When flying this summer, we overheard the passenger behind us say, ‘I’ve just started reading this brilliant book. It’s about a teacher who starts a cooking show all based around chemistry.’ ‘That sounds a bit weird’ replied her husband. ‘Oh, not at all – it’s a real page-turner with a surprisingly strong feminist vibe and I’m just loving it’ she replied. We smiled for we knew exactly which book she was referring to – Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. If you haven’t read it yet, we recommend it hugely (and did so earlier this year here).
It’s a joyful, funny and uplifting book in which Elizabeth Zott, the feisty heroine (starring alongside Mad her daughter and Six Thirty, their dog) is a scientist in 1960s America who becomes a hit tv chef. It’s a really charming novel and a big word-of-mouth hit which is being made into an Apple TV Series with Brie Larson starring as Zott.
The author is a 64 year old debut novelist who by day is a copywriter and creative director. She’s an open-water swimmer, a rower and mother. Born in California, she lived in Seattle and recently moved to London with her husband and her dog, 99. (You can read a great interview with her by Lynn Barber here).
We’re delighted to say that we’ve teamed up with the Charlotte Street Hotel (below) to offer to one lucky reader and a friend the chance to hear Garmus in conversation with Book Salon Moderator Kate Maxwell. The Q&A and book signing is on Thursday 22nd September from 6.30-8pm and will be accompanied with wine or a non-alcoholic cocktail. Enter below for a chance to win and we will pick the winner out of a hat after Thursday 8th September. Good luck!
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