Novels

Paper

by John McCabe
Black comedy/thriller: A disgruntled biochemist is threatened by boredom, boss and vial of phenol.
Links: our author interview • Amazon (UK)

Carbon Dreams

by Susan M. Gaines
Drama: A female geologist struggles with career and love in California.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Arrowsmith

by Sinclair Lewis
Drama: A scientist/medic leans the hard way that pure research is more noble – and cures plague in the process.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Mendel’s Dwarf

by Simon Mawer
Black comedy: A megalomaniac achondroplasiac geneticist studies his own disease.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Brazzaville Beach

by William Boyd
Drama/Thriller: Mathematics meets malign chimps – Jane Goodall with a twist.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Gold Bug Variations

by Richard Powers
Drama: Love, music, art, literature, DNA coding and computers in one heady intellectual mix.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Galatea 2.2

by Richard Powers
Drama: In this haunting story, a writer-in-residence recovers from personal tragedy by helping colorful, well-drawn neurologists build a sentient AI program.
Links: Amazon (UK)

As She Climbed Across the Table

by Jonathan Lethem
Drama: A particle physicist falls in love with a black hole of her own creation.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Zodiac

by Neal Stephenson
Comedy/thriller: A fun-loving ecoterrorist chemist stumbles onto something more alarming than the usual toxic sludge in Boston Harbor.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Boric Acid Murder

by Camille Minichino
Mystery: A retired physicist gets caught up in a library murder.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Passage

by Connie Willis
Drama: Near-death experiences under the microscope – is Heaven the Titanic? A scientist attempts to work out the brain physiology behind that long glowing tunnel.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Bellwether

by Connie Willis
Humor: The queen of science fiction sets her favorite genre aside to pen an entirely mainstream tale; capers, chaos theory and a flock of sheep feature in this rom-com set in a research institute.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Triplet Code

by B. B. Jordan
Mystery: A scientist can’t help noticing when her colleagues start dropping dead.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Gut Symmetries

by Jeanette Winterson
Drama: Physicists becoming One with each other and the universe.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Periodic Table

by Primo Levi
Semi-autobiographical fiction: A chemist survives Auschwitz.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Cantor’s Dilemma

by Carl Djerassi
Drama: What would you do to win a Nobel?
Links: our author profile • Amazon (UK)

The Bourbaki Gambit

by Carl Djerassi
Drama: A secret group of researchers make a key discovery: their egos don’t like being buried.
Links: our review • our author profile • Amazon (UK)

Menachem’s Seed

by Carl Djerassi
Drama: Sperm-snatching on the academic conference circuit.
Links: our author profile • Amazon (UK)

NO

by Carl Djerassi
Drama: Scientists study penile erection and things get a bit personal.
Links: our author profile • Amazon (UK)

The Struggles of Albert Woods

by William Cooper
Humor: One minor scientist’s battle to become not-quite-so-minor.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Pharmacology Is Murder

by Dirk Wyle (and others in the series)
Mystery: A graduate student goes undercover.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Thinks

by David Lodge
Humor: The Humanities vs. the Arts: a cognitive scientist and a novelist attempt to speak the same language.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Einstein’s Dreams

by Alan Lightman
Drama: A poetical, fictionalized account of Einstein’s discovery process, most of which happens while he is asleep.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Long For This World

by Michael Byers
Drama: A geneticist medic discovers a mutation in his patients that could lead to an ethically dubious cure for aging.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Unnatural Exposure

by Patricia Cornwell
Mystery: Virigina Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta on the trail of a serial killer, with a hefty dose of forensic science (and many others in this series).
Links: Amazon (UK)

Seaside Pleasures

by Ann Lingard
Drama: A tale of shells and snails, science and religion, love and death.
Links: our author interview • Littoralis Press

Figure in a Landscape

by Ann Lingard
Drama: A seal zoologist clashes with a guilt-ridden recluse.
Links: our author interview • Author’s website

Floating Stones

by Ann Lingard
Drama: A geologist toys with the irrational as he considers leaving family and career for a potter he meets while doing fieldwork.
Links: our author interview • Online Originals

Strong Medicine

by Arthur Hailey
Thriller: A women discovers the sins and secrets of the pharmaceutical industry.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Inspired Sleep

by Robert Cohen
Drama: A disgrunted PhD student tries to find solace in the dreams of a sleep research project.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture

by Apostolos Doxiadis
Humor/Drama: The black sheep of a family struggles to solve an age-old mathematical theorem.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Cloud Chamber

by Clare George
Historical drama: A tale of nuclear physicists at the dawn of atomic science.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Speed of Dark

by Elizabeth Moon
Drama: Lab lit lite: In considering an experimental new cure, a bioinformaticist must choose between love and the autism that facilitates his talents.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Measuring the World

by Daniel Kehlmann
Historical drama: A fictionalized account of an intense meeting between mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and natural scientist Alexander von Humbold in Berlin in 1828 (originally in German).
Links: Amazon (UK)

Properties of Light

by Rebecca Goldstein
Drama: Burning love and murderous professional envy consume three physicists obsessed with understanding the quantum physics underpinning light.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Leaky Establishment

by David Langford
Humor: A caustic and humorous send-up of the nuclear research industry in Britain written by a former weapons physicist.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Crow Lake

by Mary Lawson
Drama: Lab lit lite: An invertebrate zoologist returns home after many years of estrangement from her family.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Quite a Year for Plums

by Bailey White
Drama: Lab lit lite: A plant pathologist learns how science should be used to understand nature rather than to conquer and master it.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Prodigal Summer

by Barbara Kingsolver
Drama: Lab lit lite: A lone wildlife biologist lives in the woods and studies coyotes while attempting to sort out her personal life.
Links: Amazon (UK)

