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about penny stanway

Health, medicine, babycare, food and cooking have been lifelong sources of interest to Penny Stanway.


And she loves to paint (to see some of her early work, see



Penny has been a writer since her teens:

  • She had poetry published while still at school.

  • She wrote for her medical-school journal.

  • She wrote on health and babycare in consumer magazines in her 20s and 30s, while a young doctor, and since then has written many books on these subjects. 

  • She has written several cookbooks and has incorporated a chapter of original recipes into each of her eight MIRACLE books.

  • She has also written about art and creativity.

She lives by the Thames in central London, and loves to visit West Cork, Ireland. She and her husband have a son, two daughters and five grandchildren.

Penny loves to cook for family and friends. She also loves to eat! She learnt to cook from her mother (an excellent and inventive cook) and from Cordon Bleu classes. 

Penny trained as a doctor, worked in general practice, research and child health, then focused on writing about health, babycare, breastfeeding and food. She aims to amalgamate the best of orthodox, complementary and traditional healthcare information in her work.

She was the health columnist for WOMAN'S WEEKLY magazine for 15 years.  Penny is also a trained and experienced counsellor.

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