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    • ISBN:9781848941397
    • Publication date:20 Aug 2009

Embracing the Wide Sky

A tour across the horizons of the mind

By Daniel Tammet

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A brilliant portrait of the human mind and the extraordinary potential within every one of us, by real-life Rain-Man and bestselling author of Born On A Blue Day.

Daniel Tammet captivated readers with his bestselling memoir, Born On A Blue Day, and its vivid depiction of a life with autistic savant syndrome. In his fascinating new book, Embracing the Wide Sky, Daniel combines the latest scientific research with insights drawn from his personal experience to shed light on the mysteries of how our minds work and the incredible feats of which each one of us is capable.


A unique and brilliantly imaginative portrait of how we think, learn, remember and create, Embracing the Wide Sky is a profound and provocative book that will transform our understanding and respect for every kind of mind.

Biographical Notes

Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist and educator. A 2007 poll of 4,000 Britons named him as one of the world's "100 living geniuses". His website company, Optimnem, has provided foreign language instruction to thousands around the globe. His last book, the Sunday Times bestseller BORN ON A BLUE DAY: INSIDE THE EXTRAORDINARY MIND OF AN AUTISTIC SAVANT has been translated into 18 languages. He lives in Avignon, in the south of France.

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  • ISBN: 9780340961339
  • Publication date: 20 Aug 2009
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
Entertaining and informative about an impressive range of subjects . . . EMBRACING THE WIDE SKY is fun and inspirational — FT Weekend
Packed with his clear summaries of fascinating experiments . . . Recent debate has bumped up this book from delightful to vital — Daily Telegraph
Far from a one-dimensional prodigy, his is a rich multi-textured intelligence. A beautiful mind. — Scotsman Magazine
truly fascinating — Guardian
Packed with fascinating new brain research . . . an ambitious book, written by a remarkable man — BBC Focus magazine
Tammet puts his exceptional abilities to work in his book Embracing the Wide Sky... Tammet's lucid writing makes his book both informative and entertaining. — Courier Mail
Displaying that he is not just one-dimensional with his genius, Tammet's book is a fine example of his goal to share his brilliant knowledge with the world to inspire and encourage...a thoughtful and highly informative read. — The China Post
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Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing

Daniel Tammet
Authors:
Daniel Tammet

'Full of charm and fascination' The Bookseller'Would dazzle any storyteller in love with words and their deepest meanings' Amy Tan, author of Joy Luck Club'A generous book and a beguiling read' Rebecca Gowers* * * * * *From the bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day and Thinking in Numbers, a delightful and eclectic exploration of language, and what it can teach us about ourselves and our lives.Why is the name 'Cleopatra' not allowed in Iceland? Why do clocks 'talk' to the Nahua people of Mexico? And if we are what we eat, are we also what we say? These are just some of the questions Daniel Tammet answers in Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing, a mesmerising new collection of essays investigating the intricacies and profound power of human language. Tammet goes back in time to explore the numeric language of his autistic childhood; he looks at the music and patterns that words make, and how languages evolve and are translated. He meets one of the world's most accomplished lip readers in Canada, learns how endangered languages like Manx are being revived and corresponds with native speakers of Esperanto in their mother tongue. He studies the grammar of the telephone, contemplates the significance of disappearing dialects, and also asks: will chatbots ever manage to convince us that they are human?From the art of translation to the lyricism of sign language, Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing is a fascinating journey through the world of words, letters, stories and meanings, and an extraordinary testament to the stunning range of Tammet's literary and polyglot talents.

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Thinking in Numbers

Daniel Tammet
Authors:
Daniel Tammet

This is the book that Daniel Tammet, bestselling author and mathematical savant, was born to write. In Tammet's world, numbers are beautiful and mathematics illuminates our lives and minds. Using anecdotes and everyday examples, Tammet allows us to share his unique insights and delight in the way numbers, fractions and equations underpin all our lives.Inspired by the complexity of snowflakes, Anne Boleyn's sixth finger or his mother's unpredictable behaviour, Tammet explores questions such as why time seems to speed up as we age, whether there is such a thing as an average person and how we can make sense of those we love.Thinking in Numbers will change the way you think about maths and fire your imagination to see the world with fresh eyes.

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Born On a Blue Day

Daniel Tammet
Authors:
Daniel Tammet

Alexander Stobbs

Alex was a music scholar at Eton College and took his A levels in 2008. He is now a choral scholar at King`s College, Cambridge, where he is reading music. He lives with his family in Kent and this is his first book.

Anne Boston

Anne Boston has written and edited for various publications including Nova, Cosmopolitan, Sunday Times, New Society and Country Living. Her anthology Wave Me Goodbye: Stories of the Second World War was published in 1988.

Anthony Everitt

Anthony Everitt was Deputy Secretary-General of the Arts Council from 1985 to 1990 and Secretary-General until 1994. As well as THE FIRST EMPEROR, he is the author of the acclaimed biography CICERO: A TURBULENT LIFE, also published by John Murray.