This Thing of Darkness

by Harry Thompson
Historical Drama: Darwin and the voyage of the Beagle viewed through the eyes of Captain Fitzroy.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Darwin Conspiracy

by John Darnton
Historical Drama: Darwin again, this time seen through the eyes of two modern-day, lovelorn scholars – Possession for the evolutionarily minded.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Intuition

by Allegra Goodman
Drama: Secrets, lies and scientific fraud threaten to tear apart a close-knit cancer laboratory.
Links: Amazon (UK) • Nature review by LabLit’s editor

Enigma

by Robert Harris
Historical fiction: A brilliant mathematician struggles to crack German codes in the second world war.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Cryptonomicon

by Neal Stephenson
Historical fiction: Alan Turing as a troubled mathematical soul in this brilliant blend of fact and fancy.
Links: Amazon (UK)

A Whistling Woman

by A.S. Byatt
Drama: Lab lit lite: Snail scientists almost completely diluted by an exhaustive cast of characters in this ‘novel of ideas’ (preceded by three other books in a series).
Links: Amazon (UK)

A Whiff of Death

by Isaac Asimov
Mystery: Petty politics and murder in this still-timely 1958 tale of an assistant professor in a chemistry department, penned when Azimov was a chemistry professor himself.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Scorpion’s Tail

by Sylvia Torti
Drama: Written by a biology PhD and set in Chiapas during the 1994 Zapatista rebellion, this novel features two field ecologists who get caught up in something they never expected.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Wegener’s Jigsaw (One Day On the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead)

by Clare Dudman
Historical drama: A fictionalized autobiography of the scientific revolutionary Alfred Wegener, the main proponent of continental drift.
Links: the author writes in LabLit • Amazon (UK)

98 Reasons For Being

by Clare Dudman
Historical drama: A biographical novel about another scientific revolutionary, the experimental psychiatrist Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann.
Links: the author writes in LabLit • Amazon (UK)

Antarctica

by Kim Stanley Robinson
Thriller: A rich scientific, political and cultural environment and dangerous ecoterrorists feature in this exciting tale.
Links: our author interview • Amazon (UK)

Forty Signs of Rain

by Kim Stanley Robinson
Drama: Scientists and policy wonks struggle to cope with the impending threat of global warming – with great insights into the culture of scientific funding (first of trilogy entitled ‘Science in the Capitol’).
Links: our author interview • Amazon (UK)

Fifty Degrees Below

by Kim Stanley Robinson
Drama: The trilogy continues as the Gulf Stream stalls and a mini-Ice Age descends on D.C. – genetically engineered lichen to the rescue? (Part 2 of trilogy).
Links: our author interview • Amazon (UK)

Sixty Days and Counting

by Kim Stanley Robinson
Drama: An eco-friendly president is elected, but will it be too late? (part 3 of trilogy).
Links: our author interview • our review • Amazon (UK)

The Search

by C. P. Snow
Drama: From the scientist father of ‘the two cultures’ idea, an x-ray crystallographer participates in a few scientific cover-ups.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Small Back Room

by Nigel Balchin
Drama: Classic lab lit from the 1940s about wartime boffins, by someone who was there.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Talk Nerdy to Me

by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Humor: An electrical engineer hero and a sexy, brainy heroine build a working bio-fuelled hovercraft in her garage (part of ‘The Nerd Series’).
Links: Amazon (UK)

Saving St. Germ

by Carol Muske-Dukes
Drama: A brilliant, creative organic chemist tries to manage a complicated life without descending into madness while developing her breakthrough theory.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Cannery Row

by John Steinbeck
Humor: A marine biologist presides over a bohemian field station with a colorful cast of whores, gamblers, bums, drunks and artists (based loosely on the life of Ed Ricketts).
Links: Amazon (UK)

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

by Janna Levin
Historical Fiction: A poetic account of the lives of Alan Turing and Kurt Gödel, just on the border between fiction and non-fiction.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Life

by Gwyneth Jones
Drama: A young geneticist makes her way through her life as a scientist, wife and mother.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Lust

by Geoff Ryman
Black Comedy: A thirty-something government scientist with an overactive imagination grapples with his urges.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Radiance

by Carter Scholz
Drama: Young physicists become drawn into weapons work at the Lawrence Livermore lab.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Luminous Fish

by Lynn Margulis
Drama: A tale of atmospheric scientists from the founder of the endosymbiosis theory, via an ultimately unsatisfying symbiosis of fiction and autobiography.
Links: Scientist review by LabLit’s editor • Amazon (UK)

The Oxford Murders

by Guillermo Martinez
Drama: A math graduate student and a logician try to find out who killed an old woman who was involved in Enigma.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

by Paul Torday
Comedy/Drama: A fisheries scientist struggles to create a salmon habitat in the desert.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Gift

by Jon Kalb
Drama: Greed and sabotage in the hominid fossil-hunting world, written by an archaeologist who should know.
Links: Nature review by LabLit’s editor • Publisher’s site

Lethal Genes

by Linda Grant
Mystery: Death and subterfuge in a Bay Area plant genetics lab.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Cold Dark Matter

by Alex Brett
Mystery: A suicide in a remote astronomical observatory opens up an even older, Cold War era mystery.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Dead Water Creek

by Alex Brett
Mystery: A researcher blows the whistle on a lab head siphoning off funds in a fisheries laboratory, but there’s more to the crime than meets the eye.
Links: Amazon (UK)

A Hole in Texas

by Herman Wouk
Drama/Romance: An aging particle physicist runs afoul with Congress, the Chinese and the CIA in his quest for the Higgs Bosun.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Kepler

by John Banville
Historical fiction: The more human side of the famous astronomer is brought to life.
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

Doctor Copernicus

by John Banville
Historical fiction: Copernicus attempts to reconcile theory with fact as he develops his theory of the heliocentric solar system.
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

Final Theory

by Mark Alpert
Thriller: Terrorists and the FBI battle it out over Einstein’s ‘lost’ unification theory.
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

Sun and Moon Corrupted

by Philip Ball
Drama: A troubled journalist goes on the trail of a mysterious fringe scientist.
Links: our author interview • Amazon (UK)

