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The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung

The Tenth Muse

Catherine Chung

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Imprint: Little, Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 7 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9781408709580

A brilliant and gripping novel about a young woman's gift for mathematics, and the secret of her past bound up in World War II.

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4 stars out of 5
Alice O'Keeffe
16 Aug 2019

"Chung studied mathematics at university and gives the reader—even this one who scraped a GCSE—a tantalising glimpse of the beauty and elegance of the subject."

Previously unpublished in the UK, this is US author Chung's second novel which follows Katherine, a gifted mathematician, from childhood to adulthood. Ambitious (even though male colleagues seek to put her off), she wants to solve the Riemann hypothesis and, to do so, turns to a theorem with a mysterious history which is tied up with her family's hidden past during the Second World War. Chung studied mathematics at university and gives the reader—even this one who scraped a GCSE—a tantalising glimpse of the beauty and elegance of the subject.

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