Testosterone Rex WINS The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize

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Cordelia Fine’s latest book, Testosterone Rex brings together evolutionary science, psychology, neuroscience and social history to move beyond old ‘nature versus nurture’ debates, and explains why it’s time to unmake the tyrannical myth of Testosterone Rex.

Fine’s insightful and important contribution to the debate about gender in society won over Royal Society judges. Claudia Hammond, judge and broadcaster commented on the author’s win: ‘There have been plenty of books about gender and stereotyping and unconscious bias. What’s original in this book is that she takes apart the science so forensically. I was slightly surprised that it ends with this great call to action, but that is what is refreshing about it.’

The Royal Society prize celebrates outstanding popular science writing and authors. It’s open to books written for a non-specialist audience and each year hundreds of entries are submitted by publishers from all over the world. Ten years ago Fine’s bestselling book, A Mind of Its Own, was longlisted for the Royal Society prize and this year Fine receives the further recognition she deserves!

Kiera Jamison, commissioning editor, commented on the news: ‘To win the Royal Society Book Prize is such an incredible honour, one which Cordelia well deserves. A lot will be made of Testosterone Rex as a ‘controversial’ book, but really it’s just good science: it gets into the nitty gritty of scientific methodologies, biases and the ways in which scientific findings can be distorted in popular discourse. And it’s written with a true comic’s appreciation that readers sometimes need light relief as they go along! Icon Books has long been a champion of Cordelia’s writing, so we’re just delighted that the Royal Society have given more readers the chance to discover great science writing in Testosterone Rex.

Read an extract from the award-winning book here.

Read more about the prize here.

Find out more about the Royal Society here.

Congratulations Cordelia!