Experimental Heart

by Jennifer L. Rohn
Thriller/Romance: A love-struck workaholic obsesses over a mysterious woman and her new vaccine in a London cancer research institute.
Links: CSHL Press • Amazon (UK)

Quicksilver

by Neal Stephenson (plus two others in the The Baroque Cycle)
Historical fiction: An alternative history in the 17th Century, complete with authentic scientists.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Quantum

by Tom Grace
Mystery: An invention yielding unlimited power could start a wonderful new industry or the end of the world.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Gravity’s Chain

by Allan Goodwin
Drama: Life changes for a brilliant young scientist who unifies Relativity and Quantum Theory.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Tensleep

by Sarah Andrews
Mystery: Like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, forensic geologist Emily Hansen uses geological clues to solve crimes while climbing the professional ladder.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Principal Investigation

by BB Jordan (and others in the same series)
Mystery: Can virologist Dr. Celeste Braun stop a former Harvard researcher from creating a virus and selling the only cure to it?
Links: Amazon (UK)

Sequence

by Lori Andrews
Mystery/Crime: Alexandra Blake, a geneticist with major commitment issues and a taste for old cars, takes on mysteries.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Los Alamos

by Joseph Kanon
Mystery: A group of scientists race the Nazis to finish the first atomic bomb.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Ship Fever

by Andrea Barrett
Historic fiction: Do swallows really sleep under water? A collection of short stories blending history, science and fiction.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Behaviour of Moths

by Poppy Adams
Drama: Lab lit lite: A moth expert compares the situation of moths to her own life than that of her family.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Embalmer’s Book of Recipes

by Ann Lingard
Drama: Lab lit lite: The lives and loves of three women in Cumbria: a widowed sheep farmer, a taxidermist and a mathematician.
Links: our author interview • Amazon (UK)

The Housekeeper and The Professor

by Yoko Ogawa
Drama: Lab lit lite: A touching Japanese novella about the housekeeper to an amnesiac math professor, and her young son.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Gloryhits

by Bob Stickgold and Mark Noble
Thriller: Scientists try to save the world from a deadly virus in this 70s classic penned by real scientists.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Story of Forgetting

by Stefan Merrill Block
Drama: Lab lit lite: A science nerd desperately tries to understand his mother’s Alzheimer’s.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Sun at Midnight

by Rosie Thomas
Drama: A young Oxford geologist travels to Antarctica and finds love.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Mobius Dick

by Andrew Crumey
Genre: A professor of theoretical physics stumbles into a dangerous plot.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Schrödinger’s Ball

by Adam Felber
Comedy: Erwin Schrödinger and a cast of zany characters get drawn together by a freak traffic accident.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Hungry Tide

by Amitav Ghosh
Drama: A cetologist studying the elusive Ganges Dolphin discovers a stormy history of unrequited love and loss in the Indian Sundarbans.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Log from the “Sea of Cortez” 

by John Steinbeck
Drama/Comedy: A blend of fiction and fact, the author and his scientist friend keep a ship’s log.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Gravity’s Rainbow

by Thomas Pynchon
Drama: Lab lit lite: scientists study bombs and the paranormal in this classic epic tale of the dreg-ends of World War II.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Turbulence

by Giles Foden
Historical drama: Met office scientists struggle to predict the weather for the D-Day Landings.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The First Circle

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Drama: A fictional account of imprisoned Soviet scientists working on secret projects for Stalin.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Girl Pretending To Read Rilke

by Barbara Riddle
Drama: A young woman’s struggles to begin a career in bioscience amid the backlash from a fateful telegram.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Remarkable Creatures

by Tracy Chevalier
Historical Drama: A fictionalized account of Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, two real Victorian natural historians struggling in a man’s world.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Trouble With Lichen

by John Wyndham
Drama: Two scientists run into trouble when they accidentally discover the biological secret of staying young.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Dreaming Jungles

by Michel Rio
Drama: A French aristocrat travels to the jungles of Africa in the early 20th Century to study chimpanzees.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Mrs Einstein

by Anna McGrail
Historical drama: Einstein’s abandoned daughter resolves to haunt her father’s scientific career and master physics.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Particles and Luck

by Louis B. Jones
Comedy: A young theoretical physicist gets sucked into a crazy caper.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Dork of Cork

by Chet Raymo
Drama: An amateur astronomer finds his ideas about God, women, and himself challenged when he meets the mainstream scientific community.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Where The Sea Used To Be

by Rick Bass
Drama: The struggle between a prickly Texas oilman and his daughter, an expert on wolves, for the souls of the two geologists who become her lovers
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Time of Our Singing

by Richard Powers
Drama: Lab lit lite: a mixed-raced music-loving family headed by a physicist grapples with racism in during the American Civil Rights movement.
Links: Amazon (UK)

About Grace

by Anthony Doerr
Drama: A hydrologist in isolation sets out to find his long-abandoned daughter.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Wave Theory of Angels

by Alison McLeod
Drama: Lab lit lite: the action moves between a growing cathedral in France in 1284 and Fermilab in 2001, where a rebel physicist’s daughter keeps a mysterious secret.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Echo Maker

by Richard Powers
Drama: A famous cognitive neurologist investigates a strange case of Capgras syndrome
Links: Amazon (UK)

Generosity: An Enhancement

by Richard Powers
Drama: A geneticist thinks he’s found the scientific cause of happiness.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Anthill

by EO Wilson
Drama: The story of boy who grows up to be a naturalist and a lawyer, determined to save the world from its most savage ecological predator: man himself.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Impact Factor

by Paul Brand
Drama/Thriller: A young female scientist gets into trouble after sleeping with the competition at an international symposium
Links: Amazon (UK)

