John Mitchinson has worked in publishing for decades. He helped to found the television panel game show, QI, and has co-written all their books. He was Waterstones first marketing director and he has held senior publishing roles at Orion, Cassell and Harvill. He co-hosts Unbound’s Backlisted podcast.
Andy Miller is a reader, author and editor of books, most recently The Year of Reading Dangerously (4th Estate). He has also written books about how much he likes the Kinks and how much he dislikes sport. He is reader in residence at the Durham Book Festival. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Spectator and Mojo, and he has written about film for the BFI. He has toured the country with his motivational lecture Read Y'self Fitter and appears regularly on BBC Radio, most recently on The Verb and The Museum of Curiosity.
Arifa Akbar is a theatre critic for The Guardian and a contributor to the arts and books pages of The Observer. A former literary editor of The Independent, she worked at the newspaper from 2001 until 2016 as a reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She is the former head of content at Unbound and was launch editor of Boundless from 2017 to early 2019. She is a trustee of the Orwell Foundation and co-administers its annual book prize. She has judged various prizes including the Costa Biography Award 2017, the UK Theatre Awards 2018 and the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019.