William Collins has acquired The Science of Storytelling, the next book by Will Storr, author of 2016’s Selfie: How the West Became Self-Obsessed (Picador).
Commissioning editor Tom Killingbeck bought World English rights from Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit UK at auction. The book is set for publication in April 2019.
“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,” said William Collins. “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.”
Killingbeck said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Will, who is in my humble opinion one of the most acute writers of nonfiction working today. This new book is in many ways the culmination of his work so far – a dazzling, provocative and practical journey through the psychological building blocks of storytelling in all its forms. His findings will make essential reading for authors, screenwriters, journalists, marketers and just about anyone who grapples with stories in their creative or work life.”
Storr said: “The science of storytelling has been an obsession of mine for many years, so it’s a thrill to have everything I’ve learned published in a beautiful book. With William Collins as a publisher and the extraordinarily astute Tom Killingbeck guiding me through the process, it’s all been like a dream.”