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Lessons in Chemistry

book | Fiction | Apr 2022
UK & Comm excluding Canada → Doubleday
US & Canada → Doubleday

'Your ability to change everything - including yourself - starts here' ELIZABETH ZOTT

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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.

But 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. She's daring them to change the status quo.

Meet the unconventional, uncompromising Elizabeth Zott.

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Reviews

Elizabeth is the most wonderful protagonist and you will be rooting for her all the way.

The Sun

The enchanting story of Elizabeth Zott never belittles the offence of sexism, but neither - miraculously - does it ever take you more than a few sentences away from a smile, a chuckle, or a laugh out loud. Bonnie Garmus’ gift is to expose the sting and injustice of being a woman in a man’s world with a feather light touch that keeps our spirits buoyant and our hearts strong.

Jo Browning-Wroe

Written with charm, verve and piercing insight … a future classic.

Literary Review

Fizzing with righteous indignation at the era’s attitude to women, Garmus’s beautifully drawn characters, her polished, engaging prose and a hugely satisfying plot make for a glorious read.

Daily Mirror

If you only read one book this Spring…
Unforgettable … Elizabeth Zott is intelligent, fearless, determined and utterly inspiring.

Culturefly

Charming and emboldening tale with a vintage sheen…A thoroughly entertaining and emboldened look at gender in the 1960s.

Magic Radio

Elizabeth is a woman who challenges the norms of a woman in the 60s…her perseverance to succeed is enthralling. The fight to do what she really wants, and that alone, is one that’ll have you rooting for her throughout.

Stylist Loves

Lessons in Chemistry catalyzes science, cooking and humour. 


The Christina Science Monitor

A unique book with some great life lessons. 

Woman Magazine

A polished, funny, thought-provoking story, wearing its research lightly but confidently, and with sentences so stylishly turned it’s hard to believe it’s a debut.

The Observer

A fast-moving plot, zippy dialogue and wry sense of humour. A satisfying story with hateable villains and lovable good guys.

Sunday Express

Witty and dark, it’s both a breath of fresh air and a reminder of how much still has to change
for true equality.

Press Association

Southern California in 1961, Elizabeth Zott, the singular protagonist of this sparky debut, ignites a kitchen revolution. 

The Sunday Times

This triumphant feminist fable, this wittily observed book is teeming with vivid comic set-pieces, like Elizabeth’s producer despairing as she throws out the script on live TV… those joyful moments feel earned thanks to Garmus’s winning formula.

The Telegraph

Southern California in 1961, Elizabeth Zott, the singular protagonist of this sparky debut, ignites a kitchen revolution. 

The Sunday Times

Fired from her lab and left as a single parent, she’s persuaded to take a job hosting a TV cookery show, and is soon serving a nation of under-appreciated women a generous helping of self-worth alongside her meticulous recipes, while forging her own unconventional path in a world of grudge-holders and no-good bosses. Brilliant.

The Mail on Sunday

If Gloria Steinem and Julia Child created a human being in a lab, it would be Elizabeth Zott. [...] Full of humour, heartbreak and characters that feel like real people, this is a book that everyone will be talking about.

Red Magazine

Book of the month: Never will you meet a more uncompromising character than Elizabeth Zott. A unique book with great life lessons.

Women & Home Magazine

If Gloria Steinem and Julia Child created a human being in a lab, it would be Elizabeth Zott. [...] Full of humour, heartbreak and characters that feel like real people, this is a book that everyone will be talking about.

Red Magazine

Strikingly relevant. . . Darkly funny and poignant. . . [Elizabeth and Calvin’s] relationship provides a beautiful anchor until their lives take a tragic turn. From there, the book evolves into a story about other important loves: that of a woman for her daughter, Madeline, and the brilliant dog she rescues from the street, and that of the makeshift family that forms around Elizabeth and Madeline in the aftermath of their terrible loss. These threads hang together beautifully, making Lessons in Chemistry’s excellent experiment more quirky and heartwarming than harrowing.

The Atlantic

Lessons in Chemistry is a bold, smart, and often hilarious look at the value of so-called women's work.

Real Simple

A witty and sharp dramedy about resilience and found families. . . Readers won’t be able to get enough of Elizabeth and her makeshift family. Lessons in Chemistry is a story to return to again and again.

Bookpage

Indefatigable and formidable, Elizabeth pushes the bounds of how women and their work are perceived in this thoroughly engaging debut novel.

Booklist

A fabulous novel. Compelling, satisfying, a real page-turner.

Nina Stibbe

This incredible novel has EVERYTHING - an unforgettable heroine, wry humour, love, family & bucketloads of optimism & female empowerment. It's WONDERFUL.

Hannah Beckerman

A fabulous novel. Compelling, satisfying, a real page-turner.

Nina Stibbe

This incredible novel has EVERYTHING - an unforgettable heroine, wry humour, love, family & bucketloads of optimism & female empowerment. It's WONDERFUL.

Hannah Beckerman

A more adorable plea for rationalism and gender equality would be hard to find.

Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

Oh this book! I can’t recommend it highly enough. Who ever thought of a dog that learns to read, or a scientist and single mother who finds her voice through a cookery show on Daytime television, and enables her female audience to do the same? Lessons in Chemistry is a story of hope; of staying true to yourself and not accepting the limitations others place on you and it as vibrant and original as its protagonist. Elizabeth Zott swept me away with her intellect, honesty, and unapologetic selfhood.

Laugh out loud funny, shrewdly observant, studded with a brilliant cast of supporting characters, and brimming with life and generosity and courage. It will be a massive hit. And it will put a whole new spin on cooking supper.

Rachel Joyce

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

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 and 60s, Zott is a feminist icon of our time.

Rachel Yoder

I loved Lessons in Chemistry and am devastated to have finished it!

Nigella Lawson

Original, fresh, tender, funny and warm. The story dances and swirls, captivating the reader from the first page. Elizabeth Zott is the most wonderful character. Just fantastic.

Sinead Moriarty

It's the world versus Elizabeth Zott, an extraordinary woman determined to live on her own terms, and I had no trouble choosing a side. Lessons in Chemistry is a page-turning and highly satisfying tale: zippy, zesty and Zotty.

Maggie Shipstead

A book that sparks joy with every page. Lessons in Chemistry is both funny and rousing: it had laughing one minute and air-punching the next. Garmus has created an unforgettable heroine but I adored all the characters, including the dog.

Elizabeth Day