My latest novel, A Box of Birds, is published in its trade paperback edition. The special hardback edition is still available at the Unbound site.

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‘Arrestingly good prose’ FT


Pieces of Light is published in the US by Harper Perennial and in the UK by Profile.

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‘An immense pleasure’ New Scientist


News: My new book is The Voices Within: The history and science of how we talk to ourselves. It is published by Profile Books/Wellcome Collection in the UK and forthcoming from Basic Books in the US (October 2016).


In the US, it has been reviewed in Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. In the UK, it has been reviewed in the Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, New Statesman, Lancet and Literary Review. It was picked as a top spring science book by Nature and as a summer reading choice by the Guardian and THE.

‘Fascinating and elegantly humane’ Guardian

Pieces of Light was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, the Best Book of Ideas Prize, the Society of Biology Book Awards and the 2015 Transmission Prize. It was a science book of the year in the Independent, Sunday Times and New Scientist.

  A new short story will appear in Fill Your Heart: Writers on Bowie (Unbound, January 2017). Pledge support for this crowdfunded volume here.

My first non-fiction book, The Baby in the Mirror, is published by Granta Books.

Beautifully poetic’ Jad Abumrad, New York Times


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