Jessie Aitkin, the long-time Editor-in-Chief of a leading life sciences journal, gets a fantastic job offer. A young animal rights activist requests an interview with her husband, a research scientist at a prestigious institute. An unexpected revelation sets in motion events that shift the course of their careers and their relationship.
Enthusiasm for basic research and for how science is – and could be – communicated combine in a thoughtful reflection on the impact of ambition on personal relationships.
You are going to hang. Unless your lawyer can prove that the drugs found in your luggage were not yours. The death sentence is mandatory. This is the situation facing David Chee, an ordinary family man from Singapore. A European human rights lawyer gets interested and volunteers her help to a dynamic local lawyer who specializes in challenging cases that other lawyers are reluctant to tackle. On her journey to find out how drugs got into David’s bag, she comes face to face with the unfamiliar worlds of Singapore’s corporate culture, its high-living expats, and daily life in the heartlands. Knowing the language only gets you so far.
Chloe and Karen are ambitious and independent-minded young scientists, both trying to make their mark in the competitive world of biomedical science. They work in Tom Palmer’s lab at a top-tier research institute in the US. Life in the lab is full of excitement and passion, but also frustrations, jealousy and the fear of being scooped. When honesty and scientific integrity are questioned in the context of a paper accepted at a prestigious journal, all are deeply affected and everyone must decide what actions to take to save their careers.
Pernille Rørth holds a PhD in cell biology and genetics. She has led research laboratories in top institutions in the US, Europe and Singapore, and served as Executive Editor of the EMBO Journal. Her first novel, Raw Data, was published in 2016. Her new novel, Tumble Hitch, is now available.