The Black Mirror

Raymond Tallis

RRP: £12.99

3 March 2016

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848871298

RRP: £17.99

2 July 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848871281

RRP: £8.99

2 July 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782397397

In this beautifully written personal meditation on life and living, Raymond Tallis reflects on the fundamental fact of existence: that it is finite. Inspired by E. M. Forster’s thought that ‘Death destroys a man but the idea of it saves him’, Tallis invites readers to look back on their lives from a unique standpoint: one’s own future corpse. From this perspective, he shows, the world now vacated can be seen most clearly in all its richness and complexity.

Blending lyrical reflection, humour and the occasional philosophical argument, Tallis explores his own post-mortem recollection and invites us to appreciate anew the precariousness and preciousness of life.


Strikingly original... The Black Mirror succeeds in capturing the smallness and simultaneous vastness of a single life.
Financial Times

A tremendous, inspiring book... Raymond Tallis is one of the very few contemporary thinkers whom I would unequivocally call a geniusStuart Kelly
Scotland on Sunday

Original and enlightening... It is difficult to summarise what makes this book so appealing. It comes down, as all the best writing does, to the sensibility of the author. Tallis's is not only a wide and judicious sensibility but a funny, acute and modest one... WonderfulSalley Vickers

Full of striking, thoughtful insight, defamiliarising the everyday things we all take for granted.
New Scientist

Tallis writes wonderfully well, and has a relish for words... His style is genuinely entertaining
The Times Higher Education Supplement

It's work of philosophy that reads like a work of fiction... There isn't anything I don't love about this book
The Oldie

A strange, bold, and courageous bookJohn Gray
New Statesman

Dr Tallis has tried something new, something difficult, and he has brought to a strong intelligence and linguistic facility to bear on the task.
Wall Street Journal

Tallis is a surprisingly entertaining companion on his imaginary journey into the underworld

As he sifts a lifetime's worth of sensory and emotional memory, Tallis's prose stuns like poetry... Enchanting