Lessons in chemistry


Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans, the lonely, brilliant, Nobel-prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with – of all things – her mind. True chemistry results. Like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later, Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show, Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (‘combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride’) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook.

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The multi-million copy bestseller
As read on BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime
Winner of the Goodreads Choice Best Debut Novel Award

British Book Awards Author of the Year

‘Sparky, rip-roaring, funny, with big-hearted fully formed, loveable characters’ SUNDAY TIMES

The most charming, life-enhancing novel I’ve read in ages. Strongly recommend’ INDIA KNIGHT
Your ability to change everything – including yourself – starts here

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing.

But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute take a very unscientific view of equality. Forced to resign, she reluctantly signs on as the host of a cooking show, Supper at Six. But her revolutionary approach to cooking, fuelled by scientific and rational commentary, grabs the attention of a nation.

Soon, a legion of overlooked housewives find themselves daring to change the status quo. One molecule at a time.
A Book of the Year for: Guardian, Times, Sunday Times, Good Housekeeping, Woman & Home, Stylist, TLS, Oprah Daily, Newsweek, Mail on Sunday, New York Times, India Knight, Hay Festival, Amazon and many others


‘Biting and cheerIng in exactly the right measure’ JOJO MOYES

‘I loved Lessons in Chemistry and am devastated to have finished it!’ NIGELLA LAWSON

‘Laugh-out-loud funny and brimming with life, generosity and courage’ RACHEL JOYCE

A novel that sparks joy with every page’ ELIZABETH DAY

‘Elizabeth Zott is an iconic heroine’ PANDORA SYKES

‘A page-turning and highly satisfying tale MAGGIE SHIPSTEAD, author of GREAT CIRCLE

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Weight 0.278 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.8 × 2.5 cm










1st paperback ed


813.6 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

1 review for Lessons in chemistry

  1. dfridd

    Every now and then a book comes along that one feels compelled to make sure EVERYONE in your life hears about. “Lessons in Chemistry” is the one.
    I honestly can’t stop going on about it to anyone that will listen. If you’ve been in the shop recently and looked even remotely like you might want to
    talk about books or need a recommendation (often you won’t have known you wanted a recommendation) and I was within earshot then you’ll have got both barrels
    of the Dan Book Bestowing Bazooka.
    Why? What’s so good about “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus? Lets start off with the hype. This is a debut novel. It created such a storm with publishers and agents that there was a massive bidding war. Production has already started on an AppleTV show, screenplay written by none other than Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich). It won’t be as good as the book… how could it possibly be?
    The Book. You’re introduced to our Protagonist Elizabeth Zott. A chemist and a bloody good one, implied that she’s potentially the best in her field in the world.
    Unfortunately a female chemist in the 50s is not something the patriarchy can deal with and this is made very clear to Zott both at education and career level.
    Trigger warning – Zott suffers sexual abuse. But that very much isn’t what the book is about. The book however does give you a peak into the misogyny that women have faced in the workplace and beyond forever. From micro aggression to pay inequality to plagiarism to bullying to slander to criminality and disparity in roles.
    Sounds a joy right? Right! This book manages to deal with all of these pretty heavy subjects and keep you glued to the page the whole time. The character of Elizabeth is beautifully written. Her uncompromising approach to life, her dedication to her science, her belief in the people (and dog) close to her and her sharp witty tongue and immense intelligence make you long for the next page.
    Hilarious at times. heart-breaking at others. A minds eye view of a dog and an appreciation of the damage the patriarchy has done to the world of science, the talent missed out on and the reminder that this particular battle is FAR from over.
    It’s only just out in Hardback so it may be 9 months before it’s out in paperback but at “only” Β£16.99 it’s as cheap a hardback as you’ll find and I’ve yet to meet anyone that hasn’t loved it.

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