focuses on storytelling across genres. Watson Guptill was founded in 1937 but now as part of Ten Speed Press i publishes illustrated Art books. Imprints under Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group include Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon, Vintage Books, Anchor Books, Vintage Español, Black Lizard, Nan A. Talese and Everymans Library. Alfred A. Knopf was founded one hundred years ago in 1915 by Alfred A.
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings is an epic high-fantasy novel written by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. The story began as a sequel to Tolkiens 1937 fantasy novel The Hobbit, written in stages between 1937 and 1949, The Lord of the Rings is one of the best-selling novels ever written, with over 150 million copies sold. The work was intended by Tolkien to be one volume of a two-volume set, the other to be The Silmarillion. For economic reasons The Lord of the Rings was published in three volumes over the course of a year from 29 July 1954 to 20 October 1955, the three volumes were titled The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. Structurally, the novel is divided internally into six books, two per volume, with appendices of background material included at the end of the third volume. Some editions combine the work into a single volume. The Lord of the Rings has since been reprinted numerous times, Tolkiens work has been the subject of extensive analysis of its themes and origins.
Although a major work in itself, the story was only the last movement of a larger epic Tolkien had worked on since 1917 and these inspirations and themes have often been denied by Tolkien himself. The Lord of the Rings has inspired, and continues to inspire, music and television, video games, award-winning adaptations of The Lord of the Rings have been made for radio and film. In 2003, it was named Britains best-loved novel of all time in the BBCs The Big Read, Sauron was defeated by an alliance of Elves and Men led by Gil-galad and Elendil, respectively. Isildur, son of Elendil, cut the One Ring from Saurons finger, Isildur claimed the Ring as an heirloom for his line, but when he was ambushed and killed by the Orcs, the Ring was lost in the River Anduin at Gladden Fields. Over two thousand years later, the Ring was found by one of the river-folk called Déagol and his friend Sméagol fell under the Rings influence and strangled Déagol to acquire it. Sméagol was banished and hid under the Misty Mountains, the Ring gave him long life and changed him over hundreds of years into a twisted, corrupted creature called Gollum.
Gollum lost the Ring, his precious, and as told in The Hobbit, Sauron assumed a new form and took back his old realm of Mordor. When Gollum set out in search of the Ring, he was captured and tortured by Sauron, Sauron learned from Gollum that Baggins of the Shire had taken the Ring. Sauron, who needed the Ring to regain his power, sent forth his powerful servants. The story begins in the Shire, where the hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits the Ring from Bilbo Baggins, his cousin, neither hobbit is aware of the Rings nature, but Gandalf the Grey, a wizard and an old friend of Bilbo, suspects it to be Saurons Ring. After Gandalf confirms his suspicions, he tells Frodo the history of the Ring, Frodo leaves the Shire, in the company of his gardener and friend, Samwise Gamgee, and two cousins, Meriadoc Brandybuck, called Merry, and Peregrin Took, called Pippin
Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet and fighter pilot. His books have more than 250 million copies worldwide. He rose to prominence in the 1940s with works for children and adults and he became one of the worlds best-selling authors. He has been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century and his awards for contribution to literature include the 1983 World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, and the British Book Awards Childrens Author of the Year in 1990. In 2008, The Times placed Dahl 16th on its list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945 and his books champion the kind-hearted, and feature an underlying warm sentiment. Dahls works for children include James and the Giant Peach and his adult works include Tales of the Unexpected. Roald Dahl was born in 1916 at Villa Marie, Fairwater Road, in Llandaff, Wales, to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl, Dahls father had emigrated to the UK from Sarpsborg in Norway, and settled in Cardiff in the 1880s.
