Poorna Bell is an award-winning journalist and author of 15 years, former Executive Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for HuffPost. She won Stylist's Rising Star award for 2019, Red magazine's Big Book Award for 2019, and was named as one of Marie Claire's top 30 women, and is a Balance magazine top 100 Wellness personality. A judge for the Mind Media Awards, she has written for Red, the Telegraph, The Times, Stylist, I News, BBC, the Guardian and Grazia. She is a published author with Simon & Schuster, her debut book is the acclaimed Chase The Rainbow and her award-winning, second book In Search of Silence is out now. She is an experienced public speaker and is a regular contributor to BBC Radio.
Stronger (Bluebird, 2021) is part memoir, part manifesto and starts a conversation about women's strength and fitness in a way that has absolutely nothing to do with weight loss. Poorna shares her own story, as well as drawing on research and telling the stories other women who have forged their own path into strength and fitness. In May 2022, Stronger was named Sports Performance Book Of The Year with The Sunday Times.
Poorna's debut novel In Case Of Emergency (Century, publishing July 2022) tells the story of Beryl ‘Bel’ Kumar. Bel wakes up in hospital after a near death experience at work and is mortified to find her ex-boyfriend at her bedside. Bel’s HR record still lists him as her emergency contact, but she can't think of a less appropriate person to nurse her back to health. This reunion leaves Bel questioning who she would turn to in a crisis. Bel is determined to reconnect with important people from her past in order to figure out who in her life she can really depend on.