Science journalist, author and communicator

About Me

Hello, and welcome to my website. I’m Chief Magazine Editor for Nature, the world’s leading science journal, where I oversee its journalism and opinion content. I’m also a journalist, science communicator and author: my popular science book, The Life Project, was named best science book of the year by The Observer, and was a book of the year for The Economist.

I’m currently working on a second book called What to Believe. It’s about the global movement promoting the use of research and evidence to make decisions.

Please browse my site and feel free to get in touch!

The Life Project

The Life Project is about a remarkable series of scientific studies that have tracked generations of children growing up in Britain over the last 70 years. I spent about five years of my spare time researching and writing the book about these amazing studies, called the British birth cohorts. Today, the people in them are some of the best-studied people…

My TED talk: Lessons from the longest study on human development


“The greatest scientific experiment in modern British history…Fascinating, shocking, heartening.”

Dominic Sandbrook, The Daily Mail

“Eye-opening, extraordinary insights into ordinary lives”

Isabel Berwick, Financial Times