His mother came over and married his father in 1911, Dahl was named after the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen. His first language was Norwegian, which he spoke at home with his parents and his sisters Astri, Alfhild and his sisters were raised in the Lutheran faith, and were baptised at the Norwegian Church, where their parents worshipped. In 1920, when Dahl was three years old, his sister, died from appendicitis. Weeks later, his father died of pneumonia at the age of 57, Dahl first attended the Cathedral School, Llandaff. This was known among the five boys as the Great Mouse Plot of 1924, a favourite sweet among British schoolboys between the two World Wars, Dahl would refer to gobstoppers in his literary creation, Everlasting Gobstopper. Thereafter, he transferred to a school in England, St Peters in Weston-super-Mare. Roalds parents had wanted him to be educated at an English public school and, because of a regular ferry link across the Bristol Channel. His time at St Peters was an unpleasant experience for him and he was very homesick and wrote to his mother every week but never revealed to her his unhappiness.
Only after her death in 1967 did he find out that she had saved every single one of his letters, in 2016, to mark the centenary of Dahls birth, his letters to his mother were abridged and broadcast as BBC Radio 4s Book of the Week. Dahl wrote about his time at St Peters in his autobiography Boy, from 1929, he attended Repton School in Derbyshire. There are echoes of these experiences in Dahls writings and his hatred of cruelty
Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology and geography. He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km across the Pacific Ocean in a raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages and this was linked to a diffusionist model of cultural development. He was appointed a government scholar in 1984, in May 2011, the Thor Heyerdahl Archives were added to UNESCOs Memory of the World Register. At the time, this list included 238 collections from all over the world, the Heyerdahl Archives are administered by the Kon-Tiki Museum and the National Library of Norway in Oslo. Heyerdahl was born in Larvik, the son of master brewer Thor Heyerdahl and his wife, as a young child, Heyerdahl showed a strong interest in zoology. He created a museum in his childhood home, with a common adder as the main attraction. He studied zoology and geography at the faculty of science at the University of Oslo.
After seven terms and consultations with experts in Berlin, a project was developed and sponsored by Heyerdahls zoology professors, Kristine Bonnevie and he was to visit some isolated Pacific island groups and study how the local animals had found their way there. The couple had two sons, Thor Jr and Bjørn, after the Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, he served with the Free Norwegian Forces from 1944, in the far north province of Finnmark. In 1949, Heyerdahl married Yvonne Dedekam-Simonsen and they had three daughters, Annette and Helene Elisabeth. Heyerdahl blamed their separation on his being away from home and differences in their ideas for bringing up children, in his autobiography, he concluded that he should take the entire blame for their separation. In 1991, Heyerdahl married Jacqueline Beer as his third wife and they lived in Tenerife, Canary Islands and were very actively involved with archaeological projects, especially in Túcume and Azov until his death in 2002. He still had been hoping to undertake a project in Samoa before he died.
Heyerdahl died on April 18,2002, in Colla Micheri, Italy, the Norwegian government gave him a state funeral in Oslo Cathedral on April 26,2002. He is buried in the garden of the home in Colla Micheri. Many years later, having achieved notability with other adventures and books on other subjects, the story of his time on Fatu Hiva and his side trip to Hivaoa and Mohotani is related in Green Was the Earth on the Seventh Day. The Kon-Tiki smashed into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7,1947, after a 101-day,4,300 nautical mile journey across the Pacific Ocean
University of Reading
The University of Reading is a public university located in Reading, Berkshire in England. It was established in 1892 as a college of Christ Church, Oxford under the name University College. It received the power to grant its own degrees by Royal Charter in 1926 from King George V, the university is usually categorised as a red brick university, reflecting its original foundation in the 19th century. It has four main campuses both in the United Kingdom and internationally, London Road and Whiteknights are based in the town of Reading itself, and Greenlands is based on the banks of the River Thames. It has a campus in Iskandar Puteri, the university owes its first origins to the Schools of Art and Science established in Reading in 1860 and 1870. In 1892 the College at Reading was founded as a college by Christ Church. The first President was the geographer Sir Halford John Mackinder, the Schools of Art and Science were transferred to the new college by Reading Town Council in the same year. The new college received its first treasury grant in 1901, three years it was given a site, now the universitys London Road Campus, by the Palmer family of Huntley & Palmers fame.
