… for adults

I’ve been writing professionally for the best part of two decades – here are some selected highlights…

The Cosmic Gallery

The Most Beautiful Images of the Universe

Quercus, February 2013

5190fwhhsoL._AA1500_-150x150The heavens are alive with breathtaking beauty: from the incandescent surface of the Sun to the shimmering tail of a comet; the birth of planets to the death of stars; the dancing shadows of Jupiter’s moons to the silhouettes of eclipses.

The Cosmic Gallery contemplates the entire cosmos as a grand celestial art exhibit. In six thematically organized chapters, Giles Sparrow presents an array of stunning images, ranging from easily seen phenomena to the most distant and intricate galaxies, providing the reader with an exciting and beautiful new perspective on the cosmos.

The Universe In 100 Key Discoveries

Quercus, July 2012

71qIHPNXZnL._AA1500_-150x150This stunning collection of images and essays surveys the key breakthroughs that have shaped our understanding of the universe around us – from the discovery of the solar system, to Supermassive black holes and the remote depths of the cosmos.

Beginning with the theories put forward for the origin of our universe – the Big Bang and its rivals – and ending with what the eventual fate of our cosmos might be, this overview of 100 landmark discoveries tells the story of how we have endeavoured to understand the place of our own planet in the wider universe.

The Natural World Close-Up

Quercus, October 2012

711hxoXACuL._AA1500_-1024x1024Embark on an incredible high magnification journey through the wondrous diversity, complexity and majesty of the natural world. From leafy sea dragons and poison arrow frogs to leaf stomata and fern spores; from quartz crystals and metamorphic rocks to glacier ice and rainbows, The Natural World Close-Up allows you to witness in astonishing detail some of the most remarkable sights on the planet. This stunning visual reference is ideal for all nature lovers or conservationists, wildlife watchers, or anyone interested in witnessing the astonishing diversity and beauty of the our planets amazing flora and fauna.

Hubble: Window on the Universe

Quercus, September 2010

71ovKiIpTZL._AA1500_-e1368988691334The Hubble Space Telescope has been taking stunning images of space for 20 years. Hubble – Window on the Universe is a celebration of Hubble’s astonishing scientific and technical achievements told via 200 glorious full-colour images. This stunning oversized volume showcases all of the most spectacular – and most recent – images taken by the HST so far. The chapters of the book are arranged thematically, revealing the most recent views of a dizzying array of celestial objects. Feature spreads chart the fascinating history of the Hubble project from its origins and launch in 1990, the discovery and emergency repair of a defective mirror, the impact of four subsequent servicing missions and finally, what the future holds in store for one of the most amazing scientific instruments ever made.

Fortune and Glory

Tales of History’s Greatest Archaeological Adventurers

David & Charles, May 2008

Co-written with Douglas Palmer and Nicholas James

97807153295972-e1368984528729Fortune & Glory follows the exploits of the intrepid and sometimes piratical adventurers who put life, limb and reputation at risk in the discovery of some of the world’s best-known historical monuments. From 4004 BC to the 21st century, Fortune & Glory chronicles all of the major discoveries these awe-inspiring explorers have made, through vivid first-hand accounts, maps, images and captivating commentary. Follow Howard Carter into the tomb of Tutankhamun, Hiram Bingham into the lost city of Machu Picchu, and discover how Heinrich Schliemann turned myth into history when he found the legendary city of Troy.From early mavericks and amateurs to the science of modern archaeology, Fortune & Glory will make you marvel at the courage, vision, resourcefulness, innovation and perseverence of the real-life Indiana Joneses


The Complete Story from Sputnik to Shuttle – and Beyond

Dorling Kindersley, August 2007

610OY-Z4dTLThis compelling story of exploration beyond our own planet chronicles and celebrates man in space, from Sputnik’s momentous first foray to the spellbinding missions planned for the future.

Introduced by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, with unforgettable images and vivid first hand accounts SpaceFlight shows how satellite and manned missions have dramatically changed human life.

From pioneers like Werner Von Braun and Yuri Gagarin to the triumphs and tragedies of succeeding programmes, read about the people, the science and the hardware that have propelled us into the space age.

The Traveller’s Guide to the Solar System

Collins, November 2006

51HWEK8BHYL._SY445_This virtual travel guide will take you to the outer extremes of the solar system to see it as never before.

You want to go to Mars? This book tells you exactly how long it will take you to get there, what essentials you should pack, and the tourist highlights you should explore when you get there.

The Solar System is packed with exotic tourist destinations: you can visit the historic Apollo 11 landing site and have your photo taken with Neil Armstrong’s footprint; discover giant volcanoes, breathtaking mountains, frozen lava rivers, and the decayed remains of early Soviet space probes.

So now you can find out what it would really be like to visit the planets, whether you could be skiing on polar ice caps or discovering giant volcanoes. And you can find out all about the processes and events that have shaped them.

Through a combination of the latest space probe photography and scientifically accurate computer reconstructions, the reader is taken on a rollercoaster journey across the solar system, from the Earth’s own natural wonders to the icy depths of the Oort Cloud.

Cosmos: A Field Guide

Quercus, September 2006

Co-written with Robert Dinwiddie et al.


The magnificent vault of stars emblazoning Earth’s night skies are but an infinitesimal fraction of the hundreds of billions that inhabit our galaxy – and there are at least as many galaxies in the universe as there are stars in the Milky Way. Cosmos makes sense of this dizzying celestial panorama by exploring it one step at a time, illustrating the planets, moons, stars, nebulae, white dwarfs, black holes and other exotica that populate the heavens with some of science’s most spectacular photographs.

Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide

Dorling Kinderlsey, October 2005

61cYsRodttL._SX342_This is an out-of-this world journey across the universe. From the fiery mass of the Sun’s core to the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way, “Universe” takes you on the ultimate guided tour of the cosmos. Full of stunning out-of-this world images reflecting recent advances in space imagery, you’ll go on a journey from our solar system all the way to the farthest limits of space. The new (2012) edition has been expanded and updated to include the most exciting new discoveries from water on Mars to planets in other solar systems plus up-to-date charts and information on the latest equipment for studying the wonders of the universe.