Lessons in Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 05/04/2022
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Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons in Chemistry
Even though I don't always gravitate towards Historical Fiction, I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book - it's fast reading and very... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Instantly iconic
Lessons in Chemistry is pure joy, and that does not let up throughout the entire story — each time you sit down to read. The turns of phrase are a delight,... READ MORE
Phill - Waterstones Bookseller
Lessons in Chemistry
The best Self-Help book one can think of!!!
Lesson in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus is delightful, heartwarming, intelligent debut novel which stole my heart! The dog, Six-Thirty as a character is funny... READ MORE
Zuzanna Skrobacka
Lessons in Chemistry
Pure Joy!
An absolutely brilliant book. Elizabeth Zott is the kind of woman I want to be. Uncompromising, wilful and whip smart. Her story is frustrating, but her re... READ MORE
Angie at Blackpool
Lessons in Chemistry
You will want to re read this again and again and again
Yes it is that good. I literally felt physical pain when I finished it. I couldn't get into much for quite a while afterwards. I urge you not to miss out o... READ MORE
Kurde @Horsham
Lessons in Chemistry
Woo Woo! All aboard the hype train!
Seriously though, the hype is justified. A hilarious, well-written debut that just feels right the moment you start reading. You're safe in Bonnie Garmus'... READ MORE
Aaron Myles
Lessons in Chemistry
More than lives up to the hype!
I just finished reading this book with happy tears in my eyes. I adore Zott and getting to know her and her story was an utter joy. I am so sad to have fin... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Everything you need in a book
Where do I begin?!?! This book absolutely had a grip on me, I loved the protagonist, Elizabeth Zott, who is an absolute icon. She absolutely refuses to... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Sharp, wry and well-observed
"Cooking is chemistry and chemistry is life." It feels like so many have waxed lyrical about this book that it seems only fair to see if all the fuss is ju... READ MORE
Selena, Guildford
Lessons in Chemistry
Once you start reading, it's hard to stop!
Im actually not sure I have to words to describe just how great this book is, but I'll try. It's quirky, intelligent, clever, inspiring, and empowering. ... READ MORE
Rhiannon MacG
Lessons in Chemistry
Where to start?! I simply can't praise this book enough; I loved every single second. Initially reading the blurb I wasn't sure it was something I'd enjoy... READ MORE
Tash at High Wycombe
Lessons in Chemistry
A brilliant story of hope, strength and live.
This novel is amazing. Elizabeth Zott is a woman to be proud of Her story begins in the 1950s. She is a scientist in a man's world and has to fight to surv... READ MORE
Sally Boocock
Lessons in Chemistry
You must read this book!
I read a lot. I read all sorts of books, some are ok, some are good, some are very good and then there are a few that are amazing! Lessons in Chemistry is ... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Funny witty and smart with a "feminist" message
This book has been so widely reviewed it's hard to add anything new. Loved it for its wit and feminist message. A male colleague read it too and asked wer... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy
Lessons in Chemistry
Favourite fiction book of the year so far! ❤️
My favourite fiction book this year - what a page turner! I laughed and almost cried through this rollercoaster of a book. Elizabeth Zott is a fabulous, fe... READ MORE
Helen Dipietro
Lessons in Chemistry
A force to be reckoned with
Elizabeth Zott is a force to be reckoned with. Her combination of utter genius and misunderstanding of basic social cues was an entertaining paradox. The w... READ MORE
Holly at Oldham
Lessons in Chemistry
An icon for all ages
It took me ages to finally read this books and I am so glad I did, it immediately became my favourite book of the year. The cover of Lessons does not su... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Personal Book of the Year
My bookselling colleagues have made so much of Garmus’ fantastic debut so I shall be brief and concise. From the incredible skill at plotting, sharp and w... READ MORE
Rob at Bluewater
Lessons in Chemistry
I am in love with Elizabeth Zott
I commend Bonnie Garmus for being able to incorporate very dark, pressing themes with a light-hearted, whimsical style without trivialising or minimising t... READ MORE
Benny Duverge-Pryce
Lessons in Chemistry
A must read
Elizabeth Zott is not your average protagonist - she is witty, intelligent, and inspirational to every woman who reads this. An empowering story about gend... READ MORE
Michela at Ashford
Lessons in Chemistry
Raw, refreshing and wholly original
Set in the 1960s, the story follows Elizabeth Zott's battles against all prejudices of the age as she fights to be herself. A scientist. It's a raw, re... READ MORE
Jimbo James
Lessons in Chemistry
Elizabeth Zott stole my heart!
