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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; the anthology The Art of Science: A Natural History of Ideas (2011); Tsunami: Nature and Culture (2014); and Clouds: Nature and Culture (2017), the last two titles part of Reaktion Books' new Earth series. 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 cultural history of the sea, and a book of true stories about imagined landscapes.