We’re at an unprecedented moment in history, one in which brain science and technology are co-evolving. What happens at this intersection is poised to change who we are

The Brain

David Eagleman

The world changes too fast. You take your eyes off something that's always been there, and the next minute it's just a memory

The Book of Strange New Things

Michel Faber

The idea of Bulger as informant seemed preposterous.But the notion nagged, an irresistible itch that stayed close to the surface. What if it were really true?

Black Mass

Dick Lehr & Gerard O'Neill

This is more important than Hitler, this is about my book. It won't shake the world, it won't kill a soul, it won't fire a gun, ah, but you'll remember the book. The story of Vera Rivken, a slice out of life

Ask The Dust

John Fante

I went searching for the white light I’d found on the mountain in Norway, and spent five years chasing it, like Alice chasing the White Rabbit

The Art of Losing Control

Jules Evans

The first day without you is painful in a way that is almost exquisite. I imagine quitting smokers must feel like this, or crash-dieters - the early determination, where the loss of what you have given up is replaced with the adrenaline of denial

Apple Tree Yard

Louise Doughty

True security lies in the unrestrained embrace of insecurity - in the recognition that we never really stand on solid ground, and never can

The Antidote

Oliver Burkeman

These things you treasure, how often they're somebody else's trash


Emma Jane Unsworth

I was learning that I could have what I wanted if it was in words, pictures or songs, which are the only dependable forms of magic.

A Life In Pictures

Alasdair Gray

A river passing through a landscape catches the world and gives it back redoubled: a shifting, glinting world more mysterious than the one we customarily inhabit. Rivers run through our civilisations like strings through beads

To the River

Olivia Laing

When music is silent you hear the laughter of the tyrant

Taduno's Song

Odafe Atogun

What begins at the water shall end there, and what ends there shall once more begin. Words are a gift to the dead and a warning to the living.


J.J. Abrams & Doug Dorst

One’s prime is elusive. You little girls, when you grow up, must be on the alert to recognise your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. You must then live it to the full

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Muriel Spark

I need plenty of rest in case tomorrow is a great day. It probably won’t be, but if it is, I’ll be ready!

The Philosophy of Snoopy

Charles M. Schulz

Behave like water, I told myself. Don’t try to oppose them. When they try to grasp you, slip through their fingers. Flow around them

The Penelopiad

Margaret Atwood

One of the paradoxes of writing is that when you write non-fiction everyone tries to prove that it’s wrong, and when you publish fiction, everyone tries to see the truth in it

Our Tragic Universe

Scarlett Thomas

It’s actually quite a good ethos for life: go into the unknown with truth, commitment and openness, and mostly you’ll be okay

Not My Father's Son

Alan Cumming

When you think about it – every person’s like a museum of their life

Orphans of the Carnival

Carol Birch