James McDonald is a writer and engaging public speaker who covers a range of topics. As well as six books on various subjects, he has also written reports, papers, magazine articles, and a regular column for the Sunday Express in the UK. His style achieves the rare distinction of being academically rigorous while also being easily readable, and often amusing.
He is also the webmaster of the most authoritative website on the Cathars on the internet, www.cathar.info
McDonald is something of a Renaissance man with higher degrees in mathematics, operational research, history and theology. He holds a number of professional qualifications and is Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.
He lives in "Cathar Country" in the South of France in a late medieval chateau with his wife and son. He is currently researching the origin of the Cathars, a topic on which he speaks regularly at conferences.
The Kindle edition of Beyond Belief has now been reformatted so earlier layout problems have been resolved.
Wordly Wise has been adapted into a national weekly BBC radio program in the UK (Wordly Wise on Radio 4).
A Dictionary of Obscenity, Taboo and Euphemism was reprinted by Sphere in 1989, and has been reprinted again by Wordsworth under the title A Dictionary of Obscenity, and Taboo.