Phosphorescence: On awe, wonder & things that sustain you when the world goes dark




’Utterly captivating and magical.’ JULIA BRADBURY

‘This book is about many things, but it comes down to finding grace in the ordinary and awe in the magic of the universe. Each time I dive into it, I emerge shining.’ KATHRYN MANNIX

Julia Baird’s intimate study of phosphorescence is full of wisdom and joy; a roadmap for rediscovering our inner light after the darkest of times.


We now know just how much we should treasure the times when we feel happy, content and at peace. When we feel this way we seek out life’s experiences with a sense of optimism and hope. But how do we move forward with life now that everything has changed? Now that we appreciate just how fragile and fleeting these feelings can be? Is it possible to access a light – our own source of phosphorescence – that can sustain us in this brave new world?


In this wise and inspiring book, bestselling author Julia Baird reflects on her encounters with phosphorescence, a luminescent phenomenon found in nature, and how she was able to cultivate her own ‘inner light’ in the face of a life-threatening illness.

When we spend time in nature, humble ourselves to the mystery of the world, and recognise the ‘soothing power of the ordinary’, we are able to discover hidden sources of strength and resilience. It is these experiences that sustain us, help us place one foot in front of the other and cultivate our own essential light which will light our path in good times and bad.


  • Publisher : William Collins (27 May 2021)
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0008463625