How to Win a Nobel Prize
By Barry Marshall and Lorna Hendry, with illustrator Bernard Caleo
$14.99, paperback, Piccolo Nero (Schwartz Publishing)
Anyone who has ever considered science a dry subject will change their tune after reading this action-packed time travel adventure complete with DIY experiments (strawberry DNA, Morse Code cracking, star counting and more) and introductions to some of history’s most accomplished and famous, or not as famous as they deserve to be, scientists. Author Lorna Hendry together with one of Australia’s own Nobel Prize winners, scientist Barry Marshall, has put together a brilliantly accessible and super engaging read that darts about covering a huge span of time periods and world-changing discoveries. It also touches on issues of gender inequality – the challenges women have historically faced being taken seriously in science, and acts of altruism in the name of science – scientists using themselves as test subjects, and choosing the good of others over profits. Hendry has done a terrific job keeping the plot moving, explaining scientific theories in a simple and concise way, and bringing the time periods and scientists to life – Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Gertrude Elion and more. A great discovery for readers about 9 years plus.