Science of Fate, Hodder & Stoughton, May 2019

The Sunday Times Bestseller

‘A truly fascinating read’ The Daily Telegraph

‘Everybody can benefit from Critchlow’s book’ New Scientist

In this engrossing and highly illuminating book… Critchlow brilliantly argues that this intimate knowledge can actually empower us to shape better future for ourselves’. The Bookseller, Editors Science Choice Book of the Week

‘A humane and highly readable account of the neuroscience that underpins our ideas of free will and fate.’ Professor David Runciman, Cambridge University & Host of Talking Politics podcast

‘ Acute, mind-opening, highly accessible – this book doesn’t just explain how our lives might pan out, it helps us live better. Bettany Hughes, Historian, Author & Broadcaster

Consciousness: A Ladybird Expert Guide, Penguin, June 2018

“A really impressive example of how scientific research can be made accessible and appealing, and it will fulfil a seriously important function in opening up such research to potential students as well as a wider interested public” Lord Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury.


Hay Festival Conversations: Thirty Conversations for Thirty Years, Hay Festival Press, 2017. , Hay Festival Press, 2017. 

Including a conversation between Bettany Hughes and Hannah Critchlow,  as part of the Raymond Williams Dailogue: The Ideas That Make Us where a classicist and a neuroscientist explore the Ancient Greek words Liberty, Comedy, Charisma, Xenia, Wisdom and Peace and travel both forwards and backwards in time, investigating how these ideas have been moulded by history and have made an impact on history and the human experience.

Judge of the prestigious 2018 Wellcome Book Prize, an annual British literary award sponsored by the Wellcome Trust to “celebrate the topics of health and medicine in literature”, including fiction and non-fiction.

Winner of the Prize: Mark O’Connell, To be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death.

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