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 Perennial and in the UK by Profile.

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'An immense pleasure' New Scientist


News: I was shortlisted for the Transmission Prize for 2015 for my novel, A Box of Birds, and my work on voice-hearing and memory.

I consulted on the Broadway production of Jez Butterworth's The River, which recently opened on Broadway.

I appeared on BBC Radio 4's Start the Week to talk about A Box of Birds. The novel was reviewed in the FT, the Psychologist and elsewhere. My piece on neuroscience and the novel appeared in Guardian Review.

I am a core group member of Hubbub, an interdisciplinary project exploring rest and busyness and first residents of The Hub at Wellcome Collection.

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.

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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Find out about my scientific work at Hearing the Voice.

Check out some recent articles and media appearances on my Media page.

Books I have reviewed recently include: David Vann's Caribou Island, Benjamin K. Bergen's Louder than Words, Paul Bloom's Just Babies and Suzanne Corkin's Permanent Present Tense.

Recent articles for the Guardian include: fiction and neuroscience, top ten books on memory, memory and the self, the social dimensions of memory, memories of the dead, and memory in old age.


My first novel, The Auctioneer, was published by Fourth Estate in 1999.

Read a free short story, 'Joyful Lagers of the World'.

My short fiction has also been published in New Writing 11 and New Writing 14.

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