Nine Minds
Daniel Tammet

Nine Minds

In this vivid work of creative nonfiction, Daniel Tammet continues his celebrated exploration of the mind, drawing on self-knowledge and immersion research to narrate the stories and inner lives of nine men and women on the neuro-diverse spectrum.  


A Japanese researcher in psychology sets out to measure solitude after discovering her own autism. A quirky boy growing up in 1950s Ottawa sows the seeds of his future Hollywood stardom. A non-verbal son acquires body language, gesture by gesture, in his mother’s yoga classes. 


Nine Minds is a testament to the beauty and infinite variety of autistic imagination, in life as in literature. 



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  • Author: Daniel Tammet
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Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet is a writer, linguist and educator. A 2007 poll of 4,000 Britons named him as one of the world's "100 living geniuses". He is the creator of 'Optimnem', a website company that has provided language learning instruction to thousands around the globe. His 2006 memoir 'Born On A Blue Day' describing his life with high-functioning autistic savant syndrome was a Sunday Times (UK) and New York Times bestseller. It has sold over half a million copies worldwide, and been translated into 18 languages.Tammet is the subject of the 2005 award-winning documentary film 'Brainman' which has ...
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Book Reviews

  • "This book is a meeting of minds, in all their vast capacity, passionate commitments, and varied flavours - a profound act of appreciation of the many unexpected gifts of neurodivergence."
    Emma Donoghue
  • "Beautiful and intimate and mind-expanding. We generally presume that everyone's inner life is like our own;  only rarely do we get to dive deeply into the mind of another, much less nine of them. Tammet gives us this opportunity with his characteristic eloquence, insight and grace."
    David Eagleman, neurologist and author of Incognito and Livewired
  • "Daniel Tammet's wonderful portraits of autistic people's inner lives illustrate the range of neurodivergent talents and experiences, and celebrate human cognitive diversity."
    Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University, author of The Pattern Seekers
  • "There are more than nine minds in this book, there are ten: Daniel Tammet's own mind is there on every page, in the narrative flow, the wordplay and the empathy for his subjects. Nine Minds reminds us of the diversity within neurodiversity, and of the common challenges that the neurodivergent face. A fine contribution to the growing body of work by and about people who think differently."
    Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project
  • "Over two decades Daniel Tammet has narrated the neurodivergent experience and in his deeply researched Nine Minds he breaks new ground, turning a novelistic eye to autistic lives as compelling as any in fiction. The result is a book as beautiful as the minds it portrays."
    Amy Tan,author The Joy Luck Club
  • " Beautifully rendered, painstakingly researched, and completely absorbing, Nine Minds offers something that autistic people urgently need: it humanises us."
    Katherine May, author of Wintering and Enchantment
  • "Beautifully written and fascinating, Nine Minds takes us deep into the inner lives of nine extraordinary people. With eloquence and sensitivity, Daniel Tammet transcends stereotypes and shows us different facets of neurodivergence. I loved this book."
    Angie Kim, author of Happiness Falls
  • "In Nine Minds, Daniel Tammet, an autistic savant and author of Born on a Blue Day, reports on the unique lives and cognitive differences of nine neurodivergent people. This fascinating book engages by imaginatively entering its subjects' inner worlds. Each profile is based on hours of interviews. Readers will discover a spectrum filled with valuable different kinds of minds."
    Temple Grandin, author of The Autistic Brain.
  • "With the release of Born on a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet showed readers the extraordinary power of his autistic mind. Today, with Nine Minds, he explores the challenges, cognitive processes, and life goals of other neurodivergent thinkers. He reveals the exceptionality they bring to the world by finding their ways in life. There are costs for being "born different" but society's benefit from the existence of neurodivergent people is incalculable and incredibly diverse. These stories offer glimpses into parts of the human experience most people never see, yet we are all touched by neurodiversity every day, and we are better for it. "
    John Elder Robison, author of Be Different
  • "As Daniel Tammet's short sentences morph and lengthen into a kind of literary portraiture, you may find unique insights into autism and new aspects of our shared humanity. "
    Jory Fleming, author of How To Be Human