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Richard's books include The Invention of Clouds, which won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the BBC4 Samuel Johnson Prize; Terra: Tales of the Earth (2009), a study of natural disasters; and the anthology The Art of Science: A Natural History of Ideas (2011). He has also written three illustrated books for the Met Office, and edited Daniel Defoe's first book, The Storm, for Penguin Classics. He was previously Writer in Residence at the UCL Environment Institute, which resulted in the publication Data Soliloquies (2009), co-written with the digital artist Martin John Callanan. Richard's current projects include a critical edition of The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen, a cultural history of tsunamis for Reaktion's new Earth series, and a book of true stories about imagined landscapes.