Science Tales

Science Tales

Darryl Cunningham


Non-fiction, Popular Science





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(Paperback | ISBN 9789386050106 | 208 pages | November 2016)


Shortlisted for ‘Best Book’ by the British Comics Awards

In this graphic milestone of investigative reporting, Darryl Cunningham explodes the lies, hoaxes and scams of popular science, debunking media myths and decoding some of today’s most fiercely debated issues:

• climate change

• homeopathy

• electroconvulsive therapy

• the moon landing

• the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine

• chiropractic

• evolution

• science denialism

• fracking

Thoroughly researched and sourced, Cunningham’s clear narrative, graphic lines and photographic illustrations explain complicated and controversial issues with deceptive ease.


‘As a science primer that presents complex ideas in a simple, but never simplistic, way, Science Tales cannot be recommended enough.’

‘It takes other authors whole books to say what Darryl can say in a single illustration.’
—Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats

‘Cunningham delivers his message with style, great art, even moments of outright comedy.’
Forbidden Planet

‘Cunningham’s charming artwork complements his concise arguments […] He constantly champions the scientific method over all forms of quackery....’
New Scientist

‘[Cunningham’s] ability to break down relatively complex issues into easily digestible and compelling narratives without ever compromising the points he makes is quite remarkable…. Science Tales manages to be somehow simultaneously both succinct and substantive, and a fierce and intelligent promoter of the scientific process over blind superstition and baseless supposition.’
Broken Frontier

‘Takes a view on such knotty issues as homeopathy and the MMR vaccine, sorting facts from fiction and presenting complex information in a highly accessible way.’
The Observer

‘Entertaining even though it also raises some very serious will get the debate going.’
—BBC Radio York

‘Book of the Week.... Darryl displays a burgeoning talent as something of an investigative journalist... His style is cartoony and raw, but manages to be full of expression and…evocative…easy to follow on the one hand, and thought-provoking on the other.’
Telegraph and Argus

‘Cunningham writes with the courtroom eloquence of the prosecuting barrister, denouncing the accused in capital letters, his words as precise as his drawing style is hard edged.’
—Dr Ian Williams, founder of Graphic Medicine

‘Cunningham has a real gift for making complex subjects simple... [if you] enjoyed Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science, and care about climate change, you’ll enjoy this one.’
—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

‘Cunningham’s art…has clean lines and a continuity that is often graceful, charming and endearing. He speaks with quiet authority on his subjects.’

Science Tales will find its home in classrooms and houses with children, where young people will find it and then prick up their ears... It will remind them that science is a matter of facts, not politics.’
Comics Alliance

‘Secondary school pupils will find this book appealing—so should some teachers!’
School Science Review

‘An eye-catching way to get across the important message that a science-based approach to understanding makes far more sense than one that is evidence-free. Much of modern conventional wisdom is framed by the media, corporations and activist groups to attend to their own agendas. Cunningham draws out the fictions and lays bare the facts.’
Chemistry World

‘An essentially serious attack on science denialism... It’s clear and straightforward at all times, making complex issues simple, but never simplistic.’
—Headline Environment

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About the author

Darryl Cunningham

Darryl Cunningham studied at Leeds College of Art and lives in Yorkshire. He is now a full-time cartoonist, but he has also worked as a health care assistant on an acute psychiatric ward which informed and inspired his acclaimed first book of factually based comics, Psychiatric Tales. His second book of graphic journalism, an explanation […]

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