Ellen J. Langer was the first woman to be tenured in psychology at Harvard where she is still Professor of Psychology, and a member of the Division on Ageing of the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Langer's other books include Mindfulness, The Power of Mindful Learning and On Becoming an Artist. She lives in Cambridge, M.A.
Fifi Lapin's 256 brothers and sisters died in myxomatosis outbreak when she was one. Consequently, her parents spoil her rotten. As an hare-ess to her father's fortune, which he made playing fast and loose with carrot and lettuce shares on the international stock market, she has been allowed to indulge her passion for fashion. In 2009 Fifi Lapin t-shirts were sold in the US and the UK (ASOS, Urban Outfitters, Barneys, Forever 21) and she collaborated with Le Sportsac on two collections, which were sold in twenty countries. Her pictures appeared on Topshop's Christmas cards - their most successful ever. Fifi is in a long-term relationship with Sonny Hare and has a dog, Stella.
Katherine Lapworth worked at the BBC for six years as a Producer and Director in both radio and television before launching her own copywriting business. She is also a founder member of Maverick Media the sister company to Maverick Television, established to exploit all the print and video opportunities arising from Maverick's broadcast work.
Erik Bertrand Larssen
Erik Bertrand is a performance consultant who energizes people into successful careers and happier lives. After a career with the military as a paratrooper, he worked in the telecom industry, moved into headhunting and then started mental and career coaching on the side. A holder of a Masters degree in business economics, Erik is the number one mental trainer in Norway with clients ranging from business executives at Fortune 500 companies to Olympic medalists. An Oslo, Norway native and a father of four, Erik splits his time between his hometown and New York City.
Tim Laurence is founder of the Hoffman Institute UK and Director of Hoffman International, who organise the Hoffman Process in 14 countries. He spent much of his adult life in the US and taught at the University of California, Berkeley. He is now married to the actress Serena Gordon and has 2 young sons.Tim Laurence is founder of the Hoffman Institute UK and Director of Hoffman International, who organise the Hoffman Process in 14 countries. He spent much of his adult life in the US and taught at the University of California, Berkeley. He is now married to the actress Serena Gordon and has 2 young sons.
Elijah is a PR manager at Google and is passionate about helping underrepresented people grow their careers in creative industries. He was a finalist of the Penguin WriteNow scheme.This is his first book.
Persia Lawson and Joey Bradford are the founders of Addictive Daughter, a website and initiative created to help young women suffering from the quarter-life crisis. Having been caught in a cycle of self-destructive behaviour, and come out the other side they set up AD in an effort to help others in a similar situation.From working face-to-face with clients to sharing weekly Life Nuggets over their social media platforms their sole goal is to lovingly guide those in need & inspire them to create a better life for themselves.Previously, both Persia & Joey trained in Classical Acting at the prestigious Drama Centre London, where they met. They have since re-trained in Life-Coaching and Addiction Studies.
Dr Anthony Leeds is a Senior Lecturer at the Nutrition Department of King's College London.
John Lees is one of the UK's best-known career stategists. He writes regularly for the Times and the Guardian. His work appears regularly in glossies including Psychologies, Marie Claire and Red and he has appeared several times on both the BBC and ITV. He has trained recruitment specialists since the mid-1980s and worked with numerous organisations including HSBC and Reuters.
James Lees-Milne died in 1997. Once Country Houses Secretary of the National Trust, he is now best known for his memoirs and diaries, described by Jeremy Lewis as second to none in their comicality, rueful self-knowledge and feline observations.
Patrick Leigh Fermor
In December 1933, at the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011) walked across Europe, reaching Constantinople in early 1935. He travelled on into Greece, where in Athens he met Balasha Cantacuzene, with whom he lived - mostly in Rumania - until the outbreak of war. Serving in occupied Crete, he led a successful operation to kidnap a German general, for which he won the DSO and was once described by the BBC as 'a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene'. After the war he began writing, and travelled extensively round Greece with Joan Eyres Monsell whom he later married. Towards the end of his life he wrote the first two books about his early trans-European odyssey, A Time of Gifts and Between the Woods and the Water. He planned a third, unfinished at the time of his death in 2011, which has since been edited by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper and published as The Broken Road.
