EYE of the SHOAL, The fishwatcher’s guide to life, the ocean and everything, unhitches fish from their reputation as slimy, simple-minded creatures and reveals their mesmerising and complex lives. I hope to convince as many readers as possible to become fishwatchers, whether you put on a pair of wellies and visit a beach at low tide, peer into ponds and rivers, or jump right in.


‘An engaging and informative bouillabaisse’ The Economist

‘Popular science books don’t get much better than this’ Publishers Weekly

‘Scales’ genuine appreciation and awe for fish are contagious’ Science

‘A sprawling, ambitious underwater journey studded with fascinating tidbits’ New York Times


The book was picked as a book of the year by New Scientist

Listen back to my chat about the book with Andrew Marr on BBC Radio 4’s  Start the Week

The book features original the artwork by Aaron John Gregory

You can order a copy via the Bloomsbury website


The science of Eye of the Shoal

If you’d like to follow up the scientific studies I write about in the book, I’ve put links to the Open Access online papers here.