Dr Alex Comfort, M.B., D.Sc., was a leading expert on human sexuality and one of the most versatile authors of the 20th century. A pioneer in the study of old age, co-founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, anarchist, social commentator, novelist, and poet, he wrote over 50 books and countless scientific papers. Dr Comfort also worked as head of research on gerontology at University College London, a lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University, and Adjunct Professor at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. A member of the Royal Society of Medicine and an Associate Member of the American Psychiatric Association, he died in March 2000, aged 80.
Anne Hooper has been researching and writing about sex and relationships for 25 years and is the author of 40 books, including nine bestsellers. She is a sex therapist and marital counsellor in the UK and international media.
Eleanor McKenzie divides her time between England and Spain. She is the author of a number of books, including Thai Massage, Healing Reiki, Chi Kung and Thai Bodywork.
Susan Quilliam is a relationships expert with over 35 years' experience in offering support through her work as a writer, coach, trainer, consultant and commentator. She once said in passing that the high point of her work would be to rewrite "The Joy of Sex" for the 21st century, and therefore felt beyond privileged when, in 2008, Mitchell Beazley asked her to do just that!Susan works closely with Relate and the Family Planning Association, as well as sitting on the Advisory Board of the Sexual Advice Association and the Council for Sexuality and Sexual Health for the Royal Society of Medicine. She is also one of the Family Planning Association's designated 21st Century Achievers, UK Dating Expert of the year 2015, an Ambassador for Relate Cambridge and a Patron of the Outsiders charity which campaigns for sexual rights for the less-abled.When not writing books, Susan coaches individuals and couples on relationships and sexuality, designs and presents relationship courses for the global organisation The School of Life, is advice columnist for Fabulous magazine, and broadcasts on radio and television.
Sir Richard Francis Burton
Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet, fencer and diplomat. His best-known achievements include travelling in disguise to Mecca, an unexpurgated translation of One Thousand and One Nights, and bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English - thereby introducing the world to what is now regarded as a standard work on human sexual behaviour. Following a career in the army of the East India Company serving in India (and later, briefly, in the Crimean War), he was engaged by the Royal Geographical Society to explore the east coast of Africa and led the expedition guided by the locals that discovered Lake Tanganyika. In later life he served as British consul in Fernando Po, Santos, Damascus and, finally, Trieste. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and was awarded a knighthood in 1886.
Linda Sonntag is an experienced writer on the subject of sex and relationships including The Photographic Kama Sutra and Great Sex For Life: Essential Techniques. Susan Mumford is a qualified massage practitioner. She has had a private holistic massage practice in London for several years and teaches introductory massage.
Nicci Talbot is a freelance writer for many national newspapers and magazines, specialising in sexuality, health and wellbeing. She has recently completed a sex therapy course at Birkbeck University, London.
Mallanaga Vatsyayana was the Hindu philosopher credited with writing the original work in the sixth century AD. In his own words, 'a person acquainted with the true principles of this science, who preserves his Dharma (virtue or religious merit), his Artha (worldly wealth) and his Kama (pleasure or sensual gratification), and who has regard to the customs of the people, is sure to obtain the mastery over his senses. In short, an intelligent and knowing person attending to Dharma and Artha and also to Kama, without becoming the slave of his passions, will obtain success in everything that he may do.'