The Darker the Night . . .


A beautifully written investigation of grief … As an exploration of love and loss, as a portrait of a person and of the nature of personhood, this book is about as true as any I have read’ James McConnachie, Sunday Times

When celebrated neuropsychologist Paul Broks’ wife died of cancer, he found himself plunged into the world of the bereaved. As he experienced the pain, alienation and suffering that make us human, his clinician-self seemed to watch on with keen interest. He embarked upon a voyage of experience: a journey through grief, philosophy, consciousness, humanity and magical thinking – seen through the prism of a lifetime’s work in neuroscience. Fusing an account of living with and recovering from loss with thought-provoking meditations on the nature of the mind and the self, The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars is an audacious and beautiful work by a writer of astonishing wisdom and compassion.

The book is available here: The Darker the Night, the Brighter the Stars.

‘Interalia’ magazine published a conversation between Paul Broks and Garry Kennard about the creation of the book. They also included all the images made for the book including many which were not used. 

The link is here – Interalia.

Here is a small selection of the images. To see the whole series of images produced for this book go to Broks Illustrations.