turned out nice: how the british isles will change as the world heats up

Faber & Faber, 2010

Climate change will change the relationships between the British Isles and the rest of the world, between the nations of the Isles, and between the north and south of Britain. Precisely because the British Isles will be sheltered from the physical extremes of climate change, they offer an opportunity to think about just how profound and pervasive the effects of a disrupted Earth system on human societies will be.

' ... grimly realistic and yet in many ways inspiring ... A richly detailed, engrossingly readable history of how Britain came to be the way it is, Turned Out Nice is also a riveting description of what Britain is likely to become.' John Gray, New Statesman

' ... delightful coolness and subtlety' Andrew Marr, Financial Times

' a tour de force of information and speculation ... Nature writing which takes the future and its possibilities as seriously as the past ' The Economist

'intimate and stylish' Fred Pearce, Guardian

' a science writer of rare gifts' Marcus Berkmann, Daily Mail




trust: self-interest and the common good

Oxford University Press, 2008

A short account of how to build trust by finding or creating common interests.

'Brilliant' - Guardian


.Reason for Everything

a reason for everything: natural selection and the english imagination

Faber & Faber, 2004

How a series of British scientists shaped evolutionary thought, and how evolutionary thinking shaped their views of the world: Alfred Russel Wallace, Ronald Fisher, J.B.S. Haldane, John Maynard Smith, Bill Hamilton and Richard Dawkins.

'Brilliant' Sunday Telegraph ... 'Beautifully written' Times  ... 'Brilliant ... beautifully written' Daily Telegraph

'a supremely intelligent author’ Graham Farmelo, Sunday Telegraph

 
'a wonderful writer' A.C. Grayling, Literary Review

'One of the best science writers we have' Andrew Brown, Guardian

'yet another brilliant book' Neal Ascherson, Observer


'A marvellous book'  James Flint,  New Scientist

'a very good book' Richard Fortey FRS

'a talented and witty writer' Paul Harvey FRS, Times Higher Education Supplement




as we know it: coming to terms with an evolved mind

Granta, 1999

The core of this book is a reflection about handaxes and their makers - not human as we know it, not apes; not creatures, but beings of a kind that we will never know. It develops an argument that handaxes stayed much the same for a million years because the ability to make them to a standard pattern was a reliable indicator of the makers' capacities and therefore their potential as mates.

'Utterly fascinating ... a beautiful and moving picture of evolution.' Andrew Marr, Observer




the race gallery: the return of racial science

Jonathan Cape, 1995

The Race Gallery reflected on different ways of thinking and talking about race. It pointed out that ideas about biologically based differences between human groups persisted or reappeared in various strands of science, although opposition to racism drew on science as a source of authority.

'Learned, well-written and fresh' Matt Ridley, Sunday Telegraph

'Read this groundbreaking book about race, the great taboo of our time.' Maggie Gee





dope girls: the birth of the british drug underground

Granta, 2003

Moral panics broke out during and after the First World War as reports emerged of drug use on the streets and in the clubs of London's West End. They expressed a traumatised society's fears about modernity and change - especially the rapidly changing lives of young women.

'The best, most perceptive and most authoritative account of the British drug scene ever.' Will Self



narcomania: On heroin

Faber & Faber, 1987

How panics about drugs express society's deepest anxieties.