Return to Almora

by Rajendra Pachauri
Drama: A semi-autobiographical account of the life and loves of the head of the International Panel on Climate Change.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Solar

by Ian McEwan
Black comedy: The professional and personal worlds of a past-it, Nobel-prize-winning physicist collide in a freak accident.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Conjurer’s Bird

by Martin Davies
Historical drama: An 18th Century naturalist uncovers the secrets of an extinct bird, while present day researchers seek his personal secrets.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The House of Sleep

by Jonathan Coe
Drama/comedy: Lab lit lite: a surly sleep researcher interacts with a group of other former students in a humorous tale about love, life and forty winks.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Indian Clerk

by David Leavitt
Historical drama: A fictionalized account of mathematician G.H. Hardy’s discovery of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Story of Blanche and Marie 

by Per Olov Enquist
Historical drama: A fictionalized account of Marie Curie and the discovery of radium.
Links: Amazon (UK)

An Instance of the Fingerpost

by Iain Pears
Drama: Lab lit Lite: A group of people, including a mathematician, try to solve a murder in Oxford in 17th Century.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Game Control

by Lionel Shriver
Drama: A family-planning worker falls for a misanthropic population control biologist in Kenya.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Two On a Tower

by Thomas Hardy
Drama: An unhappily married lady breaks all the rules of social decorum when she falls in love with an astronomer who is ten years her junior.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Honest Look

by Jennifer L. Rohn
Drama: A young woman working in a biotech company makes a shocking discovery about the company’s new cure for Alzheimer’s.
Links: CSHL Press • Amazon (UK)

The Unfixed Stars (entitled ‘Percival’s Planet’ in the US)

by Michael Byers
Historical fiction: A pacy, fictionalized account of the real life story of Pluto’s discovery by a Kansas farm boy.
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

Deadly

by Julie Chibbaro
Drama for young adults: A 16-year-old girl in New York at the turn of the 20th century discovers a way into the masculine world of science.
Links: Amazon (UK)

State Of Wonder

by Ann Patchett
Drama: An enigmatic scientist working on an infertility cure in the Amazon is tracked down by her former student when a colleague is killed.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth

by Stuart Clark
Historical drama: A fictionalized account of the science and lives of Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei. First of a trilogy.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Double Helix

by Nancy Werlin
Drama for young adults: A young man takes a detour into a biotech company before starting college – leaving him with more questions than answers about the scientific world.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Spiral

by Paul McEuan
Thriller: A biological super-weapon destroyed during the Second World War is rediscovered: will there be time stop it?
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Music of the Spheres

by Elizabeth Redfern
Historical drama: French and British astronomers compete to find a lost planet in 1795 amidst the French revolution.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Deja Dead

by Kathy Reichs (and others in the series)
Drama: A forensic anthropologist solves crimes (also the novel behind the popular TV series “Bones”).
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Condition

by Jennifer Haigh
Drama: A scientist father and his loves ones grapple with an instance of Turner’s syndrome in the family.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Germline 

by Nelson Erlick
Thriller: A scientist working on in utero gene therapy cures gets entangled in the dark scandal lurking beneath.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Don Among the Dead Men

by C E Vulliamy
Thriller: A lecturer in chemistry in the 1920s uses his own discovery for murder.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Giant, O’Brien

by Hilary Mantel
Historical fiction: A fictionalized reworking of the anatomist John Hunter and the Irish Giant, whose bones he coveted.
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

The Sensorium of God

by Stuart Clark
Historical fiction: A fictionalized account of Newton, Halley and Hooke – second in a series after The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth.
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

Lone Wolf

by Jodi Picoult
Drama:A scientist who studies wolves abandons his family to follow a pack in northern Quebec.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Heart Broke In

by James Meek
Drama: A parasitologist, her cancer reseacher lover and her ex-rock star brother wade their way through complicated lives as scandal stalks them.
Links: Amazon (UK)

When The Killing’s Done

by T C Boyle
Drama: An environmental scientist fights public opinion – and animal rights activists – as she struggles to save rare island species by killing off invading rats and wild pigs.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Breathing On Glass

by Jennifer Cryer
Drama: A stem cell researcher struggles with her research while her sister battles with infertility.
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

Welcome Home, Sir

by Steve Caplan
Drama: A biochemistry professor struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder as he tries to keep his lab and family intact.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The God Patent

by Ransom Stephens
Drama/Thriller: Sex, drugs and quantum physics collide with artificial intelligence, faith, and free will in a battle over the origin of the universe and the existence of the soul.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Coming Flu

by J.L. Greger
Thriller: Medical epidemiologist Sara Almquist races against time to protect her neighborhood when a deadly new flu blows into town.
Links: the author writes in LabLit • Amazon (UK)

Flight Behaviour

by Barbara Kingsolver
Drama: A smart but poorly educated woman in rural Tennessee has her life transformed when scientists come to town.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Live With Lightning

by Wilson Mitchell
Drama
An ambitious young physicist struggles to make his mark in Academia, then in industry
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

The Krone Experiment

by Craig Wheeler
Thriller
An astrophysicist to the rescue as the US and the Soviets threaten to start a deadly war
Links: the author’s essay in LabLit • Amazon (UK)

The Falling Sky

by Pippa Goldschmidt
Drama: An astronomer thinks she’s found evidence contradicting the Big Bang theory.
Links: our review •Amazon (UK)

The Day Without Yesterday

by Stuart Clark
Historical fiction: Einstein and Lemaitre work towards a new view of the universe.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Berlin Wild

by Ely Welt
Historical fiction: The Holocaust, as viewed by a small group of research scientists (said to be modelled on the laboratory of real-life scientist Nikolai Timofeev-Ressovsky).
Links: Amazon (UK)

No Ordinary Matter

by Jenny McFee
Lab Lit lite: Two sisters, a neuroscientist and a soap opera writer, get caught up in a drama of their own.
Links: Amazon (UK)

George Letham: Médecin et Meurtrier (Physician and Murderer)

by Ernst Weiss
Drama: In French: A bacteriologist infects himself in a study of scientific egotism.
Links: English translation • Amazon (UK)