The same family supported the opening of Wantage Hall in 1908, the college first applied for a Royal Charter in 1920 but was unsuccessful at that time. However a second petition, in 1925, was successful, with the charter, the college became the University of Reading, the only new university to be created in the United Kingdom between the two world wars. In 1947 the university purchased Whiteknights Park, which was to become its principal campus, in 1984 the University started a merger with Bulmershe College of Higher Education, which was completed in 1989. In October 2006, the Senior Management Board proposed the closure of its Physics Department to future undergraduate application, on 10 October the Senate voted to close the Department of Physics, a move confirmed by the Council on 20 November. Other departments closed in recent years include Music, Geology, the university council decided in March 2009 to close the School of Health and Social Care, a school whose courses have consistently been oversubscribed.
In late 2009 it was announced that the London Road Campus was to undergo a £30 million renovation, the university is a lead sponsor of UTC Reading, a new university technical college which opened in September 2013. In 2016 a move to reorganise the structure of Reading University provoked student protests, on 21 March 2016, staff announced a vote of no confidence in the Vice Chancellor Sir David Bell. 88% of those who voted backed the no confidence motion, the campus takes its name from the nickname of the 13th century knight, John De Erleigh IV or the White Knight, and was landscaped in the 18th century by the Marquis of Blandford. The main University library, in the middle of the campus, holds nearly a million books and it has a lake, which is home to many Mandarin Ducks. The Whiteknights campus was voted one of the best green spaces in the United Kingdom for the year running in the 2015 Green Flag Peoples Choice awards
Alex Miller (writer)
Alexander McPhee Alex Miller is an Australian novelist. Miller is twice winner of The Miles Franklin Award, in 1993 for The Ancestor Game and he won the overall award for the Commonwealth Writers Prize for The Ancestor Game in 1993. He is twice winner of the New South Wales Premiers Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Conditions of Faith in 2001, in recognition of his impressive body of work and in particular for his novel Autumn Laing he was awarded the Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2012. Alex Miller was born in London to a Scottish father and Irish mother, after working as a farm labourer in Somerset he migrated alone to Australia at the age of 16. He worked as a ringer in Queensland and as a breaker in New Zealand before studying at night school to gain university entrance. Miller graduated from the University of Melbourne in English and History in 1965, in 1975 he published his first short story, Comrade Pawel in Meanjin Quarterly. In 1980 he was a co-founder of the Anthill Theatre and a member of the Melbourne Writers Theatre.
Miller taught writing courses at Holmesglen TAFE and La Trobe University between 1986 and 1997, Miller has written full-time since 1998. In this time he has seven of his eleven published novels. Alex Miller lives in country Victoria with his wife Stephanie, the Ancestor Game was re-published by Allen & Unwin in 2016 as a celebratory edition to mark 25 years since its publication and to honour the author on his 80th birthday. Millers first novel, Watching the Climbers on the Mountain, was published in 1988, since Miller has published on average a major novel every two years, his tenth being Autumn Laing published in 2011. Professor Brenda Walker suggests that Alex Miller may be Australias greatest living writer, in 2014 Robert Dixon published the first sole-authored critical survey of the respected authors eleven novels. Coal Creek, published in 2013 by Allen & Unwin and winner of the 2014 Victorian Premiers Literary Award, is Millers most recent novel, in 2015 Alex Miller published a collection of short stories and essays drawn from forty years of writing, The Simplest Words A Storytellers Journey.
