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The first thing I remember being said of me with any consistency was that I was intelligent - and I recognised even then that it was a comment levelled at me with as much disapproval as admiration. Still, I never tried to hide or suppress my mind as some girls do, and thank God, because that would have been the beginning of the end.

From childhood, Katherine knows she is different and that her parents are not who they seem to be. But in becoming a mathematician, she faces the most human of problems - who is she? What is the cost of love, and what is the cost of ambition?    

On her quest to conquer the Riemann Hypothesis, the greatest unsolved mathematical problem of her time, she turns to a theorem with a mysterious history that holds both the lock and key to her identity and to secrets long buried during World War II. 

Forced to confront some of the biggest events of the 20th century and rethink everything she knows of herself, Katherine strives to take her place in the world of higher mathematics, reclaiming the voices of the women who came before her whose love of the language of numbers connects them across generations.  

The Tenth Muse is a brilliant, involving novel asking questions about who gets to tell the story of intellectual endeavour and those who lost everything during World War II.  

©2019 Catherine Chung (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Arresting in scope and its treatment of time, its prose at turns crystalline and richly balletic, this story pulls puzzle from puzzle - human, historical and all too contemporary." (Helen Oyeyemi) 

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  • 02-23-22

Loved this audiobook

Really interesting plot, well read, it kept my attention throughout and I was disappointed when I got to the end. Recommended.

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  • 12-06-21

Amazing story

Really great listen and would 100% recommend. I was actually sad to finish it. There are many unexpected turns and so much depth. I might have to listen again!

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  • 11-15-21

Just wish it was longer

As a woman in maths and physics this book really made itself as home in a part of me. I was simultaneously willing myself to get through it quicker and also not wanting it to end