The Accident

by Dexter Mmsters
Drama: A nuclear physicist becomes ill after working on the Manhattan Project.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Night Thoughts of a Classical Physicist

by Russell McCormmack
Drama: An aged physicist thinks back on his life and the great scientists who taught him.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Mind-Body Problem

by Rebecca Goldstein
Lab lit Lite: A philosophy graduate student drop-out hopes to rescue her life by marrying a genius mathematician.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Running From The Devil

by Jamie Freveletti (and others in the series)
Thriller: Biochemist Emma Caldridge crashes in the jungle and has to deal with guerrillas and a dangerous biological weapon.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Recombinations 

by Perri Klass
Drama: Scientists, would-be artists, single working women, young parents, and born-again Yuppies mingle to create a gentle social satire.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Edge of Chaos 

by Pamela McCorduck
Drama: Mathematicians in Santa Fe explore the fine line between frozen predictability and hopeless disorder.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Bounded Rationality

by Pamela McCorduck
Drama: Scientists in Santa Fe struggle with backdrop of 9/11 and what it means to be successful, in science as well as in life.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Ghostwalk

by Rebecca Stott
Mystery: A modern-day mystery/fantasy set in Cambridge that features Isaac Newton’s obsession with alchemy.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Coral Thief

by Rebecca Stott
Historical fiction: Set in the 18th century, a British naturalist comes to Paris to work for the famous Lamarck
Links: Amazon (UK)

Strong Motion

by Jonathan Franzen
Mystery: A seismologist arrives in Boston and investigates recent earthquakes that might be linked to a chemical company.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Captivity

by Debbie Lee Wesselman
Drama: Chimpanzees are set loose from a sanctuary and cause ethical chaos.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Highest Tide

by Jim Lynch
Drama: A budding marine biologist has an unforgettable summer.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Borderline

by Bonnie Rozanski
Drama: A skewed coming-of-age story of a normal boy in a crazy world, with a scientist father and a mother who wants to cure his autistic brother.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Atmospheric Disturbances

by Rivka Galchen
Lab Lit Lite: Dr Leo Liebenstein is convinced that his wife has disappeared and that she has been replaced by a double.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Beyond Sleep

by WF Hermans, translator Ina Rilke-Mulder
Drama: A young Dutch geologist is determined to make a great discovery in a geological expedition.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Wild Type

by Jeffrey Ivan Victoroff
Mystery/Thriller: Two NIH fellows begin their research in Washington and try and navigate through the bureaucracy and science.
Links: Amazon (US)

Pure

by Andrew Miller
Historical Fiction: In 18th Century Paris, an engineer trying to solve the problem of an overly full cemetery starts to realize that politics is everywhere.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Loop

by Nicholas Evans
Drama/Romance: A wolf biologist has to counter hatred against her object of study in a small town.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Good Benito

by Alan Lightman
Drama: A professor of physics struggles with life and in a tale of disillusionment.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Principles of American Nuclear Chemistry

by Thomas McMahon
Drama: The lives, scientific discoveries and excitement of the Manhattan Project through the eyes of a teenager.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Loving Little Egypt

by Thomas McMahon
Drama: A physics prodigy hacks into the telephone grid in 1920s to counter saboteurs.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Jackhammer Elegies

by Stefan Jaeger
Thriller: A structural engineer teams up with an FBI agent to stop a criminal mastermind.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Antisense

by Richard Marshall
Thriller: A scientist explores connections between the disputed theories of Lamarck and his own family’s past.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Dark Frontier

by Eric Ambler
Thriller: A physicist gets involved with international spies in a fictional Eastern Europe country in the 1930s to prevent a nuclear disaster.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Decoded: A novel

by Mai Jia
Drama: The story of a semi-autistic mathematical genius and one of the great code-breakers in the world (translated from the Chinese)
Links: Amazon (UK)

Plague and Cholera

by Patrick Deville
Historical fiction: Microbiologist Dr Alexandre Yersin is brought to vivid, thrilling life (translated from the French).
Links: Amazon (UK)

Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion

by A.R Taylor
Drama/comedy: A charming physicist cad flees Caltech and his three girlfriends for the Pacific Northwest.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Resurrectionist

by Matthew Guinn
Drama: A medical college in South Carolina discovers mysterious bodies from a century ago.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Letters from Yellowstone

by Diane Smith
Drama (Epistolary): A group of scientists on an expedition in 1898 to catalogue the flora and fauna of Yellowstone Park before tourists, the railroad, local entrepreneurs and poachers destroy it.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Tödliches Geflecht

by Axel Brennicke
Drama: (In German) A young molecular biologist discovers potential foul play in Southern France.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion
Drama: A geneticist who hasn’t had luck in dating turns his quest into an experiment and meets a woman who turns everything upside-down.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Imaginary Friends

by Alison Lurie
Drama: Two sociologists infiltrate a cult as participant-observers and are at risk of getting pulled under.
Links: Amazon (UK)

True Jacob: A Novel

by Tom Sriver
Drama: An American physics professor enlists after Pearl Harbor and is charged with finding a fabled uranium mountain on Java.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Signature of All Things

by Elizabeth Gilbert
Historical drama: A female botanist in the Enlightened Age makes her way in the world.
Links: Amazon (UK)

These Are Our Children

by Julie Maxwell
Drama/comedy: A professor of neonatal medicine invents a new machine to save babies while his illicit lover is pregnant; is the baby his or her husband’s?
Links: Amazon (UK)

Syndrome

by Thomas Hoover
Drama: A clinic conducting stem-cell clinical trials seems to work wonders, but is it ethically sound?
Links: Amazon (UK)

The People in the Trees

by Hanya Yanagihara
Drama: A scientist medic and an anthropologist find an extremely long-lived yet senile tribe on an Micronesian island – do they have the keys to immortality?
Links: Amazon (UK)

