A Thorndon science author who has written more than 300 books is celebrating after one of his titles entered the New York Times Best Seller list for non-fiction.
Steve Parker’s book Kill or Cure: A History of Medicine, was published by DK last November.
It is the first time that one of Mr Parker’s sole works has made the prestigious list, having contributed to a further 150-plus books.
It appeared ninth in the list of bestselling e-books last week.
“I am very pleased,” he said. “We’d thought it might happen a bit earlier. It was published a few months ago but I think a book club deal has helped it.”
The book has seen some glowing reviews on the US version of the Amazon website, being rated four-and-a-half stars out of five, based on 39 reviews.
One read: “It is well done and richly illustrated with art and photographs that help tell the story,” while another described it as a “strikingly beautiful and satisfying book.”
Mr Parker, who also visits between 40-50 schools a year to give workshops, host science events and engage with teachers and pupils, received the news on the back of a further double success.
Science: A Children’s Encyclopedia, co-authored with Chris Woodford and published by DK, was released in mid-August, while another title, SuperHuman: An Encyclopedia, is set for release next month. The consultant for the book is Robert Winston, who has worked with Mr Parker in the past.
The Thorndon resident is currently working on a title about evolution, a topic which is now included in the national curriculum for primary schools as part of science teaching.
Mr Parker, who has worked on projects with the likes of Richard Dawkins, Gerald Durrell and Desmond Morris, said he hoped to take a foray into the world of fiction writing in the near future.
“I have only thought about it in the last few years,” he explained. “I am trying to write some children’s fiction based on the natural world, animals, and all the things I have been writing about in non-fiction.
“It will seem a bit more leisure than actual work!”