• Lessons in Chemistry
  • Lessons in Chemistry
  • Lessons in Chemistry
  • Lessons in Chemistry
  • Lessons in Chemistry
  • Lessons in Chemistry

Lessons in Chemistry

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/03/2023
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Lessons in Chemistry
The Chemical Sisters
Lessons in Chemistry is about rejecting the limits placed on individuals by society. But, it is also about the price to be paid for refusing those chains. ... READ MORE
Richard Hayden in Rye
Lessons in Chemistry
Addictive, stunning, feminist and just a masterpiece!
I flew through it in two days, less technically as I was working for those two days as well. Elizabeth Zott is an incredible character and Lessons in Chemi... READ MORE
Charlotte Bonner
Lessons in Chemistry
Disregard everything you think you know about this book
I went into this expecting Taylor Jenkins Reid esque soppy nonsense but NOPE. Its hard to put into words but this is such an in depth perspective of what i... READ MORE
Daisy Wilkes
Lessons in Chemistry
Feminism never tasted so good!
Half feminist rallying cry, half devastating drama about love and family, this book has something for everyone. Elizabeth is a fierce and no-nonsense prot... READ MORE
Morgan at Exeter Roman Gate


'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: 9781804990926
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 282g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 24 mm

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Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons in Bad Characters
Prepare to roll your eyes and sigh an awful lot
Lessons in Chemistry
kind of disappointed me
What I liked the most about this book was the feminist aspect of it, how the main character goes against all odds to make her way and defy everyone in the ... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Okay but not engaging enough
I didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to. The main character Elizabeth isn’t a very likeable person and I just didn’t care enough about her to want to kn... READ MORE
Rebecca Shearer
Lessons in Chemistry
thoroughly enjoyed!
i have seen a variety of reviews on here. this book was ultimately was got me out of a reading slump. i actually felt empty for a while after i finished it... READ MORE
Maja Kowalska
Lessons in Chemistry
This book will make you angry sad joyful and amazed …read it
Just finished Lessons in Chemistry …what a journey …I m a woman , 71 , and more than aware of misogyny , sexism, and societal downgrading of women and the... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Amazing read
Lessons in Chemistry manages to combine laugh- out- loud moments with incredibly poigniant scenes and still left room for moments of edge of the seat threa... READ MORE
Petra Griffin
Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons for all of us
Science lessons at school were not generally enjoyable for me. Biology made me pass out whereas Physics made me cry out with frustration. I could understan... READ MORE
Mark Rasdall
Lessons in Chemistry
A great read
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus took me back to the dark days of the 1950’s when women were virtually 2nd class citizens and expected to fetch and ca... READ MORE
Elaine Grae
Lessons in Chemistry
lessons in chemistry
one of the best books I've ever read
Justine  Viger
Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons In Feminism
I loved this book so so so so much. Elizabeth Zott, Harriet & Madeline were all flawed characters that made me feel something unique. The book cover is sim... READ MORE
Charlie Ludlow
Lessons in Chemistry
One of the best books I’ve ever read
I absolutely loved this book. I think about it often too. It was funny and meaningful all at the same time. Even brought a few tears at times. This is one ... READ MORE
Rebecca  Marrion
Lessons in Chemistry
Stick with it
This isn’t my usual genre, and I took me a good 50% or so to really appreciate how good this book is. But I am SO glad I stuck with it. Elizabeth, despi... READ MORE
Shi Selby
Lessons in Chemistry
A good read
It’s definitely a book that you’ll need to take some short breaks due to its themes. It was a lot in some places but the feminist inside was rooting for he... READ MORE
Zoe  Wallace
Lessons in Chemistry
A Good Read
This was a good work of fiction and raised some interesting points about equality and feminism in the time it was set. I also found it quite funny at parts... READ MORE
Chloe Fraser
Lessons in Chemistry
Fresh and witty
I am thoroughly enjoying reading Lessons in Chemistry. The writing is fresh and witty. There is light and shade, as well as sardonic humour directed toward... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Definitely worth reading!
I really enjoyed this book. Her chemical approach to cooking was a new twist to me!
Gloria Rolin
Lessons in Chemistry
This is a must read!
I cannot begin to express how incredible this book is. I cried when I finished the book because I felt like I had lost a friend. The intelligence of the au... READ MORE
Courtney Roberts
Lessons in Chemistry
Observant, provoking and laugh out loud funny
Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, chemist Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s... READ MORE
Book-Loving Educator
Lessons in Chemistry
Absolutely thrilling from first to last page
This book will take you on a rollercoaster ride full of tears, laughs, worry and delight that you’ll find yourself so much wiser and happier once you have ... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Loved this book so much
I adored this book. Read it on holiday and didn't put it down until I was done. Makes you think about the great strides that have been made in the woman's ... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
Funny, moving and thought-provoking, this is a brilliant debut.
“… here she was, a single mother, the lead scientist on what had to be the most unscientific experiment of all time: the raising of another human being. Ev... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent
Lessons in Chemistry
Lessons in Life, Class dismissed!
Elizabeth Zott is a budding chemist crushed under the patriarchal lead academics that rule her life. Attached for being a scientist, a girlfriend, a mother... READ MORE
Megan Reed
Lessons in Chemistry
Amazing book
Lessons in Chemistry
Good, not incredible
This book was a very interesting one for me. I like the concept and thought it would be a good one to read after hearing all of the positive reviews. T... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
A true gripper
As most readers do, they read the book then - if there is one - they watch a film/show. However as I had the chance I compared them as I went a long and da... READ MORE
Daniel Kemp
Lessons in Chemistry
Loved this book- made me gasp, laugh and cry out loud. Elizabeth’s story and struggle as a woman in a male dominated field and in society as a whole was gu... READ MORE
Lessons in Chemistry
So much HEART
Absolutely incredible. Garmus has a way of writing characters that just pulls you into her book. For anyone debating picking this one up, you absolutely wi... READ MORE
Mary Moore
Lessons in Chemistry
Caricature Characters
While I approached this book with anticipation, hoping for an enthralling read, I found myself disappointed in the end. The characters felt overly caricatu... READ MORE
Ross OR
Lessons in Chemistry
A Lesson in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus
I loved this book, it brought to life the hardships of being an educated woman in the 1950s when trying to follow a career and faced with the sexist attitu... READ MORE
Hazel Healey