Alan Macfarlane was born in Shillong, India, in 1941 and educated at the Dragon School, Sedbergh School, Oxford and London Universities where he received two Master’s degrees and two doctorates. He is the author of over forty books, including The Origins of English Individualism (1978) and Letters to Lily: On How the World Works (2005). He has worked in England, Nepal, Japan and China as both an
historian and anthropologist. He was elected to the British Academy in 1986 and is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a Life Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge.
Iris Macfarlane, mother of Alan Macfarlane, spent her life split between England and India. At the age of 54 Iris went to University at Glasgow to study Scottish literature, but when her husband died suddenly died she had to give up her studies. She also completed two thirds of an Open University degree in Philosophy.
Having learnt Assamese and Gaelic she published books of translations of folk stories from the Assamese and the Celts. She has published both children’s stories and articles recounting life on the croft. She wrote several short stories which were broadcast on the B.B.C.
Christopher Prendergast is a Professor Emeritus in French at the University of Cambridge. He is a life fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. He is a fellow of the British Academy and of the Academia Europaea, and also an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.
His expertise is principally in various fields of French literature and cultural history, predominantly of the 19thand 20th centuries.
Christopher has published over 18 books; these include books published by Princeton University Press, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. His latest book, Counterfactuals: Paths of the Might Have Been was published early this year by Bloomsbury.
Stephen Cherry is Dean of Chapel at King’s College, Cambridge; he is also a Fellow and the Director of Studies in Theology and Religion. He was previously Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Durham and a Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral and before that Rector of All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough.
Stephen is the author of seven books of which Barefoot Disciple was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book in 2011, Healing Agony: Reimagining Forgiveness was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize and the most recent of which is The Dark Side of the Soul: An Insider’s Guide to the Web of Sin (Bloomsbury 2016). He writes an occasional blog https://stephencherry.wordpress.com/