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New York Times Bestseller
Number 2 Spiegel Bestseller (Germany)
10 Best Books of 2015, New York Times
Prizes: Winner of Royal Society Science Book Prize 2016; Winner of Costa Biography Award 2015; Winner of Acqui Storia Award 2017 (Italy); Winner of the Inaugural James Wright Award for Nature Writing (Kenyon Review & Nature Conservancy) 2016; Winner of LA Times Book Prize 2016 (Science & Technology); Winner of Dingle Prize British Society for the History of Science 2017; The QI Book of the Year Award 2016Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA) - Notable Books; Cundill Prize in Historical Literature Recognition of Excellence Award 2016; Winner Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement 2017, Garden Club of America; Ness Award 2016, Royal Geographical Society; Winner of Bayerischer Buchpreis 2016 (Germany)
Shortlisted: Finalist Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction & Nonfiction 2o16; Finalist Kirkus Prize 2015; ‘Books Are My Bags Readers Award’ shortlist (The Booksellers Association); IBW Book Award (Adult Category); 2017 Smart Book Awards (Jagiellonian University & Euclid Foundation), Poland
Published in 25 countries