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isbn9780349006192-detailIt seemed scandalous that, until last year’s award of the Royal Society Science Book Prize to Gaia Vince, the prize (including previous incarnations) had never been won by a sole female author. But there is a host of science books written by women that should be in the running for this year’s award, and Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl is surely among them. A biographical account of life as a botanically-inclined geo-biologist, it reads more like a novel than a traditional science book.

Jahren, a Minnesotan of Scandinavian heritage currently at the…

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