David Fickling Books signs Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse

David Fickling Books signs Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse

David Fickling Books has snapped up Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse’s new book, What Is Life? 

Publisher David Fickling bought world rights from the author for an undisclosed sum. The book will be published in the UK in September 2020. 

Nurse received a knighthood in 1999 for his contributions to cell biology and cancer research and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001. 

"In this popular science book, he will take readers on a journey of discovery, introducing biology’s five great building blocks including The Cell, The Gene, Evolution by Natural Selection, Life as Chemistry, Life as Information," said the publisher. "He then shows how this knowledge can change the world."

Nurse said: "I’m delighted to have this opportunity to reach out beyond the scientific community, share my enthusiasm for biology and my thinking about what is life. Science is important to how we live today. We need reliable information about science and about life.  I hope I’ve created something that lights other people up about biology as much as the subject does me."

Fickling added: "We are honoured to be working with Sir Paul.  He is not only a renowned scientist but a brilliant communicator; his enthusiasm shines through in the writing.  This book has taught me things about biology that I never knew. It can do the same for every single reader out there. I’m so proud to be publishing a book that is such an important step towards addressing some of the key ethical issues of our time, whilst also looking ahead to the big ideas in biology yet to come that will shape humanity’s future. Today – perhaps more than ever, it’s important to listen to experts."