Barney Bardsley

Barney Elizabeth Bardsley took a degree in languages at Hull University in 1979. Throughout the 1980s she worked in London as a freelance arts journalist, and for two years was books and arts editor for the Tribune newspaper. Her first book, Flowers in Hell, about women and crime, was published by Pandora Press in 1986. She then trained in T`ai Chi, and as a dancer and taught movement skills to actors in London and Hungary. From 1994 to 2004 she looked after her husband Tim, during his long struggle with cancer. She now lives in Leeds - with her daughter, Molly, and dog, Muffin - teaches T`ai Chi and writes. All her spare time is devoted to her unruly garden and allotment.

Bernard Hare

Bernard Hare was born in 1958 into a Leeds mining family. He was educated at grammar school and after gaining a BA in Applied Social Sciences at Hatfield Polytechnic, he became a social worker. Dillusioned with the system following the miners' strike of 1984, he dropped out, working occasionally as a removal man. He now writes, plays chess, and works in community arts - he has edited Reflections, a collection of pieces by the creative writing class at East Leeds Family Learning Centre, and Flatlands, an anthology of writing and a CD of music by local people, organised by the Flatlands Community Arts Group which Bernard co-founded.

Bernie Nolan

Bernie Nolan was the lead singer in the band The Nolans alongside her sisters. She has appeared in Brookside and The Bill, and was also a contestant on From Pop Star to Opera Star. She lives in Surrey with her husband and daughter.

Brian Beacom

Brian Beacom is an award-winning entertainment writer at the Herald and Times group of newspapers based in Glasgow. He has written four books and two plays.

Carol Mcgiffin

Carol McGiffin was born in London in 1960, and grew up in Kent with her two sisters Kim and Tracy and her brother Mark. A radio and television broadcaster, Carol is probably best known as the most outspoken member of the hit ITV talk show, Loose Women. Carol has been on the show for nearly a decade and recently joined the other girls to collect a National Television Award - beating stiff competition from Top Gear and The Apprentice. Carol began her broadcasting career as a co-host with Chris Evans on GLR, and went on to marry him in 1991, though they separated two years later. She also worked alongside Paul Ross on the award-winning breakfast show on Talk Radio, before working at LBC and Loose Women. She lives with her fiancé Mark in London.

Carole Seymour-Jones

Carole Seymour-Jones was born in Wales. She was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for her biography of Vivienne Eliot, first wife of TS Eliot. Her most recent biography of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, A Dangerous Liaison, received widespread acclaim. Carole is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Surrey, and former Deputy President and chair of the Writers in Prison Committee of English PEN, the writers' charity.

Christina Noble

Christina Noble was born in the slums of Dublin city. At the age of ten her mother died, and her alcoholic father could no longer care for her or her siblings. In the years that followed she suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse in orphanages and on the streets, and after her marriage she was the victim of domestic violence. One night she had a dream about the street children of Vietnam and decided to make it reality. In 1989 she set up the Christina Noble Children's Foundation in Ho Chi Minh city and in 1997 she expanded it to Mongolia. To this day she continues to devote her life to improving the lives of the street children.

Christy Moore

Christy Moore was born in 1945 and made his first album with Dominic Behan. He sang with Planxty and after they disbanded in l981 with Moving Hearts. He began his solo work in l982 and has made over 30 albums in all, including The Christy Moore Collection in l992. He has toured regularly in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the States. He is married with three children.

Colm O'gorman

Colm O'Gorman founded the charity One in Four to support women and men who have experienced sexual violence. Prior to that he worked as a therapist in private practice in London. He is a former Senator on the Irish Parliament and is now Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland. In 1998 he sued the Roman Catholic Church over its systematic cover-ups of child abuse scandals involving its priests, and won. He lives in County Wexford with his family.

Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan was born in New York City in 1877 and was a member of the prominent American Vanderbilt family. She became the Duchess of Marlborough on her marriage to the ninth Duke of Marlborough in 1895, eventually separating in 1906. She remarried in 1921 and spent the remainder of her life involved in philanthropic projects, until her death in Long Island, New York in 1964.

Deborah Devonshire

The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire was brought up in Oxfordshire. In 1950 her husband Andrew, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, inherited estates in Yorkshire and Ireland, as well as Chatsworth, the family seat in Derbyshire, and Deborah became chatelaine and housekeeper of one of England's greatest and best-loved houses. Following her husband's death in 2004, she moved to a village on the Chatsworth estate. She died in 2014.

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary has been the much-loved host of ITV's The X Factor for seven series, and is now working on his eighth. He also presents his own Sony award-winning BBC Radio 2 show, which draws in close to 2 million listeners each week. From early beginnings as a Runner for BBC Essex, then a Researcher on the TV show Light Lunch, Dermot became one of the founding presenters on Channel Four's T4, before moving on to presenting and producing Big Brother's Little Brother. Dermot has hosted a number of other programmes including, most recently, Channel Four's ground-breaking documentary Live From Space which broadcast from the International Space Station.

Fiona Stanford

Fiona Stanford has been an Army wife for fifteen years, and has moved eleven times since her wedding day.She and her husband Richard have two children. She works as a nurse and her first book Don't Say Goodbye: Our Heoes and the Families They leave Behind was published by in February 2011.

Francesca Ambrogetti

Francesca Ambrogetti was born in Rome. She is a journalist and social psychologist, and currently teaches journalism. In 1982 she headed the Association for Foreign Press in Argentina and from 2000 to 2003, the Association of Foreign Correspondents. She collaborates with international media such as Vatican Radio.