Peter Pierce describes this collection as a rich, generous compilation that enticingly refracts our perceptions of one of Australias finest novelists, Miller is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. ‘How to Kill Wild Horses’,1976, Quadrant, No 103, Vol XX, ‘The Wine Merchant of Aarhus’,1993, Vol XV, No 3. ‘Inside Buckingham Palace’,1994, Brick, No 48, ‘Impressions of China’,1996, Vol 15, No 1. ‘The Last Sister of Charity’,2000, The Age,18 Nov. ‘Chasing My Tale,2003, Vol XV, ‘The Black Mirror’,2006, Art & Australia, Vol 43, No 3. ‘The Artist to Himself’,2008, Rick Amor, A Single Mind, Heide Museum of Modern Art, ‘John Masefield’s Attic’,2009, Closing Address to The Flight of the Mind, Conference National Library of Australia,25 Oct
Paul John Keating is an Australian politician who was the 24th Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Labor Party from 1991 to 1996. Keating was appointed Treasurer by newly elected Prime Minister Hawke in 1983, although lacking any formal education in economics, Keating went on to become arguably one of the most reforming Treasurers in Australian history. In 1990 he was elected Deputy Leader of the Labor Party, Keating challenged Hawke for the leadership in June 1991, and resigned from the ministry following defeat. Six months he challenged Hawke again, this time successfully, Policy package, despite consistently poor government opinion polls following the effects of the early 1990s recession. After being resoundingly defeated by John Howard at the 1996 election, Keating resigned as Prime Minister, Keating grew up in Bankstown, a working-class suburb of Sydney. He was one of four born to Matthew Keating, a boilermaker and trade union representative of Irish Catholic descent. His siblings include Anne Keating, a director and businesswoman.
He worked as assistant for a trade union, having joined the Labor Party as soon as he was eligible. In 1966, he became president of NSW Young Labor, in the 1960s, Keating managed rock band The Ramrods. Through his contacts in the unions and the NSW Young Labor Council, Keating met future senior Labor figures such as Laurie Brereton, Graham Richardson and he developed a friendship with former New South Wales Premier Jack Lang. In 1971, he succeeded in having Lang re-admitted to the Labor Party, after Labors defeat in the election one month later, Keating was promoted to become an opposition spokesman, as an opposition spokesman, his parliamentary style was that of an aggressive debater. In 1981, he was elected president of the New South Wales Labor Party, however, by 1982, his faction had swung behind Hawke, and Keating endorsed his challenge. The formal announcement of Keatings support for Hawke was written by a fellow Labor politician, although Hayden survived the challenge, pressure continued to mount on him, and he eventually resigned in February 1983 after a poor by-election result.
Hawke was elected to him, and he subsequently led Labor to a landslide victory in the election just six weeks later. Following Labors victory in the 1983 election, Keating was appointed Treasurer of Australia by Prime Minister Bob Hawke – he would go on to hold that post until 1991. That the deficit had increased in the lead up to the election had not been disclosed in pre-election documents released by the Fraser government. According to Hawke, the historically large $9.6 billion budget deficit left by the Coalition became a stick with which we were able to beat the Liberal National Opposition for many years. Keating was one of the driving forces behind the various extensive macro-
Atlantic Books is an independent British publishing house, with its headquarters in the Ormond House in Bloomsbury, London Borough of Camden. CEO Toby Mundy was listed by the Evening Standard as one of Londons top 1000 most influential people in 2012, Atlantic Books was founded in February 2000 by Toby Mundy. It was originally the UK subsidiary of the American independent publisher Grove/Atlantic Inc, Grove/Atlantic remains an investor in Atlantic Books. In 2010 Atlantic Books launched a new fiction imprint, introducing the world of crime, fantasy historical. Corvus is home to the Douglas Brodie crime novels by Gordon Ferris, the Merrily Watkins Mysteries by Phil Rickman, in 2013, Dark Eden by Chris Beckett, published by Corvus, won the Arthur C. Clarke Award - the most prestigious award for Science Fiction in Britain. The same year Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Atlantic Books is a member of The Independent Alliance, a global alliance of ten UK publishers and their international partners.
