I'm deeply honoured that Inferior has been picked as the Physics World Book of the Year. It has also been named a year-end book choice by The Spectator, New Zealand's Listener, The Guardian, Science News, BBC Focus, and Chemistry World. Both Waterstones and Blackwells bookshops have also selected it as one of their Christmas picks. And finally, it came number two in the science and technology category in the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards.
But most surprising of all, actor Daniel Radcliffe named it as one of his favourite books this year! Thank you to everyone.
This month sees the launch of a new exhbition on India at London's Science Museum. The museum itself was founded in 1857, during the British Empire era. In the 70th anniversary year of Indian Independence, I wanted to explore the complex, racist and sometimes exploitative relationship between Indian science and colonialism. You can hear my two-part series for the BBC World Service this week.
New BBC radio series on innovation From 27th September 2017, tune into the BBC World Service to hear a new radio series I've been making with producer Kate Dixon about the challenges of being an entrepreneur serving the poorest people in the world. Titled Making It Work, the programme will span India and Kenya, focusing mainly on young start-ups. It was an absolute joy to work on, with some incredible stories, so don't miss it!
Following the leak of a memo by a former Google software engineer, suggesting that women are less suited than men to jobs in technology, The Sunday Times published a double-page spread containing an extract from my book, Inferior. I make the case that those who selectively use science to defend their prejudices may not be aware that the science of sex difference itself is full of bias and controversies.
I have a new piece out in the forthcoming edition of Prospect magazine about two women I interviewed for my book, Inferior. They are among the leading thinkers on females in evolutionary biology, and their work is (without exaggeration) mind-blowing. I was honoured to spend time with them last year, and this is an account of those meetings.
Thrilled that Inferior has been getting brilliant reviews. The Guardian kindly described it as "quietly powerful", the Economist called it as "illuminating", the Daily Mail as "groundbreaking", and I was profiled in The Times. It has been NUMBER 2 in Foyles' bestseller chart for two weeks, and also been picked as a top summer read by The Independent and TED Talks.