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Melissa Hogenboom is a multi award-winning science journalist, film-maker and editor at the BBC where she launched and leads the documentary site BBC Reel. She is writing her first book, The Motherhood Complex – it was released in May 2021 by Piatkus, Little, Brown (Hachette).

She has written hundreds of articles, made short and long-form films for broadcast and digital, and has reported for radio and TV.

Selected work

The part of my dad that dementia can’t take

How did the last Neanderthals live? 

Why the way we talk to children really matters

The strange idea that we are not in control of our minds

Latest News

My book is out NOW, available from all online stores

BBC Reel, my team has won several recent industry awards, including best video team from the Drum Awards and Six Telly Awards, including Gold for my documentary series: Do we have free will?

Check out my latest films: A two part series on the science of happiness

My Book

The Motherhood Complex is published by Piatkus, Little, Brown (Hachette) in the UK.

The Dutch cover for my book is finished – have a peek here – I love it.

I have launched an evidence-based parenting/motherhood newsletter – sign up here.

“If this is the kind of eccentric cultural mini-doc BBC Reel is hoping to specialise in, it should be applauded.

The Times (writing about ‘The Beautiful Dead’)

A welcome, refreshing and clear-eyed look at the twenty-first century expectations of motherhood .”

Gina Ripon – author of The Gendered Brain

Get in Touch

I am represented by Emma Bal at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency.

For personal queries contact me here.