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Alex Kava

Alex Kava is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed series featuring former Marine Ryder Creed and his K9 dogs, and the international bestselling Maggie O'Dell series. Published in thirty-two countries with over six million copies sold, Kava's novels have been on a multitude of international bestseller lists. She is a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild and International Thriller Writers. Kava and her pack of Westies divide their time between Omaha, Nebraska and Pensacola, Florida.

Brian Clegg

BRIAN CLEGG is a prize-winning science writer with a physics degree from Cambridge and a masters in the mathematical discipline operational research. He has written over 20 science books and articles for newspapers and magazines from The Observer and Wall Street Journal to BBC Focus and Playboy. He lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife and two children.

Catherine Whitlock

Catherine Whitlock's PhD in Immunology at the University of London was followed by ten years of post-doctoral research in cell biology and immunology. More recently she has taught these subjects. She has an ongoing research interest in evaluating the power of science communication initiatives, such as Café Scientifique, and having gained a Diploma in Science Communication from Birkbeck College, University of London, she now works as a freelance writer. Her most recent work, including her latest book, can be found at www.catherinewhitlock.co.uk. She is a Chartered Biologist and a member of the British Society for Immunology and the Association of British Science Writers. She lives in Kent.

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize winner and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

Danny Penman

Dr Danny Penman Ph.D. is the bestselling author of Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world, co-written with Professor Mark Williams of Oxford University, and co-author of Mindfulness for Health with Vidyamala Burch. He is a qualified mindfulness teacher who first learned to meditate when he was 16. He is also a feature and comment writer for the Daily Mail, having previously worked for the Independent and the BBC. Danny has hosted mindfulness seminars for directors and senior figures from many leading companies. He is a frequent commentator on mindfulness for the BBC and various national newspapers.

David Ewing Duncan

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author of nine books published in twenty-one languages. His next book is Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot Futures (Dutton-Penguin). David is Curator of Arc Fusion, which convenes top doers and thinkers around critical life science topics to discuss and find solutions, and a recent Health Strategist-in-Residence for IDEO. He is a columnist for the Daily Beast and the chief correspondent for NPR Talk's Biotech Nation. David writes for The New York Times, Atlantic, Fortune, Wired, National Geographic, Discover, MIT Technology Review, Life, Outside and many others. He is a former commentator for NPR's Morning Edition and a special correspondent and producer for ABC's Nightline and 20/20, a former producer for Discovery Channel, and a correspondent for NOVA's ScienceNow! His latest book is When I'm 164: The new science of radical life extension, and what happens if it succeeds (Ted books). He also wrote Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World (Wiley). He is the founding director of the Center of Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley, and is on the faculty at Singularity University. David is finishing his first novel, a biomedical thriller. David's work has won numerous awards, including Magazine Story of the Year from AAAS, and has been nominated twice for a National Magazine Award. He serves on a select committee of the National Academies of Sciences on science communications. David lives in San Francisco and is a member of the SF Writer's Grotto.Website: www.davidewingduncan.com

Dawn Baker

Dawn Baker is a clinical psychologist and trained therapist in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She has worked at the Depersonalisation Research Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, developing a psychological model of depersonalization disorder as well as treatment and management strategies. She currently works in private practice in Spain.

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

Elaine Hunter

Elaine Hunter is a consultant clinical psychologist specialising in cognitive behavioural therapy. She developed CBT for Depersonalization/Derealisation Disorder (DPRD), has published numerous academic and clinical research papers, and given national and international workshops on working with DPRD. She currently is the clinical lead of the Depersonalisation Disorder Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Emma Lawrence

Emma Lawrence is a clinical psychologist with a particular interest in mind-body interactions and is currently working in a physical health setting employed by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this she was a Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, conducting research on emotion processing and regulation to include work on depersonalization. In addition, she has twice been awarded the Public Engagement with Psychology grant by the British Psychological Society.

Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is a playwright, performer and activist. She is the award-winning author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been translated into forty-five languages and performed in over one hundred countries. Eve is also the founder/artistic director of V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, which has raised over $100 million in nineteen years. She is the recipient of many awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Playwriting, and has received numerous honorary degrees.

Gareth Moore

Dr Gareth Moore is the author of over 50 puzzle and brain-training books for both children and adults, including The Mammoth Book of Brain Games, The Mammoth Book of New Sudoku and The Mammoth Book of Fun Brain Training. His puzzles also appear in a range of newspapers and magazines, and he frequently features in the media as a puzzle expert. He is also the creator of the daily brain-training website BrainedUp.com and runs popular puzzle site PuzzleMix.com.

