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Alex Comfort

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.

Amanda Cross

Amanda Cross, a trained nutritionalist, has had a varied career including TV presenter for UK Living and Channel Health, health and beauty journalist and author. She is the author of Food Boosters for Kids, Miracle Soups and Curb the Carb, all published by Hamlyn.Location: Southampton, UK.

Beth Penn

Beth Penn is a professional organizer, speaker and life hacker. "Overwhelming" is a word that Beth has heard often over her 10+ years servicing clients on physical and digital clutter. She is the founder of the thriving professional organizing business Bneato Bar, whose clients range from corporations looking for big-picture time management solutions to the busy individual simply flooded with email, paper and stuff. She has been appeared on the The Today Show for her Naked Inbox workshop, which helps people declutter their email inboxes.Penn has been featured in Real Simple Magazine, Oh Joy!, DesignLoveFest, and more, and has collaborated on projects with Style by Emily Henderson and Apartment Therapy. She has further connections to Houzz, The Huffington Post, Ban.do, Pop Sugar, The Body Book blog, "Elise Gets Crafty" Podcast, The OWN Show, the LA Times, Poketo, Room + Board, West Elm, The Unique Space, The Unique CAMP and Yellow Conference.Discover more about Beth at www.Bneatobar.com or on Twitter and Instagram @bneatobar

Bob Purnell

Bob Purnell is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and award-winning garden designer who also runs a small nursery that specializes in container plants. He writes for numerous gardening publications including BBC Gardeners World.

Christina Brown

Internationally renowned teacher and bestselling author Christina Brown has been practising yoga since 1989 and teaching for two decades. She has run in-depth teacher training programmes for the last ten years and her yoga retreats have been voted "top in Australia". She has been a regular contributor to the Ask the Expert column in Australian Yoga Journal magazine and also blogs on how yoga philosophy intersects with everyday family life. Christina is the author of several books on yoga and natural health including the bestselling The Yoga Bible (Godsfield, 2003), Quick & Easy Yoga (Duncan Baird, 2008), The Book of Yoga (Parragon, 2002), Ten Minute Yoga (Sterling, 2003), The Ayurvedic Year (Storey Books, 2002) and Yoga (Parragon, 2001).Christina's practice is inspired by many Hatha Yoga traditions. Over the decades she has enjoyed learning from esteemed yoga lineages like those of Vanda Scaravalli, BKS Iynegar, Synergy Yoga, Astanga Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga and she has received teachings by renowned yoga teachers from around the world.

Dan Doherty

Dan Doherty is Executive Chef at Duck & Waffle, London's first upscale 24-hour restaurant. In 2013 Dan became a weekly contributor to The Independent's 'Dish of the Day', where he now blogs about being a chef, the industry, recipes and more and recently joined Olive magazine as a columnist. His achievements have been honoured in the form of prestigious awards and accolades, including the title of Rising Star Chef, which he received at the 2013 Tatler Restaurant Awards. His first book, Duck & Waffle: Recipes & Stories, was selected as one of the cookbooks of 2014 by Observer Food Monthly, Mail on Sunday and Red Magazine.

Dave Broom

Award-winning author and whisky expert Dave Broom has been writing about whisky for 25 years as a journalist and author. He has written eight books, two of which (Drink! and Rum) won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Book of the Year. He has also won the Glenfiddich Award for Drinks Writer of the Year twice and recently won the extremely prestigious IWSC Communicator of the Year Award. In 2015 Tales of the Cocktail presented Dave with the Best Cocktail & Spirits award, soon to be followed by the Golden Spirit Award in 2016.Over his two decades in the field, Dave has built up a considerable international following with regular training/educational visits to France, Holland, Germany, the USA and Japan. His remit has covered consumer features as well as business reports. He is also actively involved in whisky education, acting as a consultant to major distillers on tasting techniques as well as teaching professionals and the public. He was also one of the developers of Diageo's generic whisky tasting tool, the Flavour MapT.

