The Brilliant Abyss

Come with me on a journey into the deep

“A manifesto for change as much as it is a description of an ecological crisis.” New Republic.

“Carefully conceived and luminously written” Tim Flannery, New Statesman.

“Stylish, eloquent . . . Enthralling and richly expressed and highlights how closely our lives depend on the deep.” Guardian.

“Literary bathysphere”, Daily Telegraph.

The Brilliant Abyss explores the majesty and mystery of the deep ocean, and how humans are threatening this vital, vibrant part of our planet.

It was picked as a New York Times top summer read, Daily Telegraph Science Book of the Year, a Publishers Weekly‘s Best Summer Read, and Observer Book of the Day

I’ve done lots of interviews about the deep sea including with Andrew Marr on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week and Sue Perkins on BBC Radio 4’s Nature Table.

The Brilliant Abyss artwork (UK cover) is my third collaboration with California-based artist Aaron John Gregory. It is published in the US and Canada by Grove Atlantic and in the UK by Bloomsbury.

The Brilliant Abyss will be translated into Japanese, Russian, Turkish, Vietnamese, Polish and Korean. To enquire about other translation rights please contact my agent Margaret Sutherland Brown at Folio Literary Management.

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In the UK, all my books are available from my store at I am donating all proceeds from sales via Bookshop to the ocean conservation charity Sea Changers.