Storm Dunlop



Here is a list of books of which I am the author or co-author, together with a note of some contributions to multi-author works such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. As will be seen, most of my writing has been for for adults - albeit at various levels - but some work has been for children. Between them, these books have been translated into at least 22 languages. A few recent books are described in greater detail here.

My most successful title is probably Astronomy: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Night Sky, with total sales of about 250,000 in the various editions. This still generates a constant trickle of enquiries. I tried for years to persuade the publishers – and the successor companies - to reprint the English-language edition. At long last - after 18 years! - a completely revised edition appeared, being published as Practical Astronomy in 2003 by George Philip & Sons (see below).

Regrettably, not all publishers are good at informing authors of foreign-language editions - co-publishers are also notoriously bad at forwarding copies - and I have discovered two such editions purely by chance in foreign bookshops, and one by browsing the UNESCO list of translations. At least one other Spanish edition of one book is known to have been printed. All the copies - thousands of them - were awaiting distribution at the time of the death of the head of the family-owned publishing company, but subsequently disappeared. So if anyone finds a copy of the Spanish edition of Amateur Astronomy, I should be very interested to receive full details. Please email me on: storm322[AT] Some ‘missing’ editions are noted under individual titles.

Authors know that books have a life of their own. If you need proof, take a look at what happens in this YouTube video of when a bookshop closes for the night:

One recent publication
(but see also translations)

Meteorology Manual

Haynes Publishing , Sparkford, Yeovil, 2013
ISBN 978 0 85733 272 1; pp.172,
hbk, Ł21.99

A comprehensive introduction to meteorology,
with sections on:
The Atmosphere
Weather processes and precipitation
Observing the weather and forecasting

This book has now been nominated for the Louis J. Battan Author’s Award K-12 of the American Meteorological Society.

List of publications
(see also translations)

2014 Guide to the Night Sky, with Wil Tirion, Collins, Glasgow, 2013
(in association with Royal Observatory Greenwich)

2015 Guide to the Night Sky, with Wil Tirion, Collins, Glasgow, 2014
(in association with Royal Observatory Greenwich)

2016 Guide to the Night Sky, with Wil Tirion, Collins, Glasgow (October 2015)
(in association with Royal Observatory Greenwich)

Amateur Astronomy, Newnes, 1984, 2nd edn, 1988 and reprints
     Astronomie heute, Kosmos Franckh, Stuttgart, 1985
     Astronomie moderne: theorie et pratique, Bordas, Paris, 1985
     (and the 'missing' Spanish edition - Editorial Blume, Madrid, 1989)

Astronomy: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Night Sky, Hamlyn, 1985
     Astronomie für Einsteiger, Kosmos, Stuttgart, 1987 to date
     Astronomia - Una Guia del Firmamento para Aficionados,
          Omega, Barcelona, 1987
     Harrastajan Tahtitiedetta,
Otava, Helsinki, 1987
     Azbukha zvezdnovo neba,
Mir, Moscow, 1990

Atlas of the Night Sky, Newnes, 1984-89
     Der Kosmos-Sternatlas,
Kosmos Franckh, Stuttgart, 1985
     Atlas van de sterrenhemel,
Becht, Amsterdam, 1985

Collins Atlas of the Night Sky, with Wil Tirion & Antonin Rükl, HarperCollins, 2005
     Smithsonian Collins Atlas of the Night Sky, HarperCollins, 2005
     Der Kosmos-Atlas Sterne und Planeten, Kosmos Franckh, Stuttgart, 2005
     Атлас звездного неба, Astrel, Minsk, 2007
     Atlas del cielo nocturno, Akal, Madrid, 2007
     Corrections to first edition charts: Cassiopeia (Stock 2 cluster), Hydrus (BN Hyi) & Sagittarius (NGC 6522 cluster)

Collins Gem Weather Photoguide, HarperCollins, 1997
     (reprinted as Collins Gem Weather, 1998, 1999, 2004, etc.)

