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Coming April 2022
from Doubleday Penguin Random House

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 as an average woman. 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. 
But like science, life doesn’t always follow a straight line. 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. That’s because Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.  
Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.


Lessons In Chemistry (UK)​​


Lessons In Chemistry (US)


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translated into 35 languages

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Humans naturally want to belong—it’s part

of our biology. But our society makes us feel

that we’re never good enough to belong.

A book that sparks joy

with every had me laughing one minute and air-punching the next.

author of How to Fail

Lessons in Chemistry is

a page-turning and highly satisfying tale: zippy,

zesty, and Zotty.

author of Great Circle

I loved Lessons in Chemistry and am

devastated to have

finished it!


On par with Beth Harmon of The Queen’s Gambit, Elizabeth Zott swept me away with her intellect, honesty, and unapologetic selfhood. Lessons in Chemistry is a story for all the smart girls who refuse to dumb themselves down despite a culture that demands otherwise. Though a creation of the 50s & 60s, Zott is a feminist icon for our time.

Rachel Yoder,
author of Nightbitch

A timeless book, written with furious elegance, black humour and delightful quirk. Elizabeth Zott is an iconic heroine - a feminist who refuses to be quashed, a mother who believes that her child is a person to behold, rather than to mould, and who will leave you, and the lens through which you see the world, quite changed. 

Pandora Sykes,
journalist, broadcaster, and author of How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?

'Original, fresh, tender, funny and warm... Elizabeth Zott is the most wonderful character.
Just fantastic.'

Sinead Moriarty,

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Bonnie Garmus is a copywriter and creative director who has worked widely in the fields of technology, medicine, and education. She’s an open-water swimmer, a rower, and mother to two pretty amazing daughters. Born in California and most recently from Seattle, she currently lives in London with her husband and her dog, 99.

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Lessons in Chemistry is a breath of fresh air--

a witty, propulsive, and refreshingly hopeful novel populated with singular characters. This book is an utter delight--wry, warm, and compulsively readable.

-Claire Lombardo

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