John Harrison

John Harrison has been following a frugal lifestyle for over 30 years. A long-term member of Garden Organic, he runs two popular websites which are visited by hundreds of thousands of people each month. He has been growing vegetables on his own allotment for many years. He uses many organic methods, working with nature rather than against it. He is passionate about the quality of our food and the ecology that supports us all on this planet.John joined Garden Organic (previously the Henry Doubleday Research Association) in 1976 and is a Fellow of the National Vegetable Society, serving on the National Executive.

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is founding Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is also the founding director of its renowned Stress Reduction Clinic and Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in various venues around the world. He received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from MIT in 1971 in the laboratory of Nobel Laureate, Salvador Luria.He is the author of numerous bestselling books about mindfulness and meditation. Overall, his books have been translated into over 30 languages.

Keigo Higashino

Keigo Higashino is the single bestselling, best-known novelist in Japan and around Asia, with numerous television and film adaptations of his work appearing in several languages. He's the author of The Devotion of Suspect X, which was the finalist for the Edgar Award for best novel, and Malice, among many others. He lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Kenny McGovern

At the age of nineteen, KENNY McGOVERN was diagnosed with what is known as 'social anxiety disorder' and eventually became too ill to carry on working. As the years passed, he became almost housebound as a result of his illness and as such lost touch with many parts of life which although enjoyable are often taken for granted. Simple pleasures such as buying a nice sandwich from a local café or going out for a meal became impossible for him to do.As a result of this, and because of his love of food and cooking, he eventually took to trying to recreate many of his favourite shop-bought foods at home. 'If I can't go to McDonalds, I'll make my own,' was his philosophy. Over a period of five years or more, he tested and tweaked many, many recipes, his new hobby quickly building into an obsession.In 2010, Kenny decided to publish some selected recipes in his first book The Takeaway Secret - it became an instant bestseller, following word-of-mouth recommendations on the internet.With huge support and encouragement from readers, his confidence has grown, along with his food obsession. As a result Kenny once more ventured out into the world. researching and learning about the historic links between street food and local people and the recent upsurge in the modern, exciting and vibrant street food culture. His next book, The Street Food Secret, followed in 2017.

Matthew Johnstone

Matthew Johnstone is an artist, writer and exhibited photographer. New Zealand born, he worked in advertising in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He now resides inSydney with his family. He and his wife, Ainsley, know all too well what it's like to live with a 'black dog' - Matthew has personally experienced the hell of depression, while Ainsley has first-hand knowledge ofthe frustration and confusion almost always felt by those who care for a depressed person. Together they are uniquelyable to offer practical and helpful advice.

Michael Robotham

Before becoming a novelist, Michael Robotham was an investigative journalist working across America, Australia and Britain. As a journalist and writer he has investigated notorious cases such as the serial killer couple Fred and Rosemary West. He has worked with clinical and forensic psychologists as they helped police investigate complex, psychologically driven crimes. Michael's 2004 debut thriller, The Suspect, sold more than 1 million copies around the world. It is the first of eight novels featuring clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, who faces his own increasing battle with a potentially debilitating disease. Michael has also written four standalone thrillers. In 2015 he won the UK's prestigious Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award with his standalone thriller Life or Death. He lives in Sydney.

Michele J. Gelfand

Michele Gelfand is a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her pioneering research into cultural norms, conducted in over fifty countries, has been cited more than 22,000 times in the media, including in The Washington Post and Scientific American, and on NPR. The recipient of numerous awards, she is a past president of the International Association for Conflict Management.

Mike Brearley

Mike Brearley OBE was educated at Cambridge, where he read classics and moral sciences, and captained the university. He played for Middlesex County Cricket Club intermittently from 1961 to 1983, captaining the side from 1971 to 1982. He first played for England in 1976 and captained the side from 1977 to 1980, winning seventeen test matches and losing only four. He was recalled to the captaincy in 1981 for the Ashes home series, leading England to one of their most famous victories. Since retiring from cricket in 1982, he trained and continues to work as a psychoanalyst, and is a lecturer on leadership and motivation. He is the author of the bestselling The Art of Captaincy, and has written on cricket and the psychology of sport for the Observer and most recently The Times. He lives in London.