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Penguin Life publishes books to help you live well, written by world-leading experts in their fields.


More about Penguin Life

Penguin Life is a new imprint gathering together experts in their field who share a passion for living well. From psychology and inspirational thinking, to fitness and parenting, we publish books to help you be the best you can be.

Penguin Life will draw on the editorial firepower within Viking, Portfolio and Penguin Ireland, and be supported by classic backlist bestsellers such as Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly, Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, Michael Acton Smith’s Calm, John Yudkin’s Pure, White and Deadly and Maureen Gaffney’s Flourishing.

Launching in January 2016 with Ruby Wax’s book on mindfulness, we will publish 10 books in 2016.

Penguin Life: Live Well

Penguin Life Editors

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Venetia Butterfield

Publishing Director

As Publishing Director of Penguin Life, my authors include Ruby Wax (A Mindfulness guide for the FRAZZLED), Tiffany Dufu (Drop the Ball) and Philippa Perry.   

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Daniel Crewe


I commission science and psychology: forthcoming titles include Haemin Sunim on mindfulness, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson on meditation and Lisa Mosconi on nutrition and our brains.

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Patricia Deevy

Editorial Director

For Penguin Life, I publish authors including leading academic and consultant Dr Maureen Gaffney (Flourishing) and clinical psychologist Dr Eddie Murphy (Becoming Your Real Self)

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Emily Robertson

Editorial Director

For Penguin Life, I’m looking for popular science, inspirational memoir, books on nutrition and fitness, and new approaches to mindfulness.

Meet our Authors

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Leading psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney combines work in academia with a thriving international consultancy business. She has worked with the Intel Corporation for more than a decade and serves on the executive committee of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of the bestselling Flourishing


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James Wallman is a journalist, trend forecaster, speaker and author. He has written for GQ, the New York Times, the FT, and advised clients such as Absolut, BMW and Nike. James wrote the futurology column in T3 magazine and was editor of The Future Laboratory’s forecasting publication. Stuffocation: Living More with Less is his first book


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Shaa Wasmund MBE is one of the UK’s most prominent female entrepreneurs and a champion of small businesses. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for services to business and entrepreneurship, and the Institute of Directors named her as one of the best-connected people in the UK. She is the author of the No. 1 bestselling book Stop Talking, Start Doing.


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Ruby Wax is a comedian, TV writer and author of Sane New World. She holds a Master’s degree in MBCT from Oxford University and has recently been awarded an MBE for services to mental health. She is currently campaigning for greater social awareness of mental health issues. Her new book, Wake Up!, will be published by Penguin Life in January 2016.