Moon Landings cover
Moon Landings cover
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Science is Beautiful
Science is Beautiful

Batsford Books, 2014 The Human Body under the Microscope. Introductory essay on the history of medical scans, and extended captions for 150 microscopic images of the complex organs, illnesses and defence systems of the human body. 192pp, 13,000 words. Commissioning editor Kristy Richardson

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Disease Medicine cover
Disease Medicine cover
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Botanical Life cover
Botanical Life cover
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Jaguar - 30 Models That Define The M
Jaguar - 30 Models That Define The M

Pavilion Books, Nov 2016 Co-author, automotive history. 29 articles, 42,000 words. Commissioning editor Frank Hopkinson.

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Everything ... about Inventions
Everything ... about Inventions

Anova Books, 2012 Co-author with Michael Heatley. Potted histories of key inventions of the past 65000 years from the bow to the iPad. 64 of 96 articles, 19000 words. Commissioning editor David Salmo.

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The Little Book of Birdwatching
The Little Book of Birdwatching

Green Umbrella Publishing, 2006 Author. Book to accompany a DVD in a Christmas giftpack. Descriptions of the birds featured and their roles in folklore, plus sections on habitat and a round-up of organisations and reserves. 128pp, 81 articles, 24000 words. Commissioning editor Michael Heatley, Northdown Publishing.

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Men on the Moon
Men on the Moon

Instinctive Product Development, 2013 Co-author with Helen Akitt and Michael Heatley. Bookazine, including biography of Neil Armstrong, and a history and timeline of the space race. 5000 of 12000 words.

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Chambers Biographical Dictionary
Chambers Biographical Dictionary

Chambers, 2007 Contributing author, 8th ed. 40 new entries in light entertainment, and 530 updated entries in light entertainment, science and health. 57000 words. Commissioning editor Camilla Rockwood.

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The Book of Shells
The Book of Shells

University of Chicago Press (US), A&C Black (UK) 2010 Contributing author. Natural history of marine gastropods. 108 0f 600 entries, and some glossary definitions, 28000 words. Commissioning editor Caroline Earle, Ivy Press

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The Book of Leaves
The Book of Leaves

New Holland Publishers, 2011 Contributing author. Natural history of temperate trees. Glossary only, 700 words. Commissioning editor Lorraine Turner, Ivy Press.

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Science and Nature

 

The natural world takes some explaining. I wouldn't want to do it from scratch, but I've had the pleasure of being commissioned to write about some of its inhabitants, and about those who pioneered its exploration and explanation.

Click on the images to read more about my contributions to each book, with links to further information.