Kate Banks was born and raised along with her two sisters and one brother in New England (USA) where they spent a lot of time outdoors. Wildlife and nature, the rhythm of seasons, were a big part of growing up and learning about life, and they have remained an integral part of her creative work.
She attended Wellesley College and received a Masters degree in History from Columbia University. After a stint in publishing she moved to Europe where has spent the past 25 years, dividing her time between Italy and France with her husband Pierluigi and sons, Peter Anton and Max. She has written many award winning works for children from picture books to YA novels, among them Max’s Words, And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award.
Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 80 technical papers and 12 books. He studied natural sciences at Cambridge and philosophy and history of science at Harvard, where he was a Frank Knox Fellow. He took a PhD in biochemistry at Cambridge and was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in biochemistry and cell biology. He was also a Research Fellow of the Royal Society and Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India.
His books include Dogs that Know When Their Owners are Coming Home, A New Science of Life, The Presence of the Past, Seven Experiments that Could Change the World, The Sense of Being Stared At and Science Set Free (called The Science Delusion in the UK).