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  • Published: 19 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780857531940
  • Imprint: Doubleday Childrens
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

The Magic of Reality

How we know what's really true

See the wonder of science come alive in this fascinating guide to life’s greatest questions.

What are things made of?What is the sun?Is there really life on other planets? Why do bad things happen?

Throughout history, people have invented fascinating stories to explain the world we live in. Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu’s egg? Or what about the great catfish that carries the world on its back? Has anyone ever told you that earthquakes are caused by a sneezing giant? These fantastical myths are fun – but what are the real answers to such questions?

Professor Richard Dawkins has teamed up with renowned illustrator Dave McKean to take you on an amazing journey from atoms to animals, pollination to paranoia, the big bang to the bigger picture. See the wonder of science come alive in this beautifully illustrated guide to the greatest questions on earth – and some of the answers to them.

  • Published: 19 November 2012
  • ISBN: 9780857531940
  • Imprint: Doubleday Childrens
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins is author of The Selfish Gene, voted The Royal Society's Most Inspiring Science Book of All Time, and also the bestsellers The Blind Watchmaker, Climbing Mount Improbable, The Ancestor's Tale, The God Delusion, and two volumes of autobiography, An Appetite for Wonder and Brief Candle in the Dark. He is a Fellow of New College, Oxford and both the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Literature. In 2013, Dawkins was voted the world’s top thinker in Prospect magazine’s poll of 10,000 readers from over 100 countries.

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Praise for The Magic of Reality

It's the clearest and most beautifully written introduction to science I've ever read . . . Explanations I thought I knew were clarified; things I never understood were made clear for the first time.

Philip Pullman

I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am.

Ricky Gervais

Prodigiously illustrated and beautifully designed ... I cannot think of a better, or simpler, introduction to science.


From the first sentence it reads with the force and fluency of a classic ... a luminous, authoritative prose that transcends age differences.

The Times

With fabulous illustrations by Dave McKean, Richard Dawkins' The Magic of Reality is an outstanding science book. Written in a simple. conversational style that will appeal to adults as well as teenagers, it really does explain complex subjects clearly. Every home should have a copy of this beautifully produced book.

Marilyn Brocklehurst, The Bookseller

The Magic of Reality provides a beautiful, accessible and wide ranging volume that addresses the questions that all of us have about the universe...written with the masterful and eloquently literate style of perhaps the best popular expositor of science, Richard Dawkins, and delightfully illustrated by Dave McKean. What more could anyone ask for?

Lawrence Krauss, author of Quantum Man, and A Universe from Nothing.

A charming and free-ranging history of science.

Sunday Times

Stunning in appearance ... the book is a triumph.

New Scientist

This book may be exactly what's needed to increase science literacy for readers of all ages.

Publishers Weekly

The text is persuasive whatever one's age ... the chapter on rainbows has the clearest explanation of how they appear that I've ever seen.

The Financial Times

This book is primarily aimed at teenagers, but plenty of adults will get a kick out of it too...McKean's drawings bring the text to life brilliantly ... Dawkins writes convincingly about everything from chemistry to statistics.

Independent on Sunday

Dawkins uses a simple, brilliant technique highly appealing to young and old.

The Washington Post

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