The Lab Lit List

Novels in the Lab Lit fiction genre (continued)

Last updated 31 May 2016

16 June 2014

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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)


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)


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)


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)


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 reviewAmazon (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)


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 reviewAmazon (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)


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)


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)


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


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)


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


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)


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

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