Books about synesthesia

Here’s a list of books on synesthesia that I’ve read and can recommend. All can be bought online and some are available for download from

IN ENGLISH (in chronological order of publication):

The Man who Tasted Shapes (Richard E. Cytowic). The MIT Press. 1993


Bright Colors Falsely Seen. Synaesthesia and the Search for Transcendental Knowledge (Kevin T. Dann). Yale University Press. 1998 

Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens. How Synesthetes Colour their Worlds (Patricia Lynne Duffy). Times Books. 2001


A Mango-shaped Space (Wendy Mass). Little, Brown and Company. 2003. (Fiction for young readers: ideal for teens but any age will enjoy it)

The Hidden Sense. Synesthesia in Art and Science (Cretien Von Campen). The MIT Press. 2007

Born on a Blue Day (Daniel Tammet). Hodder Paperback. 2007


The Frog Who Croaked Blue. Synesthesia and the mixing of the senses (Jamie Ward). Routledge. 2008


Wednesday is Indigo Blue. Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia (Richard E. Cytowic and David M. Eagleman) The MIT Press. 2009


Mirror Touch. A Memoir of Synesthesia and the Secret Life of the Brain (Joel Salinas). Harper One. 2017

Synesthesia (Richard E. Cytowic). The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series. 2018

Synaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction (Julia Simner). Oxford University Press. 2019

Audio Book: Blue Cats and Chartreuse Kittens. How Synesthetes Colour their Worlds (Patricia Lynne Duffy, narrated by Appelusa). With research updates and synesthetic music. Available from Audible (in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Australia and Japan). 2021

Synesthetes: A Handbook (Sean Day). Second edition. 2021. Available in PDF format, here.

Synesthesia and Synesthetes is Sean Day's latest book. 2022. Now available on Amazon.

(For very young children) Sereya's Superpower (Christy Gurley). 2022. Available from Starshine Designs.

Painting Music (Ninghui Xiong). Artecittà Fundación Internacional. 2023. Available in ebook format here or here.



Sinestesia. El color de las palabras, el sabor de la música, el lugar del tiempo… (Alicia Callejas and Juan Lupiáñez). Alianza Editorial, 2012




Des phénomènes de synopsie (Théodore Flournoy). Elibron Classics. Facsimile edition. 1893.

This page last updated: 29 April 2023

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  1. Book about synesthesia in Dutch: "Tussen Zinnen" by Cretien van Campen.

    1. Thank you Linda! I'd read a few things by him online, about synesthesia and hallucinogens, which I found very interesting, and I'd also heard of his book The Hidden Sense, although I haven't read it (yet!). It would be good to extend this page and include more books and also books in more languages... so I'll do that soon and include it.

  2. Next time you post something like this could you maybe put what it's about (specifically- they are obviously all about synesthesia) and maybe the age level? I'm trying to research and need at least 2 book sources (school project) but this was a pretty helpful list otherwise. Thanks! ;)

  3. Ultraviolet and Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson :)