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Alex Gray

Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the DHSS, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English. Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles and commissions for BBC radio programmes. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, her previous novels include Five Ways to Kill a Man, Glasgow Kiss, Pitch Black, The Riverman, Never Somewhere Else, The Swedish Girl and Keep the Midnight Out. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.

Alex Rawlings

Alex Rawlings has been fascinated by languages and determined to learn as many as possible for as long as he can remember. He was born and raised in London, where he spoke English and Greek at home, studied German, French and Spanish at school, picked up Dutch, Afrikaans, Hebrew, Italian and Catalan on the side, then studied Russian and German at Oxford University, where he was named Britain's Most Multilingual Student in 2012 after being tested for fluency in all those languages in a competition run by Harper Collins. Since then he has studied many more, including tricky ones like Hungarian and Serbian, and has lived in five different countries, teaching languages, coaching learners, and organising conferences and workshops around the world for language enthusiasts. Alex's writes his practical advice and detailed observations on language learning on his popular blog RawLangs.com, and has also contributed to online and offline publications by the British Council, the European Commission, the Guardian, the Evening Standard, and to the blogs of several language learning companies. This book was conceived in Russia, planned in Hungary, written in Spain, and published in London. Alex travels the world speaking and learning new languages with his Hungarian dachshund, Zoltán.

Bertil Marklund

Bertil Marklund, MD, PhD, is a Swedish medical doctor, researcher, author, professor of general medicine and specialist in public health. He has worked with patients as a general practitioner, and as a researcher for over four decades. He has a doctor's degree from Gothenburg University, where he serves as a professor.

Caroline Brazier

Caroline Brazier is the head of the Amida Psychotherapy Training Programme in Other-Centred Approach run by Tariki Trust in the UK. She travels internationally, presenting workshops and talks on Buddhism and psychotherapy and is author of six books on the topic as well as many chapters and articles. Her recent interest include applying the other-centred model to therapy in the natural environment.

Carrie Hope Fletcher

Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, vlogger and, thanks to her popular YouTube channel ItsWayPastMyBedTime, 'honorary big sister' to over a million young people around the world. Carrie's first book, All I Know Now, was a number 1 Sunday Times bestseller and her debut novel, On the Other Side, also went straight to number 1 in its first week on sale.Carrie played the role of Eponine in Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre in London's West End for almost three years and received the 2014 WhatsOnStage Award for Best Takeover in a Role. In 2016 she played the role of Truly Scrumptious in a six-month run of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and she is currently starring as Wednesday Addams in the national UK theatre tour of The Addams Family musical. Carrie lives just outside of London with numerous fictional friends that she keeps on bookshelves, just in case.

Cathy Creswell

Professor Cathy Creswell completed her clinical psychology training and subsequently her PhD at University College London, and has since worked at the University of Reading, where she is an NIHR Research Professor based in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences. She is also an Honorary Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Joint Director of the University of Reading Anxiety and Depression in Young people (AnDY) clinical research unit. Cathy has particular research and clinical interests in the development and treatment of anxiety disorders in children and young people. She has published over 60 scientific papers in the field of child anxiety, including clinical trials of cognitive behavioural treatments for child anxiety disorders. In addition to academic publications, she is the co-author of Overcoming your Child's Shyness and Social Anxiety.

Craig Hassed

Dr Craig Hassed is an internationally recognised expert in Mindfulness who has widely presented at national and international seminars and conferences and has published extensively in the areas of Mind Body medicine and Mindfulness. Dr Hassed has devised and presents an innovative Mindfulness training program for training medical students at Monash University - possibly the only one of its type in the world to be integrated as core medical curriculum. His program has also been included in elective programs at other universities including Harvard Medical School.Dr Hassed has also taught numerous mindfulness programs with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australian Psychological Society and with many community and professional groups and schools. Dr Hassed is also the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association.

Daniel Griliopoulos

Dan Griliopoulos is a writer specialising in video games. His work has been published in media including The New Statesman, the Mail on Sunday and the Guardian. He has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and a lifelong love of classical philosophy. He is currently Lead Content Editor at tech firm Improbable.

David F. Marks

David F Marks is the founder and editor of the Journal of Health Psychology and Health Psychology Open. He was formerly Professor of Psychology at City University, London. He has been involved in studying the effectiveness of cognitive behavioural therapy for quitting smoking for 40 years and conducted numerous clinical trials, published journal articles and the QUIT FOR LIFE Programme with the British Psychological Society That programme has been evaluated in controlled trials and produced quit smoking rates that are amongst the highest on record.

