Barry Durdant-Hollamby (!960-) was born in Sevenoaks, Kent, UK. Barry attended Sevenoaks School where the focus was very much on 'success'. He was one of only a few boys from his A level year not to choose to go to University, deciding instead to set up his own business cleaning cars. A year later he gave up the business when he saw an advert for an assistant sound engineer in a top London recording studio.
Loving music, and yet knowing nothing about engineering at all, he somehow got the job. An 11 year career followed during which time he became one of only a small group of UK songwriters to sign to the legendary Motown publishing group.
The loss of his father, the traumatic births of two daughters and the early 90's recession resulted in the decision to live more closely to his heart and to stop chasing success- something which went against his educational training.
As a result, Barry now finds himself lecturing, coaching and writing about a deeper connection to what is important in life and how we can challenge and change our ingrained conditioning and change our world. This has resulted in the creation of www.merlinsdiary.com - the world's leading mind body spirit events search engine and the writing of several books, including :
The Breaking of the Shell - the new novel and a Top 10 Amazon kindle book
The Truth about Illness, Unhappiness & Stress? - a comprehensive introduction to the connections between the mind and the body in particular connection to health
So It's Tough Out There, Is It? - a parable for people in business
The Male Agenda - a book on male psychology that was distributed to every UK prison to help inspire inmates and that is described by best-selling author and psychologist Dr Robert Holden as 'Brilliant'. It has also recently been published in Italy which seems ironic - an Englishman helping Italian men to get in touch with their feelings!