Jean Robb and Hilary Letts are educational therapists who have set up the education foundation Successful Learning in Merseyside to enable all children, even those labelled dull, lazy, naughty, difficult or remedial, to astound themselves and their teachers by making good the damage of years of missed or misunderstood lessons and mixed messages.
Michal Levin was Newsnight's medical correspondent and had her own management consultancy business until l990. Now an intuitive and spiritual teacher, she holds regular and very successful seminars in London. She also talks at venues such as St James's Piccadilly as well as at scientific conferences as a member of the Scientific and Medical Network. Her previous autobiographical book - THE POOL OF MEMORY - was published to much acclaim.
Irish native Benny Lewis speaks over ten languages - all self-taught. In 2003, he spoke only one language: English. After university, he moved to Spain and was soon frustrated that he could not speak Spanish after six months of studying. So he decided to abandon traditional learning approaches and just start speaking - and everything changed. Today Benny is known as The Irish Polyglot and speaks Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Hungarian. He is the author of the bestselling book on language learning, Fluent in 3 months. He also runs the largest language learning blog in the world, www.fluentin3months.com, where he breaks down the language learning process for busy people. Lewis is a full-time 'language hacker', and devotes his time to finding better, faster, and more efficient ways to learn languages. For the first time, he has applied his methods to helping people learn specific languages in his new Language Hacking series.
Mike Lewis founded When to Jump after quitting his job at a pristine investment firm, to pursue his dream of becoming a professional squash player. He has curated a community of like-minded people who have done the same, to share their stories and inspire others to take the jump.
Douglas Lindsay was born in Scotland in 1964, at 2:38 am. Thirty-five years of little note ensued, before the world heralded the publication of his first book, The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson, which was adapted was adapted for the screen starring Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone and Emma Thompson. As he was leaving the house to undertake a public engagement for the first time, his wife kissed him on the cheek and said, 'Whatever you do, don't be yourself...' Sadly, Lindsay continues to ignore her advice to this day.Lindsay worked at the Ministry of Defence for over ten years and is married to a diplomat. He has lived in Dakar, Belgrade, Warsaw and Tallinn, an experience that inspired Song of the Dead. He now lives and writes full time in Somerset with his wife and their two children. Find him on Twitter at @DTSLindsay.
Gordon Livingston Md
Gordon Livingston, MD, has been a physician since 1967. He is a psychiatrist and writer and contributes regularly to the US press. For more information visit www.gordonlivingston.com
David Lloyd is an award winning Chartered Accountant who advises directors and managers. He has also been delivering real world business training programmes for many years.
Imi Lo is an award-winning mental health professional with extensive and international experience. She started her career as a mental health Social Worker, and later qualified as a Clinical Psychotherapist, Art Therapist, and a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. She has lived and worked in the UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia, and is an awardee of the Australian Government's International Endeavour Awards for academic and clinical excellence. She has worked in the NHS and charity setting, with more than 10 years of experience. She specialises in working with people with personality disorders, the LGBT population, and highly sensitive and gifted individuals.She is a faculty member of an UK Council for Psychotherapy accrediting institute and delivers lectures and workshops regularly for trainee therapists seeking accreditation, as well as supervising therapists as a clinical supervisor and mentor. Imi is the founder of Eggshell Therapy - a practice that is dedicated to serving emotionally intense people. Though it is based in London, her work has attracted interest and clients from all around the UK and the world.Imi wrote the introduction of the 'Art for Mindfulness' series for Harper Collins.
Essex-born Sarah Long read English at Oxford and worked in publishing until moving to Paris where she lived for ten years, working as a writer and translator. She is the author of two novels, And What Do You Do?, based on her experiences in Paris, and The Next Best Thing. Married with three children, she now lives in London.