This book will make you laugh and cry! It has it all, a strong female character, a very smart dog, a little bit of romance and science. It's set in the 60s... READ MORE
Dominika at Waterstones West End
Lessons in Chemistry
Up and atom
Elizabeth Zott has to be one of my favourite characters in a book. This debut novel from the clearly brilliant Bonnie Garmus possesses that rare and except... READ MORE
Nicola Vanderwert
Lessons in Chemistry
What a book!
One of my absolute favourite reads so far this year- undeniably funny and heartfelt, you fall in love with Elizabeth Zott and feel her story very deeply. T... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Get comfy, readers. You won’t be putting this book down.
Elizabeth Zott is both the woman we can all relate to and the pillar of strength we aspire to be. In this debut, Garmus gets us increasingly more fired up ... READ MORE
Mo Rodarte
Lessons in Chemistry
I wish I could give this 6 stars!
I really loved this book! It’s really witty, engaging and tackles sexism in the 60s in a really accessible way. Elizabeth is such an interesting and comple... READ MORE
Amelia Adams


Shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize 2022 'Your ability to change everything - including yourself - starts here' - Elizabeth Zott 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. Read an extract from Lessons in Chemistry on the Waterstones Blog

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780857528124
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 512g
  • Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 36 mm

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Lessons in Chemistry
Meet Elizabeth Zott!
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. Equality. Such a for... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
Lessons in Chemistry
An true feminist novel with an awe inspiring heroine.
Brilliant! An original and refreshing novel, that introduces a fabulous character in Elizabeth Zott. I flew through this book, eating up every page and che... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock
Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons in performative virtue signalling
I really wanted to like this book. THe story seemed fascinating, and sadly still relevant-the difficulties of women being taken seriously in STEM, a change... READ MORE
vansa David
Lessons in Chemistry
A feminist narrative that misses the mark
lessons in chemistry was a real mixed bag for me, honestly. bits were done exceptionally well, but there were multiple odd choices and a lack of realism to... READ MORE
Nadine Gordon-Agbaje
Lessons in Chemistry
Not worth the hype
I'm giving this 3 stars because Bonnie Garmus can undoubtedly write, and despite everything, it was a page-turner, but it's a long time since a book wound ... READ MORE
Rachel Ward
Lessons in Chemistry
Not for me
So glad I’ve finished this book. Unfortunately I just can’t leave a book half read but I was sorely tempted with this one. Women’s rights in the 50s, a gr... READ MORE
C Jay
Lessons in Chemistry
Not for me
This book was a chore to read. I had to skip through a lot to get to the end. Nothing really happens and the ending is a bit to neat. I honestly did no... READ MORE
Danielle Elliott
Lessons in Chemistry
Book of the Year 2022
I feel very privileged to have been sent an ARC of Lessons In Chemistry to read and have been absolutely blown away by the writing and the story. This was ... READ MORE
Sara Scott
Lessons in Chemistry
You can take the woman out of the labartory but you can't take the scientist out of the woman
Elizabeth Zott is a research chemist. Or at least, she would be if this wasn't America in the early 1960s. So, because she's a single mother with a child t... READ MORE
Carolyn Percy
Lessons in Chemistry
Disappointingly dull
Elizabeth Zott is beautiful and intelligent, she is an unmarried mother and atheist with her own very popular TV cooking show in the 1960s…despite the 0% c... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Truly delightful
What a delightful story! Elizabeth Zott is a woman decades ahead of her time. She is very smart and knows it. She has absolute confidence in herself and he... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Delightful, Delicious, Delectable!