Blueback

by Tim Winton
Lab Lit Lite: A boy grows up wanting to understand the sea and becomes a biologist.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Only Witness

by Pamela Beason
Thriller: A gorilla is the only witness to a crime, and her psychologist trainer has to use her as an eyewitness.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Leave Me Never

by Suzanne Carey
Silhouette® Romance: Possibly the only pulp romance novel ever written that contains science and where the (brutish) male love object is a scientist.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Too Late

by Zvi Yanai
Semi-Autobiographical Drama: (In Hebrew) A man’s ode to his lost ecologist brother.
Links: our review

Roger’s Version

by John Updike
Drama: A professor of divinity gets embroiled with a computer scientist who wants to prove the existence of God.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Wives of Los Alamos

by Tarashea Nesbit
Drama: The wives who accompany their husband to the Manhattan Project tell their collective story.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jacqueline Kelly
Children’s fiction: A girl in 1889 learns about Darwin and being a naturalist from her Grandfather, but society does not approve.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Archangel

by Andrea Barratt
Historical fiction: A group of five interlinked short stories tells the tale of discovery throughout the ages.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Secondary Immunization: A Scientific Mystery

by BB Jordan
Mystery: Virologist Dr. Celeste Braun finds the corpse of an FBI agent.
Links: Amazon (UK)

A Fierce Radiance

by Lauren Belfer
Historical fiction/thriller: A photojournalist captures the race to develop antibiotics during WWII, and stumbles over espionage, blackmail and murder.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Night of the Mi’raj

by Zoe Ferraris
Thriller: A traditional Saudi man is forced to work closely with a female forensic scientist to solve a murder.
Links: Amazon (UK)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

by Karen Joy Fowler
Drama: A girl disappears, and her sister unravels the psychological mystery in her family.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Trudeau Vector

by Juris Jurjevics
Thriller: An epidemiologist investigates murder at an Arctic research station and discovers something much bigger.
Links: Amazon (UK)

People of the Book

by Geraldine Brooks
Drama: A book restoration expert travels to Sarajevo to save a lost treasure in the wake of the Bosnian war.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Rescue Mode

by Ben Bova and Les Johnson
Drama: A realistic tale of a manned expedition to Mars set in the present day.
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

Morpho Eugenia

by A. S. Byatt
Drama: (One of two novellas contained within Angels and Insects) A young Victorian clashes with his religious benefactor over Darwinism.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Mr. Darwin’s Shooter

by Roger McDonald
Historical Fiction: Darwin’s famous sea voyage told from the point of view of his young servant.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Devil’s Garden 

by Edward Docx
Thriller: A zoologist confronts corruption in the jungle where his team of naturalists are working.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Not Easy Being Green

by Susy Gage
Thriller: A virus that makes things glow green escapes the lab, but is it an accident?
Links: Amazon (UK)

Slow Cold Death

by Author
Thriller: An aimless scientist lands in a lab where a suspicious death complicates everything.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Migratory Animals

by Author
Drama: A climate scientist grapples with upheavals in her itinerant life when she returns home.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Euphoria

by Lily King
Drama: Three anthropologists in the 1930s are caught in a passionate love triangle; inspired by the life of Margaret Mead.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Dinosaur Feather

by Sissel-Jo Gazan
Thriller: (Translated from the Danish) A bird biologist is about to defend her thesis when her supervisor is found dead in the lab.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Arc of the Swallow

by Sissel-Jo Gazan
Thriller: (Translated from the Danish) A scientist is killed to cover up dodgy dealings perpetrated against the developing world.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Path of Minor Planets

by Andrew Sean Greer
Drama: A meeting of astronomers in the South Pacific in the 1960s is marred by the death of a boy.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Cry and the Covenant

by Morton Thompson
Historical fiction: A fictionalized account of the life of Ignaz Semmelweis, an Austrian-Hungarian physician who researched puerperal fever.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Death of an Expert Witness

by P. D. James
Thriller: (And others in the same series) A forensics lab in the East Anglia fens grapples with the death of one of their own scientists.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Rosie Effect

by Graeme Simsion
Comedy: A hopelessly hapless geneticist struggles to keep the first woman – now his wife – who he ever dated more than once.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Affair

by C.P. Snow
Drama: A scientist accused of scientific misconduct gets dismissed from a Cambridge college (first book in series)
Links: Amazon (UK)

The New Men

by C.P. Snow
Drama: A group of Cambridge scientists work on splitting the atom
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Jury

by Steve Martini
Drama: A medical researcher is accused of murdering a junior scientist
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Pawless Papers

by Robert Fagen
Drama: A satirical portrait of a scientist
Links: Amazon (UK)

Deep Blue

by Randy Wayne White
Mystery/Lab lit lite: Marine biologist Marion “Doc” Ford solves mysteries in a fictional Florida village (part of the Doc Ford series)
Links: Amazon (UK)

Cold Blood, Hot Sea

by Charlene D’Avanzo
Mystery: An oceanographer grapples with climate change denialists and the death of her colleague
Links: Amazon (UK)

This Living and Immortal Thing

by Austin Duffy
Drama/Dark comedy: An oncologist living in New York questions his own life decisions in science
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

Raw Data

by Pernille Rorth
Drama: Two young scientists try to make their mark in the world of biomedical research
Links: Amazon (UK)

Apple Tree Yard

by Louise Doughty
Thriller/Lab lit lite: A successful, married geneticist meets a stranger and her life starts to unravel
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Bird Skinner

by Alice Greenway
Drama: An ornithologist seeking solitude learns to live again
Links: Amazon (UK)

Landfalls

by Naomi J. Williams
Historical fiction: A voyage of scientific and geographical discovery in 1785
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Wolf Border

by Sarah Hall
Drama: A wolf biologist is asked to help reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the English countryside
Links: Amazon (UK)

Us Conductors

by Sean Michaels
Drama: A Russian scientist and inventor remembers love, music and science
Links: Amazon (UK)

