Times to feature self-help column

Author and entrepreneur Benjamin Fry is stepping into journalism to write a weekly self-help column for The Times’s Saturday supplement Body & Soul.

The supplement’s editor Hilly Janes approached Fry after hearing about his book What’s Wrong With You?, due out at the end of the year. She suggested he write the column “What’s wrong with your…?” which will begin with the subject of underpants.

Fry said the point is to find humorous and mundane objects and find a deeper meaning behind them.

Having written the odd article for The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Express, Fry said he would consider more work in journalism.

After graduating from Oxford University, Fry set up a nightclub and restaurant chain, K-bar, before becoming an entrepreneur. He then began writing his book.

He has directed one film and written scripts dealing with character growth. He also has a certificate for a foundation course in psychotherapy from Regent’s College, London.

Fry said: “The movement of selfhelp is gathering momentum, but there is not enough commentary about it. There is a lack of resources for people who want to find ways to improve themselves.

“Not everyone has four hours a day to meditate and I want to show people how it can be integrated into their normal everyday lives and offer it to the broadest common denominator.”

His first column will run on 22 May.

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