Matt Ridley’s books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 31 languages and won several awards. His books include The Red Queen, Genome, The Rational Optimist and The Evolution of Everything. His book on How Innovation Works was published in 2020, and Viral: the search for the origin of covid-19, co-authored with Alina Chan, was published in 2021. At the House of Lords (2013 to 2021) , he served on the science and technology select committee and the artificial intelligence select committee.