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Helen Thomson is a science journalist in London and author of two books. Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through The World's Strangest Brains has been translated into 12 languages and was awarded The Times Book of the Year in 2018. It was also picked as the NIH's Big Read 2019. Her second book - This Book Could Save Your Life - is an anthology of features from New Scientist's archives.

Helen has a degree in Neuroscience and an MSc in Science Communication. She specialises in writing about the brain, body and behaviour. She also loves writing about fertility, health, technology and the environment.​


She has given several talks around the world, appearing at The Hay Literary Festival and on Swedish National TV. She has also talked about the science of crushes on Radio 4's Women's Hour and how to tell if you're really health - or not - on NPR, and has appeared on the BBC Breakfast couch. ​


Helen has worked as a journalist and editor for more than 17 years. She was a news editor at New Scientist before embarking on a freelance career in which she wrote for a range of publications including The New York Times, The Observer, Nature, New Scientist, BBC Future, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and Forbes.

She was covid editor at New Scientist magazine during the pandemic and went on to be Head of Features at the magazine. She is currently working on her third book.

Helen has received awards from the Medical Journalist's Association, the Professional Publishers Association and the Association of British Science Writers.

Helen is available to take on freelance commissions from August 2024.

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