Mark Vernon used to be a priest in the Church of England and is now a psychotherapist, writer and teacher - in a way, altogether pursuing the ancient philosophers’ great question, how to flourish? His books cover subjects from friendship and belief, to wellbeing and love.
He teaches at The Idler Acadamy and The School of Life and also leads workshops and groups for professionals on the dynamics of transformation and inner life. He writes as a journalist, his work published by the BBC, the Guardian, Church Times, Third Way and elsewhere.
He has appeared on a wide range of platforms including at the Hay, Edinburgh International, Oxford and Dartington book festivals. His books have appeared in translation around the world.
His studies began with a degree in physics, before two degrees in theology, followed by a PhD in philosophy – an academic journey that took him from the universities of Durham and Oxford to Warwick.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, he has a private practice in London, as well as working at the Maudsley Hospital.