Mary lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Julian Caldecott. She practises as an osteopath treating people three days a week (see www.mmost.co.uk) and horses and dogs one day a week (www.facebook.com/the2marys). She is a Trustee of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy (SCCO) and Member of the Royal Society of Medicine and Association of Animal Osteopaths. She was formerly a marketing consultant, with five years experience at what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers, and three years with strategy consultancy, P.Four (now part of WPP). She began her marketing career with Cadbury’s confectionery.
“Stranger In My Heart” is Mary Monro’s first book. She has had various articles published in the osteopathic press, most recently in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (March 2017) – a discussion on the role of research in investigating the phenomenon of osteopathy. She had an article titled Hearts & Minds: The Mystery of Consciousness published on a philosophy blog in November 2017. Her undergraduate dissertation, titled “Patient Priorities in Osteopathic Care” was published in the British Osteopathic Journal in 2001. Mary co-authored “What makes successful businesses successful?” (ISBN 0952980207) published by P.Four Consultancy in 1997.
She is an experienced speaker and presenter, from her history of delivering consultancy findings and from teaching on post-graduate osteopathic courses. She has spoken to various groups about Stranger In My Heart, including local Women’s Institutes, Bristol Literary Festival, Shrewsbury Lit Fest, the University of Bath and the Researching FEPOW History Group Conference.
Mary was born and raised at a farm on the edge of the south Shropshire hills, the youngest of four children. She attended Shrewsbury High School from age four to eighteen but spent much of her childhood on horseback. Her childhood association with horses left her with permanent damage to her right eye, a broken nose, broken knee-cap and broken coccyx. She has been bitten, kicked, rolled on, dragged, and has fallen off too many times to recall, but she still loves horses.