New Book “Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe” by Dara O’Briain


I hadn’t realised that Dara O’Briain was interested in space until I was sat across the aisle from him at an event at the Science Museum last summer, when Valentina Tereshkova the first woman in space was there. I’m a huge fan of Mock the Week and so was giddy to see him (though I didn’t have the guts to say anything; he was with his daughter and I figured he didn’t need to be hassled by a fan!). 

As such I was thrilled to see that he has a book out now about space and I look forward to my copy arriving!

This is from the website of the publisher, Scholastic, “Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe” by Dara O’Briain.

“We’re off to space with Dara! All aboard the laughter shuttle! A bonkers ride to space, launching now from your fave comfy chair. Stop looking down at your phone! Start looking up over your head! Yep: that’s space, and we’re going there right now with funnyman Dara Ó Briain. Seriously – why not? I mean, right here on Earth we can walk around, breathe, drink tea, eat chocolate and read books. It’s lovely! In space you can get poisoned or crushed to death just by going outside. But on Earth you can’t see flaming stars from (kind of) close up, or zoom through the Milky Way, or walk on the Moon. Right?

  • An incredible trip to space with comedian Dara Ó Briain
  • Travel to the edge of our universe in smart, funny style!
  • Full of laughs, incredible facts and two-colour cartoons
  • Dara hosts TV shows Robot Wars and Stargazing Live”

Paperback ISBN 9781407181837
304 pages
£4.99 from the Scholastic website


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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.


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