Us

by David Nicholls
Lab lit lite: A biochemist fights for his marriage with his artist wife
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Origin: A Biographical Novel of Charles Darwin

by Irving Stone
Historical fiction: Charles Darwin’s life, told through narrative
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Wallcreeper

by Nell Zink
Lab lit lite: Portrait of the highs and lows of a pharmaceutical scientist’s marriage
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Man Without a Shadow

by Joyce Carol Oates
Drama: A neuropsychologist researcher undergoes a journey of self-discovery with her case study
Links: Amazon (UK)

All the Light We Cannot See

by Anthony Doerr
Lab lit lite: A young math whiz meets blind girl obsessed by shells in 1940s France
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Crossing

by Andrew Miller
Drama: An aloof scientist sails across the Atlantic on her own
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Martian

by Andy Weir
Drama: Stranded on Mars, a botanist has to fend for himself
Links: Amazon (UK)

Pandora’s Sisters

by Michael Stephen Fusch
Thriller: Who will win the battle over the key to a mysterious and game-changing stretch of DNA?
Links: Amazon (UK)

Everland

by Rebecca Hunt
Drama: Two sets of explorers lost in the fictional Antarctic island of Everland – in 1913 and 2012
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

Neanderthal

by John Darnton
Thriller: Two rival archaelogists and former lovers discover a surviving race of Neanderthals
Links: Amazon (UK)

Open Grave

by Kjell Eriksson
Thriller; lab lit lite: After Professor Bertram von Ohler is awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine, his neighbours don’t approve and mysterious things start to happen.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Three Weeks in December

by Audrey Schulman
Historical Fiction: In 1899, a young engineer leaves to construct a railroad in east Africa, while in 2000, an American ethnobotanist in east Africa stumbles into an old story.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Satin Island 

by Tom McCarthy
Drama: An anthropologist consulting for a company becomes almost overwhelmed by too much information.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Coffin Road 

by Peter May
Drama: A scientist washes up on a Hebridean island with no memory of the shocking things that have befallen him.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Easter Island

by Jennifer Vanderbes
Drama: A female paleobotanist moves to Easter Island to follow her passion, mirroring the 1970s journey of another woman.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Conrad & Eleanor

by Jane Rogers
Drama/Thriller: Secrets are revealed during the disintegrating marriage of two scientists.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Degrees of Freedom

by Lori Barrow
Thriller: A murder disrupts a group of physics graduates in the early Nineties.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Night of Fire

by Collin Thubron
Drama: Seven people (landlord, priest, neurosurgeon, naturalist, photographer, schoolboy, traveler) in a house on fire, one chapter per character.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Lamentations of Zeno (translated from the German)

by Ilija Trojanow
Drama: A glaciologist working as a guide on an Antarctic cruise ship plans a desperate disruption
Links: Amazon (UK)

Dying to Know

by Alison Joseph
Thriller: A particle collider in Kent hosts a murder.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Resistance is Futile

by Jenny Colgan
Romantic Comedy: A brilliant female mathematician is recruited to a top-secret code breaking project
Links: Amazon (UK)

My Last Continent

by Midge Raymond
Drama: Two penguin specialists find love in Antartica when one of their ships end up in trouble.
Links: Amazon (UK)

A Doubter’s Almanac

by Ethan Canin
Drama: A mathematician grad student in Seventies California finds himself while exploring the art of research.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Relativity

by Antonia Hayes
Drama: 12-year-old physics and astronomy savant Ethan navigates his family’s past.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Resolution

by A.N. Wilson
Historical Fiction: An exploration of the life and times of the British explorer Captain Cook through the eyes of his ship’s botanist George Forster
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Poison Artist

by Jonathan Moore
Thriller: A toxicologist studying pain and death finds himself drawn to a mysterious woman.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Atomic Weight of Love 

by Elizabeth Church
Drama: The tale of an ornithologist married to a physics professor living in New Mexico in the early 1940s.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Under a Pole Star 

by Stef Penney
Historical Fiction: A geologist from Manhattan falls for a miner’s daughter during an Arctic expedition in the late 19th century.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter

by John Pipkin
Historical Fiction: A women takes over her father’s legacy mapping the solar system and beyond.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Crossing Places 

by Elly Griffiths
Thriller: A forensic archaeologist gets tangled up in a murder.
Links: Amazon (UK)

A Beautiful Young Wife

by Tommy Wieringa
Drama: A celebrated microbiologist has a midlife crisis when he finally settles down with one woman.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Terranauts 

by T.C. Boyle
Drama: A diverse group of people takes part in an ecological experiment in the Arizona desert.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Freud’s Alphabet

by Jonathan Tel
Historical Fiction: A fictionalised account of Sigmund Freud in London.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Last Days of Night

by Graham Moore
Historical Fiction/Thriller: A fictionalized account of a lawsuit as Tesla’s and Edison’s lightbulb tehnologies battle for supremacy.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Catalyst

by Jennifer Ball
Drama: Against the backdrop of a volatile marriage, fraud rears its head in a chemistry lab.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Essex Serpent

by Sarah Perry
Historical Fiction: An amateur Victorian naturalist with no patience for superstition is convinced that what local people think is a magical beast may be a yet-undiscovered species.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Last Pilot

by Benjamin Johncock
Drama: A trained pilot makes choices between family and the space program in the early 1950s.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Dragon Keeper

by Mindy Mejia
Drama:A reptile specialist in a zoo tries to protect her komodo dragon from a media frenzy after it appears to lay eggs without having a mate.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Ann Veronica

by H.G: Wells
Drama: lab lit lite: A female biology major in Edwardian London finds love.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Evangelist

by Clare George
Drama: An evolutionary biologist writes his memoirs about the nature of science and God.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Cat Zero

by Jennifer Rohn
Thriller: A female scientist joins forces with a sexist mathematician to understand a dangerous cat virus that may be a threat to humans.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Wanderers

