In chronological order, they are: 1) a white male lawyer Adam Ewing (Jim Sturgess) who confronts South Pacific slavery in 1848, 2) a homosexual white English male composer Ben Furbisher
(Ben Whishaw) who struggles with homophobia in 1936 Scotland, 3) a US woman of color detective Luisa Rey (Halle Berry) who defuses nuclear environmental threats in 1973 San Francisco, 4) an elderly white English male publisher Timothy Cavendish (Jim Broadbent) who fights institutionalized ageism in 2012 Edinburgh, 5) a futuristic Korean clone woman rebel Somni-451 (Doona Bae) who leads armed resistance against female clone oppression in 2144 Neo-Seoul, and 6) a post-Apocalyptic white "tribal" man Zachry (Tom Hanks) who survives inter-tribal wars in 2321 Hawai'i.
The award in the category for best small or medium-sized business was presented by Charlotte Furbisher
, regional director of LearnDirect and Helen Goldthorpe, of sponsors Irwin Mitchell.
While the author hovers and feasts over his dysfunctional creatures, to which he is obsessively bound, he is the furbisher
as well of a world of fairies, gnomes, Snow White and her seven dwarfs, but not the Grimms' version.