I have been a professional author and journalist most of my adult life. After publishing my first book (a thriller entitled Mantissa of Death) at the age of 16, I helped pay my way through university by writing pulp fiction for an American paperback house.
My first non-fiction book was Most Unnatural: An Enquiry into the Stafford Case. A campaigning book for the Penguin Press it sought to redress what I and my co‐author, London lawyer Peter Hughman, considered a major miscarriage of Justice. The book provoked wide interest and launched a campaign supported by many public figures including Bertrand Russell. I still do much of my writing from a desk left to me by the mathematician and philosopher.
My second book, also co‐authored with Peter Hughman, was Just How Just? a radical analysis of the British legal system published by Secker & Warburg. Despite criticism from many lawyers, including Lord Hailsham, many of our proposals were adopted by the police and judiciary.
An academic interest in the role of anxiety and stress during adulthood, led to several years of research and several books on children’s emotional and intellectual development that became international best sellers. These included: The Secret Language of Your Child; You Can Teach Your Child Intelligence; Mind Skills and How to Be a Gifted Parent. Other books for parents include Helping Your Anxious Child; Helping Your Child Through School; Your Child’s Drawings Their Hidden Meaning.
With American psychologist James Greene, I wrote Thinking Better for New York publishers Rawson Wade, that became a best selling business book and a Fortune Book Club Choice. For Penguin, James and I wrote Know Your Own Mind with series of fiendish tests that enabled readers to evaluate every aspect of their mental functioning.
The Secret Language Of Success, published in the UK by Transworld and in the USA by Carroll & Graf, was also a best seller; in the US its popularity helped by a promotional tour that took in over thirty cities. Business Week described it as: “The best book on the subject” while Advertising Age wrote that it as: “Must reading for anyone entering or re‐entering the job market.”
My research into interest in the relationship between stress and health led me to write a number of books on this subject including: The Doctors’ Heart Attack Recovery Plan (with Dr John Storey); One Minute Stress Management; The Alpha Plan (made into a BBC TV documentary); Life Unlimited: Peak Performance Past Forty; Ten Minute Time and Stress Management and Information Overload Practical Strategies for Surviving in Today’s Workplace.
An interest in, and personal experience of operating at a high level in the business world, led to my writing several practical guides including: How to Get Your Message Across A Practical Guide to Power Communication; Winning New Business, How to Plan and Deliver Successful Sales Presentations and (with psychologist Darren Bridger) The Soul of the New Consumer: Authenticity: What People Buy and Why in the New Economy. Tim Waterstone wrote in Management Today: “This is such an enjoyable, important and timely book…required reading.” Bookpage described it as: “…a lucid analysis of a wide range of sales related issues…For anyone in the business of sending those messages; it’s an enlightening and compelling guide.”
The Man Who Invented Hitler: The Making of the Führer was based on a five-year study of ‘shell shock’ in WWI. It described the life and death of a German psychiatrist Dr Edmund Forster who treated Hitler for hysterical blindness in 1918. One reviewed described it as: “An utterly absorbing book drawing upon profound wells of research”. (For further information go to www.dredmundforster.info) This is currently being developed for a major TV docudrama to be broadcast in 2018.
Fat Planet The obesity trap and how we can escape it
An exploration of the physiological and psychological reasons behind the current health destroying obesity crisis which is shorting the lives of millions and threatening to bankrupt health services worldwide. (Random House)
Click here to learn more www.thefatplanet.com
The Brain Sell When Science Meets Shopping
A pioneer of using brain imaging technologies to discover what is going on in the minds of consumers, I have been dubbed the ‘father of neuromarketing, I wrote this book to examine the ways in which science is being used to develop ever more persuasive ways to advertise, market and sell products or services. (Nicholas Brealey Publishing)
Click here to learn more www.the-brainsell.com
Impulse Why we do what we do without knowing why we do it
Why do we so often do or say things without really knowing why? This book explores the psychology and neuroscience behind our impulses (Random House & Harvard University Press)
Click here to learn more www.impulsive.me.uk
Mind Skills Giving Your Child a Brighter future
Is your child’s brain receiving the sort of stimulation that will develop the mind skills essential for success in today’s world? This exciting and practical book contains a series of simple procedures to help your child, according to his or her individual make up.
Children often fail at school because the teaching is not geared to their natural way of learning: they may be logical or intuitive, practical or creative or somewhere between the two. Once you have identified your child’s mind-style (and your own), you can choose appropriate methods that will suit his or her way of perceiving and learning. A child whose mind skills have been developed in this way will have a much better chance of the school and career success.
Mind Skills is a manual for the future. A highly effective way of preparing children to excel in the fiercely competitive technological world that awaits outside the school gates.
“The best part of Dr David Lewis’ “computer child” approach is his belief that every school should treat every child equally as a genius” – The Guardian.
“Shows how parents hold the key to their children’s intellectual success… They are their child’s best hope.”
Originally published in 1987 now available for just £4. 90 inclusive of postage
Thinking Better – A Revolutionary New Program to Achieve Peak Mental Performance.
Would you like to ace IQ tests? Make better decisions? Solve problems more quickly and easily? Learn in a way that suits your unique learning style?
Now you can with Thinking Better a book I wrote in collaboration with American scientist James Greene.
The book includes two sets of IQ tests for you take before and after working through the practical examples that teach you how to solve maths problems, word problems and shape problems – the building blocks of many standard IQ tests.
You’ll be amazed at the huge improvements in your ability to excel on this type of problem.
A Fortune Book of the Year and widely used by leading US & Japanese business executives this 322 page hardcover book, has only been published in the US and Japan, at a price of $14.95.
Now available from my website shop for just £5.95 inclusive of postage. Not many copies left, so please order now to avoid disappointment.
Your Child’s Drawings – Their Hidden Meaning
Using a series of simple exercises my book, written in collaboration with American scientist James Greene, explains how drawings can be analysed to assess children’s development, predict future trends in their behaviour, uncover hidden emotions, discover present and future personality traits, measure creativity, predict school performance and reveal gifts and talents that might otherwise remain undetected.
Parents, teachers, and anyone concerned with the welfare of children will find the book a rich source of information to help them understand and deal more effectively with children of all ages.
First published in 1983 and now available from my website shop for just £4.90 postage inclusive of posting.
The Man Who Invented Hitler – The Making of the Führer.
Adolf Hitler emerged from the First World War temporarily blinded in a gas attack, never having risen beyond the rank of lance corporal and showing no signs of the leadership qualities that would make him feared throughout the world. Yet, within a few months of the armistice in 1918, he had taken the first steps towards building the Nazi party with himself at the centre of everything the party did, its unassailable personification of the Führer.
What was it that transformed Hitler from an aimless drifter and frustrated artist into the most charismatic leader of the 20th century? A man able to captivate a nation and lead them into a nightmare of his own creation?
In this book, I pinpoint the key period in Hitler’s transformation: the time he spent being treated by psychiatrist Dr Edmund Forster in a military reserve hospital 600 miles from the front line. Meanwhile, his comrades who had been caught up in the same gas attack were successfully treated only a few miles from the fighting.
I explained how the methods used by Dr Forster unintentionally created a monster who would not only transform the whole of Europe but also order the cold blooded slaughter of the doctor who restored his sight.
The Man Who Invented Hitler (Hardcover 336 pages and fully illustrated) was first published in 2003 at a price of £20. It is now available from my website shop for just £9.95 inclusive of postage. Not many copies left, so please order now to avoid disappointment.