by Meg Howrey
Drama:A group of astronauts trains for a mission to Mars while their families come to terms with the prospect of separation.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Resolution 

by A.N. Wilson
Historical drama: A novel about Captain Cook’s discovery to Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, as seen through the eyes of botanist George Forster.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Us Conductors

by Sean Michaels
Historical fiction: A Russian scientist, spy and prisoner is torn between Manhattan and his native Russia.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Cages

by Sylvia Torti
Drama: Two neurologists who experiment on songbirds in a university laboratory must confront emotional truths to be released from their own individual cages.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

by Christopher Edge
Young adult fiction: Albie’s parents are both scientists, and when his mother dies, his father is left to explain where she went.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Time and Space of Uncle Albert

by Russell Stannard
Young Adult fiction: Book one in the bestselling Uncle Albert science and adventure series.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Some Of Us Glow More Than Others

by Tania Hershman
Short stories: A collection reflecting what life is like at the cutting edge of technology.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Nucleus

by Robert Harris
Historical drama: During the second World War, which side will solve fission first and create the ultimate weapon? Classic territory but with a spy angle…
Links: Amazon (UK)

Thirst

by L.A. Larkin
Thriller: A glaciologist living in Antarctica gets wind of a global catastrophe. Is there time to save the world?
Links: Amazon (UK)

An English Guide to Birdwatching

by Nicholas Royle
Drama: A story about society, birds, social justice and a mix-up between two authors and their work.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Museum of Cathy

by Anna Stothard
Historical Drama: Lab Lit Lite: A story about an English woman working as a curator of natural history in Berlin.
Links: Amazon (UK)

God is an Astronaut

by Alyson Foster
Drama: A female botanist has to decide whether to follow her Elon Musk-like husband into space to save their marriage.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Chemistry 

by Weike Wang
Drama: A chemistry PhD is bombing out of graduate school…is it the right thing for her to do?
Links: our review • Amazon (UK)

Host

by Robin Cook
Thriller: Why do all those routine hospital patients keep dying? A medical student and her lab partner start to investigate.
Links: Amazon (UK)

pH: A Novel

by Nancy Lord
Thriller: A marine biologist and his student crew embark on cruise in the Gulf of Alaska to understand the worrying acidification underway.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Devil’s Garden

by Edward Docx
Drama: A research team studying ants in the Amazon get endangered by a corrupt military regime.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Brother in Ice 

by Alicia Kopf
Drama: Lab lit lite. Translated from the Catalan. A curious blend of fact and fiction, art and science, superimposed over polar explorations past and present.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Perfect Marriage 

by Alison Booth
Romance/Thriller: A scientist meets a charismatic geneticist on a plane and her secrets begin to unravel.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Out of the Ice

by Ann Turner
Thriller: An environmental scientist stumbles into a psychological drama on a remote Anatarctic island.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Happiness

by Aminatta Forna
Drama: A psychiatrist and a biologist meet up in London and start to look into why an immigrant child has gone missing.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Overstory

by Richard Powers
Drama: A complex and unusual tale of trees: eight characters (one of whom is a scientist) struggle to save the forests.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Tempter

by Norbert Wiener
Drama: Engineer-scientist Gregory James draws another scientist into subterfuge.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Give Me Your Hand

by Megan Abbott
Thriller: Old friends and rivals with a deadly secret suddenly find themselves as researchers in the same lab.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Chemistry Lesson

by Meredith Goldstein
Romance: A lab researcher experiments with pheromones to try to rekindle her love life.
Links: Amazon (UK)

We Love You, Charlie Freeman 

by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Drama: Lab lit lite: An African-American family is invited to live with a chimp as part of a scientific study – but is it as simple as it seems?
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Voyage of the Narwhal

by Andrea Barrett
Historical Drama: The crew of The Narwhal sets out in 1854 to explore the Artic region.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Servants of the Map 

by Andrea Barrett
Historical Fiction/Romance: A collection of stories and novellas on the border of science and desire
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Road to Wellville

by T. C. Boyle
Historical Drama: A fictionalized account about John Harvey Kellogg, the real-life inventor of cornflakes, and his science of ‘wellness’ (inspired a film by the same name).
Links: Amazon (UK)

Shooting the Sun 

by Max Byrd
Drama: A tale, part fiction and part fact, about an expedition to see an eclipse in the 1840s.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Confessing a Murder 

by Nicholas Drayson
Historical Fiction: The story about the Theory of Evolution told from the point of view of a fictional character who ‘knew’ Darwin and Wallace.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Creation

by Katherine Govier
Historic Drama: A fictionalized account of the naturalist John Audubon during the creation of his masterpiece, Birds of North America.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Signal and Noise 

by John Griesmer
Historical Drama: A story about laying the first transatlantic telegraph cable, with a fictional main character embedded in plenty of historical fact.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Hippolyte’s Island, An Illustrated Novel

by Barbara Hodgson
Illustration : Fictional map drawer and explorer Hippolyte Webb on a quest for vanished lands – with many details from actual real-life explorations.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Invention of Everything Else

by Samantha Hunt
Historical Drama: A fictionalized account of Nikola Tesla, who has built a live-in lab in a New York hotel.
Links: Amazon (UK)

The Memory Artists

by Jeffrey Moore
Drama: A story about memory disorders and a grad student who want to find a cure for his mother’s Alzheimer’s.
Links: Amazon (UK)

An Imperfect Lens 

by Anne Richardson Roiphe
Historical Drama: Chemists from Paris search for the source of the cholera epidemic in 1880s Egypt.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Extinctions 

by Josephine Wilson
Drama: A retired engineer stuck in a nursing home gets shaken out of his morose musings.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Jennie 

by Douglas Preston
Drama: The tale of a chimpanzee brought up as a human child.
Links: Amazon (UK)

Unsheltered

by Barbara Kingsolver
Drama: The tale of four generations who have occupied the same house in New Jersey, including amateur scientists.
Links: Amazon (UK)