Susan Quilliam

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Susan Quilliam
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Susan Quilliam
Born 1950 (age 67–68)
Liverpool, England
Occupation Writer, trainer, coach

Susan Quilliam (born 1950 in Liverpool) is a British relationship expert who specialises in love and sexuality.[1] She works as an advice columnist, writer, broadcaster, consultant, trainer and coach. Quilliam is associated with several relationship organisations, including Relate and the Family Planning Association, and is the author of 22 books published in 33 countries and 24 languages. She revised The Joy of Sex (2008) for modern sensibilities.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Born in Liverpool in 1950, Quilliam gained her Psychology degree at the University of Liverpool in 1971[citation needed] followed by a PGCE at Christ's College of Education in 1972.[citation needed] She then taught English and Personal, Health and Social Education (PSHE) in secondary and further education between 1972 and 1979[citation needed] before moving to London to work in educational publishing until 1983.[citation needed]

In 1983 she established Jonquil Publishing (later The Chalkface Project), a publishing company specialising in Personal and Social Education,[citation needed] whilst concurrently working freelance as a writer on relationships and sexuality.[citation needed] This later part of her career developed through advice-giving work as an agony aunt to various publications including Good Housekeeping, which brought a high level media profile.[citation needed]

Later public career[edit]

Quilliam is the sex and relationship agony aunt for Fabulous magazine,[citation needed] a Sunday supplement, as well as resident psychologist answering patient questions for the Sexual Advice Association website.[2]

Quilliam came to attention in both the US and UK for her rewriting of the manual The Joy of Sex in 2008. Originally published in 1972, she reworked Alex Comfort's book for a better male/female balance. She has in addition written 22 books on love and sex published in 30 counties and 21 languages;[citation needed] three of her books have been written for Relate and The Samaritans, with whom she works closely.[3]

From 2003 to 2015 she was consumer correspondent columnist for, and a member of the Editorial Board of, the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.[4] She is currently a Member of the Council for Sexuality and Sexual Health of the Royal Society of Medicine.[5]

Quilliam from 2008 to 2010, co-presented a weekly radio programme, Sex in the City with Jim Davis on LBC 97.3.[6] She has run workshops on relationships and intimacy and is on the London faculty of The School of Life,[7] and has spoken several times at the Royal Society of Medicine on the links between relationships and health.[8]

She was shortlisted for the Family Planning Association's Rosemary Goodchild Award for excellence in journalism,[citation needed] and has served as a judge for this award.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Life, By Susan Quilliam of The School of. "Divorce lasts longer than you think". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Susan Quilliam – Sexual Health Advisor and Relationship Psychologist". Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Relate Bookshop". Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "From our Consumer Correspondent". Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Sexuality & Sexual Health Council 2016/17". Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Sex in the City, provided by LBC Podcasting". Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  7. ^ Life, The School of. "School of Life, London Faculty". Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sexual pleasure – Naive dream or unattainable reality?". Retrieved 20 February 2017. 

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