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Alan Hester

Alan Hester has managed at all levels from team leader to director in a career taking in the public, community and private sectors. In 2002 he formed Alan Hester Associates Limited, delivering practical, interactive workshops for leaders and managers. His passion is about working with delegates to increase their confidence and resilience, helping them to see that the results they achieve are a direct result of their attitude, skills and knowledge. His approach to writing this book is the same, and in it he distils some of the most powerful insights and approaches that make his courses so popular and effective.

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.

Annie Broadbent

Annie Broadbent is a psychosynthesis counsellor and works in private practice in central London. She is also founder and director of workplace wellbeing company Retune, which offers customised wellbeing away days for business. Before writing her first book, We Need to Talk About Grief (now Speaking of Death), she trained as a clinical volunteer at St. Christopher's hospice and supported child bereavement events run by 'The Candle Project'. She does talks for Death Salons and Death Café's and occasionally writes for various publications on a number of mental health and wellbeing issues.

Aphrodite Matsakis

As a specialist in post-traumatic stress disorder, Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D., has counseled thousands of clients ranging from combat veterans to victims of crime and abuse and other traumatic events. She conducts a private psychotherapy practice specializing in post-traumatic stress disorder and child abuse.

Barney Hoskyns

Barney Hoskyns is the co-founder and editorial director of online rock-journalism library Rock's Backpages (www.rocksbackpages.com), and author of several books including Across the Great Divide: The Band & America (1993), Waiting for the Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes, & the Sound of Los Angeles (1996), Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters & Cocaine Cowboys in the LA Canyons (2005) and Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits (2009). A former US correspondent for MOJO, Hoskyns writes for Uncut and other UK publications, and has contributed to Vogue, Rolling Stone and GQ.

Carolyn Coker Ross

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, is a physician, author, and nationally recognized speaker. Ross is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, and an alumna of Andrew Weil's integrative medicine program at the University of Arizona. She is board-certified in addiction medicine. She is former chief of the eating disorders program at Sierra Tucson, an addiction treatment center in Tucson, AZ. She is currently in private practice in Denver, CO, and is a consultant for eating disorder and chemical dependency treatment centers nationally. She is author of The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook.

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.

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.

Donna Eden

Donna Eden has been teaching people to understand the body as an energy system for two decades. She speaks to capacity crowds and runs workshops all over the world. She is married to psychologist David Feinstein.

Elyse Resch

Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD, FAND, is a nutrition therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills with over thirty-five years of experience specializing in eating disorders, intuitive eating, and health at every size. She is coauthor of Intuitive Eating, has published journal articles, and does regular speaking engagements and extensive media interviews. Her work has been profiled on CNN, KABC, NBC, AP Press KFI Radio, USA Today, KTTV television, among other. Resch is nationally known for her work in helping patients break free from the diet mentality through the intuitive eating process. Her philosophy embraces the goal of reconnecting with your internal wisdom about eating. She supervises and trains health professionals, is a certified child and adolescent obesity expert, a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian, and a Fellow of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Evelyn Tribole

Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, is an award-winning registered dietitian with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California, specializing in eating disorders. She also trains health professionals on how to help their clients cultivate a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body through the process of Intuitive Eating, a concept she co-pioneered. Tribole is author of several books, including Healthy Homestyle Cooking, and is coauthor of Intuitive Eating. She was the nutrition expert for Good Morning America and was a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for six years. She served three years on the Social Media committee of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Tribole is often sought after by the media for her nutritional expertise and has appeared in hundreds of interviews, including: CNN, NBC's Today Show, MSNBC, Fox News, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and People magazine. She also gives presentations around the world on intuitive eating.

Frances Cole

Dr Frances Cole was a GP and pain rehabilitation specialist. She developed the first UK primary and community care pain rehabilitation programme based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) principles in 1996. She developed a pain health needs assessment tool that won an NHS Modernisation award in 2005 and gained an NHS National Clinical Leaders Award in 2011. Frances is a past chair of the British Pain Society Pain Management Programme Special Interest Group whose current focus is on multidisciplinary pain management. Her current work is on digital self-management tools for pain including apps.

Greg Clydesdale

Greg Clydesdale lectures in the Department of Business Management at Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is the author of three books: Entrepreneurial Opportunity, Human Nature, and Waves of Prosperity. His articles have been published in a wide range of academic journals such as Prometheus, Creativity Research Journal, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics and Entrepreneurship and Regional Development.

Jonathan Clements

Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian history, including biographies of Empress Wu, Admiral Togo, the statesman Prince Saionji and Coxinga, the Japanese-born 'pirate king'. He divides his time between London, England and Jyväskylä, Finland, and his website iswww.muramasaindustries.com.

Josef M. Bauer

Josef M. Bauer, born in Germany in 1901, has written many prize-winning novels, short stories and radio plays. His long series of interviews with Clemens Forell formed the basis of this book.

Kate Furnivall

Kate Furnivall was born in Wales and studied English at London University. She worked in publishing and then moved to TV advertising, where she met her husband.In 2000, Kate decided to write her mother's extraordinary story of growing up in Russia, China and India, and this became The Russian Concubine, which was a New York Times bestseller. All her books since then have had an exotic setting and Kate has travelled widely for her research. She now has two sons and lives with her husband in a cottage by the sea in Devon.Visit Kate's website at www.katefurnivall.com

Martin M. Antony

Martin M. Antony, PhD, is professor and chair in the department of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. He is director of research at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, and past president of the Canadian Psychological Association. An award-winning researcher, Antony has been widely quoted in the American and Canadian media. His research, writing, and clinical practice focus on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and the treatment of anxiety disorders. Antony is coauthor of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook, When Perfect Isn't Good Enough, and more than twenty-five other books.

Melanie Fennell

Melanie Fennell is one of the pioneers of cognitive therapy for depression in the UK and developed the Oxford Diploma in Cognitive Therapy and Oxford/MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy. She is a research clinician in the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and teaches on the Masters Degree in MBCT in Oxford University.

Melissa Hartwig

Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the New York Times bestselling co-author of It Starts With Food and The Whole30 and has been featured by the Today Show, Dr. Oz, the Wall Street Journal, Outside, and SELF. Melissa has presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide and shares resources with, writes articles for, and provides support to more than 2 million people a month through the Whole30 website and social media feeds.

Vicky Silverthorn

Vicky Silverthorn started her business You Need a Vicky in 2010. After ten years working as a PA for names such as Lily Allen, she wanted to concentrate on the area of professional organisation and decluttering. Vicky is inundated with requests to help people get their homes back on track, helping in any capacity to create simplistic and practically organised home environments. www.youneedavicky.com