Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon used to be a priest in the Church of England and is now a writer, teacher and psychotherapist - in a way, altogether pursuing the ancient philosophers’ great question, how to live well? 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 writes as a journalist, his work appearing regularly on the BBC, 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.

He is also trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and has a private practice in London.