Mark Vernon

Dr Mark Vernon used to be a priest in the Church of England and is now a writer, pursuing the ancient philosophers’ great question, how to live? His books cover subjects from friendship and belief, to wellbeing and meaning.

His studies began with a degree in physics, before two degrees in theology, followed by a PhD in philosophy. He also writes as a journalist, his work appearing regularly in the Guardian, TLS, Evening Standard and on the BBC. He is a keen blogger, and has appeared on a wide range of platforms including at the Hay, Edinburgh International, Oxford and Dartington book festivals.

Mark is a founding member of The School of Life faculty, where he teaches classes on death, friendship, love and filling the God-shaped hole, and runs a Breakfast Club. He is also an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck College, London.

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