SELINA HASTINGS is a writer and journalist, the author of four literary biographies. A lifelong Londoner, Selina was educated at St Paul's Girls' School and Oxford University. Her first job was at Hatchard's bookshop, after which she worked for fourteen years on the Daily Telegraph and for eight years was literary editor of Harper's & Queen. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she reviews regularly and has been a judge of the Booker, Whitbread, British Academy, Ondaatje and Duff Cooper Prizes, and of the UK Biographers' Award. Selina has written biographies of Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh (winner of the Marsh Biography Prize), Rosamond Lehmann and Somerset Maugham. She has also written a number of books for children, including a complete retelling of the Bible. In 2010 she won the Spear's Award For Outstanding Achievement for a body of work ?and in 2011 the Biographers' Club Lifetime Services to Biography Award.
ANDREW LAWSON is widely regarded as England's leading garden photographer. He has provided the photographs for many books, including Good Planting by Rosemary Verey, Penelope Hobhouse on Gardening, Designing Gardens (9780711217577) by Arabella Lennox Boyd, Little Sparta (9780711220850) by Jessie Sheeler, The Garden at Highgrove by HRH Prince of Wales, and The English Garden (9780711226388) by Ursula Buchan and The New English Garden (9780711232709) also by Tim Richardson. He holds the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal for Photography and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Garden Writer's Guild. His garden in Oxfordshire is open under the National Gardens Scheme.