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Richard Warburg was born in England and attended University in Birmingham, England, earning both a B.S. (1978) and a Ph.D. (1981) in Biological sciences and Genetics, respectively. After spending several years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachussetts, including teaching a semester of biochemistry at Wellesley college, he started practicing as a patent agent in Boston, MA in 1985.  When he graduated valedictorian from Suffolk University law school (1990) in Boston, he moved to California to practice intellectual property law in private practice. 

Richard is recognized as an expert in intellectual property (IP) law and represents both small and large companies in all aspects. He has assisted clients in patent prosecution and litigation in  various aspects of biology including technology used to sequence the human genome, to clone animals, and in the patenting of a healthy margarine that can lower blood cholesterol levels.  He has also represented clients in other technologies including clothing, shoes and computer sciences. He lectures throughout the world, and is an author of several scientific and legal publications. 

Richard invented a board game, the PATENTIAL® game, that is used as a tool to educate at school, university and industrial campuses in the biotechnology field, and in particular on development of pharmaceuticals. He is a coauthor of  Working to Improve Lives, An Illustrated Biotech Encylopedia which uses the game to illustrate the biotech process. 

Richard is an avid ballroom dancer and won the world amateur ballroom dance competition in Vegas, NV in 2007.  He also paints using acrylics and the occassional oil on canvas. Some of his work can be found online at

Tessa Lorant Warburg was born in Germany but moved to England with her family at an early age. She obtained a University of London BA in Mathematics, then moved to the United States for her first job. She worked as a computer programmer in New York City, then left to teach Pure Mathematics to undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin.

After completing her Masters Degree at Wisconsin she married an Englishman and returned to the UK. She has always had a keen interest in knitting, initiated by her university tutor, a geometer, who pointed out the connection between knitting and topology.

Tessa began writing on the topic of knitting and was immediately published by Batsford and Van Nostrand Reinhold. The books sold well, but the titles that were both immensely popular and important for the history of knitting were the ones she published as The Heritage of Knitting Series, brought out by The Thorn Press. She is now a respected and well-known writer on all aspects of hand and machine knitting, and already has a place in the seminal A History of Hand Knitting, by Richard Rutt. (Batsford 1987, Interweave Press 2003). She has also patented two knitting aids: The Lorant Locator and The Silver Gauge.

Tessa began to broaden her writing. She won the OddFellows Social Concern Award of 1987 with her book A Voice At Twilight (Peter Owen 1986). Other publications include three novels with  HodderHeadline, under the name Emma Lorant.

Tessa continues to write both fiction and non-fiction. She has recently finished a family saga, a trilogy set in the US, Central Europe and the UK. The first volume, The Dohlen Inheritance, was published in February 2009, the second, Hobgoblin Gold, in 2010 and the final volume, Ladybird Fly, in September 2011.
Tessa is continuing to write fiction, but has also incorporated The Thorn Press and is taking on other writers whose books she thinks work well with other books on The Thorn Press list.
More details of Tessa Lorant Warburg's books can be found at

Hilary Jerome is a pseudonym
John Hillier is a pseudonym

Andrew P Jones 

has drawn and painted since he was able to hold a brush. His insipiration is the world around him as well as the fertile cosmos of his imagination. He is a fan of other creations: the lairs of dragons, the ocean bed where sea monsters dwell, the universe of aliens from outer space. These themes are reflected in his brilliant and fascinating drawings, paintings and computer enhancements.
Enjoy your journey through this artist's eyes and allow his visions to stimulate your imagination and to enlarge your perception of the planet we live on.

Ann Victoria Roberts

is the author of five historical novels, including The Master's Tale, published in September 2011. She is married to Captain Peter Roberts, Master of the Heritage Steamship SS Shieldhall, based in Southampton.

Ann was born in York, educated at Prince Henry’s Grammar School, Otley, and met her husband Peter while still at school. She went on to study art while he went away to sea in the Merchant Navy, so their romance was conducted mainly by letter.  They married, lived in Otley, West Yorkshire, for 15 years. They had two children, and travelled extensively as a family while the children were still young.
A long chain of coincidence accompanied the research and writing of Louisa Elliott, published in 1989 by Chatto&Windus. This big, rich, Victorian novel of life in 1890s York was very successful, and Ann found fame as 'the housewife who became a best-selling novelist'.
Ann also published Liam's Story, Dagger Lane and Moon Rising. Then, in 2000, Ann and her husband moved to Southampton. Ann found herself writing mainly non-fiction until the day Peter came home from a visit to the Southampton Pilots’ Office, and told her that he’d just been looking at the Dockmaster’s Log Book for the year 1912, and its extraordinary implications.
The news was so exciting that Ann asked if she could take a look herself. What she saw and understood from those entries for March and April 1912 became the inspiration for her latest novel, The Master's Tale, published in September 2011.
More details about Ann Victoria Roberts can be found on her website:


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