Diana Henry

Diana Henry is one of our best-loved food writers. She has a weekly column in The Sunday Telegraph and also writes for Red, Saga, House and Garden and BBC Good Food magazines, as well as being a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4. Diana has won numerous awards for her journalism and books, including Cookery Journalist of the Year from the Guild of Food Writers (three times, most recently in 2015) and Cookery Writer of the Year at the Fortnum & Mason Food Awards in 2013 and 2015. A Change of Appetite was voted Cookbook of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2015, and A Bird in the Hand was the winner of a prestigious James Beard award in 2016. Her other books include Crazy Water Pickled Lemons, Cook Simple, Salt Sugar Smoke and Roast Figs Sugar Snow. She lives in London with her partner and children.

Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa

Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa was born in London in 1956. He encountered Kundalini Yoga one day in 1979 and began a daily practice the next. He met his teacher, Yogi Bhajan, in 1981 and started teaching Kundalini Yoga. His interest in Kundalini and its healing applications inspired him to learn Oriental energetic medicine. Formal study resulted in qualifications as an acupuncturist in 1989 and as a herbalist in 1991; he then completed his clinical study in Ho Chi Min City. He founded the Lotus Healing Centre in 1989 and served as the Vice Principal of the London Academy of Oriental Medicine until 1996 when Guru Dharam established I-SKY, the International School of Kundalini Yoga in 1996 with Darryl O'Keeffe. The school presents trainings in several countries.Post graduate interdisciplinary studies in Kabbalah, Dream Yoga, Oriental energetics and the shamanic tradition have provided continued professional development alongside his primary practice of Kundalini Yoga, which he teaches extensively. Guru Dharam is registered as a Teacher Trainer with the Kundalini Research Institute. He is the director of the Kundalini Medicine project which offers Kundalini Yoga Therapy Training in several locations. This teaches the therapeutic applications of Kundalini Yoga as a one-to-one healing modality within the wider context of the holistic paradigm.Guru Dharam is married and has two sons.

John Vincent

John Vincent is co-founder of Leon, which now has more than 45 restaurants across the UK (and two in Amsterdam). He wrote the Leon Naturally Fast Food with Henry Dimbleby, Leon Family & Friends with Kay Plunkett-Hogge and Leon Happy Salads and Leon Fast & Free with Jane Baxter. He believes food has the power to delight, invigorate and bring people together. He thinks that our relationship with food should be positive and joyous and that we need to listen more carefully to our gut, eat more good fats, less sugar. And a whole lot more plants.

Kay Plunkett-Hogge

Kay Plunkett-Hogge is an acclaimed food and drinks writer, and the author of Adventures Of A Terribly Greedy Girl (Mitchell Beazley, 2017), A Sherry And A Little Plate Of Tapas (Mitchell Beazley, 2016), Heat: Cooking With Chillies (Quercus, 2016) and Make Mine A Martini (Mitchell Beazley, 2014).In addition to her own books, Kay has co-authored a further six books, working with the award-winning chef Bryn Williams on his two books Bryn's Kitchen and For The Love Of Veg, Academy Award nominated actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook The Tucci Table, and with the American pizza guru Chris Bianco. She also co-wrote Leon: Family and Friends with John Vincent and Cook Yourself Thin: Quick and Easy.Born and brought up in 1970s Bangkok, Kay spent her childhood between two kitchens - inside for Western food, outside for Thai - before forging an international career in the film and fashion industries. It is an experience which has given her an in-depth knowledge of cuisines from all over the world.Kay began her food career when she set up a bespoke location catering service for fashion shoots. Since then, and in addition to her writing, she has worked as a food consultant for a variety of restaurants and bars, including Leon, The Formosa Café, Isola del Sole, Ma Goa and The Luang Prabang Motorcycle Club.Her cult book, Make Mine A Martini, was the Financial Times's pick for drinks book of the year, led to her induction into the Gin Guild (in the words of Heston Blumenthal: "She shakes a damn fine cocktail.") and her writing regularly on cocktails for The Daily Telegraph and Sainsbury's Magazine. She has also written for the FT Weekend, Delicious and Olive, and has published recipes in The Times, Hello and Borough Market's Market Life magazine.And her next book, Aperitivo: Drinks And Snacks For The Dolce Vita, will be published by Mitchell Beazley in June.She lives in London with her husband, two cats and a dog.

