Jo Usmar


I am a freelance journalist, editor and author. With my author hat on I have penned a series of self-help books. Published by Quercus there are six out now: This Book Will Make You Happy/Calm/Sleep/Confident/Mindful/Feel Beautiful. These titles are co-authored with clinical psychologist Dr Jessamy Hibberd and have so far been published in 12 languages and have launched in the US.

I am currently working on the next two titles in the series of which I will be sole author: This Book Will Make You Fearless and This Book Will Make You Successful (out Jan 2017)

With my journo hat on I work for titles including The Telegraph, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, ShortList, LookFabulous, Heat, Mr Hyde and The Mirror, writing everything from wellbeing features, topical articles and travel pieces to celebrity interviews (Vanessa Paradis, Joan Collins and One Direction have all had the pleasure of my clammy palm in theirs). I was Cosmopolitan’s Sex and the Not So Single Girl columnist for 18 months with a page in the magazine and a weekly blog on the website.

I’m regularly called on to give expert quotes and comments on wellbeing for other journalists and my work has appeared in titles including Huffington Post, Glamour, YOU and I have also appeared on Sky News and Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour discussing my work. You can read some of those articles here.

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