     (ISBN: 978-0-00-719022-5; e-book, but with b/w images, also available)
     het weer, Uitgeverij Het Spektrum B.V., Utrecht, 2003
     Che tempo fa, Avaliardi, Milan, 2006     Czech & Russian editions, 2003
     US edition (Collins/Smithsonian Press), 2006


Collins How to Identify Night Sky, with Wil Tirion,
     HarperCollins Publishers, September 2002
     (Various revised reprints, the latest 2005 – later became Collins Night Sky & Starfinder)
     How to Identify Night Sky, Barnes & Noble, 2003, 2004, 2005
     Het Sterren- en Planetenboekje, Veltman Uitgevers, Utrecht, 2005
     Der Kosmos Sternführer, Kosmos Franckh, Stuttgart, 2004
     Bli Kjent med Stjernehimmelen, Landbruksforlaget, Oslo, 2005
     Niebo: Ilustrowany Przewodnik, Swiat Ksiazki, Warsaw, 2004
     Csillagközi kalauz, Magyar Konvyklub, Budapest, 2004

Collins How to Identify Weather, HarperCollins Publishers, 2002
     The Weather Identification Handbook, Lyons Press, Guilford, CT 06437, 2003
     Het Weer Boekje, Veltman Uitgevers, Utrecht, 2003
     Pogoda: Przewodnik Ilustrowany, Bertelsmann, Warsaw, 2003

Collins Nature Guide Night Sky (HarperCollins/Independent Book Sales, 2008, 2012)
     Revised edition, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-00-778537-7

Collins Nature Guide Weather (HarperCollins/Independent Book Sales, 2009)

     (a revision of Wild Guide Weather)
     Revised edition, 2013, ISBN: 978-0-00-784141-7

Collins Night Sky & Starfinder, with Wil Tirion, London, HarperCollins, 2011
     (with planisphere) – ISBN 978-0-00-743616-3
     Der Kosmos Sternführer, Kosmos Franckh, Stuttgart, 2012

Collins Star Finder Pack, London, HarperCollins, 2003
     (Wild Guide Starfinder, planisphere & wallchart)
     Revised edition, 2005
     US edition, Smithsonian Press, 2005

Collins Wild Guide Night Sky, with Wil Tirion, HarperCollins Publishers, 1999
     (later version issued as Collins Nature Guide Night Sky)
     Voir le Ciel, Arthaud, Paris, 1999
     Unser Sternenhimmel, Mosaik, Munich, 1999
     Sterren kijken, ANWB B.V., Den Haag, 2001
     Ουραο με αστρα Leadercom SA, Athens, 2004
     US edition (Collins/Smithsonian Press), 2006
     Korean edition, Hyeonamsa Publishing Co., Seoul, 2008

Collins Wild Guide Star Finder, with Wil Tirion, HarperCollins Publishers, 2000
     [ISBN: 0-00-710083-3]

Collins Wild Guide Weather, HarperCollins Publishers, 2004 – ISBN: 0-00716072
     Reprint, 2005 (later became Collins Nature Guide Weather)
     Weer, Den Haag, ANWB bv, 2005
     Sää, Werner Söderström Osakeyhtiö, Helsinki, 2006
     US edition (Collins/Smithsonian Press), 2006 – ISBN:978-0-06-084984-3
     Korean edition, Hyeonamsa Publishing Co., Seoul, 2008

Come Rain or Shine, Summersdale Publishers, Chichester (9 July 2015)
     [ISBN: 978-184953718-6]

Drehbare Sternkarte Polaris, Kosmos-Verlag, Stuttgart, 2003
    The ultimate planisphere, 380 mm in diameter, with artwork by Wil Tirion
    English-language edition: Firefly Planisphere Deluxe, Firefly, Toronto, 2003

Encyclopedia of Astronomy, Hamlyn, 1979
(later completely revised as Amateur Astronomy)

Hamlyn Guide to Weather Forecasting, Hamlyn 1982
     (with Francis Wilson)
     Country Life Guide to Weather Forecasting,
     Macmillan Field Guides: Weather and Forecasting,
     Pocket Guide to Weather & Forecasting,
Chancellor Press, London, 1998
     Praktische Gids Weersvoorspellingen, Spectrum, Amsterdam, 1985
     Como predecir el tiempo,
CEAC, Barcelona, 1987
     Guida alle previsione del tempo,
Zanichelli, Bologna, 1989

Meteorology Manual, Haynes, Yeovil, 2014

Nature Library: Astronomy, Newnes, 1984
Bordas, Paris, 1984
     Natuurbibliotheek Astronomie, Amsterdam, Atrium, 1984
     Japanese edition, Keisensha, Tokyo, 1989