Deborah Tannen

Deborah Tannen is the acclaimed author of You Just Don't Understand, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly four years including eight months as number 1; You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation; I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner and That's Not What I Meant! A professor of linguistics at Georgetown University, she has written for and been featured in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Time and Newsweek. She lives with her husband in the Washington, DC area.

Debra Fine

Debra Fine is an internationally recognised speaker and trainer. As a member of the National Speakers Association she travels extensively giving lectures and conducting workshops on the topic.

Derek Wilson

DEREK WILSON is a renowned Tudor historian. A graduate of Peterhouse, Cambridge, he has written over 50 critically acclaimed books including A Brief History of the Circumnavigators, and The Uncrowned Kings of England, as well as recent biographies of Charlemagne and Holbein.He is a writer and presenter for radio and television and is also the founder of the Cambridge History festival. He lives in North Devon. Visit his website: www.derekwilson.com

Emma Seppälä

Emma Seppälä is science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University and co-director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at Yale University. Her field of expertise is health psychology, well-being, and resilience. This research was highlighted in the documentary film Free the Mind. She conducted ground-breaking research on mind-body practices for combat veterans and has also conducted research on medication and compassion. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Inc., and Fast Company. She has appeared on Good Morning America, ABC News, and Fox News. She is founder of the popular online magazine Fulfilment Daily and has written for Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, Scientific American Mind, Mind Body Green, and Spirituality & Health. Seppälä consults for Fortune 500 leaders on building positive organizations. She regularly addresses academic, corporate, and governmental institutions. She holds an undergraduate degree in comparative literature from Yale University, a master's degree in East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia University, and a PhD in psychology from Stanford University. Originally from Paris, France, she is a native speaker of French, English, and German.

Frances Cole

Dr Frances Cole is a GP and pain rehabilitation specialist working in West Yorkshire. In 1996 she developed a primary care-run pain rehabilitation programme based on cognitive behavioural therapy principles. She continues to run this service and works in clinical health psychology at Bradford Teaching Hospitals using CBT in a wide range of mental and physical health problems. She has developed a pain health needs assessment tool that won a NHS Modernisation award in 2005. Frances is a past the chair of the British Pain Society Pain Management Programme Special Interest Group whose current focus is on measuring patient outcomes and Pain Management.

Jack Angelo

Jack Angelo D.Litt. is a well-known healer and teacher of subtle energy medicine and natural spirituality, who has worked with individuals and groups for over 25 years. He lectures and gives workshops in the UK and abroad for health-care professionals and the general public, and also runs popular courses for the National Federation of Spiritual Healers.

James E. Groves

James E. Groves, MD, is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. A psychotherapist for more than four decades, he practices psychotherapy, supervises psychiatry and psychology trainees, and offers tutorials in literature and psychiatry.

Jordan Erica Webber

Jordan Erica Webber is a freelance writer and speaker who specialises in video games. Most of her work can be found on the Guardian. She has a first-class degree in Philosophy with Psychology from the University of Warwick.

Judith Collins

Author and Social Ecologist Judith Collins is a well-known writer and public speaker. With 40 years of experience in healing, education and organic farming, she has become a regular on television and radio. In 1983, she was awarded the prestigious Advance Australia award in recognition for her contribution to the community. She lectures, writes for a number of magazines and conducts workshops around Australia and internationally. She lives in the Southern Highlands, New South Wales.

Leonora Brosan

Dr Lee Brosan is a consultant psychologist with the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Over a long career she has been Head of the Psychological Treatment Service, Trust Lead for the Development of Psychological Therapies, Clinical Associate at the MRC Cognitive and Brain Science Unit in Cambridge, a founder member of the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre for Affective Disorders, and Associate Lecturer in the Experimental Psychology Department at Cambridge.

Lucy Willetts

Dr Lucy Willetts is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT Therapist. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading. Lucy worked for 20 years in CAMHS in Berkshire, most recently as Clinical Lead for a specialist anxiety and depression service within the local NHS. In addition, Lucy was Clinical Director of the Berkshire Child Anxiety Clinic, an innovative and successful collaboration between the University of Reading and the local NHS trust, and was involved in the design and implementation of a number of successful treatment programmes and treatment trials for childhood anxiety disorders. Lucy has also trained and supervised a wide range of professionals both in Berkshire and nationally in relation to CBT techniques and childhood psychological disorders. Lucy has a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and young people and has published a number of research papers and several books, including Can I Tell You About Anxiety?. Lucy now works in private practice and at a local independent school delivering psychological interventions.