Brought up in a practising Jewish family, Michele Guinness worked for many years as a presenter, researcher and writer for national TV and radio, regularly contributing to Pause For Thought on BBC Radio 2. For two years she presented her own three-hour, daily lunchtime programme on BBC local radio in Coventry.
But a move to Lancashire proved the opportunity for a career change, and she became the communications manager for the Derian House Children’s Hospice appeal. Once it was up and running, a ‘chance encounter’ took her into the NHS as the first press officer at the Royal Preston Hospital. She went on to become communications manager for the Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Community Health Trust for six years.
And then, in 2002, was appointed Head of Communications for the Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority, supporting communications managers in 23 NHS trusts. She gave it up four years later to concentrate on writing, training and speaking.
She has written twelve books, usually from her uniquely Jewish perspective, including The Heavenly Party: Recover the Fun - Life-Changing Celebrations for Home and Community, published by Monarch, a guide to her much-loved celebration - at home or in the community, now out of print but available from Michele directly. Chosen is a complete re-write and update of her best-selling autobiography, Child of the Covenant, first published 25 years ago. Autumn Leave - A Season in France is the diary of a 3-month sabbatical in France, when a miracle made it possible to buy a house there, and their experiment to see whether a country where people drive like maniacs, drink kir royales for breakfast and never queue could ever feel like home.
She has also written a biography of the Guinness family, Genius of Guinness telling the story of her husband’s famous brewing, banking and missionary ancestors. The Word of the Wives, a collection of 26 monologues, written with her daughter, Abby, who is a professional actress, tells the stories of the great heroes of the Bible, from the perspective of the women who had to put up with them. And Archbishop, a thriller and her first novel, charts the rise and fall of the first female Archbishop of Canterbury. Her latest book, Grace, The Remarkable Life of Grace Grattan Guinness published in February 2016, tells the story of her husband’s grandmother through her diaries, journals and letters.
Michele has spoken at New Wine, Greenbelt, Spring Harvest, the Detling Summer Celebration and ECG as well as for the WI, Rotary, and Inner Wheel. She has even appeared at luncheons for flower arrangers - without ever having arranged a flower.
Married to a retired vicar, they have a grown up son and daughter, and three gorgeous grandchildren.
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