Will Storr is a novelist and long-form journalist. The Independent have called him a “versatile, imaginative, committed long-form journalist with a populist touch... a talented, ambitious writer.”

His stories appear in broadsheet newspaper supplements such as The Observer Magazine, Seven Magazine (Sunday Telegraph), The Sunday Times Magazine and The Guardian Weekend. He is a contributing editor at Esquire magazine and GQ Australia. His award-winning radio documentaries have been broadcast on BBC World.

He has reported from the refugee camps of Africa, the war-torn departments of rural Colombia and the remote Aboriginal communities of Australia.

He has been named New Journalist of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year, and has won a National Press Club award for excellence. In 2010, his investigation into the kangaroo meat industry won the Australian Food Media award for Best Investigative Journalism and, in 2012, he was presented with the One World Press award and the Amnesty International award for his work for The Observer on sexual violence against men. In 2013, his BBC radio series ‘An Unspeakable Act’ won the AIB award for best investigative documentary.

He is also a widely published photographer, whose portraits of LRA survivors have been the subject of an exhibition at the Coin Street Gallery in London’s Oxo Tower.

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Praise for Will Storr Versus the Supernatural

'Funny, exciting and strangely haunting'

Jon Ronson

'A really terrific read. I devoured it in a couple of days'

Joe Cornish (Adam & Joe)

'A rip-roaring yarn that will have you genuinely questioning your beliefs.’

The Guardian

‘A very amusing way to scare yourself stupid’

Independent on Sunday

‘A fun, fascinating and, at times, frightening read’

Publishers Weekly (Starred review)


‘Riveting... Storr entices the readers with luscious descriptions of food while offering a grim, destructive vision of a brutal, personality-driven profession.’

Starred review, Publishers Weekly

'A fine, well crafted debut... this is painless entertainment, one of many reasons to sing it’s praises’.

The Independent

‘Max Mann is one of the most compellingly repulsive villains in recent fiction and I rooted for his whipping-boy turned nemesis, Killian Lone, on every page. This is a pitch-dark, highly original fable about family, ambition and the redemptive power of cooking. By turns enchanting and grotesque, I couldn’t tear myself away from it.’

Erin Kelly

'Darkly imaginative and enjoyable.’

The Bookseller

‘An unusual Faustian-ish tale incorporating the cruel world of the 1980s super chef, nouvelle cuisine, a man with ambition and a dark family secret. It's Roald Dahl for grown-ups... Excellent.’ 4.5/5


‘The success of the novel lies in the amazingly complex characterisation of Killian.

Silverlock Book Reviews


‘A tour de force... an extraordinarily thoughtful account of what it means to believe anything’

Book of the Week, Salon

The Unpersaudables has a ‘subtle brilliance...’

Michael Shermer, The Wall Street Journal

Funny, serious, richly vivid. Read this book.

5/5, The Daily Telegraph

‘Very valuable, and a great read to boot, this is investigative journalism of the highest order’

Book of the Week, The Independent

‘A humane and generous book . . . its insightful exploration of lives lived “beyond the facts” is to be celebrated’

The Sunday Telegraph

‘Storr can open chapters like a stage conjurer. He is a funny and companionable guide . . . [who] confounds expectations’

The Guardian

‘Incontrovertibly brilliant.’




‘Utterly engrossing . . . The Heretics is an accessible and absolutely compelling read’

Daily Express

‘Astounding. Already a strong contender for my book of the year’

BBC Radio Oxford, Afternoon Book Club


The human brain is the original and ultimate storyteller. It’s a biological machine that naturally turns the events of our lives into a dramatic narrative. Storytellers work by exploiting these functions, often without knowing exactly how they’re doing it or why. Using the latest research from neuroscience and psychology, writer Will Storr reveals how authors, screenwriters and journalists can make their writing richer and more compelling by understanding the brain’s inherent storytelling processes.

During this one day seminar at The Guardian’s London headquarters you'll find out how readers relate to characters and how to write an arc for your protagonist that will surprise, enrich and satisfy your audience. You'll also learn how to produce cognitively addictive plots and how to design credible antagonists. Whether you’re a literary or genre writer, working for page or screen, this is a refreshingly different take on creative writing that will give you new perspectives on your own work, and help you understand the neurological common ground of all audiences. You’ll leave with a new answer to the old question: why do we tell stories?