In 2005 I retired from the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland. In truth it was an ‘early’ retirement to give me time to do other things. For some years I continued to deliver ‘masterclasses’ and to be involved in training in different parts of the world. But I was always determined not to continue beyond my ‘sell-by’ date, so, after completing the fourth edition of Person-Centred Counselling in Action (see BOOKS page of this site), I ended my work in the profession of counselling and psychotherapy and switched to writing novels. This website serves to keep others informed about my books, including 'SMOKY BACON CRISPS' and 'SHADOW STATE'.

(See the recent 5 star review of SHADOW STATE on AMAZON.COM: "This exciting suspense novel shows three friends discovering a massive plot by a shadow government to create terrorist events in order to increase government control. After hospital and nuclear facilities are bombed, three elderly men, falsely accused, go on the run throughout Great Britain. Each has particular talents, as well as weaknesses, but all possess the kind of decency that attracts friendship and aid from ordinary and highly placed folks as well as very likeable criminals. Written with humor and rich description of adventures on sea, on trains, on mountains, prisons, pubs and city streets an ingenious plot unfolds that keeps the reader worried and engaged. I liked the impossible odds the heroes faced, the surprising ways they managed to keep going and, most of all, the many odd human meetings that outsmarted the very clever and very respectable villains.")



SMOKY BACON CRISPS: Finding the Edge of Life (2015 edition just out) Now available on Amazon (, .com, and all other Amazon platforms) in paperback £7.00 ($8.34) (€8.00) and Kindle £1.99 ($2.99).

For details about this book see the SMOKY BACON page of this site. 



     SHADOW STATE (2015) NEW BOOK  From Amazon in paperback £8.17 ($9.82) (€9.40) and Kindle £1.99 ($2.99). 


For details on this book (and the early reviews) see the SHADOW STATE page of this site




At the American Psychological Association (APA) convention in San Diego in August 2010 Dave Mearns received the Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award to an organisation (the University of Strathclyde), and an individual associated with that institution, for their contribution to Humanistic Psychology. It is the first time that the award had been given to an institution outside North America. Nice for Dave since it allowed him to return to the city where he had his initial development as a therapist.



On November 21, 2009 the new Spanish language edition of the third edition of Person-Centred Counselling in Action (originally published by Sage (UK) in 2007) was launched in Buenos Aires. With 200 people attending the launch, reviews and perspectives were offered by Claudio Rud, Maria José González Cerezo, Estela Falicov, Dave Mearns, and Brian Thorne (by DVD).


The book is distributed in all Spanish speaking countries and can be obtained direct from the publisher: In November 2010 Gran Aldea also launched a Spanish language edition of Mearns & Cooper (2005) Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy, originally published by Sage (UK).

The much acclaimed new English language second edition (2018) of Mearns and Cooper, Working at Relational Depth in counselling and Psychotherapy, is now available to order from SAGE(UK), and all good bookshops.