Born in the early eighties in New York to an American father and Scottish mother, Jean Hannah Edelstein is a London/Berlin-based journalist with a signature style that combines New York sass and British wit. Since mid-2007 she has been writing in print and online for the Guardian, Observer, Independent, Independent on Sunday, New Statesman and Sunday Times, on topics ranging from sex to politics to literature. A former columnist for Arena and current contributing editor of Bad Idea magazine, Edelstein has also appeared as a commentator on BBC radio and television.
Robert M. Edsel is the author of the non-fiction books, Rescuing Da Vinci and TheMonuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, and the new book Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis, which tells the dramatic story of the Monuments Men in Italy during the Allied invasion of World War II. Mr. Edsel is also the co-producer of the award-winning documentary film, The Rape of Europa. In addition, he is the Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art, a not-for-profit entity which received the National Humanities Medal, the highest honor given in the United States for work in the humanities field. Mr. Edsel has been awarded the “Texas Medal of Arts” Award; the “President’s Call to Service” Award; and the “Hope for Humanity” Award, presented by the Dallas Holocaust Museum. He also serves as a Trustee at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Academy Award winner George Clooney will direct and star in a film based on Mr. Edsel's book, The Monuments Men, which is set for theatrical release in December 2013.
Peter Firstbrook worked for the BBC for 25 years before developing a successful freelance writing and filmmaking career in 2002. He specialised in making history and international documentaries. He has published three bestselling books.
John Fisher has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a television producer and executive working for both the BBC and Thames Television with responsibility for shows as diverse as Parkinson, Wogan, The Bob Monkhouse Show, The Ken Dodd Show, Des O’Connor Tonight, The Best of Magic, This Is Your Life and the definitive documentary series on British comedians, Heroes of Comedy, which he wrote and produced for Channel Four.
A recognised authority on the history of popular entertainment, he includes amongst his other published works Call Them Irreplaceable, an analysis of star quality as seen through the performances of the great entertainers of the twentieth century, and acclaimed biographies of three of his all-time comic heroes: George Formby: The Ukulele Man; Tony Hancock: The Definitive Biography and Tommy Cooper: Always Leave Them Laughing. The latter is currently being adapted as a film by Left Bank Pictures.