Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 ‘Sophie Ward is a dazzling talent who writes like a modern-day F Scott Fitzgerald’ Elizabeth Day, author of How To Fail ‘An act of such breath-taking imagination, daring and detail that the journey we are on is believable and the debate in the mind non-stop. There are elements of Doris Lessing in the writing – a huge emerging talent here’ Fiona Shaw ‘A towering literary achievement’ Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things ‘Philosophy meets fiction in this beguiling and intriguing novel of minds, hearts, other worlds, love, death and everything in between. It’s a book that dances and dazzles with ideas and left me thinking long after I finished it’ Sophie Kinsella Rachel and Eliza are hoping to have a baby. The couple spend many happy evenings together planning for the future. One night Rachel wakes up screaming and tells Eliza that an ant has crawled into her eye and is stuck there. She knows it sounds mad – but she also knows it’s true. As a scientist, Eliza won’t take Rachel’s fear seriously and they have a bitter fight. Suddenly their entire relationship is called into question. Inspired by some of the best-known thought experiments in philosophy, particularly philosophy of mind, Love and Other Thought Experiments is a story of love lost and found across the universe.
I enjoyed the first chapter and was looking forward to the rest. However, I found it a bit odd to follow as I assumed some of these chapters where alternative realities and that was just confusing. Rachel annoyed me a lot. I did enjoy some bits of writing due to the way the author writes. I need to be able to like the main characters otherwise I find it frustrating that is why this novel gets its rating as it was good writing even though I did not enjoy the plot much after the first chapter.