ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Angela Patmore is a former international Fulbright Scholar with a first class honours degree in English and an MA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. As a UEA environmental sciences research fellow she analysed the clinical literature on 'stress' and later served on Sir John Stevens' Metropolitan Police Stress Experts' Advisory Group. Her exposé of the stress concept and its industry, The Truth About Stress, was shortlisted for the 2007 MIND Book of the Year Award.
Patmore writes fiction and non-fiction, drama and poetry. Her most recent books are CHALLENGING DEPRESSION AND DESPAIR (How To Books 2010), a series of graduated challenges designed to conquer depressive illness, and DOGGEREL (Springhill 2010), a collection of verse character sketches of fifty rescue dogs, with mugshots, sold in aid of the Association of Dogs' and Cats' Homes. Her new full-length play FARDELS BEAR is about a modern production of Hamlet terrorised by the spirit of regency tragedian Edmund Kean. Her previous books have included Sportsmen Under Stress (one of the first UK sports psychology books and a 1986 Times Sports Book of the Year) and Marje: The Guilt and the Gingerbread, a biography of agony aunt Marje Proops that caused a serialisation war between the Sun and the Mirror.
From 2003 to 2006, with the small company Mojo Associates, Patmore worked as a life skills trainer within the Employment Service, rehabilitating the long-term unemployed in Colchester. Some of her trainees had never worked since they left school or came out of prison. Others had serious social and mental health issues. Yet during her tenure the company had not only the best outcomes record in the region but a better record than all of the other training providers combined.
AP is a former Guardian columnist on sports psychology and a regular contributor to press and television features on 'stress'. She is a member of the Royal Society for Literature, Friends of Coleridge and the Society of Authors. She lives with a Parson Jack Russell in a small village in Essex and has produced several books on dogs including Sex Tips for Dogs, the canine Kama Sutra banned by bookshops in 1988 for being in paw taste.