Oliver Sacks was born in 1933 in London and was educated at Queen's College, Oxford. He completed his medical training at San Francisco's Mount Zion Hospital and at UCLA before moving to New York, where he soon encountered the patients whom he would write about in his book Awakenings. "
" Dr Sacks spent almost fifty years working as a neurologist and wrote many books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia, and Hallucinations, about the strange neurological predicaments and conditions of his patients. The New York Times referred to him as 'the poet laureate of medicine', and over the years he received many awards, including honours from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008, he was appointed Commander of the British Empire. His memoir, On the Move, was published shortly before his death in August 2015.
Read an extract from Will Self's introduction to the Picador Classic edition of Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
It is with great sadness that Picador has learnt of the death of Oliver Sacks who died on Sunday 30 August, aged 82.
When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: ‘Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far’. His autobiography, On the Move, makes it abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going. Here are some of the many photos from the book.
Forty years ago, the first edition of Awakenings was published in England. It was the second book by a little-known doctor, Oliver Sacks (the first was Migraine).
Watch these videos of the late Neurologist and Picador author Oliver Sacks.
Creativity Depends on Openness to Change - 4 months ago
How we wish Dr. Sacks were still alive to see the glorious reviews for his new book, The River of Consciousness. In this week’s New York Times Book Review, Nicole Krauss writes: “In...
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A New Oliver Sacks Book! and two live events - 6 months ago
Two weeks before his death in August 2015, Oliver Sacks outlined the contents of The River of Consciousness, the last book he would oversee in detail, and charged three of...
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Remembering Bob Silvers - one year ago
Last week we lost the legendary, irreplaceable Robert B. Silvers at the age of 87. In a 2010 interview with New York Magazine, Oliver Sacks was asked, “Who is your...
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Insomniac City - one year ago
We at the Sacks office are thrilled to share with you some advance praise for Bill Hayes’s gorgeous memoir of his life with Oliver Sacks, Insomniac City, whose official publication date is...
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Our Favorite Books of 2016 - one year ago
Looking for the perfect gift, or just some enlightenment? As 2016 draws to a close, we’d like to share with you some of our favorite books of the year. ...
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