UK Synaesthesia Association

further reading non fiction


The Frog Who Croaked Blue. Jamie Ward . . . . .
How is it possible to experience color when no color is there? Why do some people experience touch when they see someone else being touched? Can blind people be made to see again by using their other senses? Why do scientists no longer believe that there are five senses? How does the food industry exploit the links that exist between our senses? Does synesthesia have a function?

The Frog Who Croaked Blue explores all these questions in a lucid and entertaining way, making it fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the intruiging worlkings of the mind.


Synaesthesia, Classic and Contemporary Readings, ed. Simon-Baron Cohen and John E Harrison

This volume brings together what is known about this fascinating neurological condition and new issues arising from the recent wave of cognitive neuroscientific research into synaesthesia, are debated in a series of chapters by leading authorities in the field. The book will be of great interest to researchers and students in the cognitive neurosciences, and is intended to spark further investigation into this relatively neglected, extraordinary phenomenon.

Synaesthesia, A Union of the Senses, 2nd Edition, Richard E Cytowic

In this classic text, Richard Cytowic addresses the possible ubiquity of neonatal synesthesia, the construction of metaphor, and whether everyone is subconsciously synesthetic. In the closing chapters Cytowic considers synesthetes' personalities, the apparent frequency of the trait among artists, and the subjective and illusory nature of what we take to be objective reality, particularly in the visual realm. The second edition has been extensively revised. More than two-thirds of the material is new.

The Man Who Tasted Shapes,
Richard E Cytowic

Imagine a world of salty visions, purple odours, square tastes and green wavy symphonies. In 1979, Dr Cytowic met a man who literally tasted shapes. Soon after, he met a woman who heard and smelled colours. Here he tells the captivating stories of these individuals - and in doing so introduces us to the extraordinary potential of the human mind.

Bright Colors Falsely Seen. Synaesthesia and the Search For Transcendental Knowledge,
Kevin T Dann

This fascinating book provides the first historical treatment of synaesthesia and a closely related mode of perception called eideticism. Kevin Dann discusses divergent views of synaesthesia and eidecticism of the past hundred years and explores the controversies over the significance of these unusual modes of perception.

Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens - How Synaesthetes Color Their Worlds,
Pat Duffy

"I was sixteen when I found out. The year was 1968. My father and I were in the kitchen, he, in his usual talk-spot by the pantry door, my sixteen year-old self in a chair by the window. The two of us were reminiscing about the time I was a little girl, learning to write the letters of the alphabet. We remembered that under his guidance I'd learned to write all of the letters very quickly except for the letter R. Until one day, I said to my father, I realised that to make an R all I had to do was first write ap P and then draw a line down from its loop. And I was so surprised that I could turn a yellow letter into an orange letter just by adding a line."

Synaesthesia. The Strangest Thing,
John E Harrison

A world authority on synaesthesia takes us on a fascinating tour of this myserious condition looking at historical accounts of synaesthesia, recounting theories of the condition, and additionally, examining the claims to synaesthesia of the likes of Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Hockney and others. The result is an exciting, yet scientific account of an incredible conditiion - one that will tell us of a world rich with the most unbelievable sensory experiences.




BICBreathing In Colour - Clare Jay . . . . . . *** Interview with Clare Jay, author of Breathing In Colour ***

Mia is no ordinary girl. Growing up with the sensory condition synaesthesia - where she sees the world in a kaleidoscope of shapes, colours amd smells - she has gone through life with the vivid imagination of an artist. , but for years she has shouldered an overwhelming burden of guilt.

A Rhinestone Button - Gail Anderson Dargatz

Job is a farmer who sees colour in sound: colours like the shifting northern lights in the sky of his home town Godsfinger, Alberta. And even in his community of curious characters - a town where crop circles occur, birds drop out of the sky, a duck waddles around in a nappy, a cook in stilettos flips burgers at the Out-To-Lunch cafe, and a crazy lady squirts her water pistol at those she thinks are out of line - Job is an outsider. When his ability to see sound begins to fade, Job finally realises that it's time to wake up and really listen - most particularly to Liv down at the diner, someone who has been talking to him for some time now.

Astonishing Splashes of Colour - Clare Morrall

Caught in an over-vivid world, Kitty feels haunted by her 'child that never was'. As children all around become emblems of hope, longing and grief, she begins to understand the reasons for her shaky sense of self. This is Clare Morrall's first novel. A music teacher with two adult children, she lives and works in Birmingham. 'Astonishing Splashes of Colour' reflects her interest in the dynamics of motherless family life and in synaesthesia - a condition where emotions can be seen as colours.

A Mango-Shaped Space - Wendy Mass

"My eyes snap open, and everything is so bright that I have to close them again. The colours are everywhere, filling all space. I am overwhelmed, and for a second it scares me, like the time Zack set all my alarm clocks to go off at once. But this is different. There's no noise; all the multicoloured balls, zigzags, and spirals are coming from inside me. I slowly open my eyes, and things are a little calmer now. The glow around Faith is ten times as vibrant as it was the first time, and the last vestige of guilt caused by lying to my parents leaves me. I'm sure they wouldn't deny me this experience if they knew about it."

Painting Ruby Tuesday - Jane Yardley

"It was another fine late-summer day, the morning air sweet as apple juice, the sky cloudless but for a high cirrus, blown by some unfelt stratospheric wind into feathery lace. The same wind had also nibbled the vapour trail from a recently passed jet, ticking its edge into a sort of twist, like a cable stitch, so that the entire sky looked like soemthing ambitious knitted by my mother."

Mondays Are Red, Nicola Morgan

Sadness has an empty blue smell. And music can taste of anything from banana puree to bat's pee. That's what I need to explain, starting with the day it all began, the day I woke up in a hospital bed with a kaleidoscope of colours in my head - Waking from a coma, Luke discovers his mind has altered. His senses are behaving strangely and a sinister creature called Dreeg inhabits his head.