I’m not sure there are enough superlatives in the world to fully do this novel justice! Elizabeth Zott is a chemist; she is very serious about chemistry. ... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
The right chemistry
What a joy this is, clever, funny, thoughtful and life-affirming. Elizabeth Zott is a chemist, a scientist who is many decades ahead of 1960’s society in t... READ MORE
Heather Nazmdeh
Lessons in Chemistry
The book I could not put down
A Lesson in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus Goodreads review I got A Lesson in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus for free from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.... READ MORE
mark Taylor
Lessons in Chemistry
I really enjoyed Lessons in Chemistry, a full-on historical feminist tale of love, cooking and (of course) chemistry. Great fun, and I think almost everyon... READ MORE
Verity Halliday
Lessons in Chemistry
A brilliant story of how one woman's fight for her place in a man's world inspires a nation's women
"Positive, happy and upbeat" - that's not Elizabeth Zoff. Instead, the single mother scientist's passion for her research and dogged determination to be tr... READ MORE
Karen Byrom
Lessons in Chemistry
A must read
I started this book and couldn’t put it down I was so caught up in the story! I laughed, cried and cheered on the main characters in the book. I didn’t wan... READ MORE
Helen Franklin
Lessons in Chemistry
Elizabeth Zott, Calvin and their daughter Madeline (Mad), what a trio to be reckoned with. With their scientific background they see the formula, calculati... READ MORE
Margaret Moore
Lessons in Chemistry
Fantastic read
really enjoyed this book, kept me entertained throughout with some funny and sad moments. Loved how this book was written although there are elements of ch... READ MORE
Laura Williams
Lessons in Chemistry
Absorbing fun read that underlines the resilience of women
Elizabeth Zott’s fascinating career and personal life story is accompanied by 6.30, her daughter, the tall chemist who becomes the love of her life and ot... READ MORE
Patricia Simcock
Lessons in Chemistry
An absolute must-read.
Empowering and inspiring, Elizabeth Zott goes up against the inequality of society and science of the 1950s. It's an absolute must-read. I found myself nod... READ MORE
Bryony Smith
Lessons in Chemistry
Zott is my new hero
Every aspect of this book, in my opinion, was perfect- an engaging and realistic storyline, with (unfortunately) relatable themes. I loved every momemt of ... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons in Chemistry
Absolutely loved this book. It is the best book of the year so far. Funny, witty, feministic, thought provoking, brings out some serious issues that wom... READ MORE
Wendy Dalton
Lessons in Chemistry
Five stars all the way!
I don’t think anything I can say will do this book justice. I love it from beginning to end and it will most certainly be in my top five reads of 2021. I... READ MORE
Celia Short
Lessons in Chemistry
Such a great book
What a great book. Elizabeth Zott is a great character - a feminist in every sense of the word. I loved her actions, reactions and her attempts at beating ... READ MORE
Sharyn Farnaby
Lessons in Chemistry
Read this!!
***** 5 Stars!!! Where to start!! What an amazing book…. It’s 1952, women marry, have children and stay at home, men are the decision makers and 100% in... READ MORE
Lucy C
Lessons in Chemistry
This book is enjoyable from the very first sentence...
What a story! I gobbled up this book in one day due to the charm that radiates from this book.It was a pure joy to read and it isn't often that I get compl... READ MORE
Sarah Louise
Lessons in Chemistry
Fabulous book
Such a gorgeous book, I loved the story so much. Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. It's the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings ... READ MORE
lucy hampton
Lessons in Chemistry
Top of the class
This gave me my reading mojo back!! After two books I really didn't enjoy I ventured into the reading class for some Lessons In Chemistry....and so glad I... READ MORE
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Lessons in Chemistry
What a book! What a woman!
What a book! What a woman! Elizabeth Zott is an unforgettable protagonist, a magnificently forthright one, sure of her opinions and her feelings, and way a... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
I have smiled, laughed and cried through this book
Wow oh wow absolutely loved this book. Not normally into books set in the past but I have smiled, laughed and cried my way through this book. The attitudes... READ MORE
Helen Wilkinson
Lessons in Chemistry
Don't be a stereotype
Elizabeth is bold and headstrong, who is out of place in a man's world in the 1960s. When fate intervenes and pushes her to Calvin another unpopular chemis... READ MORE
Isabel Bridges
Lessons in Chemistry
historical-novel, historical-research, history-and-culture, misogynistic-era, honesty, love, childhood-trauma, child, dog, 1950s, 1960s, chemist, assault, ... READ MORE
Janice Tangen
Lessons in Chemistry
Great read
I received a digital ARC from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book took a little while to get into but stick with it... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
wry take on women's role in 60s America
Im not sure this was "laugh out loud funny" as described by some reviewers but it was a wry and well written take on women's role in society in the early 6... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
A joy to read and a call to recommit to social justice.
