The Selfish Genius

What does it take to be called a genius? In her forthcoming book, Helen Lewis takes aim at the myths surrounding creativity and exceptional achievement. Meet the wives who secretly did most of the work; the muses who deserve a less patronising description; and the partnerships and teams who changed the world. Uncover the “Matthew effect” and “Stigler’s law of eponymy”, plus the surprising secret of inventions. And understand how clinging to outdated ideas of individual brilliance has led to unbearable amounts of wasted potential. 

The Selfish Genius will be published by Jonathan Cape in 2023.