Aravind Adiga The White Tiger - winner of the 2008 Man Booker Prize, vince Cable The Storm, Free Radical. John Carlin Invictus - originally named Playing the Enemy, served as the basis for the 2009 motion picture Invictus. Alistair Darling Back from the Brink Damon Galgut In a Strange Room - shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2010, the Good Doctor - shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2003. Steven Galloway The Cellist of Sarajevo - longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2008 and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2010, christopher Hitchens God Is Not Great, Mortality. Timothy Garton Ash Facts are Subversive Herman Koch The Dinner Pascal Mercier Night Train to Lisbon Andrew Miller Snowdrops - shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2011. Cheryl Strayed Wild, From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Christos Tsiolkas The Slap Achmat Dangor Bitter Fruit - shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2004. Nancy Huston Fault Lines Cynthia Ozick Foreign Bodies Ian Buruma Murder in Amsterdam - shortlisted for Samuel Johnson Prize in 2007, List of English-language book publishing companies List of English-language literary presses List of largest UK book publishers Atlantic Books
Jodi Lynn Picoult is an American author. She was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for fiction in 2003, Picoult currently has approximately 14 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Picoult was born and raised in Nesconset on Long Island, her moved to New Hampshire when she was 13 years old. She has described her family as non-practicing Jewish, Picoult wrote her first story at age five, entitled The Lobster Which Misunderstood. She studied writing at Princeton University, and graduated in 1987 and she published two short stories in Seventeen magazine while still in college. Immediately after graduation, she began a variety of jobs, ranging from editing textbooks to teaching eighth-grade English and she earned a masters degree in education from Harvard University. Picoult became the writer of DC Comics Wonder Woman series following the departure of Allan Heinberg and her first issue was released on March 28,2007, and her last was issue #10 released on June 27,2007. Nineteen Minutes, Picoults novel about the aftermath of a shooting in a small town, has become her first book to debut at No.1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Her book Change of Heart was published on March 4,2008 and she has been married to Timothy Warren Van Leer, whom she met while in college, since 1989. They and their three children, Sammy and Jake, and a handful of pets, live in Hanover, jordan McAfee, his son Thomas, and his wife Selena are featured in The Pact, Salem Falls and Nineteen Minutes. Patrick Ducharme, a detective, is featured in Perfect Match as well as Nineteen Minutes and she has stated that she brought Patricks character back for a second novel because she has a crush on him. Ian Fletcher of Keeping Faith makes a appearance in Change of Heart. Frankie Martine, first featured in Salem Falls, returns in Second Glance, nina Frost, a main character in Perfect Match, is mentioned in Nineteen Minutes. Peter Houghton, a character in Nineteen Minutes, is mentioned briefly in House Rules. Its always great fun to bring a character back, because you get to catch up on his/her life,50, The Jodi Picoult mystery Official website Jodi Picoult at the Internet Movie Database
J. R. R. Tolkien
He was at one time a close friend of C. S. Lewis—they were both members of the informal literary discussion group known as the Inklings. Tolkien was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II on 28 March 1972, after Tolkiens death, his son Christopher published a series of works based on his fathers extensive notes and unpublished manuscripts, including The Silmarillion. Between 1951 and 1955, Tolkien applied the term legendarium to the part of these writings. While many other authors had published works of fantasy before Tolkien and this has caused Tolkien to be popularly identified as the father of modern fantasy literature—or, more precisely, of high fantasy. In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of The 50 greatest British writers since 1945, forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009. Tolkiens paternal ancestors were middle-class craftsmen who made and sold clocks and pianos in London, the Tolkien family had emigrated from Germany in the 18th century but had become quickly intensely English.
According to the tradition, the Tolkiens had arrived in England in 1756. Several families with the surname Tolkien or similar spelling live in northwestern Germany, mainly in Lower Saxony, this origin of the name has not been proven. A German writer has suggested that the name is likely to derive from the village of Tolkynen near Rastenburg. Although that village is far from Lower Saxony, its name is derived from the now-extinct Old Prussian language. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State to Arthur Reuel Tolkien, an English bank manager, the couple had left England when Arthur was promoted to head the Bloemfontein office of the British bank for which he worked. Tolkien had one sibling, his brother, Hilary Arthur Reuel. In another incident, a family servant, who thought Tolkien a beautiful child, took the baby to his kraal to show him off. When he was three, he went to England with his mother and brother on what was intended to be a family visit.
