My new novel, A Box of Birds, is now published in its trade paperback edition.

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The special hardback edition is still available at the Unbound site.

'Arrestingly good prose' FT


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

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'An immense pleasure' New Scientist


News: I am a core group member of an interdisciplinary project exploring rest and busyness, recently announced as winner of the competition to become first residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection. The project commences in October 2014.

I will be talking about Pieces of Light at the Cambridge Literary Festival on 4 April.

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

A Box of Birds was reviewed in the FT, the Psychologist and elsewhere. My piece on neuroscience and the novel appeared in the Guardian Review. You can download the first three chapters for free.

I am working on a new non-fiction book on the science of inner experience, to be published by Profile Books/Wellcome Collection. I have relaunched my Psychology Today blog with a focus on this topic; for more information on the underlying research, please go here.

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'Beautifully poetic' Jad Abumrad, New York Times


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