Will Storr is an award-winning writer. He’s the author of five critically acclaimed books, including the novel The Hunger and The Howling of Killian Lone. His journalism has appeared in titles such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The New Yorker and The New York Times. His prizes include a National Press Club award for excellence and the AFM award for Best Investigative Journalism. His work on sexual violence against men earned the Amnesty International Award and a One World Press Award. He’s also been presented with the AIB Award for Best Investigative Documentary for his BBC radio series.
He teaches popular storytelling classes in London and has been invited to present his Science of Storytelling workshop all over the world, from Bangkok to Istanbul to the European Parliament. He’s an in-demand ghostwriter whose books have spent months at the top of The Sunday Times bestseller chart.
Who would we be without stories? Stories mould who we are, from our character to our cultural identity. They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions, and shape our politics and beliefs. We use them to construct our relationships, to keep order in our law courts, to interpret events in our newspapers and social media. Storytelling is an essential part of what makes us human.
There have been many attempts to understand what makes a good story – from Joseph Campbell’s well-worn theories about myth and archetype to recent attempts at cracking the ‘Bestseller Code’. But few have used a scientific approach. This is curious, for if we are to truly understand storytelling in its grandest sense, we must first come to understand the ultimate storyteller – the human brain.
In this scalpel-sharp, thought-provoking book, Will Storr demonstrates how master storytellers manipulate and compel us, leading us on a journey from the Hebrew scriptures to Mr Men, from Booker Prize-winning literature to box set TV. Applying dazzling psychological research and cutting-edge neuroscience to the foundations of our myths and archetypes, he shows how we can use these tools to tell better stories – and make sense of our chaotic modern world.
“Rarely has a book engrossed me more, and forced me to question everything I’ve ever read, seen or written. It’s a masterpiece. I am in awe.”
DR ADAM RUTHERFORD, broadcaster and bestselling author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived
“If you want to write a novel or a script, read this book.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
‘Storr is irascibly good company, and has something approaching genius for marshalling his material’
The Sunday Times
‘An intriguing odyssey of the self’
The New York Times
The Financial Times
‘Brilliant… there aren’t many authors who can range so confidently across disciplines’
“A tour de force… an extraordinarily thoughtful account of what it means to believe anything”
BOOK OF THE WEEK, Salon
“Funny, serious, richly vivid. Read this book.”
5/5, The Daily Telegraph
“Very valuable, and a great read to boot, this is investigative journalism of the highest order”
BOOK OF THE WEEK, The Independent
Published in the U.S. as ‘The Unpersuadables’
THE HUNGER AND THE HOWLING OF KILLIAN LONE
‘Riveting… Storr entices the readers with luscious descriptions of food while offering a grim, destructive vision of a brutal, personality-driven profession.’
STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly
‘A fine, well crafted debut… this is painless entertainment, one of many reasons to sing it’s praises’
‘Darkly imaginative and enjoyable.’
WILL STORR VS THE SUPERNATURAL
‘Funny, exciting and strangely haunting’
‘A rip-roaring yarn that will have you genuinely questioning your beliefs.’
‘A very amusing way to scare yourself stupid.’
Independent on Sunday
We look at how society became fascinated with its own image, and try to find the truth behind selfie-taking.
RUSSELL BRAND'S UNDER THE SKIN
“Author of ‘Selfie’ Will Storr and I discuss where the ideal of the perfect self came from, why it is so powerful and whether there is any way to break its dangerous spell.”
Will Storr travels to legendary Paris bookshop to discuss Selfie, his book that tells the extraordinary story of the person we all know so intimately – our self.
Find out more about Will Storr’s critically acclaimed book and sell-out courses
“’The Science of Storytelling feels like cheating. It gives you an unfair advantage over other writers. A fascinating new way of looking at writing.”
‘There’s nothing else quite like Will’s approach, with its illuminating, scientific take on writing technique. All storytellers, no matter what their level of experience, are likely to go away with a new understanding of the writing process that will deepen and nourish their work.’
CRAIG PEARCE: CO-WRITER WITH BAZ LURHMANN: STRICTLY BALLROOM, ROMEO + JULIETT, MOULIN ROUGE, THE GREAT GATSBY
In his highly popular courses and critically-acclaimed book, Will Storr applies dazzling psychological research and cutting-edge neuroscience to the foundations of our myths and archetypes. He demonstrates how master storytellers manipulate and compel us, leading us on a journey from box set TV to Booker prize winning literature. He illuminates the ‘whys’ behind the ‘rules’ we’re commonly given and reveals a creative model that’s wider and freer than the more traditional, structure lead approaches.