Numbers add up for physicist

Liz Thomson
News - Publishing 16 Oct 2008

Paulo Giordano, the 26-year-old particle physicist whose debut, The Solitude of Prime Numbers, won both Italy's Premio Strega and the Campinello prizes, looks set to become something of a hot property. Transworld's Bill Scott-Kerr bought WEL rights in the novel early this year, and for not very much money. This age-old story, in which the destinies of Alice and Mattia intertwine, like two spirals in a double helix, has now sold close to a million copies in Italy and attracted an opening round bid of $75,000 in the US. Good money indeed in these recessionary times.

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