His father, died in South Africa of rheumatic fever before he could join them and this left the family without an income, so Tolkiens mother took him to live with her parents in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Soon after, in 1896, they moved to Sarehole, a Worcestershire village, Mabel Tolkien taught her two children at home. Ronald, as he was known in the family, was a keen pupil and she taught him a great deal of botany and awakened in him the enjoyment of the look and feel of plants. Young Tolkien liked to draw landscapes and trees, but his lessons were those concerning languages
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS was a British philosopher, mathematician, writer, social critic, political activist and Nobel laureate. At various points in his life he considered himself a liberal, a socialist, and a pacifist and he was born in Monmouthshire into one of the most prominent aristocratic families in the United Kingdom. In the early 20th century, Russell led the British revolt against idealism and he is considered one of the founders of analytic philosophy along with his predecessor Gottlob Frege, colleague G. E. Moore, and protégé Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is widely held to be one of the 20th centurys premier logicians, with A. N. Whitehead he wrote Principia Mathematica, an attempt to create a logical basis for mathematics. His philosophical essay On Denoting has been considered a paradigm of philosophy, Russell mostly was a prominent anti-war activist, he championed anti-imperialism. Occasionally, he advocated preventive nuclear war, before the opportunity provided by the monopoly is gone.
He went to prison for his pacifism during World War I, in 1950 Russell was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought. Bertrand Russell was born on 18 May 1872 at Ravenscroft, Trellech and his parents and Viscountess Amberley, were radical for their times. Lord Amberley consented to his wifes affair with their childrens tutor, both were early advocates of birth control at a time when this was considered scandalous. Lord Amberley was an atheist and his atheism was evident when he asked the philosopher John Stuart Mill to act as Russells secular godfather, Mill died the year after Russells birth, but his writings had a great effect on Russells life. His paternal grandfather, the Earl Russell, had asked twice by Queen Victoria to form a government. The Russells had been prominent in England for several centuries before this, coming to power, Lady Amberley was the daughter of Lord and Lady Stanley of Alderley.
Russell often feared the ridicule of his grandmother, one of the campaigners for education of women. Russell had two siblings, brother Frank, and sister Rachel, in June 1874 Russells mother died of diphtheria, followed shortly by Rachels death. In January 1876, his father died of bronchitis following a period of depression. Frank and Bertrand were placed in the care of their staunchly Victorian paternal grandparents and his grandfather, former Prime Minister Earl Russell, died in 1878, and was remembered by Russell as a kindly old man in a wheelchair. His grandmother, the Countess Russell, was the dominant family figure for the rest of Russells childhood, the countess was from a Scottish Presbyterian family, and successfully petitioned the Court of Chancery to set aside a provision in Amberleys will requiring the children to be raised as agnostics. Her favourite Bible verse, Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil, the atmosphere at Pembroke Lodge was one of frequent prayer, emotional repression, and formality, Frank reacted to this with open rebellion, but the young Bertrand learned to hide his feelings
For the EasteEnders character see Kate Mitchell Kate Morton is an international bestselling Australian author. Morton has sold more than 10 million books in 42 countries, the award-winning author has written five novels, The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours, The Secret Keeper, and The Lake House, which was published in October 2015. Morton is the eldest of three sisters and her family moved several times before settling on Tamborine Mountain where she attended a small country school. She enjoyed reading books from an age, her favourites being those by Enid Blyton. She completed a Licentiate in Speech and in Drama from Trinity College London, she earned first-class honours in English Literature at the University of Queensland and won a scholarship to complete a masters degree focussing on tragedy in Victorian literature. During her undergraduate studies she wrote two full-length manuscripts before writing The House at Riverton, which was published in 2006, Kate Morton is married to Davin, a jazz musician and composer.
They have three children and live in London, the Forgotten Garden, #1 bestseller in Australia, Sunday Times #1 bestseller, winner of the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year, longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The Distant Hours, Sunday Times #1 bestseller, New York Times bestseller, Christina Stead Award, the Lake House, New York Times bestseller, #1 bestseller in Australia, Sunday Times #1 bestseller