The Real Secret Media Centre
Authors of The Real Secret, Lucy McCarraher is a work-life balance expert, self help author and novelist; Annabel Shaw is a social psychologist and radiotherapist who has worked with homeless women and children and cancer patients.
The Real Secret was short-listed in the top ten of 2,000+ entries in the Oxford Writers' New Book 2010 Competition. Read the expert reviews of The Real Secret.
The Real Secret Press Kit
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The Real Secret has also featured in Healthy Magazine "Happiness Report" April 2011; Natural Health magazine April 2011; "10 Tips for Happiness" in Yoga Magazine May 2011; featured in Soul & Spirit magazine May 2011; featured in Cosmo August 2011.
Annabel and Lucy are both experienced and accomplished public speakers; Lucy’s experience is corporate and media orientated; while Annabel’s is scientific and academic-based.
Lucy has delivered many corporate workshops and seminars, gives frequent talks on her books and writing and is a long term media professional on both sides of the microphone/camera. As a journalist and TV presenter in Australia, she interviewed, Mel Gibson, Barry Humphries, Googie Withers, Tom Stoppard, Derek Jacobi and David Williamson amongst others. Her university contemporaries in Australia now dominate media circles there and she was interviewed extensively for Aussie radio, newspapers and magazines while publicising her novel, Blood and Water.
In the UK she has been on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Radio 5 Live, the Giles BrandrethShow, BBC Radio Norfolk and is often contacted for work-life balance comments by various regional radio stations. She has been interviewed for the Sunday Times, Norfolk Magazine, Mind, has written articles and reviews for a wide variety of publications and was on Ready Steady Cook with chef, James Martin. She is a regular guest on BBC Radio Norfolk talking about lifestyle and relationship issues, as well as about her novel Kindred Spirits, which is featured on the BBC website; she takes part in their Lunchtime Ladies discussions. Kindred Spirits was reviewed in Village People and Eastern Daily Press and nominated for the East Anglian Book Awards. Lucy gives frequent talks around East Anglia about her writing. She is a personal expert in inter-country adoption; her two daughters were born in Russia.
Lucy's podcast on "A Simpler Life" with Lorelei King
Annabel brings solid academic credentials from her side of the partnership. Her public speaking experience includes teaching Social Psychology at Sussex University from 1993 to 1996; and Social Psychology at the Open University from 1996-2000.
She has published three academic papers:
“The Experience of Homeless Women: An Exploration of Housing Histories and the Meaning of Home”, which was published in Housing Studies, Vol.1, No. 4, 1995
“The Meaning of Home” published in Social Science in Question. Edited by Mark Smith. Sage Publications, London, 1998
"The Visual Life History Interview”, published by the Open University Press,1998