|Publisher||Bantam Press (Transworld Publishers)|
|10 September 2015|
|Preceded by||An Appetite for Wonder|
|Followed by||Science in the Soul|
The first volume, titled An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, tells the first thirty-five years of his life, until the publication of The Selfish Gene in 1976. In Brief Candle in the Dark, Richard Dawkins continues his autobiography until an academic party for and "... on my seventieth birthday,....". He explains his inspirations, ideas, encounters and history. He mentions some of his 'heroes' such as Charles Darwin, Peter Medawar, Niko Tinbergen, Bill Hamilton, John Maynard Smith, Douglas Adams, Carl Sagan and David Attenborough.
He develops subjects such as his scientific work, travels and conferences, his Royal Institution Christmas Lecture (Growing Up in the Universe, in 1991), his work as Professor for the Public Understanding of Science in Oxford, his documentaries (such as The Root of All Evil?) as well as his personal life and his books.
The title of the book is a reference to Shakespeare’s Macbeth: “Out, out brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow…” and reminds us of the two sides of Dawkins – the educator who staunchly defends rationalism – and the man who sees poetry in life, existence, and scientific explanations 
Kirkus Reviews found the book "an impressive overview". Dwight Garner wrote that the book "presents a public life more than a private one." Steven Shapin wrote that the book is "a loose and multiply digressive collection of reminiscences, anecdotes, addenda, quotes from admirers, and extended quotes from himself."
- The Demon-Haunted World (book by Carl Sagan whose subtitle "Science as a Candle in the Dark" probably inspired Dawkins' "candle in the dark" title
- Richard Dawkins (2015). Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science. Bantam Press. ISBN 978-0-59307-256-1.
- "Brief Candle in the Dark". Entertainment Focus. 15 June 2015.
- "Richard Dawkins – Brief Candle In The Dark Review". Kirkus Reviews. 6 November 2015.
- Garner, Dwight (7 October 2015). "Review: 'Brief Candle in the Dark,' by Richard Dawkins, Puts Intellect Over Intimacy". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
- Shapin, Steven (26 August 2015). "Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science by Richard Dawkins – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2016.