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Into the Grey Zone

Adrian Owen

A startling tale of a neuroscientific discovery that revolutionises our thinking about life and death – and gives patients and their families the answers they crave.

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In 2006 Dr Adrian Owen and his team made medical history. They discovered a new realm of consciousness, somewhere between life and death, which they called the Grey Zone. The people who inhabit it are frequently labelled as irretrievably lost, with no awareness or sense of self. The shocking truth is that they are often still there, an intact mind trapped inside a broken body and brain, hearing everything around them, experiencing emotions, thoughts, pleasure and pain. But now, through Dr Owen’s pioneering techniques, we can talk to them – and they can talk back.

Critic Reviews

Astonishing … ground-breaking . . . It never feels less than miraculous when Owen pulls a fellow human out of the dark.

The Times
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A fascinating and accessible account of cutting-edge science, and of those whose lives have been altered in an instant.

Sunday Times
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Riveting and strangely uplifting . . . The testimonies of people who have returned from the grey zone evoke the mysteries of consciousness and identity with tremendous power.

New Yorker
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Into The Grey Zone reads like a thriller . . . Owen’s enthusiasm for his science crackles from the pages . . . Hugely thought-provoking and deeply moving.

Mail on Sunday
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A fascinating and highly readable book … gripping and moving.

Henry Marsh, New Statesman