Elizabeth Zott is a woman out of time. She is a career scientist, atheist and feminist BUT she is living in 1950s America, where none of these things are a... READ MORE
Daren Kearl
Lessons in Chemistry
Wonderful characters
What a great read! I loved this book and everyone in it. (bar a few), and for a debut!!! Wow! There is a lot of love for this book on Instagram and rightl... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
I adored it
I adore this book! Elizabeth Zott is a superb character who will find her way into your heart. Elizabeth Zott is a chemist and doesn’t understand why the... READ MORE
Angie Holdsworth
Lessons in Chemistry
Just wonderful
This book is just wonderful-I was sorry to finish it.The character of Elizabeth Zott will stay with me for a long time.She’s fabulous for so many reasons. ... READ MORE
Evelyn  Love-Gajardo
Lessons in Chemistry
Fantastic and Original Debut
A fantastic 4.5*. Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus is an incredible debut with zing and a massive heart. A book that is getting a lot of chatter and i... READ MORE
Nic Johnston
Lessons in Chemistry
A wonderful book - would highly recommend
I started reading “Lessons in Chemistry” before it was published and while reading, I had several emails from various book sellers promoting and heaping pr... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Believe the hype - it is that good
America in the early 1960s and women are solely on Earth to keep house and family running. Unfortunately Elizabeth Zott doesn't believe that premise, she ... READ MORE
Jo-anne Atkinson
Lessons in Chemistry
Witty, clever, quirky debut
Thanks to NetGalley & Doubleday Books for a digital advance reader's copy. All comments and opinions are my own. This novel, a debut no less, was all over... READ MORE
Phyllis Evans
Lessons in Chemistry
‘Your ability to change everything- including yourself - starts here.’
I absolutely loved this book. I’d seen marketing for Lessons In Chemistry everywhere so when I saw it in store I picked it up out of curiosity more than an... READ MORE
Karina Webster
Lessons in Chemistry
An original debut with an unforgettable cast of characters
Oh how I loved Lessons in Chemistry, and oh how I loved Elizabeth Zott - and so too will the rest of the world when they meet her on publication day. Less... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Let's get started
I loved this book. Everything I picked it up I felt instantly happier. The book covers some dark issues but the humour and warmth radiates on every page. T... READ MORE
Hayley RIGBY
Lessons in Chemistry
A triumph
“What I love about rowing […] is that it’s always done backwards. It’s almost as if the sport itself is trying to teach us to not get ahead of ourselves.” ... READ MORE
AGJ Books&Gems
Lessons in Chemistry
Great fun book full of superb characters
Loved this book. Set before my time but I can imagine it. The characters were superb and a great story of the main Character Elizabeth Zott a chemist and... READ MORE
Kirk Watson
Lessons in Chemistry
A funny, empowering and different story
For once I didn't put down a book I couldn't get into right away. I thought about all the rave reviews I've read and hoped it would be better. It certainly... READ MORE
Mikaela Skantz
Lessons in Chemistry
Unique and refreshing
What a refreshing, unique and truly feminist novel without being over heavy! I absolutely adored this book and I am so glad I managed to get the limited ed... READ MORE
Fiona Brown
Lessons in Chemistry
Do read this
With so many enthusiastic reviews, it is hard to start this book without preconceptions but do try. As I read the first few pages I found that it wasn’t ... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
I don’t even know where to start trying to explain how good this book is. One of the best books I’ve read for so long and I feel bereft now I’ve finished i... READ MORE
Cassie Reader
Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus is an extremely accomplished book based on a 1960’s scientist, Elizabeth Zott. It is a fascinating read and I was so... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
Lessons in Chemistry
Charming, easy read
Didn’t quite know what to expect but found myself unable to put it down. A really fun little read.
Christine Sweeney-Fitzgerald
Lessons in Chemistry
Brilliant thought provoking
I loved this book, I’d heard such good things about it I thought I might be disappointed, but that was not the case. It made me laugh and cry. I thought El... READ MORE
Sallyanne Haddenham
Lessons in Chemistry
Best book of 2022, so far!
Best book of 2022….. so far! It’s taken me til the following day to be able to formulate how I wanted to write about how I feel about this book. Bonnie G... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Beautiful whammy of a book!
Lively, intelligent, humorous, beautifully conceived, researched, written, paced, executed. Sharp, insightful, uplifting. What's wrong with this book? Abs... READ MORE
Ann Ayton
Lessons in Chemistry
This book is EVERYTHING!
This book is EVERYTHING! I’m so glad I took it on holiday with me as I loved every word of it. As you can see, it is looking a little worse for the wear, a... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Fantastic read
A gripping read from start to finish, well worth picking up for any book fan.
Chewbacca Reads
Lessons in Chemistry
I loved this book. It was heart warming, heart breaking and very realistic about how women in science have been/are treated in relation to their male count... READ MORE
Jamila Din