Lessons in Chemistry: Bonnie Garmus on writing an instant bestseller

The author shares the inspiration behind her debut novel

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American author Bonnie Garmus

In this episode of The Irish Times Women’s Podcast, we are revisiting a conversation we had last year with Bonnie Garmus, author of the best selling book Lessons in Chemistry.

The novel follows the life of Elizabeth Zott, a chemist in 1960s America, who leaves her career in science to present a TV cooking show.

Garmus talks to Róisín Ingle about her long road to writing success, the excitement of her book becoming an instant bestseller and how her main character Zott came to her one evening after a bad day at the office.

The upcoming Apple TV+ series based on the novel, starring Brie Larson, is due out later this year.

Suzanne Brennan

Suzanne Brennan

Suzanne Brennan is an audio producer at The Irish Times