Stephanie Dowrick is the author of a number of life-changing widely read best-selling books, including Intimacy and Solitude, Forgiveness and Other Acts of Love and The Universal Heart. She has been a columnist for Good Weekend Magazine since 2001 and is a regular guest on ABC Radio. She talks, and conducts retreats and workshops on a variety of spiritual, psychological and ethical issues while continuing to write. Born in New Zealand, she lived in London for many years - where in 1997 she founded the publishing house The Women's Press - and has lived in Sydney since 1983. She is the mother of two young adult children.