Louise Parker

Louise Parker has spent 20 years learning, researching, testing and improving The Louise Parker Method. Her clients include CEOs and celebrities too A-list to name, as well as figures from high society and royal family members from around the world. To date, over 11,000 people in more than 28 countries have completed a Louise Parker programme. Many are willing to pay thousands of pounds for the unique plan. Louise now runs the Louise Parker company with her husband Paul, who left his job 4 years ago to help keep up with the ever-increasing demand for The Louise Parker Method. They live in London with their 3 daughters.

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

Nancy Kline

Nancy created and pioneered the development of The Thinking Environment and is Founder and President of Time To Think. A published author and public speaker, she also teaches Time To Think courses, leads the Time To Think Faculty and delivers keynote presentations around the world.Time To Think began in 1984 and grew out of Nancy's consulting and teaching work near Washington, DC, where she had served as a Founding Director of The Thornton Friends School for twelve years and as Director of The Leadership Institute for six years. She is a Fellow of Ashridge Management College, UK, and the International Listening Association's Listener of the Year 2010.Nancy was born and raised in New Mexico and lives in England with her husband, Christopher Spence.

Norma McGough

Norma McGough is a state registered dietician who was the nutritionist for Diabetes UK for a number of years before moving into freelance work. Location: Aylesbury, Bucks.

Olia Hercules

Olia Hercules was born in Ukraine and lived in Cyprus for 5 years before moving to London to study a BA in Italian language, followed by an MA in Russian and English. A number of jobs followed before her interest in food as an amateur reached its apogee and she decided to retrain as a chef at Leith's School of Food and Wine. She kicked off her culinary career working at London's Union Market before landing her dream job as a chef-de partie for Ottolenghi's. Olia's focus nowadays is mostly on her son, her writing, her food styling and the occasional foray into film and television.Find out more about Olia at oliahercules.com, on Twitter @oliasgastronomy and on Instagram.com/oliahercules.

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely is the visionary and founder of a global brand. An expert on print and colour, she has created a world that is renowned for its individual voice and unique perspective on both fashion and homeware. Her flagship store in London's Covent Garden is the epicentre of a global business that has won four prestigious UK Fashion Export Awards. Her work is presented at London Fashion Week, and extends into luggage, stationery, gardening and homeware. The Orla Kiely design studio has collaborated with leading brands such as Heal's, Clarks, Apple and Uniqlo.

Patrizia Collard

Dr Patrizia Collard is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, stress management consultant and lecturer in psychotherapy at the University of East London. Her books include Journey into Mindfulness, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Dummies, Awakening the Compassionate Mind (2014), and The Little Book of Mindfulness. Dr Collard's wide range of approaches and methodologies include mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, core energy management, existential therapy, drama therapy, yoga and meditation, relaxation and self-hypnosis.

Peter Chan

Peter Chan set up Herons Bonsai - one of the country's most famous bonsai collections - in 1986. He has achieved a record tally of 21 Chelsea Gold Medals to date. Peter is also the author of five bestselling books about bonsai and has featured in numerous television programmes over the years.Location: Surrey, UK

Stephen Beaumont

Stephen Beaumont is recognized internationally as one of the leading writers on beer in the world today. He is the author or co-author of ten additional books about beer, including The Beer & Food Companion, and two editions of The Pocket Beer Book, and a contributor to many others. Through his 26 years of covering the global beer scene, Stephen has written literally hundreds of articles and columns for publications as diverse as Whisky Advocate, Playboy and the Celebrator, and hosted tastings, dinners and educational events around the globe, from Mexico City to Burton-on-Trent and Philadelphia to Beijing. He may be found online at beaumontdrinks.com and on Twitter at @BeaumontDrinks. When not travelling, he lives with his wife in Toronto, Canada.