A brilliant sliding-doors reimagining of the passionate life of the first woman to win a Nobel Prize – and the life Marie Curie might have led if she had chosen love over science.
Poland, 1891. Budding scientist Marya Sklodowska is left heartbroken when her fiancé breaks off their engagement. Determined to move on, she flees to Paris to study at the Sorbonne, changing her name to Marie.
Marie would go on to change the course of science forever.
But what if Marya made a different choice? What if she stayed in Poland and reunited with Kazimierz, never to marry Pierre Curie or discover radium?
Seamlessly entwining the lives of Marie and Marya, Half Life is a powerful story of love and friendship, motherhood and sisterhood, fame and anonymity – and a woman destined to change the world.
"Vividly imagined, fascinating and highly original, Half Life is the perfect book for readers of historical fiction, fans of the incredible Marie Curie, and any woman who’s ever had to choose between a man and her dreams." Better Reading