Oxford Dictionary of the Weather, Oxford University Press, Feb. 2001 (details on OUP site)
     new, fully revised and enlarged edition, 2008
     Japanese edition: Asakura Publishing, Tokyo, 2005

Philip’s Guide to Weather Forecasting, George Philip & Sons, London, 2008
     revised edition, 2012: ISBN: 978-0-540-09026-6
     Guide to Weather Forecasting, Toronto, Firefly, 2008 – ISBN: 978-1-5549
     revised edition, 2010; reprint 2011
     Jak Prognozować Pogodę, Buchmann, Warsaw, 2008
     Arabic-language edition (in preparation)

Photographing Weather, Photographers’ Institute Press, Lewes, 2007
      (ISBN: 978-1-86108-449-1)

Planisphere (Latitude 50°N), with Wil Tirion, Collins, Glasgow, 2013
(in association with Royal Observatory Greenwich)

Practical Astronomy, George Philip & Sons, London, 2003
(A completely revised version of Astronomy: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Night Sky)
second edition, 2006, revised printings 2009, 2010; special edition 2010, third edition, 2012
      [ISBN: 0-540-07958-8)
     Practical Astronomy, Toronto, Firefly, 2004
     Practical Astronomy, (hardback), Bounty Books, 2012

Sky, Guild of Master Craftsman, Lewes, 2009
     [ISBN: 978-1-86108-660-0]

Skywatcher's Handbook, Marshall Editions (Corgi/BCA), 1985
     (with Colin Ronan & Brian Jones) - latest reprint 1998
     Der Himmel bei Tag und Nacht,
Kosmos Franckh, Stuttgart,
     Weer en Heelal,
Becht, Amsterdam, 1986
     Himlen Dag og Nat,
G.E.C. Gads Forlag, Copenhagen, 1986
     Stjarnor Vader Vind,
ICA bokvorlag, Vasteras, 1986
     Le Guide du Ciel: de l'astronomie ŕ la météorologie,
Editions Solar, Paris, 1987
     (I have never received a copy of this, so if anyone ever finds one ...)

Weather, London, Cassell Illustrated, 2006
     (smaller format edition, 2007)
     Het Weer, Elmar, Rijswijk, 2006
     Le Climat, Gründ, Paris, 2007
     Wetter, Gerstenberg, Hildesheim, 2006
     Idöjárás, Athenaeum, Budapest, 2006
     Meteorología, Blume, Barcelona, 2006


Childrens' books

I-Spy In the Night Sky, I-Spy Limited, 1991
     A new, completely revised and designed edition was published by
     Blue Sky Publishing for Michelin in March 2012

Record Holders: Earth and Universe, Orpheus / Franklin-Watts / Western,
     Chinese, Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian,
     Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian,
     Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish editions
     including versions incorporated in The Big Book of Record Breakers, Orpheus, 1998


Some other contributions

Amateur data and astronomical discoveries in the 20th century: in
    Information Handling in Astronomy/Historical Vistas, ed. Heck, A., Kluwer, Dordrecht,
    The Netherlands, 2003 - Contents list at:

Childrens' Britannica, Encyclopedia Britannica International
     (various astronomical and meteorological entries)

Collins Dictionary of Astronomy, HarperCollins, 1994
     (various entries ghosted for a friend)

Collins Wildlife Trust Guide: Weather, HarperCollins, London, 2001
     A European edition of the National Audubon Society's
     Field Guide to North American Weather

Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy, Oxford University Press, 1997
     (various entries on variable and binary stars)

Modern World, Marshall Cavendish, 1993
     (meteorological articles)

Norton's Star Atlas, nineteenth edition, Addison-Wesley, Longman, 1998
     (Section V: Stars, nebulae and galaxies)
     twentieth edition, Pi Press, New York, 2004

Philip's Astronomy Encyclopedia, Geo. Philip & Son, 2002
     (geological, meteorological, and variable-star entries)

Space Sciences Dictionary, J. Kleczek & H. Kleczková,
     Academia, Prague, 1990

Whitaker’s Almanack (Science & Discovery section)
     2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 editions, A. & C. Black, London


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