Melvyn Bragg has written several bestselling works of non fiction. On Giants Shoulders, based on his BBC radio series, 12 Books That Changed The World, The Adventures of English, and In Our Time. His acclaimed novels include The Hired Man, A Place in England, Kingdom Come and Grace and Mary, published in 2013. He was born in 1939 and educated at Wigton's Nelson Thomlinson School and at Oxford where he read history. He is President of the National Campaign for the Arts, and in 1998 he was made a life peer. He lives in London and Cumbria.