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Michael White (author)

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Michael White is a British writer based in Sydney, Australia. Born in 1959, he studied at King's College London (1977-1982) and was a chemistry lecturer at d'Overbroeck's College, Oxford (1984-1991).

He has been a science editor of British GQ, a columnist for the Sunday Express in London and, 'in a previous incarnation', he was a member of Colour me Pop. Colour Me Pop featured on the "Europe in the Year Zero" EP in 1982 with Yazoo and Sudeten Creche and he was then a member of the group The Thompson Twins (1982).[1] He moved to Australia in 2002 and was made an Honorary Research Fellow at Curtin University in 2005.

He is the author of thirty-five books: these include Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science; Leonardo: The First Scientist; Tolkien: A Biography; and C. S. Lewis: The Boy Who Chronicled Narnia. His first novel Equinox - thriller, an occult mystery reached the Top Ten in the bestseller list in the UK and has been translated into 35 languages. A recent non-fiction book is Galileo: Antichrist, a biography of the great scientist and religious radical.[2] Novels following Equinox include: The Medici Secret, The Borgia Ring and The Art of Murder.

White writes under two further names, Tom West and Sam Fisher.[3] He has written three novels under the name Sam Fisher: State of Emergency, Aftershock, and Nano. They form The E-Force trilogy.[4]

A further novel by White, The Venetian Detective, features characters including Galileo and Elizabeth.

White wrote a biography of Isaac Newton, The Last Sorcerer. He has been both short-listed and long-listed for the Aventis prize - Rivals short-listed in 2002,[5] and The Fruits of War long-listed in 2006.[6] He was also nominated for the Ned Kelly Prize for First Novel (for Equinox in 2007).[7]


  • (2016) The Venetian Detective (a novel, as Michael White)
  • (2012) The Kennedy Conspiracy (a novel, as Michael White)
  • (2011) The Art of Murder (a novel, as Michael White)
  • (2011) Nano ( a novel, as Sam Fisher).
  • (2010) Aftershock (a novel, as Sam Fisher).
  • (2009) State of Emergency (a novel, under the name of Sam Fisher)
  • (2009) The Borgia Ring (a novel)
  • (2008) The Medici Secret (a novel)
  • (2007) Coffee With Newton (non-fiction)
  • (2007) Galileo Antichrist, a Biography
  • (2006) Equinox (a novel)
  • (2004) C. S. Lewis: Creator of Narnia
  • (2005) A Teaspoon and an Open Mind: The Science of Doctor Who
  • (2005) The Fruits of War
  • (2004) Machiavelli: A Man Misunderstood
  • (2003) A History of the 21st Century (with Gentry Lee) - Korean translation version
  • (2002) The Pope and the Heretic
  • (2001) Tolkien: A Biography
  • (2002) Rivals - shortlisted for the Aventis Prize
  • (2000) Thompson Twin: An ’80s Memoir
  • (2000) Leonardo: The First Scientist
  • Super Science
  • (1997) Isaac Newton: The Last Sorcerer
  • Life Out There
  • Alien Life Forms
  • Mind and Matter
  • (1996) The Science of the X-Files
  • (1994) Asimov: The Unauthorised Biography
  • Breakthrough (with Kevin Davies)
  • Darwin: A Life in Science (with John Gribbin)
  • Einstein: A Life in Science (with John Gribbin)
  • Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science (with John Gribbin)
  • Newton (for younger readers)
  • Galileo (for younger readers)
  • John Lennon (for younger readers)
  • Mozart (for younger readers)


  1. ^ Corporation, Australian Broadcasting. "Michael White is 'the punky professor', and Andrew Laming on moving to politics". Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Callow, Simon (August 3, 2007). "Review: Galileo Antichrist". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ "Isaac Newton: Discovering Laws that Govern the Universe, note about the author". Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "State of Emergency - Sam Fisher - Michael White". Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Yates, Emma (26 June 2002). "Hawking's Universe wins Aventis prize". Retrieved 14 December 2016 – via The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "Popular Science - Aventis Prize 2006". Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Colman, Padraig (14 May 2016). "The Venetian Detective, book review". The Island. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 

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