Alex Hooper-Hodson

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Alex Hooper-Hodson
Born 1979
Hammersmith, London, England
Nationality British
Area(s) writer
Notable works
The Boy Files, Puberty, Growing Up and All THAT Stuff (Wayland Books 2013)
52 Teen Boy Problems & How To Solve Them (Wayland Books 2014)
52 Teen Girl Problems & How To Solve Them (Wayland Books 2014)
Teen Talk, The Daily Record 2011-Present
Sex Talk with Alex, The Daily Record 2007 - 2011
Sorted Boys, Sugar magazine 2004-2010

www.alexhooperhodson.co.uk

Alex Hooper-Hodson is a British author, journalist and relationship expert. He has written three books 'The Boy Files'.,[1] '52 Teen Boy Problems & How To Solve Them'[2] and '52 Teen Girl Problems & How To Solve Them'[3] for Wayland Books, a division of Hachette Children's Books.[4] He was the agony uncle of Sugar magazine for six years starting in September 2004 and ending in February 2010. Alex then wrote a regular weekly sex and relationships column Sex Talk With Alex for the Scottish newspaper The Daily Record.[5] After 3 years of producing Sex Talk on a weekly basis Alex then switched roles to take over the popular Teen Talk column. Alex adapted the format and brought it into the age of social networking by introducing such sections as 'Tweet of the Week' and 'Celebrity Casebook' as well as the highly successful 'Blog It' section. Alex has also worked as a freelance journalist and has contributed articles to The Independent,[6] The Daily Record.[7] as well as various other publications.

Background[edit]

Alex comes from a significant background in this field. His mother Anne Hooper is the world's biggest selling sex author, having written over 30 books in over 40 languages, including many international best-sellers. Anne Hooper was an instrumental author in the British sexual revolution having written the first book to extensively discuss women's sexuality 'The Body Electric'.

Her partner Phillip Hodson, Alex's father, was also a key figure in the British counselling media. He is head of media relations for the BACP - The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. He was also a well known television personality in the 1980s as the agony uncle for BBCs Going Live programme where he dispensed advice in a way never before seen in British media at the time. Phillip was the first TV counsellor to openly address issues such as child abuse and safe sex in the British media in a programme aimed at younger adults. Phillip is still fondly remembered today by a whole generation for whom he was a friendly face and a fount of knowledge. Phillip still works as a counsellor, journalist and media personality.

Alex has been published in newspapers since the age of nineteen when he was interviewed in The Independent. Alex has worked in the media extensively, having worked at an early age for the BBC, Reuters, Talk Sport radio, publishing and independent TV production and as a regular long standing columnist for national publications.

Whilst working on Sugar magazine Alex was featured in a feature entitled '69 Guy Secrets Revealed' with Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys fame and Lee Ryan from Blue. That same year Alex was also selected to represent the 'youth' of Britain at the Westminster Diet and Health Forum where he gave a speech to MPs, Cabinet Members, Members of the House of Lords and senior doctors on the subject of teenage drug use and safe sex in the media. He was questioned extensively by the audience and the panel. He defended his position well. Amongst his congratulators following this debate was the Baroness Massey of Darwin who told him she thought his standpoint was intelligent, important and inspired. [8]

Books[edit]

Alex is the author of teen guide to life 'The Boy Files' which was published by Wayland Books in April 2013. The book is a complete guide to puberty and growing up for boys aged 10–13 years old.

He has also written "52 Teen Boy Problems & How To Solve Them" and "52 Teen Girl Problems & How To Solve Them", his 2nd and 3rd books. They are twin boy / girl puberty guides aimed at 13- 16 year olds. The premise for the books is that over the ten years of his career as an agony uncle Alex received many thousands of letters from teenagers, most of which can be boiled down to 52 key problems that every teenager has. Within these books Alex provides comprehensive answers to these problems, many of which go beyond the traditional areas of teen growing pains; the books cover the internet, social media, drugs, sex and socialising.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alex Hooper-Hodson (2 January 2013). "The Boy Files,". Wayland Books, Hachette Children's Books. p. 96. Retrieved January 2013. 
  2. ^ Alex Hooper-Hodson (April 2014). "52 Teen Boy Problems & How To Solve Them,". Wayland Books, Hachette Children's Books. p. 96. Retrieved April 2014. 
  3. ^ Alex Hooper-Hodson (March 2014). "52 Teen Girl Problems & How To Solve Them,". Wayland Books, Hachette Children's Books. p. 96. Retrieved March 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Boy Files, Puberty, Growing Up and All THAT Stuff". Hachette Children's Books. 2 January 2013. p. 96. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sex Talk with Alex". The Daily Record. 27 April 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Alex Hooper-Hodson (16 August 2004). "Life in the House of Love,". The Independent. p. 1. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Teen Talk". The Daily Record. 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Westminster Health Forum,". Retrieved October 2005. 

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