Liz Hodgkinson is a prolific author and journalist. She was educated at Newcastle University and started her career on local newspapers in the North East. She progressed to writing for a variety of tabloid newspapers in the UK and progressed to so-called quality newspapers before becoming a full-time author and freelance writer. Her fourth book, Sex is Not Compulsory, was a succes de scandale in 1986 and was published in many languages. She has written on health, relationships, property and lifestyle issues, always at the cutting edge. She always thinks she is five years ahead of her time! More recently, she has written about pioneer women in Fleet Street and her latest book, Alex Williams: The Survival of an Artist, is to be published by Quartet Books in Spring 2012. Her biography of the first woman to have a sex-change operation to live as a man, Michael, nee Laura, is now in development as a major motion picture, as they say. Liz is known for her clear, humorous style of writing and frequently writes amusing articles in the Daily Mail, Guardian, Times and other outlets.
Sister Jayanti was born in India but educated at an English grammar school and university. Originally training to be a pharmacist, she chose instead to dedicate her life to spirituality, and is now the UK director of the Brahma Kumaris, the only spiritual organisation of any significance to be led by women. Jayanti is in demand as a speaker all over the world, and is known for her clear intelligence and ability to answer any awkward questions that may arise from the audience.
Liz and Jayanti have been friends and colleagues for very many years and although very different from each other, have an unusual rapport which comes across in the many public platforms they have shared.
Liz is divorced. She has two sons, Tom and Will Hodgkinson, both well-known writers themselves.
Sister Jayanti has remained single all her life, in spite of a marriage being arranged for her at the age of two. She has been completely dedicated to spirituality all her adult life, and is also the author of several books on meditation, one published by Penguin in the UK.
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