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The Books Behind 'Pilgrim'

Updated: Jun 7

Writing 'Pilgrim' took me on a wild ride through areas completely unfamiliar to me, from quantum physics to neuroscience to spirituality and self-help. For anyone looking for what to read next, here's the list that inspired me. I'll pick out a few in my next blog.

Non-fiction – science

  • Philip Ball, Invisible (2014)

  • David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order (1980)

  • Jon Butterworth, Smashing Physics (2014)

  • Jon Butterworth, A Map of the Invisible: Journeys into Particle Physics (2017)

  • Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics (1975)

  • Marcus Chown, Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand (2018)

  • Frank Close, Elusive: How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass (2022)

  • Nish Dubashia, The Unity of Everything, A Conversation with David Bohm (2018)

  • Duane Elgin, The Living Universe (2009)

  • Lisa Feldman Barrett, How Emotions Are Made (2017)

  • Paul Halpern, The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality (2017)

  • Annaka Harris, Conscious (2019)

  • Stephen Hawking, Brief Answers to the Big Questions (2018)

  • Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, The Grand Design (2010)

  • Donald D. Hoffman, The Case Against Reality: How Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes (2019)

  • Michio Kaku, The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything (2021)

  • Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962)

  • Lynne McTaggart, The Field (2001)

  • Tim Parks, Out of My Head: On the Trail of Consciousness (2018)

  • Heinrich Päs, The One: How an Ancient Idea Holds the Future of Physics (2023)

  • F. David Peat, The Life and Times of David Bohm (1996)

  • David Robson, The Expectation Effect: How Your Mindset Can Transform Your Life (2022)

  • Carlo Rovelli, Helgoland (2020)

  • Govert Schilling, The Elephant in the Universe (2022)

  • Rupert Sheldrake, Terence McKenna and Ralph Abraham, The Evolutionary Mind (2005)

  • Mariano Sigman, The Secret Life of the Mind (2015)

  • Michael Talbot, The Holographic Universe (1991)

Non-fiction – other

  • Ivan Antic, The Physics of Consciousness (2021)

  • Gregg Braden, The Divine Matrix (2007)

  • Gregg Braden, The Science of Self-Empowerment (2017)

  • Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)

  • Deepak Chopra and Means Kafatos, You Are the Universe (2017)

  • Larry Dossey, Recovering the Soul (1989)

  • Wayne Dyer, I Can See Clearly Now (2014)

  • Wayne Dyer, Real Magic (1992)

  • Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning (1959)

  • Neville Goddard, The Power of Awareness (1952)

  • Esther and Jerry Hicks, Ask and It Is Given (2004)

  • Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich (1937)

  • Vishen Lakhiani, The Code of the Extraordinary Mind (2016)

  • Don Lincoln, Einstein’s Unfinished Dream (2023)

  • Dean Radin, Real Magic (2018)

  • Jane Roberts, Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul (1972)

  • Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert, Discovering the Enneagram (1989)

  • Tara Swart, The Source (2020)

  • Gelong Thubten, A Monk’s Guide to Happiness (2019)

  • Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now (1999)

  • Neale Donald Walsh, What God Said (2013)

  • Robert Wright, Why Buddhism Is True (2017)

  • Gary Zukav, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, An Overview of the New Physics (1979)

  • Gary Zukav, The Seat of the Soul (1989)


  • John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress (1678)

  • Paolo Coelho, The Pilgrimage (1987)

  • Paolo Coelho, The Alchemist (1988)

  • Aldous Huxley, Island (1962)

  • Thomas More, Utopia (1516)

  • James Redfield, The Celestine Prophecy (1993)

  • H.G. Wells, Men Like Gods (1923)

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